Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) was founded by Dr Greg Rose, a board certified chiropractor, and Dave Philips, a Class A PGA golf instructor. Previous to forming TPI, each founder attempted to address swing, posture, and biomechanical issues according to their expertise with moderate success but realized there had to be a better approach.
Much like when you first attempted to swing the golf club, hitting the ball was not as easy as you initially thought. The golf instructor instructs the student to hold certain postures and attempts to guide the body into certain swing planes. In the rare case, some students will immediately understand the instruction but for most students, the journey to enjoying golf will be long and frustrating. Some instructors will come to believe that perhaps it is their inability to teach effectively when students fail to perform according to their wishes (and bang their heads on the wall), while most perhaps simply blame the student, who is a poor athlete who has difficulty with coordination. From the perspective of the student, they understand mentally the motion to perform but physically are unable to accomplish the task.
Everyone agrees that golf instruction starts with the proper grip, followed by address and swing mechanics. What was missing was an assessment method to analyze the body to determine if the body is able to “move” in certain motions needed for a proper golf swing. If certain movements are difficult to perform by the student but forced upon through repetitions, injuries can occur. This is very common in any exercise or sport. For example, you will witness novice weight lifters at the gym attempting to exercise with improper mechanics which lead to injury. The major difference in movement patterns of the average person versus an athlete is the ability for the athlete to maintain stability in certain areas of the body while being mobile in other areas.
TPI recognizes the faults of the golfer and addresses these faults through golf instruction, fitness, and rehabilitation through exercise. TPI also has the largest number of data related to golf and injuries in the world. No other authority commands such raw data and knowledge about health and fitness in golf than Titleist. According to data from TPI, the most common golf injuries are as follows (right handed golfer):
Amateur Golf Injury Stats
Professional Golf Injury Stats
Most common cause of injury in professional: overuse
Most common cause of injury in amateur: mechanics
Most common mechanisms of injuries:
- Poor body mechanics
- Poor swing biomechanics
- Excessive Practice (overuse)
- No regular customized exercise program
- Poor nutrition
- Improper club fitting
*Disclaimer. Some parts of the above mentioned statements are direct quotes from Titleist Performance Institute.
Copyright by Dr. Andrew J Park