UVa SPEED Clinic Uses 3D Images to Better Your Golf Swing


May 7, 2014

Strength, Power, Endurance, Education and Development make up the SPEED clinic at UVa health system.

The clinic has been around for over a decade. It first looked at flaws in the way people walk and run. Now researchers are taking it to the green and helping golfers with their swing.

“Golf is a lot more complicated than running because there are more moving parts,” says Max Prokopy, director of the SPEED Clinic lab. “We also have to factor in the psychology of it and equipment.”

“Because there are more moving parts, we have to take a little more time and technology to kind of drill down and figure out the exact causes.”

Researchers at the speed clinic use 12 cameras and nearly 40 sensors on joints of the body to come up with a 3D analysis.

“That shows us what's going on with the athlete at any angle and at a rate of 240 frames per second,” says Prokopy. “The human body moves at about 100 frames per second, so we can really break down what's happening.”

They then sit down and explain what the image means for your golf game, as well as give tips and exercises of ways to get better. This isn't only for the pros. They help people with all types of skillsets.

“The people we probably help the most are those lower level athletes,” says Prokopy. “It might be a mother who recently gave birth and is trying to get back to run her first marathon; it might be a 20 handicap golfer who just wants to beat his buddies in a foursome on Saturday.”

From amateur to pro, the SPEED Clinic can help, but it also costs. An in depth golf analysis will run you a little over $600.

Researchers also hope to help tennis players with their swing in the future.


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