Golf Specific Evaluation and Treatments
Dr. Freeman is a level 3 TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) Medical Professional. TPI is regarded as the gold standard for golf specific evaluations. Along with the evaluation comes research specific to the golfers needs. Things like: most common causes of low back pain in the golfer, injury inducing mechanics, common areas of dysfunction relating to an in-effecient golf swing, problem areas in the body relating to swing faults (like why you always slice the ball or why you have a hard time making consistent impact), most common injuries in golfers (no it isn't golfers elbow or wrist issues), swing modification tips for your PGA Coach, exercises, and much more.
The screen is designed to identify mobility and stability dysfunctions specifically related to the golf swing. For instance, you probably have never considered how much you neck moves in the golf swing (aside from the finish to watch it go in the woods). You're probably thinking, "well it doesn't really move." Technically it doesn't, but in relation to your shoulder turn it rotates about 73 degrees in the backswing and about 160 degrees from top of backswing to finish. Not to mention a fair amount of flexion and lateral flexion. This is just one of the 16 movement tests that we put you through in order to find areas of weakness.
The screen itself lasts about 20 minutes. We typically will shoot a video for analysis at a local golf course nearby afterwards.
Common Swing Faults
The 12 most common swing characteristics each have their place in aggravating golfers around the world. Most often these are limitations in the body and our innate attempt (or compensation) to fix them.
Not all are created equal here though. Some of these cause damage to the body while others cause damage to our club head speed and in turn distance.
If any of these are found in your video analysis, you will likely have an inefficient swing and leave yards on the box. Not only that, but if you are practicing some of the more damaging swing faults (like reverse spine angle), your are setting yourself up for irreparable damage. Not only that, but you are likely not enjoying the game as much as you perhaps once did.
After the movement screen we will take a video analysis of your golf swing to correlate swing faults with physical findings. After the player sees the video and understands where their shortcomings are, this really drives home the idea that their body (and not necessarily the swing) is the cause for ball hunting or pain.