Most professional golfers have a team of supporters/teachers/helpers who are prepared to help them improve their approach to the game, maximize their potential and avoid slumps and injuries. Their teams usually include some or all of the following:

  • Coach/teacher/pro
  • Caddy
  • Business manager/agent
  • Sports psychologist
  • Fitness trainer
  • Physical therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, etc.

Fortunately, one doesn’t have to be a professional golfer to realize the benefits of the team approach. As a physical therapist/manual therapist and athletic trainer who enjoys working with golfers of all levels, I’ve noticed that my clients/patients get great results from having the advice/instruction/treatment from professionals, all of whom are interested in helping their clients enjoy golf to the fullest without pain or injury.

In 2006, I attended a course in Orlando that was the first of its kind: The World Golf Fitness Summit. This was the brainchild of the founders of the Titleist Performance Institute: Greg Rose and Dave Phillips. Rose and Phillips combined simplicity with genius by teaming golf pros, medical professionals, and fitness experts, in the hopes that these three entities could work together. Their objective hinged on these groups exchanging ideas and meeting the common goals of each golfer — usually playing well and avoiding getting hurt.

How does the average golfer put his/her team together? Most golfers have one of the three members of the team already, usually a pro/instructor. The best way to find the other two is to visit the TPI website ( and “Find an Expert” who has a Level 3 (or at least Level 2) certification as a golf fitness instructor in your desired specialty.

Here’s a key to the experts’ abbreviations:

  • MP = Medical Professional
  • FP = Fitness Professional
  • JC = Junior Coach
  • GC = Golf Coach
  • PC = Power Coach
  • GM = Golf Mechanic
  • GI = Golf Instructor
  • GB = Golf Biomechanist

Interview your experts and look forward to seeing your golf game improve.

Coming soon: Most common golf injuries and their causes. Spoiler alert — often, injuries don’t occur from the golf swing.

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Alice Kahl is a manual physical therapist and certified athletic trainer with 25 years of experience in sports medicine. She loves analyzing movement, especially that of golfers, and in 2007 was one of the first clinicians to achieve certification by Titleist Performance Institute as a Level 3 Medical Professional. When she isn't treating patients or watching golf, she's relaxing with her husband, Dean, and their golden retriever, Duffy.


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