‘Over the last 20 years, golf at the highest level has moved from a game to a sport. The highest standards of preparation and the professionalism of the athlete have become increasingly important determinants of success. Today you hear far more emphasis on preparing to succeed and performance development than technical coaching. This is more apparent now than at any time in the history of the sport. The margins between success and failure are becoming finer and so understanding the "science" of golf is key to anyone involved in playing or developing players - as this outstanding book explains.’ - Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive, The R&A
‘The Routledge International Handbook of Golf Science provides an extraordinary perspective on our sport through 39 separate research papers. By covering biomechanics, participation, skill acquisition, performance and the health benefits of golf, this is a valuable, data-driven resource.’ - Steve Mona, CEO, World Golf Foundation
Golf is one of the world’s major sports and consequently the focus of world-class scientific research. This landmark publication is the most comprehensive book ever published on the science of golf, covering every sub-discipline from physiology, biomechanics and psychology to strength and conditioning, youth development and equipment design.
Showcasing original research from leading golf scientists across the globe, it examines the fundamental science underpinning the game and demonstrates how it can be applied in practice to improve and develop players. Each chapter provides a definitive account of the current state of knowledge in a particular area of golf science, addressing the limitations of existing research, presenting new areas for development and discussing the implications for coaches, players, scientists and the wider golfing public. Truly international in scope, the variety of topics explored include:
- biomechanics and equipment
- skill learning and technology
- performance development
- psychological techniques for success
- the golfing body.
This is an essential reference for any student or researcher with an interest in the game, or any coach or professional looking to improve their knowledge.