Throughout 2016 and 2017 RSM and the European Tour collaborated to conduct a bespoke performance study of the game of golf. Research led by Dr Matt Bridge, focused on time spent from address to impact and how pre-game routine has an impact on the outcome of a shot. Discover the results below.

    The RSM Player Performance Study

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    The RSM Player Performance Study

    The results are here

    Two years ago, in partnership with the European Tour we launched the RSM Player Performance Study – with the ambition to understand key drivers of performance at the elite level in golf.

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    The RSM Player Performance Study presents: The Heckle

    The RSM Player Performance Study presents: The Heckle

    Consistency can be the difference between making the cut, and missing the cut...Will Team RSM golfers Andy Sullivan, Paul Waring and other top players let a little distraction affect their performance?!

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    Learning from the best - RSM and the European Tour

    Learning from the best

    Team RSM ambassadors Andy Sullivan, Paul Lawrie, Paul Waring and Sarah Stirk led a junior clinic at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Dundonald Links. The clinic provided the kids in attendance with top tips on how to improve their game.

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    RSM player performance study - pre-shot routine

    Key learnings from the BMW PGA Championship

    Our initial insights from the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth are in – two of the key metrics we are tracking for the RSM Player Performance Study are time over the ball and pre-shot routine.

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    Smashing golf with Andy Sullivan

    Smashing golf with Andy Sullivan

    The RSM Player Performance study concluded when Andy Sullivan takes 8.2 seconds over the ball, his performance is maximised. We put that to the test in a laboratory - this time with the help of a piggy bank, watermelon and goldfish.

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    Dr Matt Bridge on European Tour radio

    Dr Matt Bridge speaks to Richard Kaufman about the RSM Player Performance study. Phase two of the study kicked off earlier this week at BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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    Player Performance Study | Interview with Dr Matt Bridge

    Interview with Dr Matt Bridge

    Find out more about the types of data that will be collected this year as part of the RSM Player Performance Study.

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    Player performance study launch

    The launch

    The new player performance study was officially launched on 13 October.  Designed to help golfers at all levels improve their performance. The  academic study will be led by Dr Matt Bridge from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

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    Our volunteers

    Our team of volunteers will be placed inside the ropes at the BMW PGA Championship, Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and British Masters supported by Sky Sports to collect player data. 

    In 2016 our volunteers: 
    • Walked over 600km
    • Collected data on 236 players
    • Measured 17,748 shots

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    Matt Bridget

    Author of study

    Dr Matt Bridge has been working at the University of Birmingham since 2001. He lectures in coaching and applied sport science in golf and other sports. His research interests lie in gaining a greater understanding of what leads to maximal golf performance, which includes developing better performance analysis methods for golf and the optimisation of physical preparation for golf. Matt is also Director of Golf for University Birmingham Sport working with students in running the university's very successful golf teams.  Dr Bridge will lead the panel, interpret the data, and ultimately produce the final study. 

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    Panel of experts

    Our panel of experts including David Gwilliam, chief operating officer RSM; Nick Dougherty, retired professional golfer and Sky Sports Commentator; Ian Barker, head of data management European Tour; Matt Bridge, senior lecturer at University of Birmingham, Kevin Barker director at Working for Golf, R&A; Matt Cooper, freelance journalist; Alison Nicholas, professional golfer and Roger Hawkers, chief medical officer European Tour will be working with Dr Matt Bridge to discuss insights and shape the study.