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Titleist Performance Institute Level 2 Fitness recap: Part 2

If you haven’t done so, please see my first installment of notes from the TPI Level 2 Fitness seminar. http://www.pikeathletics.com/blog/titleist-performance-institute-level-2-fitness-recap-part-1 

Notes from Coach Al Vermeil

Learning from Coach Vermeil was one of the highlights of the weekend.  Just getting to meet Coach Vermeil was a thrill unto itself.  Not only was his presentation outstanding, he was extremely generous with his time in "holding court" after the formal events had ended for the day.      

Coach Vermeil talked about power training  as a daily assessment tool.  If an is more than 10% of his or her max on a power test (i.e. vertical leap, long jump, med ball throw), then they aren't ready to train for power on that day.  A loss of power frequently indicates the nervous system has not recovered from the previous workout or whatever non-athletic demands/stressors the athlete has faced.  Take what they've got on that day and work with it; training should never be forced!

More nuggets from Coach Vermeil:
*If you are training the 40-60 age group you MUST send at least 25% to a manual therapist. 
*All muscles are there for a purpose: Figure out what the purpose is. 
*Don't combine conditioning with power moves.  Take enough recovery to maximize power training.
*Teach kids proper technique with Olympic lifts at a young age
*Strength training is like lighting a match
*Control rotation first, then rotate
*Good jumps are seen and not heard

No matter what your focus during the current stage of training, always keep little bits of the other stuff.  If you are getting soreness at the beginning of a training phase, then you haven't prepared yourself adequately for that phase.

Create speed through relaxation.  For sprinting, he would increase rep distances only after the athlete could demonstrate relaxed form while running for a specified distance.   One common progression was to start with 10m sprints and progress in 10m increments. 

More power thoughts from Dr. Rose

Dr. Rose presented a golf specific power circuit that he picked up from his days as a consultant to the Pinnacle Long Drive team....

1.  You need three clubs: a standard club from you set, a club heavier than your standard specs, and a club lighter than your standard specs.  The heavier and lighter clubs should be no more than 10-15% heavier or lighter than your standard.  If you select clubs that are too light or too heavy, the motor learning will not fully transfer into your actual swing. 

2.  Find a hitting net.  Hit ten balls as hard as you possibly can into the net with the heavy club; hit ten balls as hard as you can with the standard club; hit ten balls into the net with a light club.  Take as much rest as needed between shots.  The reason to hit into the net is so you focus on speed without worrying about distance. 

3.  You can repeat this circuit once every ten days.   

Dr. Rose's formula for driving distance ---> As you get older, power has inherent limitations.  Thus, you need better technique to compensate.
22 and under.....Distance = Power training x technique
Over 22 years old.....Distance = Power training x (technique^2)

Dr. Tom House Foundation Fitness

Pitching guru Dr. Tom House presented on the topic of “Foundation Fitness.”  Dr. Rose teaches Dr. House's Integrated Shoulder Flexibility routine in all TPI Level I courses.   At this course, Dr. House demonstrated a full body routine that hits the core and legs.  Note that we have posted parts of these routines on the Mutlimedia section of our site.  Although it is hard to quantify isometrics, Dr. House believes they are the safest way to build balance and are applicable for all populations.  Isometrics are especially useful in dealing with a group of athletes of differing abilities.  He picked up many of these techniques while observing Japanese baseball teams. 

A couple of quotes:
-"When I hit a wall, go where there isn't a wall"
-There is always someone who can make you better.  Find that person or people.

Three keys for excellence....
1) Passion - If you have passion, your job is never work
2)  Motivation - Task specific passion
3)  Mastery - When your passion for the most mundane drill is the same as the passion for playing the game.
If you have all three of the above, you will never want for anything

One of Dr. House's specialities is rehabbing shoulder injuries in pitchers.  (interestingly, his doctorate is in sports psychology).  He noted an interesting paradox in comparing tennis with baseball.  You would expect tennis players to have a myriad of shoulder issues given the number of overhand serves they make every day and the intensity at which they swing the racket.  Tennis players actually have relatively few shoulder issues, especially when compared to baseball.  The shoulder in tennis is at less risk because gripping the racket creates stabilization in and around the shoulder.  When throwing a baseball, the shoulder separates slightly with each throw.  The subconscious effort at stabilization during the throw weakens the shoulder.      

Kinematic sequence of all rotational athletes is nearly identical, which is one reason the collaboration between Dr. Rose and Dr. House in sharing knowledge of 3-D imaging has been very successful. 
General rule for shoulder pain - If pain is in the front, then mechanics are likely at fault.  If pain is in the rear of the shoulder, then strength is the likely culprit. 

With baseball players, Dr. House uses a similar overweight and underweight protocol as Dr. Rose uses.  A baseball is five ounces.  For the heavy ball, they use six ounces; for the lighter ball they use four ounces.  Both of these balls are 20% different than the weight of a normal ball.  A heavy ball can increase shoulder stabilization.  If pain is present, it usually comes when throwing a lighter ball.

Wrist and Ankle Screening

We were also introduced to the wrist and ankle screens to complement the base screen taught in Level I.  TPI elected not to include these screens in the Level I curriculum due to time limitations.  The wrist must be able to flex, extend, and demonstrate radial and ulnar deviation.  If a player can't demonstrate these abilities, setting and releasing the club properly will be nearly impossible.  Even though you can't exercise your way out of certain structural wrist limitations, it is important to identify limitations for referral to medical professionals and for the golf professional recognize to what extent he or she must teach around those limitations.  Nevertheless, if there is no serious pathology creating the wrist limitations, TPI has had success in using Dr. House's Integrated Shoulder Flexibility. 

In the Level I screen we look at ankle dorsiflexion and address the ankle as part of the lower quarter rotation screen.  The Level II ankle screen adds inversion and eversion to the screening process. 


In addition to working with Coach Vermeil, Dr. Rose, and Dr. House, I also had the pleasure of talking at length one of the other presenters, Jason Glass, who is one of the rising stars in the TPI network.  Jason is also a former lacrosse player...as a former Marylander transplanted to the southwestern US, there aren't many chances to talk lacrosse at home!  We also had an interesting chat about incorporating some of the junior development principles with adults who have lost their sense of "play".  This was my third TPI seminar (I attended Level I once myself and once when Katherine attended) and I can't wait to go back for Level 3 Fitness and advanced courses in the other tracks (Medical, Junior, Golf Professional, and Biomechanist). 


They performed really well

They performed really well but Boca Raton Fitness center deserved the 1st prize.

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