“The CPI Course was eye opening. It was brilliant. It added to my knowledge of putting and has helped my own putting. The fact that it was online meant I could do it in my own time and the initial financial outlay has been covered by a few lessons I have given since completing it.
“The thing that surprised me most was the fact that my students started putting better straight away. The information I learned from the CPI Course has revolutionized how I teach putting”, said Kanev.
Michael Kanev, Certified Putting Instructor
The Certified Putting Instructor (CPI) Course, is a certification based on scientific principles offered by U.S. based Frankly Golf and the PGA with the goal of helping golfers putt better, adding an extra dimension to the services that the golf professional can deliver.
Edinburgh based Kanev started playing golf at the age of 12 at Carricknowe Golf Club, and wanted to become a professional from the very beginning. He was a decorated amateur, having been selected for the Bulgarian national team after winning the Bulgarian Amateur Open in 2006.
“A highlight of my amateur career was playing in the Eisenhower Trophy in 2006 in South Africa at De Zalze Golf Club and Stellenbosch Golf Club. I competed alongside players like Rory McIlroy, Oliver Fisher, Richie Ramsay, Chris Kirk and Jamie Lovemark – which was a fantastic experience!
“In my final round I was playing well but started off putting poorly, missing a few short putts and steering my putts for the first nine holes. A friend then told me that he believed I was going to putt well on the back 9 and told me to relax. This freed me up and I made 5 single putts in a row,” said Kanev.
This experience of putting freely is something that Kanev believes is extremely important, allowing golfers to reach their potential on the green, and is something that the CPI Course teaches.
“The CPI Course brings putting back to basics. Very often students overthink and complicate the putting stroke, whereas if they would just relax and free up, their putting would be much better.”
It wasn’t long until Kanev turned professional in 2010 and pursued his dream of playing on the European Tour. After a couple of years of playing, he decided to switch to become a PGA professional and turn his focus to coaching, which he felt was a better fit.
“I decided to become a PGA professional as I enjoy coaching and want to make it a big part of my career.
“I want to expand my short game services and specialize in putting. I find improving someone’s short game is quicker than the full swing and it is much more beneficial to his or her score. I would like to become a Head Professional one day and want to keep learning.”
Frank Thomas, founder of Frankly Golf and the CPI Course, former longtime USGA Technical Director and inventor of the graphite shaft said,
“We are pleased that Michael has realised that which we set out achieve in developing the online CPI Course in that it is a tool which exposes the simplicity of the putting stroke in a structured, systematic manner. This results in Michael’s students making enormous strides in their first lesson and will continue to improve in subsequent lessons. Well done Michael.”