Certifications by SAM Academy

Improve Your Putt Coaching

The Putting Instructor certification program of the SAM Academy is the most comprehensive scientific approach to putting ever developed.

SAM Putting Instructor Level1 covers the complete range from the physics of putting, measurement and analysis with SAM PuttLab, the PGA Tour data base, the 6 fundamental aspects of putting and putter fitting.

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The certification Level 1 seminar introduces into the concept of the 6 fundamental aspects of putting. The attendees will receive in depth “hands on” training in the use of SAM PuttLab for measuring and analysing putting, including interpretation of the results reports and the use of putting performance profiles to tailor subsequent training sessions. The seminar will also present a step by step putter fitting protocol.

The objectives of the SAM Level1 certification seminar are amongst others:

1. Data evaluation and example measurement
2. SAM Tour data statistics
3. The 6 fundamentals of putting
4. Basics of PuttLab training
5. SAM EasyFit fitting protocol
6. Practical session (onsite seminars only)

Who should participate? Instructors, Coaches and Club Fitters.

Level 1 can be booked and executed at any time in our Learning Portal.

SAM Putting Instructor Level1 covers the complete range from the physics of putting, measurement and analysis with SAM PuttLab, the PGA Tour data base, the 6 fundamental aspects of putting and putter fitting.

Click here to see full certification content

The certification Level 1 seminar introduces into the concept of the 6 fundamental aspects of putting. The attendees will receive in depth “hands on” training in the use of SAM PuttLab for measuring and analysing putting, including interpretation of the results reports and the use of putting performance profiles to tailor subsequent training sessions. The seminar will also present a step by step putter fitting protocol.

The objectives of the SAM Level1 certification seminar are amongst others:

1. Data evaluation and example measurement
2. SAM Tour data statistics
3. The 6 fundamentals of putting
4. Basics of PuttLab training
5. SAM EasyFit fitting protocol
6. Practical session (onsite seminars only)

Who should participate? Instructors, Coaches and Club Fitters.

Level 1 can be executed at any time in our Learning Portal.

Next Seminar:

Monday, 4th October 2021
8-12AM CDT (Central Daylight Time, US), 3-7PM CEST (Central European Summer Time)

*Level 1 can also be booked and executed at any time in our Learning Portal.

Next Seminar*:

Monday, 4th October 2021
8-12AM CDT (Central Daylight Time, US), 3-7PM CEST (Central European Summer Time)

*Level 1 can be also be executed at any time offline in our Learning Portal.

SAM Putting Instructor Level2 educates you in the use of SAM PuttLab to conduct professional putting lessons, including the motor sequence in putting, the SAM training concept, practical aspects of putting instruction and green reading.

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The certification Level 2 seminar educates you in the use of SAM PuttLab to conduct professional putting lessons. The seminar starts with discussing the motor sequence in putting and presents a deterministic model describing all functional aspects of a putting stroke. The training concept of the SAM Academy condenses the information and introduces the hierarchy of movement to identify the relevant aspects to work on with your student. Further topics are the order of correction, the role of technique and consistency, communication with the student as well as the use of training aids. The seminar closes with presenting new concepts for green reading.

The objectives of the SAM Level2 certification seminar are amongst others:

1. A framework for successful putting
2. SAM trainings concept
3. Professional putting lessons
4. Faults & fixes
5. Green reading
6. Practical session (onsite seminars only)

To participate in this level you need to have passed Level 1.

SAM Putting Instructor Level2 educates you in the use of SAM PuttLab to conduct professional putting lessons, including the motor sequence in putting, the SAM training concept, practical aspects of putting instruction and green reading.

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The certification Level 2 seminar educates you in the use of SAM PuttLab to conduct professional putting lessons. The seminar starts with discussing the motor sequence in putting and presents a deterministic model describing all functional aspects of a putting stroke. The training concept of the SAM Academy condenses the information and introduces the hierarchy of movement to identify the relevant aspects to work on with your student. Further topics are the order of correction, the role of technique and consistency, communication with the student as well as the use of training aids. The seminar closes with presenting new concepts for green reading.

The objectives of the SAM Level2 certification seminar are amongst others:

1. A framework for successful putting
2. SAM trainings concept
3. Professional putting lessons
4. Faults & fixes
5. Green reading
6. Practical session (onsite seminars only)

To participate in this level you need to have passed Level 1.

Next Seminar:

Tuesday, 5th October 2021
8-12AM CDT (Central Daylight Time, US), 3-7PM CEST (Central European Summer Time)

Next Seminar:

Tuesday, 5th October 2021
8-12AM CDT (Central Daylight Time, US), 3-7PM CEST (Central European Summer Time)

SAM Putting Instructor Level3 certification educates you to become a movement expert, and is covering the science of putting, the general science of motor learning and motor control, as well as diagnosis and treatment of Yips.

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The certification Level3 seminar educates you on the science of motor learning and motor control. We start with discussing the crucial role of consistency for putt performance. Then we will present recent models motor planning and human movement control and discuss their significance for teaching and learning movement. In this context, reasearch studies on the role of critical factors involved in Golf training are presented. All this information on brain function and motor control is not limited to putting or Golf, it is underlying all kinds of human movement learning. The seminar closes with briefly discussing „task specific“ movement problems in sports such as Yips and presenting a specific training aproach.

The objectives of the SAM Level3 certification seminar are amongst others:

1. Putt Performance and Consistency
2. The Science of motor learning and motor control
3. Research studies on motor learning
4. Research studies on the role of feedback
5. Yips analysis and interventions

To participate in this level you need to have passed Level 2.

SAM Putting Instructor Level3 certification educates you to become a movement expert, and is covering the science of putting, the general science of motor learning and motor control, as well as diagnosis and treatment of Yips.

Click here to see full certification content

The certification Level3 seminar educates you on the science of motor learning and motor control. We start with discussing the crucial role of consistency for putt performance. Then we will present recent models motor planning and human movement control and discuss their significance for teaching and learning movement. In this context, reasearch studies on the role of critical factors involved in Golf training are presented. All this information on brain function and motor control is not limited to putting or Golf, it is underlying all kinds of human movement learning. The seminar closes with briefly discussing „task specific“ movement problems in sports such as Yips and presenting a specific training aproach.

The objectives of the SAM Level3 certification seminar are amongst others:

1. Putt Performance and Consistency
2. The Science of motor learning and motor control
3. Research studies on motor learning
4. Research studies on the role of feedback
5. Yips analysis and interventions

To participate in this level you need to have passed Level 2.

Next Seminar:

Wednesday, 6th October 2021
8-12AM CDT (Central Daylight Time, US), 3-7PM CEST (Central European Summer Time)

Next Seminar:

Wednesday, 6th October 2021
8-12AM CDT (Central Daylight Time, US), 3-7PM CEST (Central European Summer Time)

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SAM Academy Learning Portal

Educate yourself at any time

With the new SAM Academy Learning Portal the Putting Instructor Level 1 certification is permanently available. The course consists of 10 video lessons and a final certification questionnaire. Users can interrupt and revisit the seminar as often as they want. Additional learning materials and an online reference manual are available as PDF.

What our Participants say

YouTube playlist with some statements from our participants:

Simon Iliffe (West Kent Golf Club, GB),
L3 Certified Putting Instructor:

“I’ve been using SAM PuttLab for over 7 years, but I wasn’t sure how much more there was to learn. The webinars go far beyond simply using the system. They have really opened my eyes about the way I teach putting and my students will only benefit further from what I have learned.

There was also the opportunity to compare different tour players’ data and understanding the numbers behind their success. A very worthwhile couple of days.”

John-Dunigan

John Dunigan (White Manor Country Club, USA), L3 Putting Instructor:
“That class could have been 12 hours or more and I would have been thrilled!”

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Patti McGowan (Head Golf Coach, Converse College, USA), L2 Putting Instructor:
“I’d like to thank you for your time and your expertise not only from last Tuesday but for all the years of research and hard work that I am sure went into developing the SAM PuttLab. It is a fabulous machine. The more I gain knowledge about it’s use and capabilities – the more I am impressed with what it can do, and how it can help me, my clients, and my Team! (…) I enjoyed your Seminar immensely and can’t thank you enough for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us in an easy-to-understand manner.”

Bamby Randhawa (KGA Karnataka Golf Course, India), L1 Putting Instructor:
“I don’t have words to describe how much I enjoyed and learnt about the golf game on the green. Thanks to Dr. Christian Marquardt for his knowledge, patience and taking me to the inside world of the SAM PuttLab. Thoroughly loved it.”


Cameron Fawns (PGA of Canada Golf Pro, Teaching Pro), L2 Putting Instructor:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the Level 1 and 2 certification courses. I think that the SAM PuttLab technology and equipment is absolutely amazing and can’t wait to start teaching with it and also improving my own putting.”


Peter Bacon (1 Hundred and In, Brussels Drohme Golf Academy, Golf Pro), L3 Putting Instructor:
“I enjoy every minute of the Level 3 conference, always interesting and always so well explained.”


Martin Wade (PGA Academy Instructor, The Villages Golf Academy, USA), L1 Putting Instructor:
“I thought the Certification was excellent and very informative. (…) Once again, the seminar was great and the test was very thorough. I am looking forward to Level 2 certification.”

Mark Komives (Florida Gulf Coast University – PGA Golf Management, USA), L3 Putting Instructor:
“I throughly enjoyed the Level 1 seminar, and I am looking forward to Level 2 in the near future. I really felt the interactive webinar format was great for this type of material and certification, and even though it was a long afternoon, it was definitely worth it.”

David Dorans (MY Golf Academy, Slinfold Golf & Country Club, England), L3 Putting Instructor:
“The certification classes last week in Orlando were fantastic and I loved every moment of it, it was high quality and my scores wouldn’t have been achievable without your presentations. The information and presentation were fantastic.

Southern Pines, North Carolina
Monday, 4th of November 2019

SAM Putting Instructor Certification Level 1
9AM-1PM (local time)
Putting Workshop

2PM-5PM (local time)

Presenter: Christian Marquardt, David Orr

Location of the event: Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club,
Southern Pines, NC

Booking link:
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Briarcliff Manor, New York
Wednesday, 6th of November 2019

SAM Putting Instructor Certification Level 1
9AM-1PM (local time)
Putting Workshop

2PM-5PM (local time)

Presenter: Christian Marquardt,
Kevin Sprecher

Location of the event: Sleepy Hollow Country Club,
Briarcliff Manor, NY

Booking link:
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Goleta, California
Friday, 8th of November 2019

SAM Putting Instructor Certification Level 1
9AM-1PM (local time)
Putting Workshop

2PM-5PM (local time)

Presenter: Christian Marquardt,
Preston Combs

Location of the event: Don Parsons Golf,
Goleta, California

Booking link:
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