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TPI Certified Instructor – Changes for 2011 Update

January 19th, 2011

TPI LogoHere’s an update about the changes to TPI certification.  In response to some questions about the Continuing Education Credits, TPI sent out an email to help explain and discuss the cost options.

To read the original post about the changes, click here.

This is a follow up email based on several questions about our new continuing education credits.  We want to make sure it is clear to all current TPI certified professionals, how to gain CEC’s for our new policy.

Free options for obtaining CEC’s:

1)        Re-sit any TPI class that you are currently certified in – this is free of charge.

2)        Submit a case study – you can submit 6 case studies per year to earn you 12 CEC’s.  Each case study is good for 2 CEC’s.

3)        Submit an article for the website that is approved and posted live.  Each article can be video, written or audio in format and is worth 2 CEC’s.  You can submit 6 articles for your 12 CEC’s as well.

4)        Working at a professional golf event.  Each event earns you 4 CEC’s and you can work 3 events and earn all your CEC’s.

Paid options for obtaining CEC’s:

1)        Any TPI workshop that you have not taken earns you 16 CEC’s

2)        One Month Pro Website Membership = 1 CEC.  If you are pro site member for 12 months you will earn all 12 CEC’s.
3)        Any PGA or LPGA National Teaching and Coaching Conference = 12 CEC’s

4)        FMS Certification Seminar = 12 CEC’s

5)        SFMA Certification Seminar = 12 CEC’s

6)        Any 2-Day Seminar presented by any of our TPI Advisory Board Members = 12 CEC’s

Finally, if you have multiple certifications with TPI you are only required to obtain 12 CEC’s in total.  We hope that most of you can maintain your certification without any additional costs.

We hope this clarifies many of the questions we are getting on our new CEC program.


I thought it important to represent the information as fully and honestly as possible.

TPI Certified Instructor – New Changes for 2011

January 17th, 2011

TPI LogoTPI has grown considerably since its inception and it appears that some things are about to change as they strive to manage their size and branding. I was hanging around Twitter tonight when all of a sudden I see this.

So TPI now want an annual fee & 12 continuing education hours which they will provide at a cost! They can stick it up their glutes!!

Clearly, this got my attention so I asked why and what had happened. He told me he had received a word document and I asked for a copy.  He said I could share it so hear it is with the names removed. As a TPI Certified Professional myself, I expect to receive the same information but I haven’t as of publishing.

Titleist Performance Institute Certified Professional,

Happy New Year, we hope you enjoyed a great holiday season.

Over 5000 professionals in 53 countries are now TPI Certified. Because of the size and global reach of our TPI Certified network, we are implementing a new education and certification policy in 2011. Many of these changes are due to suggestions offered from many of our current active members.  This action is to ensure the quality of our education and to obtain the most accurate information from each member. We hope you see this as a positive step in maintaining the strongest educational brand in Golf Health and Fitness.

Changes to the TPI Certification Process:

1.     Starting January 1, 2011, TPI Certification is valid for only one year after successfully completing a certification test. For current TPI Certified Professionals, your certification is valid until December 31, 2011. On January 1, 2012 current TPI Certified Professionals are required to fulfill 12 hours of continuing education each year (see below) and pay a $149 annual recertification fee.

2.     Certification test codes are only valid for one year after completing a TPI workshop. Beyond the one year deadline, a student must re-sit the class to obtain a new TPI Certification test code.   If a student has attended a TPI workshop before January 1, 2011 but has not attempted the online certification test, December 31, 2011 is the deadline to attempt the test.

3.     If you have registered and taken a TPI certification class, you are eligible to re-sit the class if:

a.     You are an active certified member.

b.     It is within one year of taking the class, but you have not taken the certification test.  If you don’t sit the test within the one year timeline there is a $425 fee to re-sit the class.  This includes a new manual, new test code and one year of TPI Certification if you successfully complete the test.

c.     You failed all three certification tests.  After re-sitting the workshop, a new code will be provided to you and it will be active for one year from the date of the new course.

4.     All TPI workshops (Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3) are now $895.  This is a $100 increase in the Level 1 class and a $100 decrease in the Level 3 class.

5.     Active certified members can elect to go inactive as of December 31, 2011.  An inactive member has a three month grace period to change their mind without penalty. Beyond three months of inactivity, the student must perform the following steps to become active:

a.     Re-sit a TPI workshop. The re-sit fee is $425 and includes a new manual, new test code and one year of TPI Certification if the student successfully completes the test.

b.     The student must again successfully complete the TPI Level One Certification Test

Continuing Education Policy:

The education of TPI Certified Professionals is paramount to the quality of the Titleist Performance Institute brand. TPI now requires Certified Professionals to obtain 12 hours of continuing education credits (CEC’s) annually. To obtain CEC’s, the options are the following:

  • Any TPI Certification Workshop (new class or repeat of an old class) = 16 CEC’s
  • TPI Speaker’s School = 16 CEC’s
  • TPI Nutritional Workshop = 8 CEC’s
  • Website Article Submitted, Approved and Posted Live = 2 CEC’s
  • Submitted Case Study = 2 CEC’s
  • One Month Pro Website Membership = 1 CEC
  • Any PGA or LPGA National Teaching and Coaching Conference = 12 CEC’s
  • FMS Certification Seminar = 12 CEC’s
  • SFMA Certification Seminar = 12 CEC’s
  • Any 2-Day Seminar presented by any of our TPI Advisory Board Members = 12 CEC’s
  • Working at a Professional Golf Event (as coach, trainer or med pro) = 4 CEC’s
  • Shadow for a day at TPI or TPI Junior Center = 1 CEC

For other classes and workshops that you feel should give you CEC’s please contact us at TPI for pre-approval.

Advantage of TPI Certification:

Active TPI Certified Professionals enjoy the following benefits:

  • Your name and business will be listed on our Find an Expert map on
  • You will be able to use the two TPI Certification logos (provided to you after you pass the test) on all print and electronic media to advertise your certification.
  • You will have the ability to sign up for our professional website (only available to certified members starting June 1, 2011)
  • You can re-sit any TPI Workshop that you have previously attended, to get the latest updated information.  All you need to do is let us know you want to come, and we will save you a seat.
  • You will receive discounts on TPI merchandise to the store
    • 15% for Level 1 Certification
    • 20% for Level 2 Certification
    • 25% for Level 3 Certification
  • You will have access to our TPI Rewards Program that includes discounts from many leading companied such as Titleist, FootJoy, New Balance, Life Fitness, Dunning, Club Insurance, etc.

If you have any questions or concerns about the new policies, please feel free to contact us at TPI.  We are confident that these changes will only enhance the power and reputation of the TPI brand.


Here are some of the Highlights:

  1. Starting January 1, 2011, TPI Certification is valid for only one year after successfully completing a certification test. For current TPI Certified Professionals, your certification is valid until December 31, 2011. On January 1, 2012 current TPI Certified Professionals are required to fulfill 12 hours of continuing education each year (see below) and pay a $149 annual recertification fee.
  2. All TPI workshops (Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3) are now $895.  This is a $100 increase in the Level 1 class and a $100 decrease in the Level 3 class.
  3. A new Continuing Education Credit(CEC) requirement to maintain in good standing as a TPI Certified Instructor.  As I go through the list of currently accepted ways to gain CEC’s, there are many that require additional payments to TPI.

I know it is common for many organizations to charge an annual fee for membership and organizations that require continuing education to maintain status. I also understand the desire to require a certain amount of ‘work’ from its members to assure the brand stays strong and that its members are fully committed.  In fact, this appears very similar to the PGA structure that I have been accustomed to for many years. The question is up to each of us that are currently certified whether or not to continue under these new rules or allow our certification to pass.

I have not made up my decision but I am quite disturbed about the annual fee. The education part doesn’t bother me but having to pay an additional $150 for I don’t know what reason rubs me the wrong way.

I expect that all the TPI professionals will receive this information in the next week. Please tell me your thoughts on these changes and be sure to share it with anyone you know that is TPI Certified or thinking about it. You can use the Twitter and Facebook buttons at the end of this post to help you.

What Golf Swing is Easiest on the Body?

September 28th, 2010

For all of you that are unaware, I am at an AMF meeting today(Monday and tomorrow) in Dallas, Texas.  AMF is an organization of like minded golf professionals that will get together to share information on all subjects golf.  Each year, there is an AMF Instructor Division Summit that brings a bunch of us together in an effort to learn and share ideas about the golf swing and/or playing golf.  It’s a great place to network and learn some new information about teaching this great game.

Our first presentation was from Rod Cook and Dr. Troy Van Biezen  about the subject of “Injury Prevention/Performance Improvement.”  A nice presentation on some of the physical issues juniors are beginning to face and some steps they have taken to help prevent golf related injuries.  Dr. Van Biezen gave us some staggering quotes about numbers of doctor visits that were occurring each year related to golf.  Care to guess?  If you said 15 million, you are a brighter person than me.  15 million doctor visits related to pain created from the golf movement.

From all accounts, Dr. Van Biezen is a leader in the industry as confirmed by TPI founder Dave Phillips and many other golf professionals that use his services.  He is certified in a special category of soft tissue rehabilitation called A.R.T.  This stands for Active Release Therapy and we were recommended to find an A.R.T. doctor to join our team in working with our students.  There was a long discussion about information that was covered in the first TPI Golf Fitness Instructor seminar about physical problems and their impact on the golf swing and the likelihood of future injury.

One of the big areas Dr. Van Biezen mentioned that contributed to a great many injuries was the combination of reverse pivot in the backswing and reverse ‘C’ position in the follow through.  Very shortly after that because we all were golf professionals, some one noted that those things looked like what some had read about the Stack and Tilt swing.  Instantly, Dr Van Biezen became somewhat uncomfortable and asked Dave Phillips to respond to this area.  Dave was also quite reluctant to answer but rather reminded everyone exactly what the Stack and Tilt backswing should be like and that it wasn’t a target leaning spinal condition at the top of the backswing.  Rather, it is a spinal tilting to the golfers left side that is rotated.

Shortly after, Dr Van Biezen tells some stories from his time traveling with the PGA Tour Fitness van about how many players are getting treated week in and week out.  Some names get thrown around and some questions are asked along with some success stories.

I felt that this Dr Van Biezen seemed like a very bright and respected guy in the industry so I put my hand up to ask the question everyone wants to know the answer to.  I have a tendency to stir the pot a little and I thought I would give it a try.  It gets to my turn and I ask, “In your opinion, relative to injury prevention, is there a best anatomical/biomechanical way to swing a golf club that is the easiest on the body?”  “Is there a best way.”  Dr. Van Biezen says, “You’re going to make me say it aren’t you.”  I start to get excited.  No one ever answers that question. I had no idea what was going to happen next.  His answer……

Stack and Tilt!

The room shut down.  All the talk stopped.  Up till then, I could here little snickers about the system when they were talking about injury.  This was especially true when the subject of reverse pivot and reverse ‘C’ was being discussed.  During that talk Dr. Van Biezen mentioned that he had worked with some stack and tilters on there sore backs while he was treating players on tour.

He went on to say, assuming the player had no imbalances or weaknesses that stack and tilt presented the least amount of sheering forces in the spinal region when performed correctly.  Amazing as it sounded to many, it just made me laugh. I love when people that don’t research get slammed.  To me, and from second hand information, it seems pretty clear that TPI is in agreement with what Dr. Van Biezen was saying.  I hypothesize that this information will come out in a big way at the TPI World Fitness Summit but that’s just a guess.

Please feel free to ask any questions or leave comments on this post.  Hopefully, at some point, AMF will post the video of this presentation and all doubt will be cleared up about if what I am saying actually happened.  My guess is some of you won’t believe me but I promise you the information contained above is accurate.

2010-John Graham’s Inventory Time

August 19th, 2010

Like many of you, as the season starts to wind down, I find it a good time to reflect and take inventory.  By inventory, I mean what I have left to do compared to what I set out to do.  This year, I’m happy to report that I am fully sold out.

I generally have a problem with setting goals for myself and don’t often have a clear picture of what I want to accomplish.  I keep assuming I will be fine.  I am at a point in my family life where I know that my career is taking a back seat to family obligations.  I have struggled with that for a couple of years and this year I finally became more comfortable with that idea.  I know when all the kids are in school, I will be hungry to go after it again.  For now, I am quite content to continue building my knowledge base, create and expand my network of experts I can call on for information, support and help.  I can tell you twitter has made a huge difference in the amount and rate of information I can access over the course of a day.

I also wanted to begin the process of focusing more and more of my time on helping people read the green.  Becoming a certified instructor of AimPoint Green Reading opened my eyes on how poorly green reading was being taught.  I’ve used that information to teach over 100 players and coaches this summer how to apply the basics of improved green reading.  I was also able to teach a little overseas thanks to Jamie Donaldson and James Ridyard.  Jamie was kind enough to host me and my wife in their home, secure a location for the clinics and drum up all of the customers.  James gave me an opportunity to show AimPoint to a couple Ladies from the European Tour and a Tour Caddie.  This all from a people I have never met and only spoken to on twitter and skype.  How people can say that twitter does nothing for your business is simply beyond me.

I also wanted to produce a few short videos for YouTube and my YouTube channel to start putting myself out there for the masses to see.  I selected only a few topics but made some good content driven videos which you can see by clicking on the link above.  Some time in the future, I may decide to have these video’s done more professionally but we’ll see.

I completed my first step into the physical side also by becoming TPI Certified.  This will allow me to screen students to search for physical reasons why they may be unable to perform a task that will help their swing.  I hope to start using this feature more often as we prepare for a winter of snow.  Use that time to get screened and get a workout plan to help you prepare for the spring.

I also want to thank Andy Morrison for providing such wonderful content on the mental side of golf.  Please check out his posts here. It has become very clear to me that a more wholistic approach to coaching needs to entail some mental strategies along with all the rest.  It shouldn’t be something we leave to the end to “see if we need it”.  Prepare during the process so all the pieces are working well together.

Thanks again for reading. Please leave comments if you feel the urge and get ready for another busy and active winter season on twitter.  Learn how to use it and it will improve your business.


John Graham – TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor

June 24th, 2010
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TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor Logo

A few days ago, I tweeted that I had passed my TPI certification test and thought I would share that information here now.   It was a 20 question exam that was multiple choice and open book.  A score of 80% was required to pass and I received a 95%.  I got one question wrong but I don’t like the fact that they don’t tell me which one so I can correct my mistake.

This information has already assisted me with some students in encouraging them to do some specific exercises that would help their swing.  I also think it will become very useful in the Fall to help structure fitness programs over the winter time.

I am currently the only PGA Member in Rochester, NY working at a green grass location that is TPI Certified.  I am currently looking for a fitness professional to begin the team making process.

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TPI Certified Logo