Golf fitness is as important to your golf game as having the correct technique and proper equipment. Strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular training as well as mental preparation all work together to help take your game to the next level. Work with TPI Certified PGA Professional Kent Tarkleson of Tark’s Indoor Golf to help find the fitness and training program that’s right for you.
TPI Golf Fitness Program
Physical limitations can make it difficult if not impossible for students to accomplish what they are attempting to do in their golf swing. We have partnered with the Titleist Performance Institute to offer our students the most advanced golf fitness program available. Our detailed screening process allows us to identify physical limitations and then correlate these findings to an individuals swing tendencies. We then offer a detailed golf specific fitness program designed to address these limitations.
Swing Faults That Can Be Caused by Physical Limitations
- Address & Posture – Different spinal curvatures.
- Dynamic Posture – Called losing your spine angle by instructors.
- Takeaway Drift – Dragging the club inside the swing plane line during the backswing. Also
termed a “Flat Takeaway”.
- Over-the-Top – Arms or upper torso begin the forward swing, very steep angle of approach
into the ball.
- Early Extension – Lower body doesn’t rotate through impact, instead it pushes forward, player
stands up through impact.
- Backswing Sway – Lack of right leg stability, leads to reverse spine angle, pressure moves to
the outside of the right foot.
- Reverse Spine Angle – Golfer leans upper body towards the target at the top of the backswing,
puts golfer in a stress inducing position.
- Reverse Pivot – Same as reverse spine angle but weight also shifts to the left side during the
backswing, this causes weight to shift to the right side during the forward swing usually
resulting in excessive right lateral bend. (right handed player)
- Arm Height – Can be associated with shoulder restriction, left shoulder flexibility is primary
- Casting – This is an early release of angular velocity during the forward swing. Caused by
releasing the clubhead too soon.
- Trapped – From the front you will see the right elbow stop outside of the right hip for 3-4
frames on video, due to lack of external rotation in the shoulder or early extension in the lower
- Chicken Winging – Right side of body dominates the golf swing and you will see the left arm
collapse during the forward swing and impact. Major cause of tennis elbow in golfers.
- Lower Body Slide – Left leg does not straighten during the forward swing.