Many people think of golf as a relaxing, laid-back sport, but at the elite level, a golf swing is one of the most explosive, complex movements in any sport. Coach Jeremy Golden explains how to develop strength and power in golf athletes so that those physical improvements will correlate to a more efficient swing and a resulting longer drive.
Author: Ken Clark
Dr. Ken Clark is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at West Chester University. Dr. Clark teaches biomechanics and kinetic anatomy at the undergraduate level, and motor learning at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Clark’s research interests include the mechanical factors underlying athletic performance and injury mechanisms, as well as the integration of motor learning with biomechanics as it relates to movement skill acquisition. He has peer-reviewed publications in journals such as the Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Experimental Biology, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, and Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research.
In addition to teaching and conducting research, Dr. Clark has more than a decade of strength and conditioning coaching experience. He has coached in the private sector (Summit Sports and CES Performance), the high school level (Jesuit Prep in Dallas, TX), and the collegiate setting (Dickinson College, Haverford College, Villanova University). Dr. Clark has certifications from the NSCA, USA-Weightlifting, and USA Track & Field.
Dr. Clark received his Ph.D. in applied physiology and biomechanics from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 2014. He is a Golden Ram alumni, having completed his master’s degree in kinesiology at West Chester University in 2009. Dr. Clark completed his B.A. degree in psychology at Swarthmore College in 2003, where he was an All-Conference running back.
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