TPI – 12 Common Novice Swing Characteristics

In the first part of our Titleist Performance Institute article series, I introduced you to the influence that a TPI team of professionals can have on your game, regardless of your skill level. In this article, I will outline the 12 most common novice swing characteristics identified by the golf professionals at TPI through their extensive observational research.

To keep things brief, I will forgo in-depth descriptions of each of the characteristics, and delve deeper into the functional movements correlated to the first 6 characteristics. The next article will then describe the functional movements associated with swing characteristics 7-12.

Seasonal Closures Central Park Pitch & Putt

Central Park will be open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays only until November. Course will close for the winter on Sunday, November 8th and will re-open mid-February (weather depending). Kensington Pitch & Putt will remain open as weather permits. Please call 604-291-9525 or 604-280-7355 to confirm business hours. Thank you!

 

 

Burnaby Golf Students attend CP Women's Open

The Canadian Pacific Women’s Open was held at Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, BC. Before the Tournament offically began, some of Burnaby’s Golf Students had the chance of a lifetime - to caddy for them and play in the Pro Am! Here are the highlights.

Brooke Henderson & Jodi Reimer
Jodi Reimer, Riverway Teaching Professional with Canadian Tour Player, Brooke Henderson.

Golf Burnaby student, Sophie Fuerbringer, had luck on her side on Wednesday. She was paired with Brooke Henderson during the Pro Am and got some very helpful tips from the Canadian Golfer.

Golf Clinic - Lexi Thompson

LPGA Tour Star, Lexi Thompson, in conjunction with Golf Canada, Cobra Puma Golf, and CN, put on the “PUMA athlete for a Day” event. This awesome event was held at Seymour Golf & Country Club, one of Canada’s premier CN Future Links facilities. Golf Burnaby’s junior Girls & Boys participated in the clinic.

Jodi brought students from Golf Burnaby’s elite program who took park in this exciting opportunity.

The Unsustainability of PGA Green Speed

One of the most difficult questions to answer is “why can’t your greens be like the ones we see on TV - their greens are fast and smooth and look awesome.” While this is all true, they are fast (stimping 11-12ft or sometimes faster), smooth (minimum double cut and double rolled each day), and look awesome (TV camera filters can make the greens look green). That being said, to get the greens to that level of “awesomeness” is unsustainable.

As indicated in Part 3 the PGA Tour plays on green with speeds in excess of 11 feet. As we review how these speeds are attained we must look at the following:

"Reach Out" Program

Fifteen years ago, Burnaby’s Golf Operations Department recognized that the number of players taking up the game of golf was not going to make up for the numbers of players leaving the game.  Burnaby’s golf population was starting to decline.

With this situation in mind, it was decided that we could no longer wait for the future golfers to come to us, and that we had to take a basic level of introduction and instruction out into the community.

Over the past 15 years, Burnaby’s Golf Operations department has worked hard to take golf out to the children of Burnaby via the schools’ physical education classes.  In conjunction with the Burnaby School Board, Burnaby Golf has exposed the game of golf to students at the grade 5 and grade 10 levels throughout the City of Burnaby.  The basics of the program are as follows:

TPI #1

Over the next few newsletters, I will be breaking down the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) in hopes of providing you, the readers, with the knowledge necessary to understand the connection between body and swing.

Let me paint you a picture. Imagine, a 33-acre golf specific research and development center just minutes from the ocean. This golf center is fully furnished with driving range stalls, 3 PGA-caliber holes complete with bunkers, a mini-Scotty Cameron putting studio and a robot that hits golf balls 24 hours a day. No, it’s not heaven (although its pretty close) it’s the TPI Headquarters in Oceanside, California.

Hydration & its Relationship with Athletic Performance

Water and electrolytes serve very important roles in the maintaining proper functioning within the body, and sweating can lead to excessive loss of both critical nutrients and electrolytes if not properly replaced. Dehydration adversely impacts health and exercise performance. To avoid excessive fluid and electrolyte losses, a person should begin exercising in a well-hydrated state. This means prior to strenuous exercise, drink approximatively 20 fl oz (500 ml) of liquid to ensure proper hydration at the onset of exercise.

Upcoming Kensington Closure

Notice: On Monday, September 14th, Kensington Pitch & Putt will not open until 11:00am.

~Sorry for the inconvenience~

The Science of Green Speed (Part 3)

Every golf course green has a speed limit based on various factors. As we have learned in the two previous articles, the “Green Speed” has two MAIN components that encourage and/or limit the speed of greens. In part one, we explained that better mowers and light weight rollers are the key to “Green Speed.” To explain how the PGA Tour play on green with speeds in excess of 11 feet (on the Stimpmeter, see first article) we must ask how many times per day do mowers and rollers get used and at what height.

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