What is a TPI Golf Assessment?

The PEAK golf assessment is designed to identify areas of your body that may be preventing you from playing your best golf. This includes;

  • Identify areas of your body that may be contributing towards experiencing pain during your golf swing.
  • Identify areas that may be restricted in movement, or weak that are impeding your ability to make golf swing changes.
  • Identify movement patterns or strength deficits to target to enable you to increase your swing speed to hit the golf ball further.

PEAK Programs For Golf Athletes

Taking the first step towards optimising your body for your golf swing. This program includes 3 appointments;

Initial TPI evaluation

Step 1

  • Golf background interview
  • Health and medical history evaluation
  • Goal planning
  • Golf specific functional fitness testing
  • Reports of the findings from your physical exam

Follow up 1:1 gym session

Step 2

  • Designed to walk through your tailored individual golf program
  • Allows online access to our exercise app to enable you to view videos of your exercises

Follow up assessment

Step 3

  • Designed to re-evaluate your golf specific functional testing against the initial findings
  • Allows for a second subsequent program to be developed


For the results orientated golfer who wants to set their bodies up for success. This program includes the 3 pain program appointments as well as the following program to support injury prevention;

Introduction to our PEAK gym space with a 1:1 exercise appointment

Weekly (10) prevention classes – small group (4)supervised exercise classes to get coached on your golf fitness program

Weekly (10) physiotherapy appointments to receive hands on manual therapy treatment to accelerate your progress

Golf footwear evaluation from our PEAK Podiatrist


Personalised through an application process.

What Can Golf-Focused Physiotherapy Treat?

Our PEAK Golf Packages can treat a range of common golf injuries and conditions. Michael is focused on reducing your presenting pain with Physiotherapy interventions, whilst applying the Titleist Performance Institute assessment process to also identify the cause of your pain. Depending on the outcome of the assessment, and your presenting problem, we will then design an individualized tailored exercise program to your needs.


Back Pain Relief

The most common complaint from golfers is back pain. The Titleist Performance Institute studies revealed that 28.1% of all players will experience pain during or after each round. It’s important to acknowledge that whilst the back becomes sensitive and sore, it is rarely the reason a golfer will develop back pain. It is often as a result of dysfunctional areas above, or below the low back that are the biggest predisposing physical or biomechanical risk factors for a golfer experiencing back pain. Often these areas will result in the golfer exhibiting swing faults that will put added pressure on the low back – leading to low back pain and reduced performance in your golf game.

Hip Injury Treatment

Hip pain can be a common presentation in golfers due to the rotational demands on the body. Most sports are what we call sagittal plane – which means forwards and backwards – such as running. However golf is one of the most rotational demanding sports, and as a result hip pain, particularly on the outside part of the hip can be common. Usually this is a result of overloading the structures that attach to the hip bone, along with an underlying restriction in hip movements, or weakness of particular hip muscles. Treatment consists of manual therapy to provide pain relief, and an individualised program to improve your body to return to golf without the risk of the hip pain returning.

Knee Pain

Knee pain in golfers is caused by a number of different reasons. Some golfers develop knee pain as a result of walking golf courses particularly when there are steep inclines and declines. Other causes of knee pain in golfers is as a result of the pivoting motion as the knees and feet are fixed to the ground. This can cause added stress on the joint structures of the knee. In these instances, whilst the knee becomes sensitive, it is often a by-product of lacking flexibility at either the hip, or ankle. As a result, treatment is focused on reducing the immediate knee pain which is typically followed by a golf specific fitness routine targeting the hips or ankles to ensure it doesn’t become recurrent.

Rotator Cuff Pain

Shoulder, and/or rotator cuff pain, according to a review in 2016 was found to make up 8% – 18% of all golf related injuries. Rotator cuff pain in a golfer can be caused by a combination of swing faults that can place your shoulders in high risk positions, that are usually underlined by body biomechanical factors such as a stiff mid back, or tightened chest. This combined with the top of the backswing requiring elevation of the shoulder places the golfer at risk for shoulder injury, including rotator cuff related pain. Physiotherapy management is centred around reducing the shoulder pain, whilst performing an assessment including looking at swing mechanics, and body biomechanics, to understand the underlying dysfunction that led to the shoulder pain. Following this, a comprehensive rehabilitation plan will be tailored to the individual golfer.

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Benefits of Golf Motion Analysis and Physiotherapy

There are many performance benefits of a Titleist Performance Institute certified Physiotherapy program when used in collaboration with your golf professional. These include;

  • Improve your flexibility
  • Improve your balance
  • Increase your golfing power
  • Improve ball striking ability
  • Hit the ball further
  • Improving your golfing fitness
  • Reduce the risk of pain and injury
  • Play golf for longer
  • Increase the rate at which you make swing changes

TPI Golf Assessment With Michael

Michael is a director at PEAK Sports And Spine Centre, and has been a part of the team since 2014. He was driven by his own frustration with golf after realising that being the best possible golfer is not just about swinging a golf club, and that it is about improving your physical attributes to improve your ability to swing a golf club. He is a keen golfer himself, so he understands what is required to become better at the sport. Michael is passionate about helping golfers of any ability and works with all golfers from junior golfers, weekend golfers, to professional golfers competing on worldwide circuits. He has also undertaken specific training to enable him to perform manual therapy techniques such as spinal manipulation therapy and dry needling.

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FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

Medicare does not cover golf specific Physiotherapy appointments at PEAK.

Yes, our hicaps machine at PEAK will enable you to use your health fund benefits if your cover includes Physiotherapy.

The TPI assessment consists of 16 physical tests, that Michael will break down further depending on your testing results. This process works in conjunction with a lesson from your golf coach that is videoed. We then look at the movement patterns seen in your golf swing and correlate these to the outcome of your physical assessment.

The process commences with a physical screening of 16 tests. Depending on your complaint, nature of pain, and your golfing history, a golf motion analysis may be recommended – this is decided in consultation with your Practitioner and is on a case by case basis.

Our locations


PEAK Hawthorne opened in 2012 and was extended and renovated in 2020. You see the same team whether we see you at Hawthorne or one of our other clinics.  Hawthorne offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.

Our locations

New Farm

PEAK New Farm opened in August 2019. You see the same team whether we see you at New Farm or one of our other clinics. New Farm offers private treatment rooms and a spacious exercise area incorporating the latest equipment and technology, unrestricted single level access and off-street parking. We also provide HICAPS for real-time private health claiming.


5/171 Riding Road,
Hawthorne, QLD, 4171
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6 days per week
  • Monday - Friday: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

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New Farm

1/15 Lamington Street,
New Farm, QLD, 4005
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6 days per week
  • Monday - Thursday: 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Friday - Saturday: 7:00 am - 1:00 pm

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