Burch Physical Therapy’s Golf Program TPI & K-Vest (by Michael Hansen, PT, DPT, TPI golf fitness instructor)
by jessicag, September 7, 2018
Golf is a multi billion dollar industry. We are all looking for the “next best thing” to improve our swing. A lot of attention is given to equipment including golf clubs, balls and training devices. But how much attention do you put on your own mobility and fitness? Here is where the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) comes in. TPI is an organization dedicated to learning and improving the way the body moves in relation to the golf swing.
TPI’s mission states:
“TPI’s mission is to educate golfers and industry professionals on the Body-Swing Connection™ through its one of a kind ‘TPI Certified’ educational program. This program was developed by founders Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips along with a 52 member advisory staff of industry leading experts. Five unique fields of study are offered for TPI Certification: Golf, Medical, Fitness, Power and Junior Development.”
Here at Burch Physical Therapy we have two TPI certified golf instructors – Bryan Burch, MS, PT, OCS, SCS; and Michael Hansen PT, DPT. A TPI golf assessment is a physical screen of 16 movement patterns that are important to the golf swing, assessing flexibility, strength, balance, power, and upper/lower body separation. The physical screen assesses how well your body can move and support itself during the golf swing The screen requires minimal equipment and is quick; it takes approximately one hour. TPI’s philosophy states,
“TPI does not believe in one way to swing a club, rather in an infinite number of swing styles. But, we do believe there is one efficient way for every player to swing and it is based on what the player can physically do.”
Another service that Burch Physical Therapy offers for golfers is a 3D swing analysis using our K-Vest. The K-Vest is a device created by K-Motion which is designed to assess and train human movement using biofeedback from sensors placed on the body. Here at Burch PT, we use the K-Vest to analyze and train an improved golf swing to optimize performance and decrease/prevent pain. We are also able to use the features of the K-Vest with our physical therapy patients to help see what the human eye can’t see and improve posture, performance and reduce pain.
K-Vest is a wearable biofeedback device designed to capture, analyze, and provide feedback for golf swings. It provides information including: Kinematic Swing Sequence (sequence of lower body, torso, lead arm, and club during swing), Swing Timing, Rotational Velocities/Speed, and X-Factor Measurements (separation of lower body from upper body throughout swing).
If you are interested, please give us a call to schedule a golf fitness assessment or for additional information on the services we offer.