ST. George – At first glance, the third floor of St. George’s Regional Hospital Health and Performance Center looks like a new venue for Topgolf or another indoor golfing area. It looks a bit like sensors and 3D motion capture, as well as a science experiment.

3D imagery created from sensors placed on a golf swing participant analyzed by an undisclosed screen, location and date | Photo by Chief Executive Institute, St. George News

People are throwing golf balls into the net. At the same time, they can be attached to sensors wrapped around their legs, arms, and foreheads.

This is a golf fitness program at the hospital’s Live Well Center, which is building fitness and health programs for local residents. Geoffrey Kennedy, a clinical fitness physiologist, said the new golf program is designed not only for those who play the sport and want to improve their game, but also for those who want to improve themselves.

Kennedy told St. George News that three potential candidates for the program would: Swing safely without aggravation and without further damage.

In addition to his work at LiVe Center, Kennedy has been recognized by the Titleist Performance Institute, a Level 3 medical reviewer, created by a golf team in 2003 to study and improve the performance of professional golfers.

Now that same technology and scientific approach is already being used by more ordinary golfers for PGA and LPGA processing. Kennedy There are currently about 24 people enrolled in the program in the area, especially those in their 40s and older.

Mary Labsher is one of them. Her golf and knee pain was not caused by the noise and the palms of her hands.

Sensors are placed on a golf swing participant, location and date not specified | Photo by Chief Executive Institute, St. George News

She learned that 3D modeling was all about pain, using data analysis, including duplicate golf swings on the screen. Using that information, physiotherapists at the center reorganized the swing not only to relieve pain but also to relieve pain.

“It was so exciting to see how all the mechanics work on my hands, hips, legs, head,” Lawsher said. “It started to make a big difference.”

When some participants looked at the benefits of their results – including better scores and longer drivers – Kennedy said it was just a feeling for many that they could do more physically.

“Some say that it is a reflection of the results,” he says. “Then there were those who looked at me and said, ‘You know, my back or knee is sore, so I can play for two days in a row without getting sick one day instead of resting and staying home one day. I can now play both Friday and Saturday rounds. ‘ You know, this is a big issue for many people. ”

We don’t want someone to swing like Tiger Woods

Clients participating in the golf fitness program begin their review by hitting the ball in the middle for an hour. After warming up, they are shown in video as they swing.

Sensors are attached from head to toe, and the oscillation begins again, resembling a wooden spoon created on the screen according to the client’s motion.

“Above all, he mocks the information,” Kennedy said. “Rotary accelerations, we can see the sequence in the body… and we can see the quality of the movement. Probably a factor as to why they’re doing so poorly. Things like that “

Jordan Monson, Snow Canyon High School Boys’ Team Team, Driving at Southgate Golf Club, St. George, Utah, July 22, 2021 | Photo by David Dudley, St. George News

Then there is the additional 16-point test, which is similar to the multi-point test that one can find for their car in the scanner. Every joint that must be moved in a golf swing is the ability to flex, as well as the chain reaction in which all the joints work together.

As Lawsher realized, everything was going awry.

“The main thing I learned was that there is no way you can swing your clubs. Everyone is built differently, and my swing is not the same as anyone else’s. ”

Kennedy stated that it is not a matter of teaching a person to swing, but of looking for the right swing for them and their bodies.

“We don’t want anyone to swing like Tiger Woods,” he said. We are painting a picture of what a good swing might look like for this person based on their physical abilities and order.

When it comes to the fitness of the sport, Kennedy says it’s based on renting a cart. Kennedy said walking 18 holes could be more than 4 or 5 miles, despite some physical effort by swinging the club, walking around the green – or in extreme cases, hitting the club in the sand if things went wrong. Walk 120 calories per mile.

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But Kennedy’s challenge these days is to pay for the cart.

“The challenge now with the golf industry is that most of the new courses are based on carts,” he said.

However, he added that one aspect of South Utah’s golfing life is that golf can ruin a good walk, but it also gives you a chance to enjoy a good walk with great views.

“What I’ve noticed here since I left St. George’s is that there are still amazing courses you want to take in the city because I think you lose a lot of driving the cart.”

Interested people can call one of the locations for the golf fitness program. 435-251-3793. People can learn more about the free, one-hour presentation at Kennedy on Tuesday at 6 a.m. and again on November 11 at SelectHealth Auditorium, 1424 E. Foremaster Road.

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