Kira Ziola1, Jonathan Moore1, Quincy Johnson2 and Doug Smith1

1Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

2University of Nebraska – Kearney, Kearney, NE

Adequate levels of flexibility, muscular strength and power are needed to excel within the sport of golf. However, little research has been dedicated to measuring power-based contributors to athletic performance within the elite male golf population. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to provide a power profile of Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) male golfers. METHODS: Data for 5 NCAA Division I male golfers were used for this profile. The data was collected in November following the fall golf season. Descriptive data for height (cm) and weight (kg) are provided. Lower body peak power was assessed during a countermovement jump (CMJPP) using a linear force transducer (Tendo Unit), pelvic rotational peak power (PRPP) was recorded using a Tendo Unit with load set at 15% of body weight on a Keiser Functional Trainer, and chop peak power (CPP) was recorded using a Tendo Unit with a load set at 5% of body weight on a Keiser Functional Trainer. Peak power was expressed in watts (W). The peak power outputs for the CMJ, PRPP, and the CPP were used to calculate the GRIP Power Index (GRIP PI). RESULTS: The height, weight, and power data are presented in the table below. The power data will be used to determine relationships with performance variables like club head speed and also be used for strength and conditioning programing and player monitoring when more data is collected to make statistical comparisons. CONCLUSION: Efforts to better understand athletes and the physiological characteristics that may contribute to their athletic performance can be of value to sport coaches, strength and conditioning professionals, and exercise science researchers alike. Additionally, developing physiological profiles within elite level athletics can be especially useful for enhancing athletic performance through the identification of areas of excellence and areas of improvement.

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