Glutes and abs are the kings and queens of golf swing

Who is the King of your golf swing? Richard Morris, TPI Certified Fitness Instructor and Clinical Conditioning Coordinator at HealthPoint Fitness Center in Pawley’s Island says that the kings of the swing are the glutes, followed by the queens of the swing, the abs.

TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) was created to provide golfers with the ultimate golf learning experience, by directing attention to all aspects of a player’s golf game.  Utilizing a physical screening process, TPI can measure your ability to generate and transfer speed, and determine the most efficient energy transfer throughout your body.

Factors like strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, nutrition, stability, power, vision, and posture influence the body’s mechanics.

I had the opportunity to go through the TPI screening process with Morris.  In addition to learning that the ‘Queen’- the abs needs to focus on her King – the glutes, Morris explained the muscular symptoms of poor golf habits.  For example, I was asked to touch my toes.  As a lifelong runner and walker, my hamstrings are always tight.

It was difficult for me to bend over and touch my toes with my knees locked.  Morris explained this could be due to bilateral hip restriction or inflexibility in my lumbar spine, calves and hamstrings. These limitations can make it difficult to create good golf posture and maintain it throughout the swing.

My biggest issue, which by far is the most important issue to every golfer, was my lack of mobility. I was limited to perform a full deep squat due to the lack of core stabilization of my pelvis. This can show up in the golf swing through a loss of posture at the top and in the early extension of the downswing.

Hip restrictions can make sitting into your right hip on the backswing and posting into your left hip during the downswing seem impossible. Hip restrictions can also lead to lower back and hip pain during golf.

On a positive note, I had a nice amount of separation between my upper and lower body and the ability to stabilize my core during rotation. This is an advantage for me when it comes to stabilizing my posture throughout the golf swing because it can create a great shoulder turn.

The TPI screening process was conducive for me, as it made a direct correlation between my muscular weaknesses and the flaws in my golf swing.

The TPI screening process is relatively short. I spent less than an hour with Morris.  All of my screening information was entered directly into the TPI website. The results were immediately sent to my email, along with instructional videos on the areas of muscular weakness in my body that I need to strengthen.

Another added benefit of the personalized prescription plan is that my workouts are mobile.  They can accessible wherever I go. All I have to do is log into my personalized TPI account, and I’m on my way to a stronger more mechanically solid swing.

Overall, my experience with Richard Morris at HealthPoint was informative and encouraging.   Although I passed many of the tests without limitations, my golf fitness handicap came out to be an 18….thanks a lot, glutes!

If you are interested in an assessment and personalized exercise prescription, contact: Richard Morris, Clinical Conditioning Coordinator, 843-237-2205 or email at rmorris@georgetownhospitalsystem.org.

Meredith Kirk is a USGTF level 3 certified Myrtle Beach golf instructor and is passionate about teaching golf to all levels of players. Her teaching methods combine golf mechanics with mind-body-spirit connection. She holds a BA from Coastal Carolina University in Public Relations in the Church and is a graduate of Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary with a degree in Bible Counseling. She is also the author of  the book, “Thy Club and Thy Staff“. A brand new release that tees up 21 devotions bringing together the basics of good golf and the fundamentals of strong faith.

Visit her online site at http://www.meredithkirkgolf.com/

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