Part 1 review:
In Part 1 of this series, we established that the first thing you should do in the off-season is to get screened and learn what you need to work on in the gym and at home.
The next step is to Build A Team.
The Three Branches
When I attended my first TPI Live Certification course way back in 2010 I soon learned that the TPI tree had three main branches:
I first became “Titleist Certified” in 2010.
A Level 1 event teaches all three groups the foundational concepts behind the Body-Swing Connection™. We all learn to evaluate a player’s physical readiness using TPI’s physical assessment screen and how the results of that assessment are correlated to the player’s swing characteristics.
We also learn that each group has expertise unto itself and that we are instructed to “stay in our lanes”.
If you want to dive deeper into your lane you can take Level 2 courses, which are available online, while Level 3 courses are three-day, in-person seminars.
Advanced Certification courses are designed to give the industry professional the knowledge to make dramatic improvements in player performance and to provide a much deeper understanding of the Body-Swing Connection™. These are the courses that can help establish a practitioner as a true expert in their field.
In 2020 I took the Power Level 2 course to give me even more insight into how to create power in my golfers.
And just this past week I finally completed the Golf Level 2 course (which is a minor, since I’m not a golf professional). Talk about getting out of your comfort zone! This was hard for me. Lots of tech and math related to ball flight.
In an ideal situation, the golf pro, golf fitness professional, and possibly a medical professional (e.g. chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, osteopath, etc.) would work together as a team to make you the best golfer you can be. The fitness professional and medical professionals work on the hardware, and the golf professionals program the software.
Our objective is the same. To keep you pain-free and playing your best golf.
“My mission is to help golfers reduce the risk and rate of golf-related injuries, improve their golf performance, and keep them healthy. A healthy golfer plays more golf. Good for you, good for the game.”
Take More Lessons
“Don’t be too proud to take lessons. I’m not.”__Jack Nicklaus
Golf is a sport that requires a lot of skill and a lot of practice in addition to having the physical qualities to perform well. Golf professionals are highly successful and technically skilled golfers who have an aptitude for conveying technique and gameplay through verbal instruction and physical demonstrations. They understand weaknesses in a student’s game and will instruct and guide the student to make improvements.
- First and foremost, your golf professional is a skills teacher. Skills that include: stance, grip, swing variation, club selection, and course management.
- They provide and interpret golf policies, rules, and regulations.
- They teach their students the correct way to play the game.
Even if you improve how you move, you need good instruction and purposeful practice to improve how you play. It all fits together. In every sport, there are skills coaches and conditioning specialists, all with the same objective in mind. To help the player or players to become the best they can be.
No matter what your body is struggling with physically, you still need good instruction in the fundamentals of the golf swing. Grip, stance, alignment, club selection, and more.
Whenever possible, look for a golf pro that is TPI Certified or at least open to communicating with others who are. There is no doubt that this strategy works. It’s what every golf professional is doing!
- 18 of the last 20 Major championships were won by a player advised by a TPI Certified Expert.
- 25 of the top 30 Players in the World are advised by a TPI Certified Expert.
- 47 of Golf Digest’s Top 50 Golf Fitness Professionals are TPI Certified or Advisory Board Members.
Brett’s Bottom Line:
“Let me be clear. When it comes to golf I ONLY work with the body, I DO NOT teach the golf swing. That is the sole domain of the golf pro. I simply prepare your body for golf. As a golf fitness professional, my main objective is to help you become a better athlete for the golf pro to work with so you have the greatest opportunity to reach your genetic potential to play and enjoy the game and sport of golf. As a better athlete, you will benefit so much more from what your golf pro teaches you.” __Brett Cohen, Golf Fitness Specialist
End of Part 2