Master Golf Teaching Professional Certification Course in Florida

A USGTF Master Golf Teaching Professional® certification is the highest level of attainment in the golf teaching industry. Master Golf Teaching Professionals have demonstrated a teaching acumen and ability of the highest order. All USGTF members who have been a Certified Golf Teaching Professional® for a minimum of 12 months may become a Master Golf Teaching Professional. This three-day on-site course is designed to develop experienced, career-oriented teaching professionals, and will be held November 17-19 at the USGTF National Office in Fort Pierce, Florida. To register, please visit https://www.usgtf.com/master-golf-teaching-professional.

International PGA News

The International PGA is now accepting membership dues for 2022. The IPGA is an international body of golf professionals worldwide who hold membership in any recognized PGA or WGTF association. The IPGA is a commercial association representing golf professionals throughout the world, whose purpose is in accordance with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. Please visit http://www.InternationalPGA.org for more information.

WGTF News – Singapore to Hold Certification Course

After a short hiatus due to Covid-19 restrictions, USGTF member Tendy Tsai has confirmed a new certification course will be held this November in Singapore at the Keppel Country Club. As golf continues to grow the WGTF continues to lead the way with certifying qualified golf instructors around the world.

Tour “PRO” File -Patrick Cantlay

Aug 29, 2021; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Patrick Cantlay lines up a putt on the third playoff hole during the final round of the BMW Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA He made everyone take notice in 2011 when he shot 60 in the second round of the Traveler’s Championship as an amateur who just completed his freshman year at UCLA. He turned pro and then completely disappeared. But Patrick Cantlay has come back, and in a big way. He won four tournaments this past season on the PGA Tour and earned the FedEx Cup while being voted Player of the Year by his peers on tour. Due to a back injury in 2014, Cantlay did not play golf until the start of the 2017…

Teaching “PRO” File – Dr. Sharon Barley

(Editor’s note: Dr. Sharon Barley earned her USGTF certification in 2015 and has an impressive resume and backstory. In addition to being an accomplished golf instructor, she is a minister with a doctorate in minister theology and arts. She is a golf teaching professional at Manor Golf Course in Reading, Pennsylvania, and works for Setup 4 Impact Golf. She is also a U.S. Kids Golf certified teacher and works with The First Tee. Her experience in the ministry also allows her insight into a golfer’s mind that is unique to the golf teaching profession. Here is her story.) Over the last ten years, I was on a quest to learn diverse swing mechanics by studying some top professional golfers and coaches. Among so many variables, I found one key area…

Student Spotlight – Lucas Lemer

By Tony McMully, USGTF Professional Lucas Leamer is a golf success story. And his story continues to be written. Lucas, a senior this year, attends Cincinnati Hills Christian High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been an accomplished member of the swim team there since he was a freshman. He has been a district qualifier every year and is a leader on his team. He loves swimming competitively, but came to golf after an injury in the summer before his junior year made him begin to question whether swimming was the right sport for him. Enter the golf success story. Lucas came to me in August of 2019, looking to learn how to play golf in hopes of maybe making his team as a junior the next year. I have…

Voice Caddie Signs On As NEW USGTF Industry Partner

VOICE CADDIE, maker of the Voice Caddie line of GPS rangefinders, laser rangefinders, Swing Caddie professional-grade launch monitors and digital training aids, is the world’s leader in golf technology. Combining research and development, uncompromised data metrics, highest quality components and tour-proven feedback allows VOICE CADDIE to be the leader in providing data and information golfers of all levels require to improve their game and maximize their potential. Named Official Rangefinder of the LPGA Tour. VOICE CADDIE is also the official rangefinder of the Symetra Tour, LET, LET Access Series, and LPGA Professionals. VOICE CADDIE was the #2 Rangefinder Brand at the 2021 PGA Championship! Additionally, of the “Team of 20” PGA Club Professionals at the 2021 PGA Championship, 55% used VOICE CADDIE rangefinders. Products include the VOICE CADDIE SL2 Hybrid…

Editorial – Different Greens, Different Teaching

By Mark Harman, USGTF Course Director Growing up in the Midwest, I played golf exclusively on bentgrass greens that may have had poa annua mixed in. These greens are fairly straightforward with no grain to read. When I moved to Florida in 1989, it was the first time I had played extensively on Bermudagrass greens. There was this concept of “grain” that I had to learn. Today’s Bermudagrass greens don’t have as much grain effect as in 1989, but there can still be some. The easiest way to read the grain is to look at the color of the grass. Lighter green means the green is growing away from you while darker green means it’s growing towards you. While putts on bentgrass are slower uphill and faster downhill, the grain…