RSM and the European Tour will collaborate to conduct a bespoke performance study of the game of golf. Research led by Dr Matt Bridge and conducted by volunteers on the field, will focus on time spent from address to impact and how pre-game routine has an impact on the outcome of a shot. 

    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

    To date staff  have been placed inside the ropes at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, BMW PGA Championship, Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, Bridgestone Challenge and British Masters supported by Sky Sports to being collecting initial data. 

    So far our volunteers have: 
    • 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; 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.