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What do the words “performance institute” mean to you?

The image I get in my mind is of a person running on a treadmill, hooked up to wires and breathing tubes that are collecting information and feeding it to a machine where someone in a white lab coat is overseeing this operation.  Well, at the Titleist Performance Institute in California, it is not that much different!  Except that people are swinging a golf club instead of running – which sounds like much more fun to me!

 Titleist Performance Institute has been doing this for a number of years, since 2003 in fact, so what they have developed is based on detailed research.  How many golf fitness programs can say that! 

So, you must be wondering what they are learning there.  Allow me to explain.  It is no secret that professional golfers are looking more and more athletic these days.  Having tight hamstrings or weak core muscles can have a serious impact on their swing and ultimately their game.  These guys and gals want to make sure that they are doing everything they can to be the best they can be. 

Research performed at TPI on thousands of golfers of different ability levels, shapes and sizes has shown that a regular program of cardiovascular, strength, stretching and golf-specific exercises can improve their game in numerous ways.

Let’s talk swing characteristics.  Bad ones!  After studying these golfers, TPI has determined that there are 16 basic swing characteristics or faults.  All can affect the path of the ball (hook, slice etc.) or cause the golfer pain from overuse.  You can see these characteristics for yourself at www.mytpi.com/improve-my-game/swing-characteristics.  

Do yourself a favor.  Contact your local TPI certified golf fitness instructor, or come visit us at Stowe Mountain Lodge for an assessment here!  We can video tape your swing and determine if you possess a swing characteristic that could use some tweaking.  We can perform a golf specific physical screening that will detect any weaknesses or inflexibilities.  We will also prescribe some exercises that you can learn to do as part of your workout routine.  Just a few simple exercises can improve your game immensely.  Not to mention, make you more fit for golf! Come see us here at the Spa and Wellness Center at Stowe Mountain Lodge, and have a happy and healthy golf season!

Rebecca Rahilly, TPI certified golf fitness instructor

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