Updated: Jun 24, 2019
Last week I had the opportunity to go to the Titleist Performance Insititute Level 1 seminar in Rosemont, IL where I learned the basics of golf swing analysis, common swing characteristics, and the TPI physical screening process for a biomechanically sound golf swing. The level 1 seminar consisted of golf pros, fitness professionals, and medical professionals all coming together to speak the language when it comes to working with golfers. It was a 2 day seminar, and there were 3 main presenters from TPI and they were all fantastic in their own way. The golf swing professional ( Mark Blackburn) broke down the golf swings of many of his clients including Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Ian Poulter, Ian Poulter, and many more. Seeing his analysis of the golf swing and how certain mechanics lead to swing faults, pain, and dysfunction was probably my favorite part of the whole weekend just because it was all so new to me. I had never taken any golf specific courses before so this was a huge learning opportunity for me and was definitely the most helpful in improving my own golf swing ( which needs its fair share of work by the way). Jason Glass was the Fitness Professional speaker for this TPI course and his topics were all about how to correctly assess athletes, how to make corrective exercise programs for each specific fault, and how to market your business as a TPI professional. His motto is “Dream Big, Over Deliver, and Be Undeniable”, and I think his portion of the course really did over deliver. There was tons of value in each one of his breakout sessions and I definitely feel a lot more comfortable in being specific with my training cues for golfers, as well as with proper assessment of swing faults. The last speaker was Lance Gill, who was a biomechanist who dabbled a little bit in swing mechanics, exercise prescription, and bridging the gap between each of the professionals. Lance was a straight-to-the-point, no non-sense kind of teacher and did an awesome job of teaching us the proper biomechanical sequence of the golf swing without preaching one specific method for a golf swing. He also taught some of the screens, explained how he used them in his own practice at TPI headquarters in CA, and also talked a little bit about how to market yourself as a TPI professional. The combination of these 3 speakers made the weekend not only incredibly valuable, but also a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to implementing more golf specific protocols to my clients, as well as taking additional medical training through TPI upon graduation!
Synaptyx Health and Performance