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.

The Titleist Performance Institute is the brainchild of Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips. Together these two pioneers have created educational seminars that marry several professions via their common interest in the beautiful game of golf. TPI has popularized the utilization of a team of professionals from varying backgrounds in pursuit of the most efficient method of producing the best-prepared golfers. Strip away all the accolades and at the foundation of TPI lies the importance of player longevity regardless of performance. We all love to play golf and TPI certified members want to keep that fire lit.

At the most basic level of TPI certification there are the following distinctions: the head honchos (golf professionals), medical professionals (us), personal trainers, and junior coaches. Together, with you (the golfer) the perfect team is set.

Let me elaborate. You just purchased a package of golf lessons with one of the outstanding golf professionals at Burnaby Golf hoping to add a few yards off the tee. Upon your first lesson, your golf professional notices that your thoracic (upper body) rotation is limiting your swing and you are unable to contract your lead leg’s gluteus maximus. As you leave the lesson you are given a business card to a TPI Certified medical professional. In the subsequent days you visit the medical professional and they conduct an array of seemingly unrelated tests and treatment protocols. After the treatment you are shown a few exercises and given repetition schemes (by a certified TPI fitness trainer) that will help strengthen your problem areas. Fast forward to your next golf lesson. You notice that you feel less limited and the golf ball is responding well to the swings you are making. Your golf professional applauds your technique and is now able to advance your lesson further. Everyone wins!

Ultimately, TPI has beautifully simplified the golf swing by connecting multiple professionals who are able to speak the same language and provide you with the best chance for longevity and quality golf performance.

Stay tuned for the next installment of breaking down TPI where we’ll discuss the 12 most common swing faults and their connection to functional body movements.

Sergio Pasqua
Lee Chiropractic and Sports Therapy Clinic.