It might be a little too early to get out there and hit a bucket of balls down the fairway, but it’s never too early to improve your golf swing, and correct some of those persistent nagging injuries that force you to shank ball after ball out-of-bounds.


It might be a little too early to get out there and hit a bucket of balls down the fairway, but it’s never too early to improve your golf swing, and correct some of those persistent nagging injuries that force you to shank ball after ball out-of-bounds.

Recently ProCare Physical Therapy, based out of Moscow, was at the Woodloch Springs banquet room to present a Golf Fitness and Conditioning Program to the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).

The program being presented consisted of an evaluation to identify any physical limitations or muscle weakness that lead to a faulty golf swing.

“We look for limitations in their hips, their spine, their shoulders, anything that would limit their ability to perform the golf swing to the best of their ability,” said Anthony Andrejko, PTA/ATC and certified TPI Fitness Instructor.

“Then we see if any of those physical limitations correlate  with swing flaws. There are some strong correlations between hip rotation and certain swing flaws.”

A common problem among the golfing community is back pain while on the links, or after a round. They usually try to compensate for this pain in the way they swing the club, causing erratic shots to go bouncing off into the brush, and the pain still persists.

In order to find these flaws, the program video tapes the golfer’s swing, and then designs a program to combat these flaws.

Corrective exercises are also prescribed to address any deficits.

“This is great for people who may have stopped golfing because of back pain,” said Andrejko.

“This is for everybody. As we get older we lose some of that flexibility, it happens to everyone.

“The less flexibility you have, your efficiency starts to decrease. That goes with age and you start to lose some of that distance and accuracy.”

Kristina Wulff, PTA/ATC and also a certified golf fitness instructor with ProCare Physical Therapy, has already been working with a female student from Holy Cross.

The student had no physical problems, but wanted to improve her golf swing.

“For the kids if they have the motivation and the drive this is a very good program for them,” said Wulff.

 “She’s doing a lot better in her golf game than the previous year. We have really been working on any physical faults that we can find.”

Tony and Kristina also work in conjunction with professional golf teachers Scotty and Corey McAlarney from the Swing for Life Golf Academy based out of Scott Greens Golf Club.

“Our golf course and our golf academy have been affiliated with Pro Care and TPI and we’ve had great success,” said McAlarney.

“They are taking care of why a person can’t get into good swing dynamics. They take care of the muscle end of it and give them exercises.”

There are 12 common swing flaws that have been revealed through extensive research by the Titleist Performance Institute, and all are correctable.

“They have strength and conditioning coaches for football and soccer. We are like a strength and conditioning coach for golf,” said Andrejko.

For more information on the golf fitness program please call Anthony Andrejko at 570-842-8191 or contact any local ProCare Physical Therapy clinic.