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The Physiology of Golf: TPI Fitness Programs

For golfers, it is essential to have a strong and flexible body to enjoy a great game. In the younger golfer, it is important to develop good biomechanics that they will carry with them through the rest of their golfing life. In older golfers, it is also important to have skills that will help them prevent injuries and stay in the game.


The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) has developed a Golf Fitness Program that is used to assess their touring professionals. TPI uses the results of video analysis and physical screening to design an exercise program specific for his or her needs.


This program is now available to you.


As a Certified Titleist Golf Fitness Instructor, I do an analysis of your golf swing from 2 angles— Face on and Down the Line—to identify 12 Common Golf Swing Faults: C-Posture, S-Posture, Early Extension, Loss of Posture, Flat Shoulder Plane, Sway, Slide, Casting or Early Release, Reverse Spine Angle, Chicken Winging, and Over the Top.


I then perform a Physical Screening to identify the physical deficits that directly contribute to specific golf swing faults. I take the results of the video analysis and the physical screening and plug them into the Titleist Performance Institutes website to develop a golf specific exercise program for my clients. These exercises are designed to correct the deficits in strength, flexibility and balance. When these physical deficits are corrected, they will correct the golf swing faults. These exercise programs are sent directly to your e-mail address, with videos of each exercise, on the days selected by you, to do the exercises at home or in the gym.


In addition to this program, I use my expertise as a physical therapist to assess the way you walk, sit and work. I teach you how to engage your core muscles in your everyday activities so that you can use your new alignment as you do your exercises. This new skill, used constantly in your activities, will carry over into a great golf swing. You can contact me to schedule a Golf Fitness Assessment. If you are unable to come into my office, there is an Off Site Assessment option. On the TPI website, you follow a step by step format to do a self assessment. The results then produce a Golf Specific exercise program for you. For an additional fee, you can send me a video of your golf swing for assessment.


You will find that as your fitness improves, so will your game


Ann Grassel, PT is a Certified Titleist Golf Fitness Instructor and  has 30 years experience as a Physical Therapist specializing in Sportsmedicine, Movement Analysis, and Re-education and Ergonomics. She works with athletes of all skill levels and was privileged to have been a Therapist/ Trainer at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Ann earned a degree in Physiology from the University of Illinois and in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University Medical School.


The Sierra Golfer • June/July  2009 | 12  www.sierragolfer.com

One Comment

  1. Gatsy says:

    Short, sweet, to the point, FREE—exactly as infmoration should be!

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