Total Performance Golf (TPG) at the Biltmore was designed to provide players with the ultimate golf learning experience. Our certified Golf Swing Instructors, Physical Therapists, Fitness Trainers and Biomechanists have a single common goal: show golfers how to improve their ability and play better golf. Each specialist plays a specific role not only in the evaluation process, but also in the long-term wellness of each student.
Our team approach to golf instruction utilizes high-tech evaluation processes pioneered by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), the leaders in elite player development. Golfers undergo a complete array of tests usually reserved for the best players in the world. By assessing a total picture of your body, swing and equipment, our team can devise a program that will help optimize your performance in a measureable and enjoyable way.
Swing technique and style are as individual and unique as a player’s fingerprints. At TPG, we utilize a proprietary MRI motion capture system to create a three-dimensional figure of your golf swing, including all the rotational speeds of your body. This provides a precise picture of what is happening during your swing. We can then match your swing technique with your physical attributes to help you build a more repeatable and efficient golf swing.
Key factors such as strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, nutrition, stability, power, vision and posture all influence the body’s mechanics. Utilizing our physical screening process, we measure your ability to generate and transfer speed and determine the most efficient energy transfer throughout your body. Our experts will isolate any physical limitations, correlate these findings to your swing technique and prescribe a customized conditioning program.
Proper equipment is a vital component to developing a repeatable technique. The best players in the world rely on fitting specialists to ensure that their equipment matches their launch conditions. Our team evaluates your golf ball and club requirements and provides fitting recommendations that produce results. Your equipment data is cross-referenced with your swing efficiency and conditioning analysis to ensure the optimum fit for your game.
An initial swing evaluation is performed by our head teaching professional to determine your swing style and efficiency. Next a basic physical screening is given to determine if there are any physical issues that need to be addressed. From here a player can move one of two ways. First, if he or she does not show any severe physical limitations, we move directly to equipment fitting, short game analysis and swing training. However, if a player does exhibit multiple deficiencies during the basic physical evaluation, we then bring in our resident physical therapist to perform the TPI Medical Evaluation. This evaluation will identify a player’s physical deficits, however small. Each golfer’s range of motion, strength, balance and flexibility are tested extensively. Once this evaluation is completed, our team can determine which physical limitations are directly affecting the player’s performance. A personalized six-week corrective exercise program is then created by the TPG fitness team to address these limitations. It is important to note that a swing fault directly related to a physical limitation cannot be corrected until the limitation is corrected first. Next, golfers are put through a 3-Dimensional swing analysis, which in essence is the equivalent to a golf swing MRI. This evaluation will allow us to track the efficiency of your body movements through the swing, or what is also known as the Kinematic Sequence.
Biomechanists have discovered a unique signature that all great players possess, regardless of individual style. This signature is known in the biomechanics world as the Kinematic Sequence. A powerful 3-Dimensional motion capture computer with electronic position sensors is used to create a ‘virtual reality’ model of a player’s swing in three dimensions. Biomechanical values such as posture, joint angles, speed, acceleration and timing are obtained, as is the Kinematic Sequence itself.
To assist in the analysis of each swing, the body is broken up into three key segments: Pelvis (Lower body), Thorax (Torso) and Arms. (The club itself represents a fourth component). Among the world’s best ball-strikers, these segments work like a synchronized whip on the downswing and result in an efficient, repeatable swing.
Typically, the average amateur golfer has one or more of these segments out of sequence, and as a result has to manipulate the club in order to make contact with the ball. An inefficient motion results in a loss of speed and accuracy. It can also lead to injury.