Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Exercise Science (B.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Samuel Wilson


Golf is one of the fastest growing sports worldwide and as one of the most difficult sports to excel at, every area of improvement is important. Load carriage, lower body force production, and perceived exertion are keys to improving. The purpose of this project was to investigate the influence of a variety of golf bag load carriage styles on vertical jump performance and perceived exertion. The different modes of golf bag load carriage were no golf bag (1), single-strap golf bag (2), double-strap golf bag above sacrum height (3), double-strap golf bag below sacrum height (4), and push cart for golf bag (5). Vertical jump and perceived exertion data was gathered every 0.25 miles for a total of 3 miles. Results were: Analyses comparing concentric peak force (F(48,432) = 1.395, p = 0.047, 2 = 0.134) and time to peak force revealed a significant interaction (F(48,432) = 1.750, p = 0.002, 2 = 0.180) during the pushcart condition. The repeated measures ANOVA for vertical jump height revealed a significant interaction (F(48, 432) = 1.699, p = 0.003, 2 = 0.159). Ratings of perceived exertion were greater at the 1.5 mi mark and 3 mi mark during the single strap condition. We concluded that the most efficient and effective way to transport the golf bag is with a push cart, and if carrying is necessary then it should be with two straps high on the bag.