Three More Top 10 Finishes for Tour Edge this week on PGA Tour Champions; Breakthrough Performance by New Exotics EXS Hybrid.

Three players finished in the Top 10 of the SAS Championship on the PGA Tour Champions this week playing Exotics by Tour Edge hybrids. Fifteen Tour Edge clubs were in play this week in Cary, North Carolina , according to the Darrell Survey. That included seven hybrids, six fairway metals, and two Iron-woods.

Exotics hybrid staff player and former SAS Championship winner Tom Lehman finished T4th at Prestonwood Country Club this week playing his Exotics CBX 18-degree hybrid. It was the 9th Top 10 finish with the Exotics club in the bag for Lehman this season, including his victory at the Principal Charity Classic in June. Lehman earned Exotics clubs its 32nd Top 5 finish of 2018 on the PGA Tours.

Fellow Exotics staff player Scott Dunlap also placed inside the Top 10 at the SAS Championship with a 10-under-par 7th place finish. He was also playing an Exotics CBX hybrid, a 20-degree, as he has been for all of the 2018 season. It was Dunlap’s 6th Top 10 finish of the year.

This week was the first week that the Tour Edge Tour department introduced the new Exotics EXS hybrid to the players. Nine Exotics EXS hybrids were brought to the event to show off the new look and feel. Five players took EXS hybrids for further testing.

One of those players was the #5 ranked player on the 2018 PGA Tour Champions Charles Schwab money list.

He became the first player to put an Exotics EXS hybrid into play on a professional tour when he pulled the trigger on a 17-degree EXS hybrid after only two days of testing with the brand new club.

The Louisiana State alum ended up finishing 9th at the SAS Championship this week, also providing the EXS its first-ever Top 10 finish.

“The EXS hybrid opens the door to players seeking out more launch and high spin rates who want a hybrid that will land softly into the greens,” said Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer David Glod. “The feedback on the new EXS hybrid has been unbelievably positive. The professionals loved the shape and sound and easy high launch angles produced by EXS. The Exotics CBX and the Exotics EXS hybrids now serve both spectrums of the tour when it comes to players who prefer a lower ball flight and more penetrating ball flight into the wind and those who are seeking a higher, soft landing shot.”

The PURE Insurance victory in the last PGA Tour Champions event before the SAS Championship earned Exotics clubs their 6th win of the 2018 PGA Tour Champions season on top of nine runner-up finishes. With 15 total wins and runner-up placements, Exotics clubs have now finished 1st or 2nd in over 60% of the Champions events played this season.

Watch video of Tom Lehman discuss his Exotics hybrid here:

Watch video of Scott Dunlap discuss his Exotics hybrid here:

In all, 48 different PGA Tour Champions professionals have put over 300 Exotics CBX clubs into play since Exotics CBX was launched to the tour in the last year.

There have been six winners on the 2018 PGA Tour Champions playing Exotics: the PURE Insurance champion on Sept. 30th, two-time winner Scott McCarron at the Shaw Charity Classic Sept. 2nd and the American Family Insurance Championship June 24th, Bart Bryant at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open on August 19th, Lehman at the Principal Charity on June 10th and the non-endorsed winner of the 2018 Chubb Classic in February.

On top of the six victories and nine runner-up finishes, players using Tour Edge clubs have earned 32 Top 5 finishes and 57 Top 10 finishes in the 24 events played this season on the PGA Tour Champions.
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Bernhard Langer, the Winner of The PGA TOUR Champions SAS Championship Played a Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6 X-Stiff Flex Wood shaft in his Ping G400 Driver.

Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts, Inc. announced today that Bernhard Langer, winner of The PGA TOUR Champions SAS Championship event held last weekend at the Prestonwood CC in Cary, North Carolina was playing a Graphite Design Tour AD IZ-6 X-Stiff flex wood shaft in his Ping G400 Driver. The champion won his 2nd PGA Tour Champions event of 2018 and 38th career PGA TOUR Champions tournament by 6 strokes over the 2nd place finisher, moving him into the #1 position of the 2018 Charles Schwab Cup money list.

“Congratulations to Bernhard Langer. We are excited he chooses to use Graphite Design in his bag and the timing of his win is perfect heading into the playoffs”, stated Wayne Ageno, President, Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts, Inc.

The Graphite Design Tour AD IZ – “Into the Zone” shaft was designed and is manufactured at the Graphite Design Japan factory headquarters. The Tour AD IZ wood shaft has a very stealthy look to it in black with white/orange accents and a sleek matte finish and are available in 40g R2, R1 and S flex, 50g R2, R, S and X flex, 60g SR, S, X and TX flex, 70g S, X and TX flex and 80g S and X flex.

The Tour AD IZ, like all of the premium Tour AD wood shafts, utilizes premium, aerospace quality 50t carbon-fiber materials in order to deliver the best feeling and performing shaft available to golfers.

The Tour AD IZ shaft has a firm stiffness starting at the handle, and medium center section and a firm+ tip profile to promote a high launch angle and low ball spin rates. The Tour AD IZ also utilizes TORAYCA ® T1100G carbon-fiber pre-preg with NANOALLOY ® technology in the tip section of the shaft for additional shaft stability, exceptional feel and precise ball control.

Reach out to your local Golf Club Fitting professional and ask about how to get your Driver or Fairway metal wood “Into the Zone” using the new Tour AD IZ model of premium Graphite Design graphite golf shafts.

About Graphite Design:
With 29 years of designing and manufacturing premium graphite golf shafts, Graphite Design shafts can be seen in play by the best professional and amateur players worldwide. Revolutionary technology, design and sourcing the most advanced materials are trademarks in all Graphite Design shafts, making them the highest quality performance golf shafts on the market. Validating the company’s “Tour AD” logo, all of Graphite Design’s Tour-proven shafts specifically promote “Accuracy and Distance”.

On Tour, Graphite Design golf shafts recorded 51 Global tournament victories in 2017 and have helped numerous golf professionals earn well over 200 victories and millions of dollars in professional prize money since inception. Graphite Design golf shafts continue to be the #1 golf shaft brand on the Japanese JGTO Professional Tour and has been for the past fifteen years.

About Pro’s Choice:
Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts is the exclusive distributor of Graphite Design golf shafts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, UAE , S. Africa, S. America, and Australia. Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts distributes all of the current Graphite Design shafts including the new 2018 MAD and Tour AD IZ wood shafts as well as the YS Nano Reloaded, Tour AD TP, Tour AD GP, Tour AD MJ, Tour AD MT, Tour AD BB, and Tour AD DI models of shafts. The company is located in Carlsbad, California with a distribution warehouse located in San Diego.

For more information about Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts or Graphite Design shafts, please contact Bill McPherson at 619-454-6283 or, or visit For tour promotions inquiries, please contact Erik Boysen at 760-519-2362 or

For more information about Pro’s Choice Golf Shafts or Graphite Design shafts, please contact Bill McPherson at 619-454-6283 or, or visit For tour promotions inquiries, please contact Erik Boysen at 760-519-2362 or
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How has anxiety affected some of your scores?

By PGTAA member Dr. Patrick Cohn

Chances are that anxiety prior to a golf round caused you to play far below your ability.

The main reason for anxiety prior to a round is uncertainty.

Uncertainty can cause some golfers to mentally envision potential mistakes or fear the worst prior to a round, which leads to tension and a lack of trust in your skills.

While other golfers become anxious because they have no idea what to expect in the upcoming competition.

Seeing the worst and fearing the worst become negative images that will ruin your performance every time.

What is the answer to combat uncertainty?

The answer to dealing with uncertainty is to experience the round before the round even happens.

That’s where visualization comes into play. Visualization helps you be mentally ready for the event so you feel you have "been there before".

If you have already experienced the round in your mind and visualized yourself playing well, the upcoming round becomes less stressful.

That is, experiencing a round in your mind through visualization reduces the anxiety that comes from uncertainty. Seeing yourself fail has the opposite effect.

A relatable example of the effects of uncertainty is the first day of school in September...

You don’t know what to expect, new teachers, different classes and classroom, new classmates, a different schedule and uncertainty about how much homework and projects you will receive, a different grading system and possibly a brand new school...

All the unknowns make the first few days of school nerve-wracking but after a few days, when you settle in, it feels more comfortable.

Most of the uncertainty washes away and you are ready to get going with the year.

A good example of this is Juliet Arnswold, a track and field athlete who specializes in the hurdles has utilized visualization to help her mentally prepare prior to a competition.

Arnswold uses visualization as a regular part of her pre-meet routine starting days prior to the event.

Arnswold visualizes herself arriving at the meet, running through her warm-up and then visualizes her entire race, from start to finish including the time she had hoped to attain.

ARNSWOLD: "Before going to sleep two nights before my race, I visualize myself going through all of the steps that I take on race day. This includes what I’ll eat for breakfast—oatmeal and a piece of peanut butter and banana toast. The visualization process gives me a plan of what I want to accomplish and helps me feel less anxious."

Images can make or break a performance. Instead of leaving your game to chance, visualization can help prepare for the round.

Visualizing Your Round:

Rehearse staying calm in your pre-round routine.

See yourself arriving at the course and getting ready in the locker room feeling relaxed and confident.

Image your warm-up feeling excited and ready to perform with confidence and trust.

See yourself hitting solid shots and immerse yourself in the images of the round.

Vividly experience the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, movement, confident thoughts and positive emotions of your performance.

When it's time to tee it up, don't expect your game to be perfect like you experienced in your preround rehearsal. Accept that stuff happens and you have to adjust.

As Ken Ravizza said many times, it's not always about playing in the zone. As an athlete, "you have to be comfortable feeling uncomfortable."
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August 22, 2018

I was a high school golf coach at 3 different high schools in Texas. I attribute my success for being nominated as “Golf Coach of The Year” to being a certified Class A PGTAA graduate and instructor. My daughter Kelsey was also coached by me and won high school state championship in high school and played 4 years on a golf scholarship at NSU.

Jim Kirkpatrick <>

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

With my PGTAA certification, I’m doing very well.  Slammed everyday with lessons and I have students scheduling 1-2 months in advance.   I’m teaching junior summer clinics and each week I’ve had up to 20 kids per class. I’m teaching two classes at the college for golf. I have a good amount of kids on the high school golf teams. Each week I’m booked from 8:30-3:30.  It’s great. I never thought I’d be in this position.

Shane Leizear  –

July 15, 2018

Dear Barry,

I want to express my appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity to take the PGTAA teaching certification to help me build my golf teaching career. I learned quite a lot while studying your comprehensive materials especially answering the comprehensive written examination.

I also appreciate your book, “Success Secrets for Marketing Yourself as a Golf Teacher” which includes useful tips and strategies to position myself for success; this book will be most helpful. From a player’s perspective, I most enjoyed your book “The Right Mind for Golf”. The concept of “breathing through your eyes” is an especially useful one for me. And, of course, the book “Training for Epic Golf” is full of excellent strategies to help get the most out of a committed golfer’s potential.

I hope you are having a great year and I look forward to further developing my teaching career thanks to your PGTAA certification program.

Scott Hacker
PGTAA Golf Professional

March 7, 2018

Dear Barry,

I just wanted to let you know that I have just begun the position of the assistant golf coach for the women’s golf team at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

The PGTAA training was instrumental in my obtaining this position at the University.

Thanks for what you do.


Glen McCartney

February 18, 2018


I wanted to share some exciting things that have been happening lately.

I take my PGTAA certification very seriously and it has always been my mission to share my passion, knowledge, and skills in as many different ways as possible.

Two recent things that I wanted to share with you are, the attached letter is from Kevin Long with The First Tee Fort Worth about my classification as a certified life skills coach.   This gives me the ability to share my passion with young people and inspire a new generation to not only love golf, but to be stronger individuals.

Also, this month at the GIS in San Antonio I was honored to be named Superintendent of the Year for 2017 by Turfnet/Syngenta.  This award is a great honor for me and helps me to spread my passion for golf and leadership into the industry professions.

I just wanted to share these accomplishments with you in order to express my gratitude for what the PGTAA, and you, have enabled me to do.  We need more positivity in this world and teaching through golf allows me to contribute to this.

Best Regards,

Jorge Croda

November 12, 2017

Dr. Barry Lotz

Here is my official signature page, thanks again for your wonderful course and instruction. I am now the Director of Golf at Gatineau Golf & Country Club.
Dino Payer

Director of Golf / Directeur du Golf
Détenu et exploité par/Owned and operated RICHCRAFT | Group of Companies
160 rue du Golf, Gatineau, Québec, J9J 0R1
T 819.557.4411 x 101 | F 819.685.0200
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Dear Barry,

Today was a very exciting day for me, as I received the PGTAA’s blessing to proceed with teaching the game of golf with proper credentials I can be proud of. I want to thank you personally for your guidance throughout the course.

I especially want to inform you that as a result of my extensive study throughout the program, I received an apparently unavoidable and much-welcomed residual aspect which I had not initially given thought to. I’m referring to the course’s effect on my own golf game.

It seems that I have become “self-instructing” to the point where I have taken a few strokes off my game; specifically due to greater consistency in accuracy and ball-striking — in a nutshell, “a better swing”. So for that, I also thank you. Tuesday I shot 69 on my par 72 home course. I finally managed the elusive, “shoot your age” thing. I’m 70yoa.

I plan on keeping in touch with you and the PGTAA and please feel free to use any of my writings or information in your testimonials. I’m eager to get started and I promise to not let you guys down.


Respectfully yours,

James R. Carpenter, Jr.
Silsbee, TX

James R. Carpenter, Jr.


My name is Dade McDermott and I am a PGTAA Class “A” Master Teaching Professional.

I was certified in June 2006 and landed a head teaching job literally the day I was certified.

This was mind blowing to me, and made me instantly realize how credible and great the

Professional Golf Teachers Association of America is (The PGTAA).

The reason the PGTAA is so great……… is because the leader of the organization is Dr. Barry Lotz,  and everyone who works for him at the PGTAA. They have created a “world class” organization and curriculum that makes it possible for  teachers like myself to reach their dreams in the teaching industry. The PGTAA curriculum is second to none and prepares you for a career in golf with ultimate confidence. I am also an author &  Dr. Lotz has taken the time out of his busy schedule to help me navigate the writing part of the industry,  since he is a successful author of many books and countless articles. Dr. Lotz is highly regarded amongst the biggest names in the game of golf, although he would never tell  you.

When you have someone this successful and professional running your organization how can you go wrong? The PGTAA is the “Harvard of Golf Teaching” just like the online video says. The PGTAA creates expert teachers better than any golf organization in the world, because their focus is 100% on teaching golf & nothing else. Club professionals spend about 10-15% of their time teaching lessons, whereas I have spent 100% of my time teaching golf lessons & clinics in my career.

This makes all the difference and separates us from anyone else because  “experience is the best teacher”, and the PGTAA gets you out there “actually teaching all day” not sitting behind a desk “taking credit cards for sweaters and booking tee times all day”. Here are the things I have accomplished since joining the PGTAA, and I only am sharing this out of gratitude to Dr. Lotz and the organization because I know it wouldn’t have been possible without them.

1. Finished Top 1 % of all graduates in 2006.

2. Became a private contractor at every course I teach  making me my “own boss” and allowing me to pay the facilities I work at a percentage of my lesson income each week or bi-weekly (contact me if this is what you want to do, and I will share how to do it)

3. Got Head Teaching job & named Director of Golf Instruction and Woodbriar CC on Cape Cod the day I was certified on June 5th, 2006.

4. Got hired as the Head Teaching Professional & Director of Golf Instruction at Falmouth Country Club

at the end of 2006 season, a 27 hole championship course on Cape Cod where I taught for 10 years.

5. Won the PGA Extraordinary Teacher/ Citizen Award, and was invited as a V.I.P. guest to the Deutsche Bank Classic in Norton, Ma (Home of the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs) to receive this prestigious award.

6. Hired as the only Master Teaching Professional at the World Renowned Lely Resort Golf & Country Club in Naples, FL  where I currently teach (Naples, Flordia is considered “the golf capital of the world” since there are more golf courses per capita here than anywhere else, and they are all beautiful courses here in Paradise).

I teach at the Flamingo Island Club (designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr.) & The Mustang Club (designed by Lee Trevino). Lely Resort Golf & Country Club  Flamingo Island Club & The Mustang Club ratings are as follows:

Rated   4.5 stars in Golf Digest Magazine ( Flamingo Island Club)

Rated   5 stars in  Golf Digest Magazine ( The Mustang Club)

Rated   “One of Americas Best” Golf Magazine

Rated   ” Top 50 Resort Course in America” Golf Magazine

(There is also the beautiful “Classics Course” at Lely Resort which is private and designed by Gary Player.)

7. Authored  the book “No Shanks!” and have many more books and videos to come , and am currently beginning to write articles for “Golf Tips Magazine”, one of the leading golf instruction magazines in the country.

8 .  Awarded Top Ten Teacher in the World 2017 by the PGTAA, with the likes of many other famous  teachers in the world (my biggest honor to date, and I am very grateful) .

This is what the PGTAA  and Dr. Barry Lotz has done for me by making this all possible.

If I went with another organization it would have wasted years of my time & talent (since you never get to actually teach) ,  and I’m not sure If I would even be teaching without the PGTAA, because I have seen what happens to these other club pros.  Any aspiring teacher who wants to sign up for the PGTAA should email me at with no hesitation at any time,  as I have mentored

numerous PGTAA prospects and teachers,  and would love to help anyone! If you contact me you will see

that I love paying it forward, and my goal is always “helping others”, just as Dr. Lotz and the PGTAA has done for me.

Bottom line is….. the PGTAA is nothing short of a miracle for those who want to be “golf teachers” not just “club professionals”. Thanks again Dr. Lotz, you are truly the very “BEST’ there is, and the world needs to know the truth.

Best Regards,

Dade McDermott
Class “A” Master Teaching Professional
PGTAA Top 10 Teacher in the World 2017 
PGA Award Winner for Extraordinary Teacher & Citizen
Top 1% of All Graduates
Lely Resort Golf & Country Club
Flamingo Island Club & The Mustang Club
Naples, FL
Dade McDermott

The Professional Golf Teachers Association of America,

To succeed at teaching golf, it’s important to play well, but more vital to develop the ability to convey the game’s nuances to others. Then, you must enroll in a short training program at a recognized golf instruction academy and, in many cases, pass a licensing exam. Certification by the PGTAA versus PGA differs greatly. PGA certification as a Class A Pro includes ALL aspects of the golf industry such as retailing, food and beverage, tournament operations and grounds keeping. Its teaching module is basically a small percentage of the curriculum. For many seeking a career as a professional golf instructor, the majority of information conveyed might be a waste of time and money. The PGTAA Golf Academy Class A Pro curriculum is totally focused on teaching techniques with a strong emphasis on marketing your services and solving student’s problems; making them better players and much more comfortable with their games.

In recognition of the industry’s growth and the demand for qualified golf pros, the PGTAA golf instruction school was established to provide extensive training to individuals as well as many established golf teachers with years of experience behind them. Aside from the PGA, PGTAA certification is the most highly sought after teaching designation from any golf instruction school. Becoming a PGTAA professional is one of the most important steps you will take during your professional golf teaching career. Becoming associated and certified by the PGTAA enhances one’s credibility, fine tunes teaching skills and enhances earning capacity. PGTAA graduates have achieved positions including head professional at private as well as public country clubs, golf schools, driving ranges, golf learning centers, indoor driving ranges, as well as becoming high school and college coaches. Graduates also hold positions as managers of both public and private golf facilities.
Custom club makers have been able to add golf instruction as a new dimension to their businesses, generating additional revenue. For club fitting professionals, enhancing your professionalism with the addition of a PGTAA Master Teaching Professional certification will be a major catalyst in increasing revenue in existing businesses. Dino Payer of Golf Mont Cascades relates, “After I took the PGTAA course I got a job at Mont Cascades Golf about half an hour north of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I am now running the golf operations and I am the head teaching Pro. Thanks to your course I am living the dream.”   Information on the PGTAA is available at

Jeff Handy

Hi Barry,


I just sent in my dues for this year and I thought I’d let you know that the High School golf team that I coach won the New Hampshire Div. II State Championship again. We were undefeated this year.

I attached our championship picture. That’s me in the middle.
Ken Bourassa. PGTAA Class A member,

I have always thought about pursuing a career in some kind of golf related business. Finding the PGTAA and becoming a Class A Master Teaching Professional by using the information and material provided by you has provided me with the goal of pursuing a lifelong achievement of teaching this great game to all ages and abilities.

Thank you for giving me this opportunity and provide all the material and knowledge needed to move forward with my endeavors.

Thanks Again,

Jesse H. Heller

Dr. Lotz,
I was excited to earn my Class A PGTAA Master Teaching Professional Certification and to become a member of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. During certification training, I especially enjoyed studying the science and physics of the golf swing. I look forward to the many opportunities that the future will bring.

John W. McCauley
Class A PGTAA Master Teaching Professional
Lexington, Kentucky

I wanted to take time to thank you and the PGTAA for being instrumental in allowing me to pursue a two pronged career in the Golf Industry. I have always thought about teaching young people this great game and receiving my certification opened the door for me to become the Varsity Golf Coach at Scottsdale Christian Academy here in Arizona.

In addition to that being a PGTAA professional was also instrumental in my purchasing a Play It Again Sports franchise where we sell all types of sporting goods including new and used Golf equipment. Needless to say, the Golf section is our main attraction.

Paul Marriott

Thanks for the opportunity with PGTAA and all it has to offer. Your program is everything it presents itself to be. I have learned a great deal from the material the course offers.
Less than 2 weeks after receiving my certificate of completion of the PGTAA course, I have an opportunity to teach a golf class at a local Junior College. Also, I have been asked to assist with a junior golf tour in and beyond my local area.

Thank You,
Dana Henson


Thank you very much for your assistance and guidance in helping me become a Master Teaching Professional.

The teaching materials are complete and provide very useful information that will help any player at any level in improving their game.

I am very proud and excited to represent PGTAA.

Very Honored
Al Montes
Master Teaching Professional

Hi Barry,

I can’t thank you and the PGTAA enough for my certification as a master teaching professional. I have found over the past few years the PGTAA is well recognized by the many private and public course professionals.

It is a pleasure being a member of such a fine organization.

Personally my clientele has grown each year sine I became a member.

I did not receive my membership card in the mail. Many times mail is lost here in Florida .

Thank you.

Iggy Giangregorio

Jeff Cofer – December 14, 2015

I am honored and proud to officially represent Professional Golf Teachers
Association of America.

The course materials as well as the one-on-one customer service was nullus secundus – second to none! And I only dealt with Dr. Lotz for any and all questions which sure made life easier!

It’s a dream come true to share something you love and have such passion for!

Head Golf Coach
Linden Hall
PGTAA Master Teaching Professional

Dear Barry,

Thanks for everything. Very much worth the investment!

John Millich

Hello Dr.Lotz,

Just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity to become a PGTAA teaching professional and to motivate others.

After 2 years in a winter-struck part of the world, I was able to develop a good client base which led to me becoming head teaching pro at an outstanding semi-private club.

I will be implementing my golf academy and shop starting in March (after the snow).
None of this would have been possible if I hadn’t my credentials. Thanks a million!

Thanks again. FORE!!!
Johnny Franco Fata

I recently accepted a teaching job at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester New York.
Thank you,

Class A PGTAA Master Teaching Professional.
Lisa Scally

I would recommend anyone that wants a fantastic career or just wants to learn more about this great game we all love to get certified as as Master Golf Teaching Professional through the PGTAA.

My experience with Dr. Lotz could not have been better. The home study course was a challenging and exciting experience. The course has helped me become a better teacher and the certification will help me with my ultimate goal of teaching our country’s wounded warriors and veterans.

As a veteran myself, and having an officer in the US Army, it will be a great pleasure to be able to help our soldiers and their families learn this awesome game and built confidence while doing so.

Thanks again to Dr. Lotz for helping me achieve my goals!

Daniel Flynn

February 7th, 2014

Thanks to the PGTAA for an incredible experience becoming a Master Teaching Professional! The program was a lot of fun, learned a ton, and would recommend it to anyone looking to take up Golf Instruction.

The investment of time and money is paying off in a big way in just 2 short days!! I received an Independent Golf Instructor Position at a local driving range immediately after passing the course and already have 3 lessons set up!!

My favorite part of the home-study program was having the ability to work at my own pace. It made the process of learning more enjoyable and laid back. Even though I couldn’t wait to hit the books and learn every night after work!

I have a full time job and a family, but I was still able to complete the course in just a couple months!

The video sent as part of the certification was fantastic! I’d recommend watching it over and over to help with playing and teaching! Fabulous swing and teaching tips!

It’s rewarding when I tell a friend or family member, “I’m now a Golf Master Teaching Professional!” They always respond with a “WOW, how did you get that!”

I must commend Dr. Lotz for quickly responding to all of my emails with questions. You can tell he has 100% commitment to the program and your progress.

Believe me, if you love golf and want to get into Golf Instruction, take this course!

Huge fan!

Matt Druppel
Master Teaching Professional

September 21, 2013


Hello from PA!

First competitive round for my girls. Linden Hall School, Lititz, PA

I have my written exam done, just trying to find time/players for my playing requirement.

Hope all is well.


Jeff Cofer
Head Golf Coach-Linden Hall
play better-instructor

May 9, 2013

Dear Dr. Lotz,

I want to personally thank you for giving me the opportunity to achieve my dream as a Golf Instructor. I am currently working with 5 students this year and several returning from a year before. I enjoyed the process of the Home Study Examination as it allowed me to learn the material in at a leisure pace. When I am not teaching golf, I am busy working on my game and enjoying everything this terrific game has to offer.

I would pleased if you used my testimony as another example of what one individual can achieve with the drive and professional assistance of the PGTAA. I look
forward to continuing with my Golf Career and credit everything to you
and your Association.

Thank you again,

Steve C. Murphy
Phoenix, AZ

Hello my name is Stephen Bloss and I am a PGTAA master teaching
professional. The PGTAA is a very knowledgeable course and establishment!
The benefits that you recieve from being a member of the PGTAA are fantastic!
I want to thank Barry Lotz and the PGTAA for helping my career in the golf
industry!!! I would recommend the PGTAA to anyone that wants golf to be a part
of their life… a career….and for the love of the game!!!

Stephen Bloss

Dear Barry,
Thank you for giving me the opportunity of writing the PGTAA examination Most of all thank you for convincing me that this was the correct thing to do as you were aware I was already a level 111 certified teaching professional and was not sure whether to pursue my masters in the same direction
I had done a lot of research in the last year and a half, but this exam to me was a real eye opener it’s more than just having a good understanding of the golf swing and being able to conduct a lesson. If you want to be a great teacher you also need to have a very good understanding of the mental and club fitting aspects of the game. I will certainly continue to expand my knowledge going forward in these two aspects. Now that I have completed the examination I feel confident in achieving my aspirations of being a great teacher
Thank you for always responding promptly to any questions or concerns I may have had.
South Africa

Lionel Wearne


Mater Dei’s Ollie Martin is the 2012 girls golf coach of the year.

Mater Dei coach, Ollie Martin, a PGTAA graduate, stood on the practice putting green at The Golf Club at Rancho California, staring at the leaderboard on the on a wall of the clubhouse after the WSCGA So Cal Regionals.

His disappointment was easy to see. Two strokes separated the Monarchs from a tee time at the CIF State championship. This was a Monarchs team Martin believed had the talent and depth to win the most prestigious tournament in high school girls golf.

While the Monarchs came up a bit short in reaching their ultimate goal, to get to the WSCGA tournament, they made school history, and for that Martin is the Register’s Coach of the Year.

The Monarchs had three future Division 1 players on their roster in 2006 and had a team go undefeated in 2010. Neither could do what the six girls in the postseason roster did this year.

By finishing second in a qualifying tournament at The Legends Golf Course in Temecula, Mater Dei earned spot in the So Cal Championships for the first time in school history.

Senior Marcella Pranovia led the team that day, shooting the low round of the tournament, a 5-under 67. Jamie Harada, Ashley Nguyen and Janneinne Le all posted rounds in the 70s that day to show the real strength of the Monarchs this season — depth. Everyone on the roster had the potential to break 80.

“I am extremely proud and happy of what we were able to accomplish. I knew that we had an outstanding team from the very beginning,” Martin said. “They went after a goal. They didn’t come up short for a lack of effort or commitment. We started to prepare right from the beginning.”

Early in the season, Martin had the Monarchs play a practice round at Mile Square Golf Course, site of the CIF-SS Southern Team Divisional, which set the field for the regional qualifier. Several times after that, the girls on the team came out to Mile Square on their own.

Mater Dei cruised to a 15-stroke victory after four of the six Monarchs who teed off in the tournament finished in the 70s. It’s an event that the twice before, but this is the first time that the Monarchs will get rings or a banner hanging in the gym. This season the CIF changed the status of this team divisional, making them official CIF Championships.

“I am most proud of that. They were feeling the pressure because they wanted it bad,” Martin said. “That was huge.”

Martin takes pride in winning the Trinity League championship, and his Monarchs did it with an undefeated season, their second in the past three seasons. In both those years, the JV team has had a perfect season, too, showing just how deep the girls golf program has become.

Recently, Mater Dei built a practice facility on its campus, complete with launch monitors and a short-game practice area. The coaches also do video analysis of each player’s swing. The Monarchs also put the girls through a new workout regimen and try to get them to focus on eating healthy by getting lunches through the nutrition window in the school’s cafeteria.

“It was a combination of all that (that contributed to Mater Dei’s success). But I am blessed with great assistant coaches, too: Bill Dodge and Derek Uyesaka. And Ed Golka has been there on the JV team. We are very stable,” Martin said. “We have a lot of things going for us.”

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