Golf Physio

Neil Aitken and The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)

Creating Champions and Facilitating Pain Free Golf

Whether it is to win your next bounce game, lower your handicap, secure the club championship, progress through the various professional tours or simply to enjoy golf without pain, Neil is here to help. 

Neil Aitken was the first physiotherapist in Scotland to be certified as a Medical Professional with The Titleist Performance Institute.  The TPI medical screen involves the most detailed analysis of human movement in relation to the golf swing that TPI has to offer.  Neil also holds the TPI Fitness level 2 qualification facilitating the screening and training of golfers for strength and power.  As such Neil works with golfers of all levels from Tour Professionals through to club golfers.  His specialist work in this area is split between performance enhancement and the treatment of injured golfers.   

Neil’s area of expertise is human movement in relation to the golf swing.  His role is to identify physical limitations that are impeding your technical improvement.  This could be due to mobility, stability, balance, strength or power.  As such Neil will look to compliment the work of your teaching professional as it is their role to determine the technical requirements of your golf swing.

How to get started with Neil and the TPI

  1. Contact Neil for an initial screening appointment or book online now
  2. Neil will conduct a 1:1 physical screening appointment where he will thoroughly examine your body’s funcion in relation to golf specific mobility, strength and power. (approx 1 hour; £85)
  3. Neil will assess the results of your screening and develop a six week customised exercise program to start improving your game (included in initial screening price)
  4. Manual therapy appointments to improve the mobility of tight joints and muscles or supervised personal training packages are available where Neil will help you to achieve your goals quicker.  To learn more about this and view the packages click here.
  5. When not using these packages, re-screening and follow-on exercise programmes are available (£60)

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About Titleist Performance Institute

At the end of the 2012/13 golf season, of the top 30 golfers in the world rankings, 23 were working with TPI Certified teams.

Titleist set up their Performance Institute after the realisation that what the body can/can’t do plays a huge part in how we swing a golf club.  They brought together experts from fields including Tour players, coaches, physios and biomechanists to analyse what each part of the body does during a golf swing.  This research identified that some parts of the body require mobility, some stability and you must be able to move some parts of your body independently from others.

Titleist developed a series of tests that a golfer is put through to identify if their body has the requisite mobility/stability/separation.  If the golfer is struggling in any of these areas it will affect their technical ability to swing the club correctly and to generate power.

Play Better

Your body must have mobility and stability in certain key areas and specific muscle groups must be used to generate power.  There are often physical factors that are limiting your technique, causing you to sway/slide, be too flat, come over the top, early extend, chicken wing or have a flying elbow. 

Also, if you already train your body for golf are you working on the correct body areas for you and for golf? 

A TPI screening will allow Neil to develop an exercise program that will compliment your technical goals from your Pro/coach, will be specific to golf and also to which parts of your body you need to focus on.

Play Longer

Maintain flexibility and strength in the key muscle groups and joints to keep you enjoying the game of golf for as long as possible.  We all get stiffer as we age but the correct exercise can slow this process and often reverse it to a certain degree. The old adage of use it or lose it is applicable here.

A TPI screening will identify where you need to focus your efforts to keep your body functioning to the levels required to get the most out of your golf game.  This will also carry over into how your body performs in everyday life.  Look after your body, it’s the only place you have to live!

Play Pain Free

If pain is affecting your game or even preventing you from playing then Neil can help you recover and return to playing the game you love without the need for painkillers to get you round the course.

This will either be a golf specific problem or a pain that you are bringing to the golf course.  An example of a golf specific problem could be left knee pain due to a tight left hip or low back pain resulting from reduced flexibility in your thoracic spine or hips.

Don’t put up with pain.  One of the most common things said to Neil at the end of a first appointment is ‘I wish I had just come to see you sooner’.  Lets face it, if the warning light comes on in your car, you take it to the garage!