Fit To Be Tee'd

A look inside the TPI fitting experience

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“We can do a lot with equipment to address swing flaws,” Bucy suggests, “and that’s all some people want. Practice, working out—there’s a lot of commitment involved. Some people don’t have time to practice. Some don’t want to go to the gym. There’s nothing wrong with that approach. We need to work with people, not give them the hard sell.”

After talking with me about my goals, assessing my strengths and weaknesses, analyzing my video, and, I assumed, making a little pop-psych guesstimation as to my I-really-wanna-improve quotient, Bucy suggested I was a prime candidate to make my body and swing conform, not my equipment; so we kicked to the curb any consideration of 1-inch long and 4º up nonsense. We did decide the graphite has to go, and after trying 10 or 12 brand/flex combos, we settle on KBS Tour shafts.

Prognosis
This is not a one-and-done fix. TPI provides a road map. As with any such attempt at personal improvement, it’s up to me to unfold that map, see the starting point, identify the destination and accept there are real steps to undertake to get there.

I have my own page at mytpi.com, and it includes Bucy’s fitness assessment outlining what isn’t working so well and why (and what is). As with all TPI patrons, my web home also addresses “My Golf Fitness Handicap”—I’m a bit more than a half-stroke better than “bogey”—and offers 17 exercises and stretches chosen specifically for my shortcomings, with video demos and a workout schedule. A cool feature is “View MySwing,” where you can download and save video for analysis; I’m using it with my usual instructor. And the site has links to ask questions of TPI-approved instructors, trainers and medical professionals, and to access an exhaustive library of articles.

Again, it’s not automatic, and it’s up to me to work it. And guess what? I can’t wait to get started.

Scheduling An Appointment
Is this for you? Any player, regardless of handicap, would benefit from bringing the disparate parts of golf under one roof. Bucy’s program at Desert Willow, like many “satellite” TPIs, is complete, if not as exhaustive as what can be had at Titleist’s Oceanside, Calif., campus. His two-hour TPI Full Swing/Golf Flexibility Program costs two-and-a-half Bens and includes full-swing review, video analysis, fitness assessment and a personalized MyTPI workout program. The academy offers instruction geared to where the body is going, and a through-the-bag fitting runs $150 for a few hours of work—remember, no nets here—and launch monitor. Consult www.mytpi.com for TPI professionals near you, including TPI-certified medical and fitness practitioners who can coordinate their services with clients following a TPI regimen.

For the ultimate experience, consider the half-, two- or, most definitely, three-day program at Titleist HQ. The latter, at $6,500+, serves up 3-Dimensional Motion Capture Body-Swing Analysis, video filming and review, equipment workup and custom-fitted Titleist/Vokey/Cameron clubs, golf-ball testing, skills assessments, complete physical evaluation and workout profile, nutrition counseling, and instruction in all aspects of the game. “You’ll be pampered like a Tour professional,” Bucy says.

Does it include a bit of Furyk’s season-end bonus? One can wish.


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