PGA Fellow Professional Sarah Bennett, England Golf Under 18 East Region Girls Coach for 6 years, and teaching professional at Three Rivers Golf and Country Club in Essex has made the most of her time at home and has become a Frankly Certified Putting Instructor (CPI).
Bennett was attracted to completing the CPI Course because many years ago she had visited Frankly Golf in Orlando.
“I wanted to advance my knowledge with a structure that was easy to communicate to my students and to continue to learn more.
“I enjoyed the way that the CPI Course broke the various components of putting down, in a simple way and links drills to particular areas.
“There is lots of information available about putting but sometimes it can be overwhelming for the average golfer and what I liked about the CPI Course was that you are able to see immediate results by delivering the structured approach.”
Bennett who is also the Essex Girls County Head Coach has enjoyed utilizing the latest technology.
“I liked the fact that the CPI Course was online, even though I normally prefer face to face seminars.
“I did some practical putting lessons on Zoom which were fantastic. The student sent me a video of them before and then we set up in a live lesson, which worked very well. I liked the fact that students came up with some questions and were able to follow up with me later. It is so important to communicate and provide feedback.”
Bennett took up golf at the age of 13, having found an old golf club in a garden shed which she started swinging and within 3 years had reached a scratch handicap. After 4 ½ years of playing off a +4 handicap she turned professional, playing successfully on the Asian, Australasian, Futures and Ladies European Tour. Unfortunately an injury meant she missed out on playing in America on the LPGA Tour.
“When I played on Tour I felt that my putting let me down at times and the coaching side of putting available was minimal. That is another reason I was interested in becoming a Certified Putting Instructor.”
Having played at such a high level competitively, Bennett knows the importance of the short game first hand and that’s why at least 50% of her lessons are short game.
Bennett is passionate about growing the game. She has been a member of the PGA Swing Zone Coaching team at The Open for the past two years, and a selected Coach at the Womens British Open. In addition she is also a coach for Love.Golf, offering opportunities to grow participation.
About 10 years ago she started up Golfing Girl http://www.GolfingGirl.co.uk groups as a platform for ladies to feel comfortable in the game. Her groups include beginners and club golfers who meet for 2 hours, once a month. There are about 10 ladies in the group and Bennett as part of the classes provides a special focus on putting and other short game aspects, letting participants work together.
“Putting is something that you can become good at quickly, compared to the long game, especially if you practice effectively. I think many golfers don’t practice putting because they don’t know how to. I like to make putting exercises fun and effective. “
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 of golf said
“I’d like to congratulate Sarah on becoming a Frankly Certified Putting Instructor. As an extremely accomplished golfer she has recognized the need to fill the void in the formal PGA curriculum, focusing on the straightforward, structured and systematic approach that the online CPI Course provides and has allowed her to embrace the most important aspects of the game to help her students.”