How Do I Hit the Ball Further? Work your Butt!

As a Titleist Performance Institute Medical Provider I get asked the question, “How do I improve my driving distance.” The answer from my perspective as a movement and musculoskeletal expert is that you have to have a combination of flexibility and stability. The body is made up of regions that are meant to be very mobile, think of your shoulder, and other regions that are meant to be stable, think of your low back. Stability is often attained by strengthening key regions of your body that help to generate power and help transfer that power into the ball.


The gluteus maximus is a muscle that is very active in the forward swing which is the phase from the top of the backswing until when the club is horizontal. Studies have shown that for a right handed golfer there is 100% activity in the right gluteus maximus muscle.


A simple exercise to help strengthen this muscle is below. The top picture is your starting position and the bottom is your ending position. You can perform 10 to 15 repetitions and hold the end position for 5 to 10 seconds. This is a great way to strengthen your glutes which will allow you to hit the ball further!

This is the starting position. 

This is the starting position. 

You want to pull the knees apart (the band around the knees provides additional contraction of the hip and core musculature) then lift your butt off the floor. 

You want to pull the knees apart (the band around the knees provides additional contraction of the hip and core musculature) then lift your butt off the floor. 

If you are having pain with this exercise you can reach out to me at or over the phone at 501 529-2010. My website tells more about my philosophy as a Physical Therapist.


Thanks and Here's to Helping You Reach our Pinnacle! 

Physical Therapy and the Golfing Athlete


As you can see from the above picture, the golf swing is a very complex movement that requires the body to have strength, power, flexibility, balance, mobility, motor control, and stability.

What better practitioner to seek treatment from than a Physical Therapist who is TPI Medical II certified?

What is TPI?

TPI is the worlds premier player development center located in Oceanside California. They offer advanced equipment fitting methods, detailed swing analysis, and science based player conditioning.

TPI has also been doing research on thousands of golfers to find what swing characteristics are optimal and which ones lead to injury. Not only do they look at the swing but they have coined the term body-swing connection.

They teach medical professionals how to assess the golfers whole body to determine if there are physical limitations that are leading to current or eventual injury, are bleeding power from their swing, or are not optimal to play their best golf.

The TPI Screen

The TPI screen is made up of 16 specific assessments that are correlated with a players ability to make an optimum swing. The skill of your Physical Therapist at Pinnacle Physical Therapy in this specific assessment along with his past experience allows Brian to formulate a plan to attack your limitations.

You no longer have to be playing golf in pain!


A quote by one of the best swing coaches in the business sums it up well. "If you are in the business of coaching, physically training or medically evaluating golfers, TPI Certification should be mandatory." - Butch Harmon