TPI Golf Performance & Therapy
Golf is an invigorating, highly enjoyable sport that can sometimes have serious physical repercussions if you don’t know how to properly move your body during play. Whether you are playing the game competitively, for business meetings or a friendly game amongst your weekly foursome; playing hurt is no fun!
Our TPI Golf Performance Program is unique, in that the Certified TPI Instructor is also a licensed physical therapist. This uniquely combined skill set offers unparalleled insight into the physical limitations affecting the golf swing. The physical therapist’s experience working in orthopedics and sports medicine, combined with the TPI program, will provide a comprehensive, golf-specific physical examination and a customized golf strength and flexibility program specific to the individual golfer’s needs.
Titleist began a program in 1995 that documented the common features of the professional golf swing. They found that all golfers sequence their swing exactly the same across all skill levels, from backswing to follow through. Although styles differ, the sequencing remains constant. The results of this research led to the formation of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) and the development of an evaluation method that measures all facets affecting performance, including strength, flexibility, neuromuscular control, joint mobility, balance, and power. What prevents the amateur golfer from playing like a pro is the breakdown of this sequence at some point during the swing. This is often caused by physical limitations that can be fixed with proper intervention. For instance, a weak “core” (abdomen and back) will prevent golfers from keeping the correct posture all the way through their swing, resulting in inconsistent ball striking. Benefits of participating in the TPI Program include an increase in range of motion, strength, flexibility, stability, and power. The program can also help improve balance and coordination, golf posture, and overall golf performance.
A golfer can spend hundreds of dollars on the latest equipment, but may forget that golf fitness training for the body is the most important tool. Strength training for golf and golf exercise training are vital aspects of improving and maintaining your golf game – and staying healthy.
Common issues include poor balance and stance, poor posture and decreased motion of the neck, shoulder blades, mid-back, and hips. Golfers with muscle tightness, joint restriction, or poor body mechanics can struggle to consistently execute their golf swings. An integrated evaluation and treatment plan can help you maximize your ability to transfer energy through your body and to the club with better efficiency and speed.
A golf swing is a complex and multidimensional movement with many body parts working in tandem. If one aspect of your form is lacking, other areas of your body will begin to compensate and this could lead to development of bad habits or possible injury. The basis of a good golf game is having a consistent, strong golf swing. Swing faults are most often manifested as poor form while executing the backswing and the downswing, or completing the follow-through. Over time, golfers may develop injuries or worsen pre-existing neck, shoulder, back, hand, wrist, or elbow injuries.
Phoenix Osteopractic Physical Therapy can help golfers achieve proper biomechanics and body movement to prevent injury, eliminate pain from an existing injury, and/or improve their game and level of consistency. Your physical therapist will help you customize a rehabilitative program to:
Identify the bio mechanic challenges that are impeding your peak golf performance
Create a treatment plan to address the deficit that is impacting your golf game
Provide manual therapy to decrease pain and expedite healing of any current injuries
Provide therapeutic exercises to achieve long-term recovery and prevention of injuries