Are you a dedicated golfer?
If you love the game of golf, what better incentives to get fit than to have your workouts contribute to both your health and your passion?
The Specht Physical Therapy team offers a specialty Golf Fitness program. This program is based on research and development performed at the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). Titleist developed their system to identify the common physical features of professional golfers as they translated to success on the links. What are the distinguishing physical characteristics that professional golfers share? How do players achieve success with their – often obvious – physical differences?
The result of this research has been an evaluation method that measures all facets affecting a golfer’s performance – such as strength, flexibility, neuromuscular control, joint mobility, balance and power. Armed with that knowledge, individualized fitness regimens can now be developed that target and correct the golfer’s specific weaknesses.
Your personal golf fitness program begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your body – its strengths and its weaknesses. Research done at TPI has produced a sequence of measurements to determine flexibility, rotational mobility, core stability, strength, posture, spinal range of motion, power and other physical characteristics critical to the golf swing. Your physical parameters are then checked against those of tour professionals to highlight areas of your body that need particular attention. With this information, you don’t follow a cookie-cutter approach to golf fitness.
During your TPI evaluation, over 25 physical characteristics are evaluated to identify your specific needs. This unique approach allows your golf fitness professional to work only on those areas where you need help. These measurements will tell us a lot about your body, and how you may have compensated over time to make your swing work for you. Furthermore, the muscles and tendons that move all of your joints have an amazing capacity to adapt to faulty mechanics, often resulting in pain or injury. Your evaluation gives you amazing insight into how you may have adapted, how it may be hurting you and, most importantly, how you can take steps to reverse any problems.
Your personal golf fitness evaluation lets you know where your body needs work. The next step is to work with your medical professional to develop a program to balance your body’s flexibility, strength, core stability, etc. Your medical professional will take your medical history, workout experience and goals into careful consideration and come up with a realistic fitness program designed to suit your body, your schedule and your personality – all with the goal of improving your golf game.
Program Instruction and Follow-up
Following the evaluation, you will be guided through each of your exercises to ensure that your technique is correct and that you understand how the program relates to your golf game. To improve your understanding and exercise technique, your personal regimen will be available online at the Titleist Performance Institute website (MyTPI.com), where you can read descriptions and view video clips of each exercise you have been prescribed. MyTPI.com also provides an extensive collection of nutrition, golf and fitness tips that would be helpful to any golfer regardless of exercise experience or skill level.