Fitness the TPI Way
Fitness the TPI Way
Before I start with this article, I feel it would be appropriate to explain what the TPI is and our philosophy.
The Titleist Performance Institute is the world’s leading educational organisation and research facility dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.
TPI discovered how a properly functioning body allows a player to swing a club in the most efficient way possible.
Additionally, TPI has analysed how physical limitations in a player’s body can adversely affect the swing and potentially lead to injury.
The TPI Philosophy
“TPI odes not to 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. The most efficient swing is not the same for every golfer, because each golfer’s body is different.
To achieve an efficient swing, a golfer must first be screened. This screening involves an assessment of swing mechanics and biomechanics, nutrition, mental strategy or all of the above. A golfer will see the greatest improvement by surrounding themselves with a team of experts. Similarly, any professional in the golf industry will see their clients benefit most by themselves being part of a network or a team of professionals.”
Here are a couple of stretching techniques which I have developed for a couple of students of mine, Franklin and Sonny.
Sonny has been playing golf for a few years and has received instruction from a number of professionals. Unfortunately, a swing was designed for him as it was considered to be ‘aesthetically’ correct even though was not well suited for his build and abilities.
35 Yard Bear Crawls
This is a great exercise to develop stamina and coordination.
Set up two cones 7-35 yards apart. Get into a bear crawl position, hands and feet on the ground, and crawl like a bear from one cone to the next. If you place the cones seven yards apart, repeat five times. If they are 35 yards apart, just do once.
Torso Acceleration Drill
This exercise helps develop a better sequence of motion between the upper and lower body and teaches you how to fire your oblique abdominals in your swing.
Get in a good 5-iron posture with your arms crossed over your shoulder. While trying to limit your lower body from moving, take a full backswing keeping your shoulder plane from flattening out at the top.
From here, return to the impact position, again with as little or no lower body motion as possible.
Finally, rotate your whole body through to the finish while maintaining a good, stable posture and shoulder plane throughout.