Golf Certification

Whether you’re a handicap golfer or a duffer, there’s always room to improve your game. Joel Buffum of Memorial Sports Medicine Advantage has been certified by the Titleist Performance Institute to help you determine how best to improve your golf game and avoid injury. He appeared on KIT 1280 on June 10, 2014 to talk about this new certification and the screening program offered to golfers.

What is the Titleist Performance Institute?
TPI is the world’s leading research organization dedicated to the study of how the human body affects the golf swing – and how physical limitations in a person’s body can adversely impact a golf swing and potentially lead to injury. The program has shown how professionals and amateurs alike can get more powerful, more accurate and stronger, while reducing injuries and fatigue. Seven of the past eight Masters champions have worked with a TPI professional.

Why is this necessary?
There’s no one, most-efficient way to swing a golf club. It’s entirely dependent on the limitations of the body for each individual. But if you can take steps to reduce these limitations, you can improve your power, improve efficiency and reduce injury, improving your golf game overall.

What does a session with you look like?
A screening session starts with a series of questions to better assess your skills and history with the game:
• How long have you been playing?
• What injuries – golf related and otherwise – have you suffered?
• What most concerns you about your game?

Maybe you want to get more power behind your drives – an indication that your backswing isn’t reaching its full potential and you need to strengthen specific muscles and improve your flexibility. Perhaps it’s an accuracy issue – a high stroke count could mean you’re struggling with wrist control and you need to strengthen muscles that will allow you to better control your shots.

The screening then includes a series of physical tests to assess the fitness, flexibility and overall function of your body, such as hip range and overall range of motion.

All screening sessions finish with a face-on and down-line evaluation of your swing.

Is this open to anyone?
Yes. You don’t have to be a great golfer to come in for a screening. Beginners are welcome. Just bring your clubs and be prepared to dive in with your assessment.

For more information, visit yakimamemorial.org or call Joel at 941-5746.

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