As the Senior Elite Coach at the University of Pretoria (Tuks), PGA of South Africa member and Certified Putting Instructor (CPI) Emile Steinmann spends his days focused on putting and scrambling coaching with elite golfers who are pursuing their golf game.
Top education is available for those who attend Tuks, which just this year celebrated its 110th birthday. It is a world-class university which is one of the biggest research producers in South Africa and in Africa, with 120 academic departments.
The golf programmes offered at Tuks build off the strength of being part of a learning center of excellence, and according to Steinmann deliver a long term approach.
“The Tuks approach is based on long term athlete development. Each student has access to a team of specialists in various areas, long game, short game, biomechanics and strength & fitness, psychology, physio and medical. We work as a team.”
CPI Emile Steinmann
Having completed the CPI Course in 2011, Steinmann has found its teachings to be extremely useful.
“Over the years I have used the putter fitting and posture information in the CPI quite a bit. Obviously as you go along you add or have preferences for the elements you choose to teach.”
“The relaxed, relatively straight position of the arms is definitely one of the biggest things in putting, in my opinion and the CPI Course very clearly describes this and is something that has stood out. Getting the arms relaxed really helps the path, and if you look at many of the great putters, the likes of Tiger Woods, Brad Faxon and Loren Roberts, they all set up with soft arms and a relaxed posture. It is a common trait amongst good putters and is applicable to any golfer.”
Steinmann has assisted in the development of many first class players himself over the years such as Brandon Stone, Zander Lombard and Louis de Jager.
“Since 2011 I have been a full time coach. Being a coach is great, extremely rewarding and I like to see people smile. I have had amazing travel opportunities. I have gone to the Czech Republic, France and Taipei with the University Sports of South Africa (USSA) team and have just had so many lekker opportunties.”
Frank Thomas, founder of Frankly Golf, former longtime USGA Technical Director, inventor of the graphite shaft and the person who introduced the Stimpmeter to the game, said
“Having been born in South Africa and recognize how many wonderful golfers South Africa has produced I believe that professionals like Emile who take advantage of the CPI Course will only increase the number of superstar golfers coming from South Africa. We wish Emile all the best in his future coaching career.”