The Effects of Wearing a Compression Top on Trunk and Golf Club Motions During Golf Swing

Soyoung J. Song, Carol A. Beard, Ksenia I. Ustinova

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An increased interest in compression garments has led to a new golf fashion trend that includes wearing a long-sleeve compression top layered with a short-sleeve T-shirt over the compression top. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of wearing a commercial compression top on golfers' kinematic variables required in full swing. This pilot study compared eleven male golfers' trunk rotations in a transverse plane recorded during ten full golf club swings under two conditions: wearing a golf T-shirt with and without a compression top. The results showed that wearing a compression top slightly restricted golfers' trunk rotational movement, but only marginally increased the peak velocity of the golf club during swing, though the increase was not statistically significant. The results of this study could help elite golfers make apparel decisions if they elect to use compression garments in order to reduce muscle soreness and aid muscle recovery post exercise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-60
Number of pages13
JournalClothing and Textiles Research Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • compression top
  • golf clothing
  • sport apparel
  • technical design


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