Golf Fitness Best Practice: Work With All Golfers to Address Their Needs

Dr. JP Guidry is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a TPI-Certified Fitness Professional and the Owner of Guidry Golf & Sport in Abita Springs, Louisiana.

Dr. JP Guidry on the importance of working with all golfers to address their needs:

I got into golf during physical therapy school in Florida and fell in love with it right away. It became my escape from the pressures of school and I knew I wanted to work in the game someday. I am now a physical therapist and got TPI-certified a decade ago. At that time, I started doing some golf fitness rehab in the clinic where I was working, growing that engagement to a point where I could go full-time with golfers. I worked with the members at Tchefuncta Country Club for three years before outgrowing my space there and opened my own facility. I’ve been working with golfers exclusively for six years and have seen a dramatic uptick in demand for golf fitness programming. Half of my clientele includes high-level juniors, college golfers, mini-tour players and high-level amateurs. The other half are the weekend warriors, the aging golfer, the ailing golfer and golfers with shoulder pain or back issues who are losing distance on their drives and money to their buddies every weekend. We help them rectify these ailments and get them back on the course to play without those painful limitations. I maintain relationships with many golf professionals in my area as a referral process and depend on word-of-mouth to boost my business. When I see a client for the first time, I put them through a hybrid assessment that incorporates TPI concepts with ideas that I’ve formulated over the years. We look at their mobility, conduct some thoracic spine, hip, shoulder and neck assessments, analyze the dissociation of their upper and lower bodies and conduct strength testing. Any power and jumping tests to be done will depend on the individual’s current level of physicality and tolerance. If they have specific complaints, I’ll address those issues directly before creating a personalized program of any sort. It is important to gain a history of the individual – medical, injury, surgical, etc. – before aggressively moving forward. We’ll also discuss the level of commitment of time and money they’re willing to invest and what equipment they have access to between our one-on-one sessions.

Dr. JP Guidry on the business impact of working with all golfers to address their needs:

We have an indoor hitting bay at my facility where I gather swing speed and ball speed data as a baseline to build upon. I look at the golf swing to gauge how the physical limitations that we’ve uncovered are affecting it, and I collaborate with the client’s golf pro or teaching professional to compare notes and determine the best course of action for each individual. I offer several levels of programming that range from full in-person engagement to less frequent virtual sessions, and I use an app where I deliver workouts that I’ve built based on the many data points we’ve attained in our assessments and testing. These online individuals come in every 4-6 weeks to reassess and I check in at least once a week so they know I am accessible to them, even if working through an online program. I want to find the best fit for their goals, finances, and schedule, and I put together a doable program that they can adhere to on a consistent basis. In gauging progress, I’ll conduct mini reassessments with each in-person session. I’ll test their swing or ball speed goals weekly to ensure we’re moving in the right direction. We’ll discuss current pain levels, as well as how they’re doing with their stamina and ability to get through a full round of golf. Regardless of age and ability, I want to get my clients moving better, help them create force quickly and focus on speed training. The level of intensity and the exercises chosen will hinge upon the individual in front of me, but my general approach is consistent across my entire clientele.

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