Opens March 1, 2021
Opens March 1, 2021
Overview Of The Training Process
The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) is widely recognized as the preeminent authority for golf and fitness performance. Our TPI Certified Trainers are experts in identifying where faulty movement patterns and imbalances are impeding your performance. They will help you develop the strength, endurance and power you need to take your game to the next level.
It is important to understand where the TPI Level 1 Screen fits in with the overall assessment of the golfer. It should be thought of as the sport-specific portion of the overall assessment. How can we improve your overall performance of the golfer? We will also use the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) in order to evaluate patterns of movement and identify or highlight altered patterns in individuals, with the intent of improving the golfer performance. Using the TPI Assessment we will identify the restrictions in mobility and stability that are preventing you from optimizing your golf swing.
The next step is testing a player’s golf-specific capacity is our baseline power screens. We use a global comparison by using the 4kg and 2kg medicine balls for men and women. This helps us identify who has the ability in a group of players being tested to hit the ball the farthest. We also use a body weight normalized comparison, using the 5% of body weight medicine balls. This helps us identify if there is an individual power deficiency in the athlete. Overall we are looking for power scores based on Tour Player averages.
Strength progressions have been around for many years in our traditional sports. But golf is a unique sport. It doesn’t matter if you can bench press your house. I need you to move better, and be strong in the movements that are associated with the game of golf. It’s more important then absolute strength. It’s all relative to your own body weight. So the TPI progression is not about adding more weight but rather changing the complexity of the movement. You will be introduced to the 3 x 3 matrix called the strength matrix.
The final stages to training a golfer is applying the 4 x 4 power matrix in order to directly enhance the power output of the golfer. There are 4 sources of power for a golfer. They are vertical power, rotatory power, chop power and elbow and wrist power. We would have gathered this information in the baseline power screen and would have scored this against tour player averages.
The key developments of power is strength. We need to know that the body has adequate strength to develop speed. The next thing we want to add is explosive speed. We than want to combine strength and explosive speed to develop speed strength. This is our power drill.
The last key development is opposite side power. This is where our clinical observations come into play. The most powerful athletes in the world can create power bilaterally. Some of the longest drivers in the world for example play golf on the right side but play hockey on the left. A lot of them have this cross pattern. Through clinical observation when we also train the non-dominant side we have been able to enhance their power output on there dominant side.
The only time the above changes are different is when we are dealing with kids as they have a little different hormonal structure than adults. With kids we will work on speed training and develop opposite power first.