I just wrapped up with Golf Fest over the weekend. It was a great time for many vendors showing off their products to golfers. I was able to inform many people about golf and fitness. But I was truly blown away by how many people don't know what TPI is.
Every avid golfer knows the company Titleist, many use their clubs or wear their clothing, and more. What most people don't know is Titleist has created a Performance Institute located in California. The study everything dealing with golf there. Swing characteristics, golf balls, golf clubs, you name it. They even have a robot that literally just hits golf balls all day (I know you want to go see it too).
What I am concerned with is the fitness side of the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). They have done some incredible things to decode the correlation between a golfers swing and human biomechanics. According to TPI there is 16 swing characteristics (although some call them faults), but don't call them faults. For every fault on the list you can point out a pro golfer who has that characteristic and is making a lot of money.
As stated earlier each of the swing characteristics correlates to a movement pattern. TPI came up with a set of screens (or tests) that can help decode the issues golfers may be experiencing. Whether the issue comes from lack of mobility in a certain joint or lack of strength in the core, these screens can help to pinpoint the issue so that I can prescribe a program that will change the mechanics of your body and allow greater range of motion and more power.
Here is an example of how this works.
You come in to see my at my facility. We take you through the screens. I video your swing from the front and from the side. We then sit down and watch the swings and see how your swing can be identified through the screens. For instance, after we have finished the swing analysis and screens, I notice that you early extend (64% of amateur golfers do this, less that 2% of pro golfers do) in your swing. I take that and look at the screen. There are more than one screen that correlate to early extension. So I have to look deeper. I look at your swing again. I also notice that you flat shoulder plane. Flat shoulder plane and early extension correlate to the Lat Test, Torso Rotation Test, and the Seated Trunk Test. But that still tells me that it could be a couple different things. So I continue to dig. I look again at the video analysis. You don't sway, this is the last clue I needed. Your early extension and flat shoulder plane are most likely being caused by tightness in the lats. Issues in the Torso Rotation and the Seated Trunk Tests can cause a golfer to sway, whereas, the Lat Tests doesn't generally show up in a sway characteristic. Now I can prescribe a series of mobility and strengthening exercises to correct the issues being caused by your lats.