New Approach to Finding Natural Golf Swing
Golfers of all ability levels can improve their games with the Tri-Golf Assessment, a set of a dozen tests that helps golfers discover their most dynamic, consistent, and efficient swing.
The Tri-Golf Assessment was developed by Brad Pluth, director of instruction at Halla Greens in Chanhassen, Minnesota, working with golf professionals Mike Adams and E.A. Tischler. The assessment takes a biomechanical approach to designing a golf stroke based on groundbreaking insights from the Titleist Performance Institute and the American Council for Exercise (ACE), the physics behind the golf swing described in Homer Kelley’s book, The Golf Machine, and work with hundreds of amateur and professional golfers.
“Every golfer’s swing is unique,” said Pluth, “but we haven’t taken the time to figure out what makes it unique. It’s like having a doctor prescribe treatment without knowing anything about the patient. With the Tri-Golf Assessment, we diagnose first and then we design the ideal, natural swing for the golfer.”
The Tri-Golf Assessment analyzes every major component in a golf swing including feet placement, posture, spine angle, hip rotation, and pivot point. It determines the best grip, the most effective position of the arms during the backswing and downswing, the strongest wrist position, and the right tempo. Pluth and his team help golfers use the results of the assessment to find their perfect swings and provides proven drills and exercises to ingrain that swing.
“It’s called Tri-Golf because there are three basic positions for many parts of the golf swing, from how you hold the club to how you cock your wrists to how you swing the club back and through,” Pluth said. “The assessment determines which of the options is best for all parts of the swing depending on your body and how you move.”
Golfers that have applied the assessment’s findings develop swings that feel more natural, which makes the game more fun. “Using the Tri-Golf Assessment has been eye opening to say the least,” said Kevin Williams, a scratch handicapper from Robbinsdale, Minnesota. “Instead of trying to copy the best looking swings out there, I just had to utilize my own swing characteristics to produce a powerful and repeatable swing. I never thought a set of simple tests would reveal so much about my own biomechanics and how I hit the ball!”
Brad Pluth operates the Brad Pluth Golf Academy in Chanhassen and is the owner of the Adventure Golf Academy. He specializes in customizing interactive learning experiences for individuals and groups of all ages and ability levels. Pluth is a Certified Director of Instruction, GSEM, ACE Personal Trainer, IYAC Certified Youth Fitness Specialist, and TPI-certified Golf Fitness Professional. He can be contacted at PluthB@PGA.com or (952) 401-4653.