Members of the Horam Park Golf Club in Sussex are benefitting from their PGA golf professional Gary Colson becoming a Certified Putting Instructor (CPI).
Colson enjoyed the the CPI Course immensely, completing it in January 2017.
“I really enjoyed the structure and layout and with my background in electrical engineering I found the technicalities very interesting. It was brilliant.
“I like the fact that the CPI Course can be tailored to the individual and it allows you to deal with golfers at different levels,” said Colson.
Gary Colson, 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.
Colson has been applying what he learned with some fantastic results.
“In the beginning I have used my CPI qualification to run Putting Masterclass lessons. I would market them 4-5 weeks in advance, with a group size of 12 people, keeping them exclusive and different from a normal putting lesson.
“The group session would cover everything from the grip to fitting to stroke mechanics. We’d cover putting drills, psychology and green reading, always keeping it fun,” said Colson.
Colson’s students attending the Putting Masterclass series thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“Gary’s putting tutorial was very enjoyable and instructive. Not to mention incredibly helpful”, said Nick King, a 19-handicap golfer.
Another one of the Putting MasterClass attendees, Barry Funnell appreciated the detail provided by Colson.
“Some of Gary’s putting tips and guidelines are still ringing in my ears. Having had golf lessons from Gary previously I should come to expect such attention to detail and I look forward to the next episode.”
Most notably, Horam Golf Club Member Trevor Lovett has been able to bring his handicap down from 23 to 15.7 with Colson’s expert advice.
“I found Gary’s Putting Masterclass very instructive as he made me feel more positive which has helped my game a great deal.”
The good news doesn’t end there. This season, Colson, who is the Captain of the Sussex Professional Golf Union (SPGU), has enjoyed some improved results on the course himself, recently winning the SPGU Alliance 3 Ball Team Event at Cowdray Park Golf Club, along with his Putting Masterclass student Nick King and Chris Twiner.
From left to right: Ted Cousins (Sponsor), PGA Professional and CPI Gary Colson, Nick King holding the Beefeater Trophy and Chris Twiner
“The CPI Course has helped my putting and it has shown in my results in competitions this season,” said Colson.
Frank Thomas, founder of Frankly Golf and the CPI Course, former longtime USGA Technical Director and inventor of the graphite shaft said,
“It gives me pleasure to have a fellow engineer appreciate the structure and systematic but simple approach to the putting stroke that the CPI Course provides and see him apply it so successfully to help his club members.”