Golf Teaching and Research Center
The Golf Teaching and Research Center (GTRC) is a unique teaching and research venture designed to lead university instructional and scholarly initiatives related to the golf industry.
Using innovative technology, faculty and staff in Penn State’s GTRC can pinpoint characteristics and errors that occur in a golfer’s swing, short game, equipment, and more. They are able to see parts of a swing that most people can’t see, giving golfers new tools to enhance their skills. GTRC instructors combine their advanced knowledge and experiences, along with the golf industry’s most sophisticated technologies, to help improve a golfer’s performance.
By combining university resources (PGA Golf Management program, Department of Kinesiology, Penn State Golf Courses, and Penn State Athletics) with golf industry leaders, we are able to collaborate on innovative research projects and product testing.
The GTRC’s innovative teaching technologies include multiple motion capture systems, force plates, 3D Doppler radar ball flight machines, a putting green, and equipment for modifying clubs.
The GTRC offers services and instruction to golfers of all skill levels and ages. We have the abilities to evaluate all aspects of the game but tend to focus on golf swing biomechanics, ground reaction forces, ball flight, club delivery, fitness, and putting.
Golf Biomechanics and Fitness
GTRC instructors partner with Penn State’s Department of Kinesiology to provide a multifaceted approach to enhancing golf instruction that draws upon knowledge of the golf swing, biomechanics, and fitness.