As summer is coming to an end, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital physical therapist Torrey Welsch shares top reasons that hitting the course in the fall can be extra enjoyable.
“First, there is better access in general,” Welsch said. “Most people stop golfing at the end of summer, so tee times are easier to book, the course is less crowded, and there may even be reduced prices as the season winds down.”
It’s also a good time to invest in your skills and physical strength to enhance your play overall.
“Shoring up your game and addressing any pain you may be experiencing is important. Shoulder, arm, wrist, back, leg, knee, or neck pain can all be affecting your golf experience. In fact, how you golf may be creating pain,” Welsh shared. He has certification from the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) in order to conduct this distinct and detailed care plan. TPI certified golf experts, who are sponsored by the makers of Titleist golf balls and equipment, can quickly identify any physical restrictions that may be limiting a player’s performance.
The Golf Performance Program at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Outpatient Therapy offers a comprehensive health and wellness approach to local golfers, of any age and skill level, to achieve their goals. The program includes screenings, injury evaluations, rehabilitation and fitness programs centered around each specific player.
Welsch said, “TPI is the premier certification program in the country dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.”
TPI used over a decade of data from players at all levels, including, amateur and PGA tour professionals, to develop its own teaching program designed for professional golf instructors, medical practitioners and fitness trainers to help players achieve the most efficient golf swing.
Welsch noted, “The program can be a benefit to many players to improve their game and general fitness. It is also helpful for total joint surgery patients or patients recovering from other injuries who want to return to golf.”
The Golf Performance Program is available at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Outpatient Therapy clinic, located at 209 Rec Plex Drive in O’Fallon. For more information or an appointment, call 618-624-3668.