As many of you already know, I’m a Titleist-certified golf fitness specialist. I’ve posted a number of times about correcting physical limitations in order to improve your ability to swing the club with good technique.
Some time ago, the Wall Street Journal visited the Titleist Performance Institute and shared their observations. I’ve chosen some quotes from the article that represent the goals and philosophy of Titleist Performance training.
About the effect of physical limitations on the golf swing: “The most intriguing work carried out at TPI involves…research into the negative cascading effect that physical limitations and dysfunctions like a stiff ankle, can have on a player’s ability to hit the ball efficiently…The staff can propose workarounds or pinpoint physical therapy regimens that, with time and discipline, can correct the flaws.”
About Functional Fitness and how it’s changed golf as a sport: “‘A lot of the old guard still blame equipment for the increased distance on the Tour, but so much more of it is the quality of the athletes…The stuff we do these days is all full-body, functional movement. Nobody’s doing bench presses anymore, that’s for sure.'”
On making adjustments for clients, and a little bit going a long way: “‘When a guy tells me he’s willing to work out for 90 minutes four times a week, I interpret that, from experience, as 15 minutes, three times a week,’ Mr. Gill said. “But I can give him a focused 15 minute workout that will still make a big difference in his game.”
Here’s a link to the article: WSJ: How the Pros Get Their Bodies Ready
I’m a big advocate of full-body, functional fitness, and I maintain that it will give you the greatest benefits whatever your physical goals are. I just happen to have specific training in applying these principles to improving your golf game, but as a trainer with 20 years of experience, I can design a program for almost any goal.
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