This month, Tiger Woods celebrated his fifth Masters win with an impressive comeback in the final round of the tournament. It marks his first major championship win since 2008, and highlights the value of physical therapy as the athlete’s return to the top came after four extensive back surgeries.
“It wasn’t until Tiger Woods joined the PGA Tour that professional golfers fully realized the importance of physical conditioning and how that can impact a player’s game,” said Bon Secours physical therapist Andrew Sires.
Sires helps run the Bon Secours Golf Performance and Rehabilitation program at the St. Francis Therapy Center in Simpsonville. He’s TPI certified, which stands for Titleist Performance Institute – a program inspired by Tiger’s transformation of the pastime into one that’s perceived as good for overall fitness and wellbeing.
“The common misconception is people need to be injured or in pain to come and see us, and that’s really not the case. We really want to see anyone who is looking to improve how they move or how they play the game of golf or both,” said Sires.
The program uses K-Vest technology which includes multiple sensors on the chest, pelvis, hand and arm. Used in conjunction with a TPI Golf Physical Performance screen, the 3D motion analysis trains patients to swing correctly with audible feedback to alert them when they are in the proper position.
“I was able to really go throughout an entire round without having back pain, just based off the positioning that they showed me and how I was supposed to set up,” said Ryne Turner, who enjoys golfing in his free time.
After several injuries, golfing became difficult for Ryne Turner. However, a few sessions with Sires changed everything.
“My scores have definitely lowered since I’ve had the help, and it didn’t just decrease my pain, it eliminated it,” Turner says. “Obviously those two things are a tremendous help to me when it comes to the golf game.”
In fact, Sires says since this program launched last February, a number of patients have reported an increase in accuracy and distance and a decrease in pain.
The Bon Secours Golf Performance and Rehabilitation program offers several different packages to golfers of all levels, and also includes physical therapy as needed. To learn more, call 864-254-5899 or stop by for a visit at the facility, which is located at 317 Scuffletown Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Program Inspired by Tiger Woods Helping Others Golf like the Pros
Monday, April 29, 2019