“Golf is a very complicated game. It’s taken me years and years of practice just to be terrible.”__Mike Brady (The Brady Bunch-S4,E11)
Golf is often called an easy game that’s hard to play. And it’s even harder when your own body gets in the way. Every golfer that I’ve worked with since 2010 has said they want:
- Greater consistency
- More power
But to get what you don’t have, you need to do things you probably aren’t capable of doing!
Most amateur golfers around the world are men over age 40.
Most men over 40 do not possess the physical ability to get into position to perform a mechanically correct golf swing. Those physical abilities are:
- core stability
- the ability to separate or disassociate
That’s what the TPI Level 1 Screen Measures. All of the above physical characteristics. The screen is looking at whether or not you have any physical limitations that are affecting your golf swing in a negative way.
In other words: Is your golf swing the way it is because of the way your body is moving, OR are you struggling with something in your swing because of a lack of understanding of WHAT you should be doing? Discovering and understanding your own physical limitations and strengths is paramount to your fitness program. This is the line that divides a “regular” trainer from a TPI-trained fitness professional.
For some of you, it may be both. I’ve screened hundreds of golfers and have found that besides having many physical limitations, they lack a basic understanding of how the body is supposed to move in order to have an efficient and repeatable golf swing. That means no one has ever taught them that.
The easiest way I can explain this is with the following statement: “Your body doesn’t move the way it needs to – to play golf the way you want to.”
Once I complete a screen and discuss the body-swing connection with my golfer, it’s as if a light bulb has been turned on for the first time.
“Now I see why my ball goes that way. Why didn’t anyone ever tell me this”?
Recently I’ve been getting inquiries from much younger men than I would typically see when practicing in NYC. There, my typical client would be 55 +. But these days I’m seeing golfers as young as 28 that are showing up with the same physical limitations as men twice their age.
When I ask them why they decided to come in for a screen, a few of them have told me that they heard about it on this Podcast called: Chasing Scratch.
Benefits of the TPI Screen
The number one reason to get a golf fitness assessment is to reduce the risk of injury. Considering that approximately 70% of amateur golfers are playing in pain or have played in pain this should be a priority!
“If I could give just one piece of advice to golfers of all levels, it’s to be physically assessed by a competent professional. A well-trained professional can identify key areas of weakness or imbalance and develop a highly effective exercise or rehabilitation program. It’s no guarantee that you’ll remain injury-free, as the golf swing puts a lot of incredible forces on the body, but it puts the odds in your favor.”__Dr. Greg Rose, Co-founder of the Titleist Performance Institute
The number two reason to get a golf fitness assessment is to improve performance. Every golfer wants to be a better golfer. Although lessons and practice seem like the logical approach to improving your game, it’s the very reason so many golfers end up injured or rarely reach their genetic potential.
Results of the Screen
Having a screen done is one thing. My medical analogy would be the same as if you fell and hurt yourself and your doctor wanted to make sure you didn’t break anything and sends you in for an X-ray, or maybe even an MRI. That is just the first step. Next, you need a competent radiologist to read that MRI and report back to the doctor what they see.
“Identifying dysfunction should be a cause for celebration, not shame. Our limitations represent the path to improvement.”___Lance Gill
Just knowing what works and what doesn’t without understanding how that affects your swing and then how to “fix” or “correct” what isn’t working is the same as going for an MRI and not knowing how to evaluate the results. It’s pretty useless information.
Golf Fitness Professional
Knowing all the steps in the process is what I’ve been studying and doing now for over 13 years. I have screened hundreds of golfers just like you and have taken the Level 1 Course in person 5 times and online at least 11 times as of the last count. I know exactly what I’m looking at and exactly how to get you from where you are to where you want to go.
In a nutshell, here’s the process:
- Screen/Assess: what the golfer physically can and cannot do in relation to what is desired and required of a mechanically correct golf swing. We call that the Body-Swing Connection.
- Develop: Once those physical restrictions are identified, I then put together an exercise program based on the science of exercise and rehabilitation to eliminate the physical restrictions that are preventing you from playing your best golf.
- Coach: Give the client feedback, encouragement, and guidance to keep them on track and coming back.
Is This For You?
If you’re a golfer who loves the game and not only wants to play better but be able to play for years and years to come, then the screen is for you.
If you’re a golfer who wants to take his game to the next level and the level after that AND is willing to DO THE WORK over a sustained period, then fitness coaching is for you.
If you’re the type of golfer who buys into the hype that there’s a new club on the market that will ‘fix your slice forever’, or goes to see your golf pro a few times before the season starts so he/she can ‘fix’ your swing. Well, then, this isn’t for you.
Brett’s Bottom Line:
If you want to feel better, move better, and play better, I CAN HELP!
“Dedicated to providing each golfer with the strategies, tools, and support they need to overcome the physical limitations that prevent them from playing their best golf.“__Brett Cohen
“Golf instructors are great. They can change your swing, but they can’t change your body! The best way to get the most out of my significant investment in lessons is to have a body that can do more and give my pro more to work with.” __Ken D.