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.

Improving Your On-Course Management

Q: Although I seem to hit the ball just as well as my friends on the Driving Range, I can’t seem to shoot a score as low as them. Why is that?

A: Improve your on-course Management

1. Imagine playing the hole from the flag backwards to the tee box: Using this image in your mind will help you develop a sense of where the trouble is. Good golf is as much about improving those playable misses as it is about hitting quality shots.

2. Know your strengths & weaknesses: Keep track of your stats both on the range and on the course. Track your fairways hit, greens in regulation (GIR), number of putts & Sand saves.

The Science of Green Speed (Part 2)

In the last issue we discussed how mowing and rolling were the two main visible parts of the equation for developing greens that have a smooth and fast ball roll. In this issue we will discuss what goes on behind the scene to ensure a quality putting green. This part of the equation is far more diverse and sciencifically related.

TURF HEALTH + SOIL PHYSICS + SOIL BIOLOGY + CULTIVATION + IRRIGATION make up the foundation of the science of green speed.

The Science of Green Speed (Part 1)

Green speed or ball roll has been measured on putting greens since before the invention of the “Stimp Meter.” In 1935 Edward S. Stimpson developed the first device to quantify the speed of greens, but it was not regularly used by the United States Golf Association (USGA) until 1976. In 40 years, putting green speeds have dramatically increased from two main factors: better mowers and light weight rollers.

In 1970, the US Open putting green height was about 5.5mm. The most recent mowers allow superintendents to mow grass below 2.0mm in height.

Getting the Most out of the Driving Range

Question: How do I get the most out of my practice time on the Driving Range?

Answer:
1. Be methodical and specific:

  • Focus your thoughts on what you intend to practice on.
  • Be specific in setting your goals.
  • The quality of your practice is more important than how many ‘swings’ you make.

2. Warm up your body and loosen your muscles:
watch video.

3. Specify your practice goals. For example, break your hour practice into 15 minute intervals.

New Website: Let’s Hear from You!

Welcome to our newly redesigned website! We hope you like it! We are keen to hear what you think about the redesign. We have created a website that is easier to navigate; connects to our other online experiences such as social media, videos and eNews; and has plenty of images and content for you to enjoy. Another key change that we have made is to create a website that is fully responsive to provide you with optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices so you can easily read and navigate with a minimum amount of resizing, panning and scrolling from almost any device from desktop to mobile phone. 

In efforts to bring the website to you at the opening of the golf season, there are still a few improvements that we are making. Please bear with us as continue to update and change.

Burnaby Golf Festivals — A Hit!

Hundreds of golfers came out to the recent Golf Festivals held in this spring at the Burnaby Mountain and Riverway golf courses. 

Our CPGA golf professionals were on hand offering golf clinics on various topics, providing custom club fitting and video swing analysis for golfers who want learn more and improve on their game. Representatives from Callaway, Ping and Misumi demonstrated the latest golf equipment. And, representatives from the Bridgestone Golf provided golfers with ball fitting.

It was a great morning to work on your game, learn more about the “technical” aspects, and of course, there were prizes and food — fun for golfers of all ages!

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