Introduction
In the summer of 2018 I attended a workshop ran by TPI which involved learning the process of taking a movement screen to  

The assessment is a body weight screening process taking the client through a series of exercises to discover movement  characteristics relevant to their golf swing.  The movement screen is carried out as these types of screens identify stability patterns and altered mobility better than isolated musculoskeletal exams.
 
After the completion of your movement screen the results are then related to 'The Big 12' common swing characteristics.  These are movement patterns that may occur during your swing such as C posture or early extension that may be causing you pain during your swing or not getting the distance you want of your drive.

From the information gathered from the screen we are able to tailor a fitness training program unique to your golf style or use massage therapy to relieve tension within your musculoskeletal system.


Swing Characteristics

S-Posture

S-Posture is characterised by too much arch in a player's lower back at setup.  This can be due to the player sticking their tail bone out too much in their setup position or from postural dysfunction that is evident even from their standing posture. The excessive curvature in the lower back, or S posture, puts abnormally high stress on the muscles of the lower back and causes the abdominal muscles to become inhibited.

C-Posture

C-Posture occurs when the shoulders and thoracic spine are slumped forward at address and there is a definitive roundness to the back from the tailbone to the back of the neck.  This posture can limit the player's ability to rotate by dramatically reducing thoracic spine mobility.  If the player fails to keep the backswing short, they will find it difficult to maintain posture as they swing the club back.
  

Loss of posture

Loss of posture is any significant alteration from the body's original setup angles during the golf swing.  Loss of posture can affect all aspects of the golf swing including timing, balance and rhythm.  Losing spine angle or altering posture usually causes two typical mis-hits, the block to the right and a hook to the left for a right handed player.  As the body angles change, the player is put in a position to have to rely on their hand action to square the face. This becomes a timing-driven swing that can be inconsistent.
  
Flat shoulder plane

Flat shoulder plane describes the angle of the shoulders as the student turns to their backswing.  At address, the spine is tilted due to the forward bend at the hips to allow a player to assume the correct setup position.  In the ideal swing, the shoulders will turn perpendicular to the tilt of the spine on the backswing.  A flat shoulder plane is when the shoulders turn on a more horizontal plane than the axis of the original spine angle.