USGTF Logoed Face Masks to be Made Available…

Our USGTF headquarters are doing our best to help create a better solution to help get over the coronavirus. As one of these efforts, we are in the process of designing professional grade, washable, masks for our members to wear.

The CDC along with many states are now recommending and/or requiring people to wear masks while in public, which includes during golfing lessons.

While wearing these masks will give you and your students an extra feel of security during their instruction, it is also important to continue safe social distancing practices when able, wash your hands and/or use sanitizer regularly and be mindful not to touch your students equipment unless absolutely necessary.

We hope to have these masks available to all members within the coming weeks.

USGTF to Host First Masters Class After Covid-19 Shutdown

The first in-person USGTF certification program since the COVID-19 virus shut down much of the world will be a Master Golf Teaching Professional® class from August 10-12 at Legacy Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. Longtime USGTF examiner Bill Rice will conduct the class. Participants must present a written thesis, complete a shotmaking demonstration, and successfully take a written test in order to obtain their Master Golf Teaching Professional designation.

All classes will be held outdoors with social distancing and masks or face coverings required. For more information and to sign up, please contact the USGTF National Office at (772) 88-USGTF or at

USGTF Certified Golf Teaching Professional® in-person classes are also resuming, beginning August 24-28 at the Legacy Golf Club. More information can be found at

Nike Member Benefit Review

Nike Golf has been an important USGTF partner for a number of years, and although golf clubs are no longer produced by the company, it is still involved in the golf business by way of apparel and shoes. USGTF members receive a 25% discount off the wholesale price. To purchase Nike products with this discount, please contact the USGTF National Office at (772) 88-USGTF or

USGTF-Korea Virtual Education Certification Course a Success

USGTF-Korea conducted a virtual certification course July 24-26 entirely online with 136 participants, utilizing the Learning Management System. All participants were required to log in at the assigned times, and instructors taught the class from a remote location. The process proved to be very successful. In addition, the playing ability test was conducted beforehand, with participants wearing masks and engaging in social distancing.

Manufacturers to Release New Clubs Soon

Every time golf club manufacturers release new product, it creates a buzz in the industry. Here are some upcoming launches:

Mizuno – The popular JPX 919 line of irons has been discontinued, to be replaced by the JPX 921 line. The MP series focuses mainly on blade-type designs, while the JPX series features cavity-back irons. The Tour model from the 921 series has more weight lower in the heel and less weight higher in the toe area. According to, the JPX 921 Forged model appears to be forged entirely from chromoloy, Chromoloy is an alloy steel that has more strength than regular steel. The iron promises to promote more distance than in the 919 series. The launch date for the JPX 921 line is September 17.

Srixon – The ZX 5 and the ZX 7 iron and driver models will be replacing the successful Z 585 and Z 785 models. The ZX 5 for both irons and drivers is designed with more forgiveness than the ZX 7, which is designed with workability for the better player in mind. A probable launch date is sometime in the fall of 2020.

Cleveland – The company known for its wedges has done it again with its new ZipCore line of wedges. According to Cleveland, “The new RTX ZipCore is a technological leap forward for Cleveland wedges. We’ve inserted a low-density core inside the clubhead, allowing us to create a wedge with unprecedented consistency and exceptional feel. They also feature our tour-proven grinds and most aggressive groove technology to date–all packaged in a sleek yet traditional design.” The release date for these wedged is August 14.

“PRO” File – Touring Pro Max Homa

He might be better known for his Twitter feed, but make no mistake – PGA Tour player Max Homa has plenty of game. He was a first-team all-American at the University of California, winning the NCAA Division I individual championship in 2013. He was selected that year to represent the United States in the Walker Cup matches.

Turning pro later that year, Homa won his first year out on what is now the Korn Ferry Tour and earned his card to play on the PGA Tour. However, a few years of bouncing back and forth between the tours belied the early promise he held. He finally won on the PGA Tour at the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship. Since then, he has gone on to record a number of good finishes to date.

Homa has been somewhat of a Twitter sensation with his clever tweets, but recently announced he is no longer using that medium to communicate. That might be all the better to allow Homa to focus more on his game and perhaps ascend to even greater heights.

Editorial – The Bryson DeChambeau Experiment

Unless you truly don’t follow professional golf at all, you know that the distances professional players are hitting the ball these days has been a major topic of conversation. The USGA and R&A are making rumblings in trying to reign in the long bombs that some of the modern players launch.

Professional golfer Bryson DeChambeau has taken his quest for distance to a new extreme, dramatically transforming his body this past offseason in gaining weight and muscle. The recent COVID-19 shutdown also helped DeChambeau in his quest as he bulked up even more. His victory recently at the Rocket Mortgage Classic was fueled by a driving distance average of over 350 yards. Traditionally, that type of distance was the domain of those on the long drive circuit, but they use 48-inch drivers, the maximum allowed. I wouldn’t bet against DeChambeau from being competitive against those guys if he too, hit a driver that long.

There is no doubt that hitting the ball farther is a great asset, as long as the golfer has the skill to pull it off. There was a long-hitting professional golfer named Victor Shwamkrug 15-20 years ago who blasted the ball far past his fellow competitors, but he did not possess the game that DeChambeau did. As long as DeChambeau can keep his tee ball reasonably in play, he stands to be a major force.

Should those of us who don’t play for a living strive to hit the ball farther, provided we have the time and energy to pursue it? Well, look at it this way. My clubhead speed, once I’m warmed up, is 94 mph. (That’s a 7 mph drop-off from my younger days, but we won’t talk about that!) The average PGA Tour pro is at 113 mph, so that’s 1.202 times faster than what I can do. We can use that figure, 1.202, as a multiplier and divisor. If I were to play a 7,200-yard course, that would be like the average tour player playing from 8,654 yards. Dividing 7,200 yards by 1.202, I would have to play at 5,990 yards to have the same experience as a tour pro. When I played professionally in the mid-1990s, I could drive the ball about 250 yards with a good strike. That was still about 20 yards behind the average guy back then, and even though I won some mini-tour events and defeated guys who later played on the PGA Tour, it was a major factor in my inability to play at a higher level.

If an average male golfer, who typically has a 90 mph swing speed, were to go up to 100 mph through training, what could he expect to score, based purely on the increase in distance? The USGA course rating formula, which says every 220-yard difference in a course is equal to one stroke, offers a key. A golfer who swings at 90 mph playing a 6,000-yard course would effectively shorten the course by approximately 600 yards if he could gain 10 mph of driver clubhead speed, which would be almost a three-shot difference.

However, most golfers have little interest in working that hard physically to gain distance. Instead, they want a quick “tip,” but it takes more than that. If they’re willing to do a complete program, including optimizing their equipment for distance, working on technique and putting in the physical training, they can indeed gain some distance, and in the end, produce lower scores.

By Mark Harman, USGTF National Course Director