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Two more testimonials this past week:

“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


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
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Have you ever been paired with better golfers who are known for shooting low scores, having a high ranking or achieving impressive accomplishments?

Did you feel intimidated to play in that group?

Were you fearful that you would embarrass yourself by finishing the round in a double-digit deficit?

When you focus on the accomplishments and skills of other golfers during a round, you put them on a pedestal.

Focusing on the talents and the accomplishments of other golfers has several problems:

--Focusing on other golfers ignites a sense of fear. Fear of shooting a low score, fear of embarrassment and fear of not measuring up to others cause a lot of mental distractions throughout the round.

--Focusing on other golfers makes it difficult to rebound after a poor shot. Every mistake, bad shot, and missed opportunity creates a sense of panic. In an attempt to make up strokes, you might try to do too much leading to further mistakes.

--Focusing on other golfers distracts you. Instead of staying immersed in what you need to do at the moment to make the best shot possible, you start worrying about how well the golfers in your group are playing.

This only adds to the pressure, tension, and anxiety you were feeling.

Of course, it is difficult playing against top competition, but you will NEVER play your best golf when you are focused on other golfers.

Top competition is exactly what Gaby Lopez faced at the 2018 Blue Bay LPGA Championship in China. Lopez was ranked No. 136 heading into the tournament.

In the final round, Lopez was paired with No. 1 AriyaJutanugarn, who has already wrapped up LPGA player of the year honors, and No. 2 Sung Hyun Park.

Despite the tough competition, Lopez held off the top two players in the world to win the tournament by 1-stroke over Jutanugarn.

LOPEZ: "You know, probably this was the biggest challenge that I've ever faced on the golf course, being in the same group as World No. 1 and World No. 2. I was just very fortunate and very lucky to have that challenge, to face it, knowing I had to play my best game because they were going to play well. I knew they were going to hit some great shots, and I had to keep up with them."

If you notice, Lopez twice mentions the word "challenge."

Even though Lopez said, "I had to keep up with [Jutanugarn and Park]," she was focused on "playing her best game".

Since you cannot control how other golfers will play, focusing on those golfers will be both futile and detrimental.

Playing your best golf requires you to focus on your game one stroke at a time.

Play the Golf Course, Not the Competition:

Play the golf course, not your competition. The mission is to score your best on the golf course that day, not compete stroke for stroke with your competitors.

Instead of focusing on the accomplishments or skills of other golfers, think about your accomplishments, your training, and your preparation.

This strategy will help your confidence and keep your focus where it belongs... on playing the golf course!

By PGTAA member Dr. Patrick Cohn
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PGTAA Endorsed Products

Cohn Certification


1.    PING G400 Driver and Fairway woods – www.pinggolf.com

2.    Callaway Rogue Driver – www.callawaygolf.com

3.    Callaway Rogue Irons – www.callawaygolf.com

4.    PING Vault  2.0 Ketsch Putter – www.ping.com

5.    Cleveland Golf Launcher CBX & HBX irons – www.clevelandgolf.com

6.    Antigua – Golf Apparel – www.antigua.com

7.    Tour Edge Exotics CBX Fairway Wood – www.touredge.com

8.    Snell Golf Tour balls – www.snellgolf.com

9.    Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7 –hybrid shafts – www.proschoicegolfshafts.com   

10. Cobra King F8 Driver and ONE length irons – www.cobragolf.com 


Each category of golf club type contained exceptional products. In addition to those products listed above, we have listed these in alphabetical order under their respective categories.

PING G400 Max, Callaway Rogue, XXIO
Fairway woods:
PING G400, Callaway Rogue, XXIO, GX-7
PING G400, Tour Edge Exotics CBX, Callaway Rogue and Rogue X,
Callaway Rogue, PING G400, Tour Edge Exotics CBX Forged, Cobra F8 ONE Length, Cleveland Launcher CBX and HB
Bettinardi Golf, Callaway Mack Daddy 4, S.I.C. Custom Wedges Titlest Vokey SM7, PING Glide 2.0 Stealth, Cleveland RTX-3, Indi Golf StingRay Wedges
Putters: This group had to many models to list or pick the top 5 suffice to say, there are many excellent models to choose from each manufacturer.
Bettinardi Golf, Axis 1, PING, EVNroll ER5 Hatchback, Scotty Cameron, SeeMore, Odyssey O-Works,
O-Golf Grips: This group had to many models to list or pick the top 5 suffice to say, there are many excellent models to choose from each manufacturer.
Golf Pride, Garsen Grips, Lamkin, SuperStroke,
Golf Balls: This group had to many models to list or pick the top 5 suffice to say, there are many excellent models to choose from each manufacturer.
Snell Golf, Bridgestone, Callaway, Titleist, Srixon
Golf Gloves:
Callaway, HIRZL, Nike, PING, Titleist/Footjoy
Training Aids
GENiUS Golf Ball, INPUTT Putting Aid, Shot Scope, Acu-Strike Golf Mat. Jay Keel’s GolfstickPro

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