TPI Golf Fitness
The Titleist Performance Institute 16 step screening process enables me to analyze the 12 most common swing characteristics of the golf swing. The TPI Golf Fitness screening process will allow me to determine the causes of inconsistencies in your golf swing. Based on the screening results, I will give you a workout program that will help with your strength, balance, mobility, stability, flexibility, and power. This will provide you with good mechanics, good conditioning, and proper golf equipment. Listed below are the 12 most common swing faults
12 Most Common Swing Characteristics Caused By Physical Limitations
This posture is caused by the golfer creating too much arch in the lower back and by sticking the tail bone out too much in the setup position. This type of posture puts abnormally high stress on the lower back and can cause a loss of posture or reverse spine angle during the back swing.
This posture occurs when the golfer’s shoulders are slumped forward at address and there is a roundness in the back from the tail bone to the back of the neck. This posture can be the result of a poor set-up position and can be corrected by physically adjusting the posture to a more neutral spine. Clubs that are too short, could also cause this type of posture
Loss of Posture
This occurs when there is any significant alteration in the golfer’s original set up angles during the golf swing. Loss of posture can affect all aspects of the golf swing namely timing, balance, and rhythm. This will lead to inconsistency in the golf swing.
Flat Shoulder Plane
This occurs when the shoulders turn more on a horizontal plane than the axis of the original spine angle. This is part of loss of posture and will lead to inconsistency as well as inconsistent ball striking.
This occurs when the lower body does not rotate thru impact. Instead, the lower body pushes forward towards the golf ball. This is another part of loss of posture and leads to being stuck or trapped with the players’ arms on the downswing. This type of move can lead to the dreaded shank.
Over the Top
This occurs when the golfer’s arms lead the downswing, causing a very steep angle into the golf ball. As a result the club is thrown outside of the intended swing plane, with the club head approaching the ball in out-to-in motion. This is perhaps the most common swing characteristic among high handicap golfers.
This fault is caused by any excessive lower body lateral movement away from the target during the backswing forcing the weight to the outside of the back foot. This swing characteristic makes it very difficult to develop a proper weight shift during the transition and the downswing.
This fault is caused by any excessive lower body lateral movement toward the target during the downswing. This swing characteristic makes it difficult to generate power into the ball. The upper body needs a stable lower body to insure acceleration during the downswing.
Reverse Spine Angle
This occurs when there is any excessive upper body backward bend or excessive left lateral upper body bend during the backswing. This swing characteristic makes it very difficult to start the downswing in the proper sequence. This swing type is one of the prime causes of back pain.
This occurs when a golfer does not shift his or her weight correctly back onto the lead side on the downswing. This type of swing fault results in a lack of power and the inability to create a consistent ball strike.
This fault is caused by any premature release of the wrist angles during the downswing and through impact. This results in unnecessary added loft to the golf club and loss of power.
This fault is caused by a loss of extension or breakdown of the lead elbow through the impact area. It will also put excessive force on the outside of the elbow joint and tend to cause tennis elbow.