The PGA National Training Academy is the centre for all the latest developments in golf – whether new equipment and coaching techniques or business and marketing ideas to drive up participation rates.
A team of PGA tutors, lecturers, guest speakers and presenters deliver programmes, qualifications and seminars annually to upwards of 1,000 aspiring PGA Professionals and the countless PGA Members who pass through the Academy’s doors.
Extensive facilities enable the Academy to meet their different needs from practical coaching demonstrations through to conference facilities.
Learning how to deliver expert coaching is crucial to the careers of many PGA Professionals and as such the Academy is particularly proud of its two purpose-built swing rooms with indoor nets and high speed swing analysis equipment such as Trackman III and Integrated Pressure Plate.
The swing rooms also include video analysis systems, Quintic Ball Roll Technology and a Sam Putt Lab. These facilities reveal in detail the mechanics of the golf swing, spins rates, ball speeds and a host of other information that PGA Professionals can deploy in their working lives.
The importance of sports science and biomechanics is reflected in the state-of-the-art gym populated by equipment from Technogym. Golfers come in all shapes and sizes so a one size fits all approach is no longer prescribed. Understanding the human body, its physical limits and capabilities helps coaches tailor their coaching programmes effectively.
Custom fitting and equipment knowledge is another key skill for PGA Professionals and they develop their expertise and their understanding of latest equipment technology in a well stocked workshop that also includes a fascinating insight into the history of golf clubs with clubs dating back to the 19th Century on its walls.
Modern day PGA Professionals specialise in much more than coaching and equipment, however, and the Academy has three lecture rooms named after the Great Triumvirate of Harry Vardon, James Braid and JH Taylor.
Here courses and seminars cover many aspects of golf business including retail and selling, marketing, business finance and broader golf management, as well as topics such as psychology and nutrition.
The PGA employs a wide range of staff with a variety of expertise within the National Training Academy to lead the ongoing development of the education programmes offered to PGA Members. Under the leadership of the Director of Education and Career Development, Dr Kyle Phillpots, this team continues to push the boundaries of golf research for the benefit of all PGA Professionals.