Golf Fitness Best Practice: Use the Performance Pathway to Maximize Your Body’s Potential

Ash Williams is the Director of Operations and a Performance Specialist at Tatum Human Performance in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Ash Williams on the importance of using the Performance Pathway to maximize your body’s potential:

Many of our clients at Tatum Human Performance are high-level performers – some of them are among the top professional golfers in the game. But two other demographics make up a big part of our community – the youth competitive golfer and the retired competitive golfer. Our training principles apply to all of our clients, whether they are current or former business executives, elite youth athletes or Jon Rahm himself. The pathway remains the same. Golf is an extremely results-driven sport, and golfers will invest in equipment, lessons and technology just to cut a stroke or two off their handicap. People are obsessed with making the swing fit their body, rather than making their body fit the requirements of the sport. They’re solving short-term issues while creating long-term problems in the process when it comes to longevity and physical well-being down the road. The main things we hear in terms of goals are “increased clubhead speed” and “more distance.” But trying to build speed and power with an inefficient body is like putting a Ferrari engine on Prius brakes. It’ll go fast up until it breaks, and then we start having the injury conversation. In terms of performance, we look at a simple pathway that needs the applicable boxes checked to demonstrate true expression of athletic performance (meaning, you aren’t leaving your potential on the table).

Performance Pathway: Mobility > Stability > Motor Control > Strength > Power

Mobility serves as the precursor to all performance. You need to be able to create good joint alignment to have stability around that joint. Motor control refers to one’s ability to control their mobility and stability. Performance does not occur in full alignment all the time, but your ability to get back into alignment says a lot about your strength and power expression. Strength requires this joint alignment and control to be absolute. And if you have all your strength on the table, you will be able to access your power.

Ash Williams on the business impact of using the Performance Pathway to maximize your body’s potential:

We try to instill this into every client who comes through our doors. If you want the shiny things at the end of the road, we need to make sure your body can handle it, and most importantly, we want you to feel your best while doing it. We assess simple things like their ability to touch their toes or rotate efficiently from the hips and t-spine, and whether they’re at their peak potential or are a super compensator.

If you would like to email the author of this Best Practice directly, please email ash@thp.fit.