If you are a golfer and you start having pain when you play in a certain position, you have a few options available to seek an answer. You can discuss it with your swing coach or a pro, try to compensate with a different position while you play, or Google your symptoms to figure out what’s wrong (we don’t recommend the last one).
While the other solutions could be beneficial, they may not be the most comprehensive. A swing coach typically focuses on your swing, stance, and how you hold the clubs, but more often than not, they are not medical professionals. So who do you see when you are having pain or are unable to move the way your swing coach is asking you to? You need an expert in movement who understands the physical demands of a golf swing and can work with your swing coach to help you play your best.
We have created our EW Golf program to do just that. Utilizing our 20+ years of experience in evaluating movement, combined with an understanding of the unique requirements of the golf swing, our physical therapists and motion specialists can help you and your swing coach build a plan that keeps you healthy and pain-free. We understand if you cannot come to see us, but we still want to be a source of advice to help you golf better.
In this article, we will discuss the first step in our EW Golf program, the golf evaluation, and how it is different from other evaluations. With this knowledge, you can decide whether EW Golf is the right program for you.
What is the EW Golf evaluation?
Our evaluation involves a combination of industry best practices and some of our own physical therapy techniques.
Your session will start with the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) body evaluation. This is an industry-standard process, with 16 different movements that all connect to how you swing. We have 3 TPI-certified physical therapists on staff, and only our physical therapists complete the evaluations.
After the TPI body evaluation, we bring in our physical therapy knowledge. We examine you as we would any physical therapy patient, completing a general movement screening to pick out any imbalances in your functional movement. We also go through your medical history, your history with golf, and your future goals.
The evaluation is just the first step in your EW journey. Once your motion specialist has established the things you want to focus on most, they can direct you to one of our other programs, whether you need physical therapy, bodywork, or other wellness services. The evaluation gives us a solid foundation on which to build a comprehensive treatment plan so that you can work toward your goals.
What makes it different?
Many golf instructors know how to complete the TPI evaluation. The difference in our evaluation is that we bring in our knowledge as physical therapists.
With our training, we can use manual techniques to manipulate joints/muscles that are causing pain or restricting movement. We will not just watch you move - we will give you a hands-on experience to show you where you need to improve your movement. Then, we will discuss treatment options, relating solutions to your golf game and keeping your goals our number one priority.
How can I sign up?
Now you know a bit more information about our golf evaluation. We created the EW Golf program to give golfers a chance to improve their game by improving how they move, and we want to create a community of golfers who can support each other and help each other grow.
At EW Motion Therapy, our ultimate goal is to help our patients get back to activities they love, and golfers are no different. We want to get you playing without pain, so you can get back to focusing on your drives. If you are interested in getting a golf evaluation for yourself, fill out our Request an Appointment form, and someone from our staff will contact you within 48 hours with your next steps.