Reliability of an experimental method to analyse the impact point on a golf ball during putting

Ashley K. Richardson*, Andrew C. S. Mitchell, Gerwyn Hughes

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Abstract

This study aimed to examine the reliability of an experimental method identifying the location of the impact point on a golf ball during putting. Forty trials were completed using a mechanical putting robot set to reproduce a putt of 3.2 m, with four different putter-ball combinations. After locating the centre of the dimple pattern (centroid) the following variables were tested; distance of the impact point from the centroid, angle of the impact point from the centroid and distance of the impact point from the centroid derived from the X, Y coordinates. Good to excellent reliability was demonstrated in all impact variables reflected in very strong relative (ICC = 0.98–1.00) and absolute reliability (SEM% = 0.9–4.3%). The highest SEM% observed was 7% for the angle of the impact point from the centroid. In conclusion, the experimental method was shown to be reliable at locating the centroid location of a golf ball, therefore allowing for the identification of the point of impact with the putter head and is suitable for use in subsequent studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-215
Number of pages10
JournalSports Biomechanics
Volume14
Issue number2
Early online date23 Jun 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2015

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