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|Research and Survey Results Prove Foot Levelers’ Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers Help Golfers|
In a 2001 study of experienced golfers that was published in the
peer-reviewed Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT),
Foot Levelers’ Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers were proven to have a
positive influence on stride length, pelvic rotation, components of
gait, and symmetry of gait movements. They were also proven to reduce
the effects of fatigue.1
This study demonstrated that the improved structural pedal balance created by Foot Levelers’ Stabilizers increased the club head speed by 3-5 mph (9-15 yards of increased distance). Stude and Brink had previously demonstrated with peer-review research that balance and proprioceptive balance improved with the use of Foot Levelers’ Stabilizers.3
The lower extremities and spine represent a closed kinetic biomechanical chain in the upright posture. The scientific literature supports the notion that the function of one region of this kinetic chain influences the other regions.4-6
Williams and Cavanaugh speculated that a stable base of support will help golfers generate more acceleration in the downswing, thus increasing club head speed and greater ball flight.7 However, they also noted that most players have poor balance and consequently less consistency in contacting the ball.
One premise in the 2000 Stude-Gullickson study was that a pedal position which had been improved with the use of custom-made orthotics would have a positive influence on the entire kinetic chain. Such an influence would subsequently improve club head velocity – thus, more distance of ball flight. The premise proved correct.2
Foot Levelers’ custom-made Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers – referred
to as orthotics and used in this study – had already been proven to
stabilize the foot in a better position of biomechanical function based
on radiologic evaluation.8 This stabilization has been demonstrated to
have a positive effect on the treatment and prevention of lower
It should be noted that the golfers analyzed by Stude and Gullickson:
The golfers above were all tested using a Bel-Tronic Swing Mate which offered several options, such as club head speed, average speed for up to ten swings, and extrapolated distance. The average club head speed for these golfers was increased by 3-5 mph, which equates to an average 9-15 yards of increased distance. The Stabilizers worn by these golfers were also significantly influential in reducing the effects of fatigue associated after nine holes of simulated golf. This relationship is very important to competitive golfers, since an increase in distance could mean the difference between winning and losing. These studies all demonstrate – and prove – that Foot Levelers’ custom-made flexible Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers help improve alignment, function, and performance.
Comfort. When asked, “How long did it take you to get used to wearing your Stabilizers?” 87% of respondents overall indicated three days or less, and 100% had adjusted to ParFlex Plus by the end of the fifth day. Regarding fatigue, 79% of the wearers stated that their feet felt “less tired” while wearing ParFlex Plus, and a third (33%) reported their feet perspired less with the orthotics in their shoes. And at the end of five weeks, 100% felt they had good support in their shoes, thanks to ParFlex Plus.
Effectiveness. When asked about balance, 71% felt that their balance was improved while wearing ParFlex Plus. Could ParFlex Plus help them hit the golf ball farther? Twenty-nine percent thought they could; and half (50%) felt they were hitting the ball well more consistently. And as to improving their score, 38% overall reported shooting a lower golf score with ParFlex Plus in their shoes.
Finally, after wearing ParFlex Plus for five weeks, the golfers in this survey were asked if they would recommend these Stabilizers to a fellow golfer. The answer was a unanimous “yes” from the professionals, and a 96% positive response overall.
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