Nadine Moody, a Palm Beach Post “Best of Palm Beach County 2021 Personal Trainer,” is the Director of Fitness at The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach, Florida.
When I came on board at The Club at Ibis in the early 2000s, “golf-specific training” was generally facilitated by a fitness trainer who was also a golfer. He or she might provide insight on the mechanics of the swing and how one’s body affects that task. But there were no certifications in those days for golf-specific training, what we now call golf fitness.
Today, at The Club at Ibis, we have a physical therapy department that started in a corner of our old gym in 2009, and has grown to a full PT office encompassing a portion of the second floor of our new 15,000-square foot Tennis & Fitness Center. In addition, we are staffed with four Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 1 certified trainers, and have implemented a golf performance program that is modeled after the TPI framework.
Participants in the Ibis Golf Performance Program first meet with a PGA Professional for a 55-minute swing analysis. This information is shared with our physical therapy and personal training teams. The client then sees one of our physical therapists to go through a movement screening, with that information also being transferred to everyone involved. From there, a TPI-certified personal trainer will train the individual based on the cumulative findings.
The positive feedback we’ve received from this program stems from the collaboration among professionals. We bundle it into a one- or two-week program, the latter giving the member two one-hour sessions with a PGA Professional, two one-hour physical therapy sessions and four half-hour sessions with a personal trainer. Additional time with any or all professionals is worked out on an individual basis.
Prior to COVID, we had a popular four-week program that became cumbersome to monitor logistically. We find that the sequence of engagement is critical to the effectiveness of this program, and with members going back and forth among the three departments for a month, it became difficult to monitor and schedule the appointments in the proper sequence. With the new abbreviated timeframe, it is more manageable and easier to keep track of the members’ sessions, scheduled as prescribed in the framework of the program – golf, medical, training.
Four years into the program, we feel we have created a format that works best for everyone. With our professionals helping the members adhere to the curriculum’s sequence of engagement, we are able to ensure the most effective results are attained.