SAM Academy – Certification2018-12-14T11:36:27+00:00

SAM Academy


SAM Academy user meeting in Leon Rot:

State of the art knowledge for trainers and Professionals

The Putting Instructor certification program of the SAM Academy is the most comprehensive scientific approach to putting ever developed. The concept 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, putter fitting or green reading. Also included are practical aspects of putting instruction and corresponding training concepts.

The Level 3 certification will educate you to become a movement expert, and is covering the science of putting, the general science of motor learning, and diagnosis and treatment of Yips.

If you want to become the very best at professional putting instruction, then sign up to become a certified SAM putting instructor.

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SAM PuttLab Certification


Online Certifications:

Monday, 17th of December 2018
8 AM to 12 AM CST (Central Standard Time)
3 PM to 7 PM CET (Central European Time)

Presenter: Dr. Christian Marquardt

Onsite Certifications at the 2019 PGA Show:

Thursday, 24th of January 2019
Eventtime: 10 AM – 1 PM
Location: PGA Merchandise Show – Orlando Convention Center (Room W305B)

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Thursday, 24th of January 2019
Eventtime: 3 PM – 6 PM
Location: PGA Merchandise Show – Orlando Convention Center (Room W305B)

Presenter: Dr. Christian Marquardt

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SAM Certification at the Nike performance centre in Archersfield:

Level 1 certification

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.

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)

Level 2 certification

The certification Level 2 seminar educates you in the use of SAM PuttLab to conduct professional putting lessons. A framework for identifying the functional aspects of a putting stroke is presented. The training concept of the SAM Academy introduces the hierarchy of movement to identify the relevant aspects to work on with your student and common faults and fixes are discussed. Related topics are the communication with the student as well as the amount and precision of feedback during training. The seminar closes with presenting new concepts for green reading.

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)

Level 3 certification

The Level 3 certification is an in depth curriculum educating you not only as a putting expert but also as a movement expert. Additional to the practical aspects of analysis and training the seminar will teach the scientific background of motor learning and motor control as well as more specific topics such as diagnosis and treatment of Yips.

1. The science of motor learning and motor control
2. Research studies on concepts of motor learning
3. Research studies on feedback and learning
4. SAM Training concept advanced
5. Example lessons
6. Diagnosis and treatment of Yips


More feedback on our certifications:

“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.”

Simon Iliffe (West Kent Golf Club, England),
Level 2 Certified Putting Instructor

“That class could have been 12 hours or more and I would have been thrilled!”

John Dunigan (White Manor Country Club, PA, USA),
Level 3 Certified 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.”

Bamby Randhawa (KGA Karnataka Golf Course, Bangalore/India),
Level 1 Certified 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.”

Mark Komives (Keith Hills Golf Club, Campbell University, Lillington/North Carolina, US),
Level 3 Certified 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.”

Patti McGowan (Head Golf Coach, Converse College/South Carolina, US),
Level 1 Certified 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.”

Cameron Fawns (PGA of Canada Golf Professional, Teaching Professional),
Level 2 Certified 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.”

David Dorans (Senior PGA Coach, MY Golf Academy/England),
Level 3 Certified Putting Instructor