Friday, January 7, 2011

Thompson Visits TPI in San Diego

So you've just earned your PGA Tour card and you've got one week before your first PGA event of the year. What do you do?

For Michael Thompson, he visited the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) in San Diego, California. At TPI, he analyzed his swing using an array of sensors to determine any weaknesses in the swing or if there were any areas in which a long term injury could occur.

They collect so much information during the process that it can be a lot to ingest, especially in a short visit, so Michael didn't travel to TPI alone. He was joined by his long time swing coach Susie Meyers who had wanted to take advantage of the TPI facilities to make sure she wasn't "missing something" with Michael's swing. Based on the initial reports, it sounds like she's been right on target and the TPI guys were duly impressed.

In addition to swing dynamics, TPI focuses on a player's approach to the game of golf - everything from pre-shot routine to practice putting and chipping "games". They also analyzed Michael's range of motion and suggested workout routines to help him through the long PGA season. Susie and Michael will try to distill all the information they gained this week and apply the parts that will help Micheal's game without making him "think" too much.

The TPI also helped custom fit Michael's shoes, gloves, and clubs.

So did Micheal learn anything from his visit? The final report wasn't in yet but he did learn one thing that came as a surprise. He's been wearing the "wrong" shoe size! They moved him down a half size so we'll see how the new shoes work out next week.

Here's a brief promotional video from TPI that provides some insight into what they do: TPI Promotional Video

Susie Meyers teaches golf at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Arizona.

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