Did you know that most golf swings are a direct reflection of our bodies? Swing characteristics such as “over-the-top”, “early extension” and “casting” or “scooping” are most likely due to physical limitations and not just incorrect motor patterns. The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) has proven there is a direct Body Swing Connection for every player of every skill level. A TPI screen evaluates every functional movement needed in a golf swing and only takes 20 minutes. TPI’s philosophy of the swing is, “We don’t believe there is one way to swing the club; we believe there are an infinite number of ways to swing a club. But we do believe there is one efficient way for everyone to swing a club and it is based on what they can physically do.” As a golf coach is it vital to know how your body works, and the screen shows me a vivid picture of how you are going to move your body when you have a golf club in your hands.
I know what you are thinking, “I don’t have to be physically fit to play golf,” or “I have no interest in going to the gym or working on my body.” Believe me when I tell you that you do not have to do either to improve your golf game. You will be amazed that 10-15 minutes several days a week doing prescribed stretches or exercises will dramatically improve your golf game and your quality of life. No matter your sex, age, body type or athletic ability, the easiest way to improve your golf swing is to understand your body. After all, your body is the engine that drives your golf swing. Much like a mechanic, I cannot make the car (our swing) run faster or run more efficiently if I do not know how the engine (our body) works. Even the best players in the world have some physical limitations, this is why no two swings on Tour are the same. Their swings are as unique to them as ours are to us. The key is to understand your limitations so we can make a plan to improve them OR to make a plan to work around them. A few examples of physical limitations and the swing characteristics they can cause are:
Pelvic Tilt limitation can cause a player to have S – Posture, C – Posture or a Reverse Spine Angle swing characteristic.
Pelvic Rotation limitation can cause a player to come Over-the-Top, Slide, Sway or have a Hanging Back swing characteristic.
Lat length limitation can cause a player to have Loss of Posture, a Flat Shoulder Plane or Early Extension swing characteristic.
Single Leg Balance limitation can cause a player to Sway, Slide, have a Reverse Spine Angle, Hanging Back, Loss of Posture or Early Extension.
A key practice principle is always putting quality over quantity and smart work over hard work. The road to better golf is always under construction, but let’s make sure that road is as smooth and as straight as possible.
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