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April 7, 2024  

 Scott Crutcher

Best decision I ever made getting PGTAA certified as a Class “A” Master Teaching Professional. I use the things I learned each week with my students at Maverick Golf Academy.

Thanks again Dr. Lotz!




March 27, 2024

The PGTAA program is very well designed and managed. It provides the participants really comprehensive and informative learning materials. The written test is excellent covering all aspects of golf including theory, techniques, equipment, practice & playing skills, short games, course management, teaching skills, mental side of the game, physical training and psychology of playing etc. It is so helpful to enhance my understanding of golf and encourages me to learn further.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you and your team for developing such a wonderful program.

Best regards 

Tao “Michael” Xiangyang



March 20, 2024

Dear Dr. Lotz,

 “The course was very well targeted and helped so much in enhancing the understanding of golf and the teaching techniques required to be successful. Additionally, the course materials are very comprehensive, thorough, and informative”.

 Xiangyang Tao(Michael)



January 25,2024

Dear Dr. Barry Lotz,

After nearly 20 years of passion for golf, I thoroughly understand the feeling of struggling golfers but not equipped with basic knowledge and skills.

When I started playing golf, Vietnam with a population of more than 80 million had only about 15 golf courses and very few golf teachers. After the first 5 months of practicing while poring over David Leadbetter’s book “Learn to Play Golf” and Nick Faldo’s swing instruction video, I met the first Korean golf teacher. Although he was very dedicated, the language barrier did not help me much. 

In March 2011, I attended an advanced training course with Mr. David Milne  at his namesake golf academy in Perth, Australia. From this point onward, my questions were gradually answered and I think I really managed to conquer this sport that many people consider to be the most difficult. Maintaining 17 years at single-handicap level is not easy. I was wondering how to leverage my golf experiences further. 

It was fortunate that my dream of becoming a golf instructor was fulfilled when I met Dr. Barry Lotz in Phoenix, Arizona last November. After reviewing the PGA Teaching Manual and materials from the PGTAA’s Home Study Course, I realized that going from a fairly good player to an exemplary teacher has been a long, emotional journey. The difference between a good teacher and a great teacher, the smallest preparation steps before, during and after the training session, flexible application of effective methods for each student and other useful things are compiled and arranged strategically in the Home Study Course documents. 

Instead of using words to praise Dr. Barry Lotz, I’ll concentrate on self-improvement to pave a way of opening a golf academy with quality and prestige in line with PGTAA reputation. 

I highly recommend the PGTAA to anyone seeking a professional golf instructor and looking forward to connect with colleagues who want to share tips, methods and relative matters in our golf industry. 

Best regards,

Nghia Le Huu

Cellphone: +84 903 802 117

Email: nghia.vietnam@gmail.com    




I wanted to follow up with my recent passing of the PGTAA exam with a few comments related to your organization and you personally! 

One of my many goals in life was to eventually end my business career, and begin a new career with teaching golf, helping those to advance in their golf swing, as well as their personal development. 

I began my research to at least attain credentials, since I was not a PGA professional.  I felt it was important to at least do so to present credibility, and also learn more about the profession of teaching.  I knew I had the experience, since I had been studying the golf swing, and teaching for over 35 years.  In teaching, it was merely to help others with their swing, without charging, simply to watch them improve, and see that look on their face! 

I ran across the PGTAA program while searching for an established, credible, well recognized vehicle that would provide the credentials I was looking for.  I was not reluctant to give you a call and find out from the person I felt qualified to answer my questions.  I was not only appreciative of your time, but also the depth of experience and knowledge of the game itself, and your program for those like me. 

After that call, I decided to purchase the materials needed to go through your certification process.  Needless to say, I was very impressed with the materials, but also the depth of information and study materials you had amassed over the years.  It was very informative, but also challenging to an old dog, who had not studied for an exam for some time.  The materials covered not only information on teaching, but also how to run a business, that is a golf teaching business!  The most interesting part of my studying was to realize how much I did not know about the game!  As you know, due to my business obligations, it took me some time to complete the exam.  Along the way, you were always very approachable, responsive and supportive! 

I cannot express my appreciation enough to you and your constituents for the PGTAA program, and the detail in providing me with the materials, and support to begin my new career. 

Continued Best Wishes:

Ron Clark


November 1, 2023

 Dr. Lotz,

I just wanted to express to you my sincere appreciation for all you have accomplished and what you do to make the PGTAA school a world class operation. Also, I wanted to thank you for the opportunity to obtain a Class “A” Master Teaching Professional credentials. I’ve played this wonderful game since I was 13 years old and now 70 years old playing like I did when I was much younger. Although, happy to say, I am playing with a greater degree of knowledge with the end resulting in better scoring and enjoyment of the game!

The materials presented are first class and has paved a way to not only increase one’s knowledge of the game, but also educating one becoming a golf instructor. This has been my passion for years, and glad I finally have an opportunity doing what I love. I have to also state my golf IQ continually increased as I went through the course materials and outside research. The knowledge received about the swing, the understanding of the various teaching techniques, golf drills and incorporating the mental aspect of golf to the students is a recipe for success!  Being able to translate the book knowledge to actual application, has not only caused my game to improve, and I am very confident and excited about instructing with the same results.  

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. I will make every attempt to make you and the school proud! I am honored to be associated with you and your school.


John Harris




October 28, 2023   


I Just want to say thanks to you and the PGTAA, 8 years later, my dreams finally have came true! Now I have my golf academy for kids from public schools.

This is in Uruguay where most of the people play soccer. We are the very first academy that brings kids from public schools to a golf course and teaches them golf. I am truly indebted to the PGTAA!






Thanks Dr. Barry

Sebastian Correa




October 26, 2023   

Dear Dr. Lotz,

Things are going well with my instruction practice. I’m still at two courses here in the Bay area. I work alongside three of the top instructors in the Bay Area, so proud of that. My rates are up to $125/hour these days (my coworkers are charging between $150-190/hr!) – to me it’s crazy, but it’s what the market bears. Thankfully I’m keeping busy.

My only regret is that I didn’t find you sooner!

If interested, check out my site bettergolfinstruction.com.

Dan Chicorel
PGTAA Teacher
Monarch Bay -Bettergolfinstruction.com
Tilden Park Golf Club –

September 16, 2023

 Now comes the PGTAA in my life. I cannot express to those golfers considering certification, that the PGTAA’s curriculum is extensive and overall, and will most definitely improve your knowledge of the game at “every level “ . One of my co-workers curiously asked, who is the PGTAA and that its not the PGA etc. I brought in the PGTAA’s binder to show exactly what it is and what is entailed. He was astounded. The learning materials and curriculum is similar to that of the PGA and much much more as it relates to becoming a golf teacher. The two books by Dr. Lotz about the mindset of the game and putting, have been a tremendous asset to me. Thank you Barry.

Barry ( Dr. Lotz ) has been very supportive with my endeavor and has expressed his admiration for my perseverance to obtain this. I cannot express enough my thanks to him and the PGTAA organization for their full support. I hope to visit some day, and get in a round  or two at Torrey Pines!

Now, I shall combine what I have endured over the years and pass this on to my students. Obstacles in the game will appear from time to time. It may be equipment, injuries or other circumstances. Yet, determination and perseverance will define the path that we take out on the links. Adapt. Overcome. Positive results will happen. Trust me.

To my colleagues, it is a great idea that we all connect. Share teaching methods, recommendations regarding a student that requires may require a certain approach to the game. My contact information is here. Feel free to contact me.

Sincerely yours,

Rico Gramazio – ricogramazio@yahoo.com 

August 30, 2023

The PGTAA is absolutely the best. 

Thanks to the PGTAA I am a general manager / Head Pro .

I’ve been living my dream give or take 13 years now. 

I also brought FIRST TEE to our club 5 years ago and love teaching our future. 

I also have my own web site mickiegolf.com . I owe all this to the PGTAA organization.

So thank you so much .

Living the dream

Mickie Joyce


August 21, 2023

Dr. Lotz, 

I wanted to say thank you as I received my Class “A” Master Teaching Professional credentials.  I’ve played and enjoyed this crazy game for over 35 years and now that I’m in my 50’s I’ve been searching for a way to transition into coaching/teaching the game and spend more time on the course doing what I love.  After extensive research into different options, I chose the PGTAA program and I’m glad I did.  

The program materials were first class and all-inclusive of everything one needs to become not only educated but immersed into all things regarding being a golf instructor.  I wish I would have done it many years ago.  My golf IQ has gone up as I went through the course material and prepared for the Playing Ability Test (PAT) and I’ve seen my own game improve in leaps and bounds.  The business applications were practical and very helpful as I’ve launched my coaching business and I gave my first (paid) lesson last week and received a 5-Star Google Review! 

I highly recommend the PGTAA to anyone seeking professional teaching credentials and a career in the golf industry.  

Scott Crutcher

Golf Coach | Head of Instruction

Maverick Golf Academy



August 18, 2023

Dr. Lotz,

I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation for all you do regarding the educational curriculum associated with PGTAA teaching certification!  

As a recently retired 59-year-old, I was searching for a way to peruse my passion (and own self-improvement) for the game of golf.  After researching ALL the various organizations that provide golf teaching credentials, PGTAA sounded like it would be a perfect fit for my schedule, my interest and my money.  Throughout my journey into the PGTAA curriculum, I was very impressed with the level of detail and the expansive variety of topics you teach.  The materials and self-study program gave me with the exactly what I was looking for.  

From the moment I sent an inquire of interest, to the moment I received my credentials, your timely follow up and thoroughness of your responses allowed me to stay on schedule to complete my course work.  If there was a subject matter that seemed confusing to me, all I needed to do was ask… and you were there to point me in the right direction.  It was such a relief knowing that you were there for support and guidance (and not just there to collect my money).  

As a result of my Certification, I gained the confidence to move forward in the golf industry.  I’m now volunteering my time and knowledge helping Junior golfers who are enrolled in a structured golf academy.  Because of PGTAA, The PGA Golf Director I work alongside has been super impressed with my level of knowledge about the golf swing, the understanding of teaching techniques/golf drills and how we are incorporating the mental aspect of golf with these students.  I’m very proud that I chose PGTAA… and I cannot say “thank you” loud enough for the opportunity your PGTAA teaching credential has provided me! 

For anyone interested in teaching golf or just learning golf concepts to improve their own game, they need not look any further than Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. 

Continued success and best of luck with all you do!

John Chaney


August 15, 2023

Hi Dr. Lotz

It’s my pleasure to email with you!

I am very proud to be PGTAA member coach since 2014. All this time I have been teaching in China.

In addition to teaching, I also teach on the Internet and accumulated a lot of students to support me, I am very grateful to the PGTAA.

I’m very successful in golf teaching in China this is everything because of PGTAA I’m really happy to join PGTAA

I teach online right now I have over 120,000 people following me in China. This is a huge thing!

Thank you so much because of you. Thanks to the guidance given to me by PGTAA, I will continue to work hard.


Yuxin Wang <wyx3001@gmail.com >于2022年4月20日 周三10:58写道:

July 20, 2023

Dear Dr. Lotz,

 The week I got my credentials from you I also closed on a house and have been remolding it myself (it’s been nonstop) but I put cards out at the club the same week and the following week I had 15 new students and have averaged 3 new students a week since.

Wow! It’s been amazing so thank you. I owe a lot to you and the PGTAA program so thank you. Really, I can’t thank you enough.  

Dwight Thompson


July 12, 2023

To: Dr.Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D., Director of PGTAA,

 This is to pay tribute to you and the PGTAA for creating a compressive learning program which was all comprehensive to the game of golf.  Within the program, the golf concepts were well prepared and easily understood.  Through learning these concepts I developed a skill set and inner strength which will serve me for a lifetime.

With the knowledge I learned in the PGTAA program I now have an ability to teach complex concepts in a simple manner.  By helping students to identify short- and long-term goals we together can implement strategies to achieve them.  Also included was an ability to teach students how to self-correct swing errors on their own. By being encouraging, patient and positive I can teach my students fun drills and use analogies and metaphors to enhance their understanding of the golf swing during my time with them.  I will now allow my students to develop the ability to make small tweaks in their swing without making a major swing overhaul. I also learned to lessen mental stress and body tension by creating a congenial and balanced learning environment.  They will be taught the game of golf by being a leader and going the extra mile.  And finally, through positivity and accessibility I will retain students through my use of professionalism in explaining the mechanics of the golf swing.

 Most importantly, this program provided great insight into the mental aspect of the golf game.

This included the importance of managing your emotions, believing in yourself, and focusing on one shot at a time by increasing your concentration on the present moment. By relaxing, focusing, committing, and executing my student’s scores will become lower and allow them to reap the benefits by using these behaviors and concepts.

If anyone is interested in teaching golf or learning golf concepts to lower your handicap and improving your golf swing, then Professional Golf Teachers Association of America will provide the foundation for accomplishing these objectives.


Chuck Wait-   a Class A Level PGTAA Master Teaching Professional
President of Golf Swing LLC


Bloomington, Minnesota 55438


July 5, 2023

This home study course is outstanding! I never would have thought that I could learn so much from a self-study method of instruction. I found myself enjoying my study as I “dug into” the information.

I read through the entire “PGTAA Teaching Manual” like I would a novel…finding it hard to put down. I found “The Right mind for Golf” to be very complimentary in the game of golf, helping me to understand the importance of the “Mental Game”.

My “Golf IQ” has increased significantly, and I am anxious to put to work the teaching methods that this course provided.

The questions on the written test are well designed to have the student thoroughly understand the response to every question. They also require extensive study and research in the entirety of the question’s nature, and an understanding of the factors within the subject matter.

The test questions encompasses all aspects of the physical and mental aspects in the golf swing, and how to properly relate it to the student.

Frank E. Limerick


May 7, 2023

Hi Dr. Barry,

First of all let me say how much I’m enjoying this home study. Since I’m retired, I have completely immersed myself into my studies, putting in about 10 hours daily. The material is outstanding, and like reading a good novel, I can’t put it down. Awesome, awesome study module.

Frank Limerick


April 9, 2023

Dr. Lotz and the PGTAA

I have been playing golf for the past thirty plus years. Unfortunately, I did not have access to the game like most inner-city kids nor did I have parents who played. I would spend hours in the pasture behind our house swinging old garage sale Wilson blade irons and an old persimmon 3 wood. I remember having to take the time to balance a ball on a nail in order to tee it up because I didn’t have any tees available. Years of my young golfing life was truly wasted due to lack of instruction or access to the game.

Being a self-taught country boy, I didn’t even know what a golf instructor was till the age of twenty. Once I gained knowledge of the golfing industry I decided to pursue that future. I got a job working the carts at the Links at Land’s End, in Yantis, TX and registered for my PAT with the PGA of America. However due to the lack of income I had to give up this position and pursue other avenues.

I am now a college graduate and I am currently a Middle School Teacher and High School Golf Coach.

Thankfully in this process I discovered Dr. Barry Lotz and the PGTAA. I Made sure to focus on my home study course and dedicated my time to learning the proper teaching of the game. Now at the age of 40.  I am the teaching instructor at Garden Valley Golf Club during my spare time away from the school. In my future I plan on moving away from the school systems and focusing on my golf teaching practice.

Huge Thanks to Dr. Barry Lotz and the PGTAA for making these things possible for me. 

Anyone is welcome to reach out to me if they want more information on my story or have any questions.

 Corey Hass


February 10, 2023

I’ve been playing golf for over 45 years and truly enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion for the game. I have worked with golfers of all ages and am always stoked to watch the learning process transform into hitting good shots. Taking the PGTAA Master Teaching Professional course has boosted my knowledge base and given me the confidence to take golf instruction to the next level – for me and for my students.

The course is thought-provoking and compelled a lot of dedicated study and research; and the course materials are as broad as they are deep. The examination is rigorous and thorough, but well worth the time and effort. Throughout the examination process, Dr. Lotz is extremely accessible and is very promptly responsive to emails and phone calls.

Thank You Dr. Lotz and the PGTAA family.

Shout out to fellow Master Teaching Professional David Frederick, who so kindly picked up my cold outreach call. He sold me on the merits and advantages of the PGTAA certificate. Says a lot about the reputation of the organization and the camaraderie of the members!

Mark Tennant 


Dr. Lotz,

I am doing great! It’s been 11 months since I got my certification and I’m close to 200 lessons. Rate is now $80/hr.

I’m teaching more than playing but at 71 yrs old, I couldn’t be happier. Thanks for everything.

Rex Blair <rexblair@rocketmail.com>

 October 24, 2022

October  2, 2022

Hi Dr. B,

My PGTAA certification  has worked great overall. I have much gratitude and thankfulness I chose PGTAA 🙂 

I’m teaching at two top courses in the Bay area Monarch Bay and Tilden Park! 

Kind regards, 

Dan Chicorel





September 5, 2022

Hi Barry, 

I want to thank you for having such a helpful program to get someone going in the golf teaching business. Going through all the material and questions has been such a great learning experience. I am really thankful that there is something like this to help someone getting started on this path. Thank you Barry!

Larson Watia  




August 22, 2022


Again, thank you for this opportunity. From December 2020 when we spoke until this month, I have grinded mentally and physically to get to this point. Relax, Focus, Commit, Execute got me here, and it was effortless once I stopped “trying.” I appreciate your willingness to allow anyone with the fortitude to excel in your Home Course, and I am grateful. 

The PGTAA is the centerpiece of my credentials that I have gained in my time since I’ve retired from the Marines. I have met many like me, who thought the PGA was the only way. They know now, that the passion and love of teaching golf has a better way.

Enjoy the rest of your time in Africa,

David Frederick



June 17. 2022

 My Certification Experience with PGTAA


I am 62 years young and having just retired from my profession as an architect, I was interested in spending time to promote and teach golf to adults and help people to quickly start enjoying the fun of playing golf. I have been a single handicap and avid golfer since I started golf in my late forties and still maintain a 7/8 handicap today.

When I decided to acquire a Golf Trainer certification, I searched the web and found what I would consider the only two organization that might suit my method of remote study during this COVID times, the PGTAA and the USGTF.

After reading each of their promotional material, I decided to go for PGTAA and looking in retrospect, I was not disappointed. Their professionalism and recognition in the golf domain was superior in every aspect compared to the USGTF. The PGTAA also has a respected presence on the PGA Tour.

I received a huge bundle of course materials by mail soon after I purchased the course and boy it was a lot! One of the advantage of the course is that you can study in your own pace and for me it took a leisurely 3 months! The course materials received were very professional and encompassing, covering all aspects of golf from skills, teaching methodology, mental and pycological teaching and much more.

Even more encompassing was the examination questions, 150 of them, and the area they cover which only shows the seriouseness of the test! Not just a qualification you simply purchase.

In addition, there is the Playing Ability Test, which also demand a reasonably high level of playing skill to achieve.

As out the recognition level of the PGTAA by the golf world, I at least know that its entry level is far superior to the qualification you can acquired from my country’s official China Golf Association for its Mid Skill Level Instructor and even on par or better with the Advance Skill Level Instructor.

Overall, I definitely believe that I made the correct decision with PGTAA and if future travel allows, I would consider attending further advance courses in person in the US.

Lastly, I wish all the best with the association and I am proud to be one of the PGTAA’s newest members.


James Wong


April 21, 2022 – “Your blog PGTAA has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Golf Blogs on the web.”


I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Golf Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

Visit https://www.pgtaa.com/pgtaa-blog/

April 20, 2022

Dr. Lotz,

I’m very successful in teaching golf in China. My successes are all due because of the PGTAA’s excellent program.

I’m really happy I joined the PGTAA.

I teach online right now I have over 120,000  people following me in China. This is a huge huge thing!

I thank you so much because of your help every step of the way.

Yuxin Wang


January 6, 2022

Hi, Mark Hammons member #8084. 

I again just want to thank the PGTAA for my teaching certification. 

This season alone I have been able to get 12 new golfers ranging from 40- 75 years old started playing golf.  

With my regular students it’s been an amazing experience.


December 27, 2021

 Hi Dr. Lotz,

 Just wanted to let you know, I’m going to be starting instruction at Monarch Bay in January (owned by American Golf). I’m very excited, I’ve been teaching these past few, three months at my home facility.

I’ve estimated I’ve given around 300+ lessons since I joined the PGTAA. It’s been working well, most courses have given me the industry rate to play (free or heavily discounted). So I’m very glad I went ahead with the PGTAA.

Thanks again.

Happy holidays and Happy New Year.

Dan Chicorel, PGTAA Master Teaching Professional


August 7, 2021

As I approached retirement I knew I would have to find something to keep me busy. My love of golf gave me the idea that perhaps I might be able to find a way to be a golf instructor. I researched my idea and discovered the PGTAA and Dr. Barry Lotz. When I called and spoke to Dr. Lotz I was impressed by his encouragement and willingness to help me reach my goal.

I wasn’t quite ready for the detailed requirements from an educational standpoint but I’m so glad I made the decision to go for my instructors credentials. The many hours I put in studying the material gave me an even greater appreciation of the game and the potential ability to teach it to future students.

After giving my first couple of lessons and seeing a smile of satisfaction on a students face, when they hit a great shot, made the learning journey worth it all.

Thanks Dr. Lotz and the PGTAA for the opportunity to realize a dream.

Rex Blair

August 4, 2021

The home study course was perfect for me as I can work on it at my own pace and time. 

Thank you Dr. Lotz for the home study program and making it accessible for those who are interested in becoming a certified Master Teaching Professional. I am excited to be part of the PGTAA.

Edwin Liew



August 3, 2021

Dr. Lotz and the PGTAA, 

I wish to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Barry Lotz and the PGTAA for making available this certification course. 

The resources were extremely comprehensive and his book “The Right Mind for Golf” was extremely helpful and to the point. 

During this past year of COVID, I had a lot of time to think about what next career move I could make, and teaching golf kept coming to my mind. 

Now that I have completed the course, I believe I ready to embark on that next move and have enjoyable and gratifying moments of helping others improve their game, this great game of golf. 

Blessings to all you have done

Thanks again.

Kevin J. Schriver 


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Dr. Lotz,

I can’t say enough about the quality of the PGTAA certification program.  The resources provided gave me the confidence needed to complete the exam in a timely manner.  I was able to work at my own pace and Dr. Lotz personally answered any questions/concerns I had throughout the process.  I am currently working with a junior golf program while successfully giving individual/group lessons on the side.  I could not have imagined that this would have been possible in such a short amount of time.  

Thanks again for everything!

Patrick M. Daly


Monday, May 24, 2021

A Big Shout Out to the PGTAA!!  Thank you for the opportunity for me to become a Certified “Class “A” Master Golf Teaching Professional.  

Dr. Lotz has been very professional and has answered all of my questions expeditiously.  

I definitely give the course FIVE STARS!!  You have given me the opportunity to move into my passion for golf.  

Greg Scott, Golf by Greg




TUE, MAY 18, 2021 – [GOLF]

TALLADEGA,  AL: PGTAA Class “A” Master Teaching Golf Professional, and Chair of the Mass Media Studies Department, Dr. Luis Camillo O. De Almeida, is the new men and women head golf coach, Talladega College Athletics announced on May 17.

An announcement from athletic director Kevin Herod confirms coach Almeida’s acceptance of the position, in addition to his duties as a college professor and chair. 

“This is a great day for the Talladega College and for the return of Golf to our school as a varsity sport. Coach Almeida is a Class “A”  PGTAA (Professional Golf Teachers Association of America) certified Master Golf Teaching Professional who brings almost 40 years of golf experience to this position along with specialized training in golf psychology, and as a former head golf coach,” in addition to having won numerous open tournaments in his career as an amateur.  

Almeida is the first Brazilian in history to be a head golf coach in America. He played varsity golf for Slippery Rock University and before becoming an American Citizen, he represented his state of Rio de Janeiro on multiple occasions and his birth country of Brazil on one occasion in its junior national team.  He also played in the Chase Manhattan Cup as a doubles player back in the ’90s.   

“Our family is honored and excited to be joining Talladega College’s athletic department in addition to being a part of the operation of the academic affairs,” Almeida wrote in his personal blog.  “I can’t wait to represent Talladega College in this new capacity and to build a competitive team.”  

He lives in Oxford, Alabama with his wife Amanda, daughter Sophia.


April 12, 2021

Ron Petty – PGTAA certified Class “A” Master Teaching Professional.



First of all I would like to thank PGTAA to give me the opportunity to achieve the certification of a PGTAA Master Teaching Golf Professional by working through the home-study course. I have worked hard for several months, almost for one year, and I have learned a lot. I have made it and I am so happy about it.

I think the questions are very interesting and challenging. Questions which look easy to answer become more difficult if you really get into the answers and start research. Often times when you have the answers already, you automatically go further and dig deeper, because the topics are so interesting.

The course material is of excellent quality and was a big help, thanks a lot. Especially the “PGTAA Teaching Manual” was impressive and a good assistant during the exam. In the future this manual will always be at my side all the time during my golf teaching career.

Also your book about the Mental Game impressed me a lot. Now I am sure that especially a professional golf player, like currently myself, needs a mental coach to work constantly with. It’s a daily job to work on mental things and not only a job for the crisis.

Additionally, the printed material was helpful when researching information to complete the written exam. The exam was very well thought out and covered what teaching points a golf instructor will need to understand and articulate while teaching. Another important piece of the puzzle was the mental game, “The Right Mind for Golf” gave important insights into this aspect of golf that will be an integral part of my instruction.

The exam is worthy of a course for people who are serious about becoming involved in golf. 

The questions cover a lot of material. It requires attention and research. Just by attempting this exam I have learned things about the game that I have not known a lot about before. These include: coaching practices, detailed swing and golf mechanics, exercises, drills and a rich source of honing, practicing and understanding the mental aspect of the game of golf.

Very thorough. The manual, together with the 12 practical lessons and the Right Mind for Golf manual are all comprehensive and give great insights to the art of coaching, mechanics of the game as well as the emphasizing the importance of the mental side of the game, the part so easily looked over by players and professionals alike.

These texts are all a professional needs to become great, knowledgeable and an expert in the field of golf teaching and golf psychology as well as understanding the business and career opportunities created by the golf game.

February 8th, 2021

Dear Dr. Lotz,

First of all I would like to thank PGTAA to give me the opportunity to achieve the certification of a PGTAA Master Teaching Golf Professional by working through the home-study course. I have worked hard for several months, almost for one year, and I have learned a lot. I have made it and I am so happy about it.

I think the questions are very interesting and challenging. Questions which look easy to answer become more difficult if you really get into the answers and start research. Often times when you have the answers already, you automatically go further and dig deeper, because the topics are so interesting. The course material is of excellent quality and was a big help, thanks a lot. Especially the “PGTAA Teaching Manual” was impressive and a good assistant during the exam. In the future this manual will always be at my side all the time during my golf teaching career.

Also your book about the Mental Game impressed me a lot. Now I am sure that especially a professional golf player, like currently myself, needs a mental coach to work constantly with. It’s a daily job to work on mental things and not only a job for the crisis.

Two of my sister’s daughters (4 and 7 years old) are interested in learning golf. I am currently already following “Teaching Kids How to Play Golf” in particular and “Golf Lessons” in general to be their teacher whenever possible. This way I get a lot of experience in teaching Kids, which is a lot of fun and very special in my opinion.

I am also very concerned to be successful by doing things the right and correct way. “Success Secrets for Marketing Yourself as a Golf Teacher” gives good hints and directives to achieve that.

Best Regards,

Florian Kolberg
Port St. Lucie, Florida

January 24, 2021

Dr. Lotz,

I wanted to share my thanks and provide some insights I learned while working through the home-study coursework to become a PGTAA Master Teaching Golf Professional.

The printed information was invaluable in providing the overall fundamentals of the golf swing as well as instructional insights.

Additionally, the printed material was helpful when researching information to complete the written exam. The exam was very well thought out and covered what teaching points a golf instructor will need to understand and articulate while teaching. Another important piece of the puzzle was the mental game, “The Right Mind For Golf” gave important insights into this aspect of golf that will be an integral part of my instruction.

As a senior golfer I was surprised how much the home-study course helped my own pursuit of the game and have seen improvement in my own golf swing.

I look forward to our continued relationship and thank you for allowing me to be a part of the PGTAA family!

Best regards,

Matt Goudy
Rio Verde, Arizona

January 10, 2020

Even though I have not fully completed my certification, I have felt confident enough to have started giving golf lessons and that has been going well. I have met with multiple students all of whom want to continue with me for lessons. The course materials inspire confidence and impart great teaching techniques.

I have had a lot of fun instructing students on how to golf so far.

Thanks again for being so available and willing to help me out on all this stuff Barry. I am super excited to become fully certified and continue to progress in my career as a PGTAA golf instructor.

John Hollister

Kenji Yoshida 

Here is my golf academy.

For your info..



November 2, 2020

Going into 2021 I will be the Teaching Professional at Dead Horse Golf Course in Knoxville, TN and Ping Staff Professional and Fitter at Dead Horse as well.

Again Thank You and the PGTAA.

Terry W. Walker


November 1, 2020

The exam is worthy of a course for people who are serious about becoming involved in golf. The questions cover a lot of material. It requires attention and research. Just by attempting this exam I have learned things about the game that I have not known a lot about before. These include: coaching practices, detailed swing and golf mechanics, exercises, drills and a rich source of honing, practicing and understanding the mental aspect of the game of golf.

Very thorough. The manual, together with the 12 practical lessons and the Right Mind for Golf manual are all comprehensive and give great insights to the art of coaching, mechanics of the game as well as the emphasizing the importance of the mental side of the game, the part so easily looked over by players and professionals alike. These texts are all a professional needs to become great, knowledgeable and an expert in the field of golf teaching and golf psychology as well as understanding the business and career opportunities created by the golf game.

James De Villiers


October 11, 2020

Testimonial: PGTAA Customer Service

I have been a Master Teaching Professional and member of the PGTAA for 11 years. My certification has proved to be very positive opening several doors along the way. For that, I am extremely grateful to Dr. Barry Lotz and his team.

The PGTAA provides some incredible benefits. One of which is purchasing golf equipment from major golf manufacturers using Professional Use Discount (PUD). Barry and his team are dedicated to providing excellent customer service to ensure these purchases are handled with the utmost care and follow up. I have made several purchases over the years with 100% satisfaction.

PGTAA Customer Service is the epitome of Honesty, Sincerity, and Integrity!

PGTAA Master Teaching Professional

Fred Noel


September 22, 2020

I’d like to thank Dr. Lotz and the PGTAA for an outstanding learning experience.  The materials provided were thorough and extremely well prepared.  I completed my certification in August 2020 and yesterday (September 21, 2020) conducted my first clinic in conjunction with my home course PGA Professional.

I have played golf for over 50 years.  During that time, I’ve lost count of the number of books, magazines, blogs, etc. I’ve read regarding all facets of this great game.  Working through this course of instruction helped me consolidate this information and has given me greater confidence in my knowledge of both the physical and mental aspects of the game.

Along with the golf instruction, the marketing materials provided paint a clear picture of how to build a viable business as a golf professional.  I am putting these ideas into practice and already seeing positive results and potential student interest.

In addition to the great materials provided Dr. Lotz was extremely responsive to my emails and phone calls when guidance was needed.  The customer service he provided was greatly appreciated and a standard that I aspire to with my students/clients.

If you are interested in teaching golf or indeed improving your current teaching skills I highly recommend the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. Their PUD (Professional Use Discount) pricing on equipment is a huge added bonus!

Doug Haft-  Class “A” PGTAA Master Teaching Professional
Athens, AL

doug.haft@gmail.com                https://doughaftgolf.com

August 14, 2020

This course has increased my knowledge of not only the golf swing, but the entire game of golf. The course was thorough and extremely well put together. I now have the confidence in my knowledge and ability to make a career change that I did not have before.

From the very first correspondence to the completion of the course Dr. Lotz and the PGTAA’s support and professionalism have been second to none.

My excitement in working on and completing the course seemed to be mirrored by Dr. Lotz. Something I have never experienced in other courses I have completed, and something I really appreciated.

I am extremely proud to be a part of the PGTAA, and can’t wait to get started on new and exciting opportunities that the qualification will present.

Sebastian Stobart
Ngwere Road, Lusaka, Zambia

July 12, 2020

The course materials were extremely helpful and thorough.

I was able to learn so much more than I have known in the past 30 years of playing and coaching.  The proper techniques as well as the many drills were very helpful.

I  also want to thank you so much for the education and direction I have developed during this experience and owe it all to you and your (our) great organization.

I am excited to start instruction and organizing clinics at the Country Club I am currently employed.

Thank you very much for the opportunity to become an instructor as I have started my second career and enjoy the faces of people I am able to help beyond my expectations.

I am over-excited to continue this path.

Thank you so much,

Martin Costello
909 447-2953

July 4, 2020

Good morning Dr. Lotz,  I have had lots of great things happen since the first of the year.  I am now a Manager at Dead Horse Lake, CG in Knoxville, TN starting in April of this year and working with Southern California Golf Schools with Steve Bean as an instructor showcasing Dead Horse Lake along with his West Coast schools.  I am also one of 4 Teaching Professionals here at Dead Horse and rapidly growing my number of students.  I want to Thank You and the PGTAA for all of your help.  I wouldn’t be in this position without the strength of the certification.

Thank you,

Terry W. Walker
PGTAA Certified Class A Master Teaching Professional

April 29, 2020

The course materials are superb, the philosophy of the the PGTAA and Dr. Lotz are exactly what are needed to grow the game of golf, and to give me the necessary skills to market myself, improve my teaching skills and teach other students, especially kids.

Your time and patience and quick response to all my questions was outstanding and I especially enjoyed the “Right Mind for Golf” which both invigorated and inspired me!

Alejandro Garmendia


August 21, 2019

I always knew that I need to take my game to the next level and take golf a step higher. After researching online and having spoken to several organizations and associations, the choice was easy. The PGTAA is really the “Harvard” of professional golf teacher certification.

Dr. Lotz was ALWAYS available to answer all my questions. I learned so much from this course and him personally and the results are starting to pay off. My confidence is at its peak level as the PGTAA’s course covered simply EVERYTHING I needed. My students are definitely benefiting from my acquired knowledge provided by the PGTAA. There are so many good teachers out there but it’s always good to have an accredited licensed coach from a prestigious institution like the PGTAA.

Ricky Daker


August 10, 2019

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to ever become a professional teacher but
your course material has in every way helped my own golf game. My knowledge and
ability to calm myself and enjoy the game that much more is a direct reflection
of your material.

I want to thank you for your help thus far and I’m really excited to continue my journey with the PGTAA personally and as a professional teacher. I finally saved up enough money to quit my day job and devote the time needed to making golf my new career path both as a player and as a teaching professional.’

Kurt VanDeMark


May 7, 2019

One of my star students, Abigail, is a star of the future.

Abigail 6 years old
SA kids champion under 8
All African international challenge champion 2018
Best pee wee swing in the world 2018

All made possible by the fine training I received from the PGTAA!


Lionel Wearne, PGTAA

November 17, 2018

“I’ve been playing golf for 35 years and am keen to share my knowledge and love for the game with a new generation of golfers. Becoming a PGTAA Teaching Professional allows me to do just that. The course content is as wide as it’s deep, is thought-provoking, requires many many hours of dedicated study and the examination is tough … but ultimately it ’s worth the effort and the excellent course material will be something I revisit again and again.

The support throughout from Barry and the team is of a constantly high standard and taking this course has given me the tools, the knowledge and most importantly the confidence to begin a new phase of my life doing something I love. Thank you PGTAA”.

Best regards,
Simon Heath – Class A PGTAA Master Teaching Professional

November 15, 2018

Thank you, Dr. Lotz, for helping me achieve a lifelong dream at 58. The last two years since becoming a PGTAA certified instructor have been incredible. I could not have done this without you and the PGTAA.

Mark Hammons
General Manager/ Head Golf Professional
Las Barrancas Golf Complex, Yuma, AZ

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 <jimkirk58@yahoo.com>

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  – shaneleizear@aol.com

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
Follow us : gatineaugolf.com | facebook.com/GatineauGolf | twitter.com/gatineaugolf

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 lessons@dademcdermottgolf.com 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 www.pgtaa.com.

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 www.lindenhall.org

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…..as 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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