Golf Physical Services

Physio & Fitness for Golfers

Golf has come a long way in the past few years, from a fitness point of view in particular. It doesn’t seem too along ago people joked that you could be a quality golfer but significantly over-weight and unfit. The reality is that these days, players along with the game itself, are developing quickly with guys hitting it further, maintaining concentration for longer in all sorts of weather conditions and they’re not breaking down with injuries as much.

Often your swing will have compensations due to physical limitations rather than ability. For example, you may have seen a golf pro to correct your swing and they may have suggested corrections to your address position and/or changing the plane of your swing. A lot of players will not be able to make these corrections as suggested by the pro due to structural limitations in the body and therefore will not be able to correct the swing until these are addressed.

With these limitations identified, a prescription of specific stretches and exercises will help you to improve the limitations and then address the required swing changes.

At MCGP we train golfers of all playing levels – from beginner through to professional players and it’s paramount for club golfers and tour players alike to keep up with these developments whether you’re looking to win your weekly singles stableford or the next major, through the use of specific golf specific physio screenings, state-of-the-art biomechanical systems, golf swing pressure mats, golf swing video analysis, and many other ways to gather the information we need to help you get a better game.

Rui Raposo

Golf Physio/Fitness & Biomechanics

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Our Golf Physical Services

Physical capabilities will differ for each golfer and therefore the most efficient swing is not the same for every golfer. To determine physical capabilities, a golfer must first be screened. This screen will begin with a client history and a discussion about current health. Then the golfer’s swing will be recorded using a high speed camera. Following this, the player will be assessed on 12 tests which focus on movement quality, physical fitness, and strength. Once the screen is completed, the results are used to develop a plan for this player. This plan may include fitness training, physiotherapy treatment, and coaching of swing mechanics and biomechanics.

Involves a whole body assessment that is a series of physical tests developed by Titleist Performance Institute to assess your ability to physically perform the ideal golf swing. The ideal swing requires a certain amount of flexibility, stability, strength and balance. The physical screen will assess where you are excelling and where you need improvement.

I provide physiotherapy treatment for golfers suffering pain before, during and/or after your round of golf.  With use of a physical screening and video analysis we are able to determine the cause of your pain.

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With the physical screening and video analysis I am able to verify your body and swing are functioning in a safe manner to ensure you pain free golf for years to come.

Golf Clinics

In the clinic I am able to obtain high speed video footage of your swing and through video analysis we are able to determine how your physical limitations are affecting your swing and in turn may be causing your pain.

Group Lessons

Exercises and stretches are prescribed for home to improve areas identified as weaknesses in the physical screening. As these improve so will your ability to perform the ideal golf swing. Once you are able to pass all aspects of the physical screen focus shifts to improving your golf fitness and power through rotational plyometric exercises, strength training, cardiovascular fitness and power training.

Exercises and stretches are prescribed for home to improve areas identified as weaknesses in the physical screening. As these improve so will your ability to perform the ideal golf swing. Once you are able to pass all aspects of the physical screen focus shifts to improving your golf fitness and power through rotational plyometric exercises, strength training, cardiovascular fitness and power training.


Golf fitness doesn’t just apply to tour players. Ask yourself if you’d like to hit the ball a little further?

If you hit it 250 off the tee now maybe adding 10-20 yards to your drives, which by the way is without doubt possible, could mean hitting one of your club’s par 5s in two? If you it it shorter than than that maybe it is the difference between hitting an iron on some of your par 3s rather than a wood.

What about the longevity of your playing career?

The beautiful thing about golf is that we can play until we’re more or less knocking on death’s door.

how often have you heard of people in your club complaining of neck, back, elbow or wrist pain preventing them from playing regularly or playing pain free?

Getting fit helps keep injuries at bay which will allow you to enjoy your golf for many years to come. Not many sports can offer that. Aside from the benefits on the golf course, getting fitter and stronger will help you live longer, stay healthier and feel better about yourself every single day. It will make you a happier person.

What is TPI and why should I see a TPI Certified Physiotherapist?

TPI is the leading educational organisation in the world who studies the relationship between the human body and the golf swing. Many common golf swing faults can be traced back to the body’s inability to move and/or stabilise correctly.

TPI’s Philosophy of the Golf Swing:

“We don’t believe there is one way to swing a club; we believe there are an infinite number of ways to swing a club. But we do believe that there is one EFFICIENT way for everyone to swing a club and it is based on what they can physically do.”

What to expect at your first Golf Assessment and TPI Screening?

The first session is the Golf Assessment and TPI Physical Screening which will start with a comprehensive history including any pre-existing injuries, golf-related pain and your golfing experience and aspirations. Following this, a thorough golf TPI physical screening will be completed, which will highlight any physical limitations that may be attributing to injury or swing faults. This screening will look at areas such as shoulder range of movement, pelvic stability, core strength and many more.

Once completed, we will come up with the best management plan for you, which may include a home exercise program, golf-specific Pilates or manual therapy techniques. It is vital that this management plan is meets the goals of your Golf Pro or coach.

How does a Golf Physiotherapist fit into this process?

A TPI Certified Physiotherapist can not only assess and treat golf-related injuries but can also screen golfer’s golfers to help prevent injury and help improve their golf game.

For example, if your Golf Pro or coach is trying to get you to swing in a more efficient way but you physically cannot get into the correct position then there may be a physical limitation that needs to be addressed. This is where a TPI Certified Physiotherapist can perform a screening assessment to help determine if there are any physical limitations that may be affecting your golf swing. Once these limitations are identified then the Physiotherapist can liaise with the Golf Pro or coach to help make a plan to improve these areas thereby improving your golf swing. In addition, the physical screen may highlight any potential risk factors for future injury associated with your golf swing.

What is a golf physiotherapy assessment?

A golf specific physical assessment as well as a computerised swing analysis is used to measure exactly the way your body moves during your golf swing. The results are then assessed by a Titlelist Performance Institute Certified Physiotherapist specialising in the biomechanics of golf who then provides you with a written and verbal plan toward your goals.

How can you benefit from golf-specific fitness training?

When I think of golf-fitness there are a few things that spring to mind. We must ask ourselves what it is we are looking to achieve from the development of a golf-specific training programme. For example, golf is a sport that does not require the highest levels of human strength at the expense of function or mobility compared with contact based field sports such as GAA, soccer or rugby. Equally, we walk when we play golf, we don’t run. Golf is a slow endurance sport with intermittent complex swings that require sound technique, speed and power, all in a controlled and consistent manner. For correct technique we not only require the knowledge to swing it right, but also the correct balance of flexibility, control and strength in combination to execute consistent golf shots.

What to bring to your first session?

It is best to bring comfortable clothing, which allows full movement of your body. So we can standardise the physical screen for both in the clinic and on the golf course or driving range, please bring your golf shoes. This is important as I’m sure you never play without them! In addition, you may wish to bring any video taken by your Golf Pro, coach or friend, including any analysis/notes from your Golf Pro. The more information we can gather about your swing the better!


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