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PGA Team Up With Frankly Academies

12.10am 22nd October 2010 - Management Topics

Frank Thomas, courtesy of Frankly Golf

The PGA of Great Britain and Ireland, whose membership extends to more than 7,500 qualified PGA professionals, has teamed up with Thomas’s Frankly Academies to deliver an on-line Certified Putting Instructor (CPI) Course.

Thomas is the former USGA technical director and the man who invented the graphite shaft, redesigned and introduced the stimpmeter and has spent the last decade researching putting. He believes the CPI course will equip the already well-trained PGA professional to help golfers of all ages and abilities improve their putting.

“Putting is up to 45% of the game of golf,” said Thomas, managing partner of Frankly Academies.

“There are many different opinions when it comes to teaching putting and we designed this on-line course using over a decade of research in putting specifically to help PGA professionals teach this critical element of the game from a more scientific perspective with the support of a world class team of researchers.

“We believe it will certainly help golfers putt better and enjoy the game more.”

Dr Kyle Phillpots, PGA director of education and career development, believes the course, which goes live on November 1, can enhance the coaching skills of PGA members.

“PGA professionals have always been at the forefront of coaching golf,” said Dr Phillpots. “Modern technology has considerably enhanced our understanding of putting and this course will help PGA Professionals develop their coaching skills which in turn will help golfers around the world.

“By turning three putt greens into two putt greens, the average player will quickly see dramatic improvements on their scorecards which in turn will add to their enjoyment of the game. “

The on-line course will cover the fundamentals of putting, putter technology, ideas for business and lessons.

Find out more about the course by visiting

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