About Minimalist Golf Swing System
The Minimalist Golf Swing System (MGSS) includes the full-swing (Minimalist Golf Swing – MGS), plus the basic pitch/bunker, chip and putt strokes.
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The MGS places the body in position to deliver the club at maximum speed, from an inside path and at a shallow angle. Together that translates to better distance, direction and trajectory.
It is the only golf swing to reduce backswing movement in order to cut out inconsistency, and also positions the joints according to their design-capabilities so that there is less scope for injury.
It has been developed based on 27 years of experience teaching golfers of all skill levels, plus an extensive academic graduate-level background of almost 6 years, in all aspects of human movement (kinesiology).
What more can a golfer want but to hit the ball more consistently further, straighter, higher and with better prevention of injury?
Kiran Kanwar – Profile
Kiran Kanwar was, in 1989, India’s first female golf teaching professional, after having won the 1983 National Championship – the All India Ladies’ Open Amateur Golf Championship. She has added to her lists of ‘firsts’ in the years since. She is the only woman to have developed a unique golf swing system for both the full swing and the short game – the Minimalist Golf Swing (MGS) System, and it is the only golf swing to have been frequently tested at all stages of its development, through research and peer-reviewed publications since 1994. The MGS System is the world’s only 100% biomechanically and anatomically valid golf swing – The Minimalist Golf Swing (MGS). It is based on her strong academic background – which includes a BS (physics, math) MS (sports science, nutrition) and PhD candidate (biomechanics, structural anatomy and rehabilitation sciences, sports coaching theory) – as well as over 29 years of experience teaching and researching the golf swing. This swing system can help any skill-level of golfer hit the ball further, straighter, higher, and with less likelihood of injury. Kiran has presented her golf swing research at three World Scientific Congresses of Golf (1994, 1998 and 2012) and has also presented the Minimalist Golf Swing at ‘Golfer and the DC’ – a seminar conducted by the Motion Palpation Institute to train chiropractors to treat golfers with injury. More recently, her research testing the efficacy of the MGS on a population of senior golfers will soon be published as a paper titled “Effects of a Golf Swing Intervention on Senior Golfers’ Ball Striking and Motivation to Play Golf” in the prestigious International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. Kiran was the only woman to be a speaker at the PGA of Asia’s First and Second Golf Teaching Conferences of 2010 and 2011. She has also conducted workshops on Golf Swing Biomechanics for The LPGA, The PGA of America’s Gateway section and LPGA Mid-West section teaching professionals; for some of the Indian Tour (PGTI) players; and for students of the Masters’ Degree course in Sports Science at Logan College of Chiropractic. Kiran Kanwar has four Class A teaching credentials – the LPGA, The PGA (GB&I, from 1995-2016), the NGA of India (also Teaching Staff) and PGA of India (also Board Member). She also has almost 30 years of golf journalism experience, is a columnist on Golf Science for My Avid Golfer magazine, Texas, and for Golf News Net. She is a member of the Golf Writers’ Association of America.
Curriculum Vitae – Kiran D. Kanwar
Kiran D. Kanwar February 2018 Education Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX. GPA 4.0 2021 Ph.D. (candidate) Kinesiology: Biomechanics, Structural Anatomy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Sports Coaching. Logan University, St. Louis, MO. GPA 4.0 2014 M.S. Nutrition & Human Performance; Emphasis in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. Honors Award for MS Degree, Summa Cum Laude. Thesis: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors Associated with Golf Long-Driving Distances for Long Drivers of USA and Tour Players of India. St. Xavier’s College, Bombay University, Mumbai, India. 1976. B.S. Physics, Mathematics minor. Honors and Awards
- By invitation member national Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. Spring 2018.
- Texas Woman’s University, Innovation Week. First Place Scholarship ($500). Spring 2017.
- Logan University Honors Award for MS Degree, Summa Cum Laude. Spring 2014.
- Logan STAR Award from Logan University Alumni Association ($500). Spring 2013.
Pioneering Innovations and Achievements
- Developer of a unique, researched, and scientifically developed Minimalist Golf Swing, 1993 – present
- First female golf instructor of India. 1989 – present
Golf Research Publications
- Kanwar, K., Mann, M. (2018). Effects of a Golf Swing Intervention on Senior Golfers’ Ball Striking and Motivation to Play Golf. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching.
- Kanwar, K., Khan, M.A., Khan, T., Liu, H., & Lovely, R. (2018). Associations Between External Forearm Dimensions and Internal Ulnar Nerve Spaces at the Elbow. In: Conference of American Association of Anatomists. Poster.
- Kanwar, K., Khan, M.A., Khan, T., Liu, H., & Lovely, R. (2018). Comparison of Structural Risk Factors of Medial Elbow Injury Between Males and Females. In: World Scientific Congress of Golf. Pending approval for podium presentation.
- Kanwar, K., Mann, M. (2017). Senior golfers: Change in ball striking after a golf swing intervention. Symposium, Texas Woman’s University.
- Kanwar, K., Mann, M. (2017). Senior golfers: Change in motivation after a golf swing intervention. Symposium, Texas Woman’s University.
- Kanwar, K. (2017). Assessing effects of environmental predictors on golf putts for birdie. Symposium, Texas Woman’s University.
- Kanwar, K., Shurtleff, T. L., Standeven, J.W., Engsberg, J. R. (2012). Improving Arm Positions During Golf Backswing to Improve Golf Ball Flight. Oral Paper at World Scientific Congress of Golf VI (World Scientific Congress of Golf Conference -WSCG), 2012
- Manzella, M., Kanwar, K., Kwon, YH., Broker, J.P. (2012). Science-based Methods Improve Ball Flight. Symposium, World Scientific Congress of Golf VI, Phoenix, AZ.
- Kanwar, K. (2012). The Roles of the Body’s Joints in Maximizing Golf Swing Efficiency. Workshop presentation at World Scientific Congress of Golf VI, Phoenix, AZ.
- Kanwar, K. (2012). Tips for training clients who play golf. Certified News, American College of Sports Medicine.
- Kanwar, K. (2003). Effect of right arm and shoulder kinematic modification of the take-away in the golf backswing on ball flight distance. Poster accepted by European Congress of Sports Sciences.
- Kanwar, K. (1998). A Shorter, Wider, Backswing Modelled upon the Ball Flight Laws to Attain Better Ball Flight for all Golfers. Poster presented at Third World Scientific Congress of Golf III, St. Andrews, Scotland.
- Kanwar, K. (1998). Teaching a ‘Pure-Width’ Backswing. Poster presented at Third World Scientific Congress of Golf III, St. Andrews, Scotland.
- Kanwar, K. (1998). Consistently Better Ball-Striking, using a Shorter, Wider (‘Pure-Width’) Backswing. Poster presented at Third World Scientific Congress of Golf III, St. Andrews, Scotland.
- Kanwar, K., Chowgule, R.V. (1994). One move to better ball flight. Paper presented at Second World Scientific Congress of Golf II, St. Andrews, UK.
Golf Research Conducted
- Kanwar, K. (2016). Statistical analysis of data collected from a short-term resistance training program for improving function among resident seniors. Senior Care Centers, LLC. Dallas, TX.
- Kanwar, K. (2010). A single-session golf swing interventional study at PGA of America’s Golf Learning and Performance Center, Port St Lucie, FL.
- Kanwar, K. (2007). Golf industry funded research on an interventional golf swing, in collaboration with Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, MO.
- Kanwar, K. (2006). Golf industry on an interventional golf swing, funded research in collaboration with Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, MO.
- Kanwar, K. (2004). Golf Digest Magazine aided research to study quick improvement in female golfers’ swings.
- Kanwar, K. (1997) Two-week research study on a scientifically correct golf swing, at The PGA, The Belfry, U.K.
Scientific Presentations at Professional Meetings
- Kanwar, K. (2016). A Social Constructivist Approach for Writing Center Scaffolding of Graduate Students’ Capstone Projects. Poster presented at North Texas Writing Centers Association.
- Kanwar, K. (2015). Golf-Biomechanics. Webinar presented to members of Ladies’ Professional Golf Association, Teaching & Coaching Division.
- Kanwar, K. (2015). Writing Challenges for Graduate Students in the Sciences and Writing Center Based Solutions. Poster presented at North Texas Writing Centers Association.
- Kanwar, K. (2012). Golf Swing Evolution based on Anatomy. Presented at a seminar ‘Golfer and the DC’ by Motion Palpation Institute.
- Kanwar, K. (2011). Bringing Science to the Golf Swing. Seminar for PGA of America’s Gateway Section.
- Kanwar, K. (2012 and 2011). Bringing Science to the Golf Swing .Seminar for Students of MS in Sports Science of Logan University, St Louis, MO.
- Kanwar, K. (2011). Human Anatomy in the Golf Swing. Presentation at PGA of Asia Second Golf Conference.
- Kanwar, K. (2010). Bringing Science to the Golf Swing. Presentation at PGA of Asia First Golf Conference.
- Kanwar, K. (2010). A Science-based swing-template improves ball-flight tracked on 3D doppler radar launch monitor. Presentation for some members of Hooters’ Tour (golf).
- Kanwar, K. (2009). Biomechanics, physiology, and fitness principles for better ball-striking. Workshop for Indian Tour Pros.
- Kanwar, K. (2008). A more effective and scientific golf swing. Exhibited a unique golf swing model at PGA Merchandise Show, Orlando, FL.
- Kanwar, K. (2008). How to Analyze and Improve Ball Flight. Conducted a workshop for Ladies’ Professional Golf Association, Teaching & Coaching Division
Teaching/Research Experience Graduate Assistant/Teaching Assistant
- TA, Introduction to Individual and Dual Team Sports, KINS 2122, Texas Woman’s University Spring 2018.
- TA, Anatomy Laboratory, University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Spring 2017.
- GA, Reading Recovery, Department of Reading, Texas Woman’s University Fall 2015, Spring 2016.
- GA, Introduction to Nutrition (3 credit hrs.; NFS2323), Texas Woman’s University Fall 2014, Spring 2015.
- GA, Nutrition Through the Lifecycle, (3 credit hrs.; NFS3033), Texas Woman’s University, Fall 2014.
- Logan University. Dr Mozzamil Hussain. Finite Element Modeling using Mimics software. 2012-2014.
- Texas Woman’s University’s Write Site Spring 2015 – present.
Sports Biomechanics Research Opportunities
- USAVolleyball women’s sitting team (winners of 2016 Olympic Gold), kinematics assessments, 2017
- American Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Glenn Fleisig. Internship studying biomechanics of injury in baseball pitching, 2014.
- Class A member, The LPGA, Teaching & Club Professional Division (2006 – present).
- Advanced Golf Professional, The PGA, U.K. (1995-2016).
- Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine (2009).
- Class A Member and Member Board of Management, The PGA of India, (1990- present; 2008- present).
- Class A Member and Teaching Staff, The National Golf Academy of India (2006- present; and 2008- present).
- Member, Golf Writers’ Association of America (2005 – present).
- Certification: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Human Subjects Research (2014-present).
- Kanwar, K. National Teaching Manual for India, National Initiative for Golf in Schools. 2013.
- Kanwar, K. ‘DIY (do-it-yourself) GOLF’, a golf instruction e-book. 2006.
National Sports Championships
- Winner, All India Ladies’ Open Amateur Golf Championship, 1983
- Crew of winning team in Enterprise Team Racing event, Yachting Association of India, 1975.
- Columnist, Golf science topics, Avid Golfer Magazine, DFW, TX; 2015-present.
- Columnist, Golf science topics, 60stoday.com 2017-present.
- Contributor Golf science topics, 60stoday.com since 2016
- Columnist, Golf Digest India. 2003-2013.
- Columnist, “Greenpiece,” a fortnightly column which ran in India’s second largest
daily newspaper, 1991-2003. Language and Other Skills
- English, first language.
- Fluent in Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi.
- Proficient in German.