“TPI does not believe in one way to swing a club, rather in an infinite number of swing styles. But, we do believe there is one efficient way for every player to swing and it is based on what the player can physically do.”
Titleist Performance Institute was created in 2003, by Dr Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, to study the ideal golf swing and how physical limitations can affect your swing or even cause injury. TPI has grown into a global program and participates actively with the PGA tour. In fact, 19 of the last 20 major champions and 25 of the top 30 golfers in the world, are advised by a TPI expert. TPI is comprised of a 52 member advisory of leading experts in there fields, and the certification program includes 5 fields of study; Golf, Medical, Fitness, Power, and Junior Development.
Last winter, I traveled to Arizona to take my Level 1 Certification. The program focused on the TPI physical screen, common golf swing characteristics, and how to improve your golf swing and performance. After completing Level 1, I continued with the Medical 2 course which is only for medical professionals, and dives deeper into golf specific injuries and rehabilitation. This includes a more thorough understanding of golf swing mechanics and how they are related to physical impairments.
Golf has experienced a major evolution in the last 50 years, with more focus on fitness and physical training. Today’s best golfers are stronger and more athletic than years before, most have teams which include personal trainers. Golf training aids are popular and you can buy all the new equipment you want, but you need to be physically able to perform the movements required for a better swing. We often compare our swings to the top pros, but most of us can’t physically do what they can. We should instead be focused on maximizing our own swing. This is where the TPI program comes in. It’s my goal to help you improve your golf performance and enjoyment. The TPI screen helps to identify your physical impairments and which ones are causing pain or affecting your swing.
The TPI website is a great resource for players to use and is its free. They provide an extensive library of exercises and drills to improve your game, as well as great information on the golf swing. They also have a TV show, Golf Fitness Academy, on the Golf Channel which is a great show to learn about the exercise side of improving your golf game. I encourage you to check out the website, use the free resources, or see a TPI professional to improve your game.