Fitness is an extremely important component of any golfer's game. Glen is a TPI Fitness Expert and now offers private TPI - Fitness Screening sessions, giving golfers the opportunity to experience the same physical assessment and fitness training as the pros, regardless of age, current fitness level or handicap.


TPI Assessment

The assessment identifies physical imbalances. A fitness program is then designed to correct those imbalances and improve stability, mobility, flexibility, balance, posture, strength and power. Improving physical fitness levels increases endurance and injury prevention which leads to peak performance.

TPI Fitness Screening Includes: Physical assessment, TPI-generated workout program, and access to TPI literature and video exercises (viewable from iPhone or other compatible mobile device).





For more information on TPI Fitness Screening, or to book a session with a certified TPI expert, please Contact Glen Walden at 845-518-6901


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Back Pain Can Be Crippling! So much so it can stop a Tiger in his tracks!

Experts estimate that as much as 80% of the U.S. population will experience a back problem at some time in their lives.                                   

 BACK PAIN is the #1 injury amongst golfers!

What Causes Back Pain?       

The spine is a complicated structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. While there are can be many contributing factors that can lead to back pain, for example:arthritis, poor posture, being overweight or obese, poor diet, psychological stress, etc. In order to keep things simple we are going to discuss the most common mechanical causes of Low Back Pain

Common Mechanical Causes of Low Back Pain

The Joint-By-Joint Approach

The Joint-By-Joint approach states that; the human body works in an alternating patterns of stabile segments  connected by mobile jointsIf this pattern is broken or altered in any way, compensation will occur which leads to irritation, inflammation, pain and eventually injury.

The Lumbar Spine (in yellowis a stable segment.

The Hips and Thoracic Spine (in pink) are mobile segments

The Process is Simple

  • Lose hip mobility, get low back pain.
  • Lose thoracic spine mobility, get low back pain, neck or shoulder pain.



    How We Lose Hip and Thoracic Spine Mobility?

    You guessed it.. The chair.. You may have heard this before.. “Sitting is the new smoking”.. The average American is sitting 9 + hours a day! I have clients that admit to 10 or more! Is the image below an exaggeration? Not really.. Go to any office or visit a coffee shop where people are working on their laptops or texting on their cell phones and you will see lots of “C” shaped spines.

How Do This Apply To Golf?   

Those of us trained by the Titleist Performance Institute look at how a golfer’s body moves using what’s known as the Level 1 Screen. This evaluation process was developed for golf professionals to identify any physical limitations that might be effecting their golf swing. The level 1 screen looks at flexibilitymobility, stability andbalance as it relates to a mechanically correct golf swing.

The physical limitations found in the screen are then correlated to any one of a number of common swing innefficiencies. This correlation is referred to as the Body-Swing connection. 

One swing characteristic known as Reverse Spine Angle is the prime cause of back pain in golfers. Reverse Spine Angle is defined as any excessive upper body backward bend (trunk leaning towards the target) or excessive left lateral – upper body bend (for a right-handed player) during the backswing. This swing fault makes it very difficult to start the downswing in the proper sequence, because to the lower body is in a a position that limits its ability to initiate the downswing. 

The upper body tends to dominate the swing when the lower body can’t start the downswing or has limited abilit to initiate the movement. The upper body dominant swing will eventually create path problems and limited power output. 

Physical Causes   

  1. Foremost, the ability to separate your upper body from your lower body which allows your shoulders to rotate around the spine without going into backbend or excessive lateral bend. Limited thorax to pelvis separation is caused by reduced spinal mobility and shortened lat flexibility.  
  2. Right hip internal rotation for a right-handed golfer is paramount for full rotation into the right hip without any  lateral movement. SEE IMAGES BELOWIf the body is unable to rotate around the hip due to joint or muscular restrictions than a lateral sway may occur. Any lateral sway during the backswing will force the spine to tilt into backward bend and create the reverse spine angle    
  3. Finally, the ability to stabilize the spine angle during the backswing is directly proportional to strength and stability of the core musculature (your abs and glutes).The core is king when it comes to spinal stabilization. These muscles help keep the thorax forward flexed throughout the golf swing .                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 Inadequate Right Hip INTERNAL Rotation   

Adequate Right Hip INTERNAL Rotation

Check out this YouTube video as Dave Phillips and Lance Gill share how Butch Harmon changed Rickie Fowler’s swing to protect his lower back and discusses what the average golfer can learn from their work.