• Jared

An Introduction to K Vest: Take Your Performance On The Course To the Next level

Updated: Jan 9, 2021

K Vest 3-D motion capture is relatively new technology for golfers in the Fort Wayne area. Today I wanted to introduce this technology and how it can be used to improve your performance and health on the golf course.


What is K Vest?

K Vest consists of 4 sensors you wear on your shoulders, pelvis, arm and hand/wrist. You will then hit balls and the system will capture information. The software will then provide information on aspects of your swing such as your kinematic sequence, swing efficiency and body positions throughout the swing. This is data that cannot be seen with traditional video analysis. Keep reading to see the value of this information, what it means and why it should be part of your golf performance or rehabilitation program.


What Is The Kinematic Sequence and Swing Efficiency?


Think of the kinetic chain/kinematic sequence as simply how your body transfers energy and speed from the ground, up through your body and ultimately into club head and golf ball. K-Vest is able to track this transfer of energy and sequence. Why does this matter?


Did you know that all great ball strikers have the same kinematic sequence or the same signature of generating speed and transferring speed throughout their body? That means if you compare Rory McIlroy's kinematic sequence to Jim Furyk's or Matthew Wolff's it's hard to see a difference, even though their swing styles are significantly different on video. All great ball strikers begin by generating speed from their lower body and transferring this speed through their torso, into their arms, and then into the club. With this information we can quickly identify if there are issues that could be causing you to lose speed/power and consistency during your swing.


*For a more in depth breakdown of the kinematic sequence click here


K Vest also provides valuable information about your body positions throughout the swing:



K Vest technology allows you to see exactly what your body parts such as your torso and pelvis are doing throughout the swing. This can give us valuable insight into your ability to maintain posture during the swing and put yourself in the positions to be the most powerful and efficient. We can also quantify hip to shoulder separation (X factor stretch) throughout the swing as well.




The MRI of the Golf Swing: K Vest Is A Great Tool For Golfers Dealing With Common Injuries Such As Lower Back Pain

Injuries such as lower back pain are common in golf. With K Vest technology we can see exactly what your body and spine are doing throughout the golf swing. We can use this information to identify if there is anything occurring during swing that could be contributing to your pain and/or injury. There are many factors that can contribute to pain and injury. For golfers, the biomechanics of your swing can be contributing to your pain. K Vest helps to identify if this is a factor. As a healthcare provider I can often get more valuable information from this than I do from traditional diagnostic imaging such as an X ray or MRI. It also is a much more cost effective option as well.


Biofeedback Training

Besides capturing valuable information about your swing and body positions, K Vest can also be used for biofeedback training. This training gives you immediate feedback and can help speed up the learning process when making swing changes.


Conclusion

The K-Vest is a game changer for assessing your swing and helping improve your performance on the course. It is one of the most actionable tools for measuring and describing movement in the swing and also can help golfers get out of pain and back on the course. This technology can be the missing link when developing a golfer or identifying movement strengths and deficiencies and fill in the gaps and shortcomings of traditional video analysis. I would strongly encourage all golfers and coaches to consider implementing this technology into their programs. We work closely with all instructors in sharing this information to get the best outcomes.


Contact us at (260) 222-6157 or email jared@jaredbicklept.com for information on this technology and how it can help you reach your golf related goals this season.





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