Charlie Sampson is proud to be tested and certified by the following organizations.
Association of Golf Clubfitting Professionals
Certified Level 10 Clubfitter
AGCP members are tested and Qualified for listing on the AGCP web site using the following Levels of Qualifications.
Member of AGCP and has achieved Certification thru PCS GCA or ICG testing, andhas been building andfitting clubs for 5 or more years and attended a school, Certification class, or seminars by the AGCP or one of the equipment or component manufacturers.
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Member has a complete shop with hitting net, launch monitor, gauges for measuring shafts & heads and the ability to bend clubs to fit. Equipment must include Launch monitor or swing analysis equipment similar to Trackman, Flightscope, Golf Achiever, Vector, or other recognized equipment for swing testing.
Member has bending equipment for loft and lie on irons, appropriate shaft pulling equipment, equipment to spine shafts and measure frequency of shafts and can build to swing weight or MOI.
Member also has video capability and/or teaching capabilities. Member has a retail location in their community. Written and/or Verbal testing required. Member also has teaching capabilities as a former or current PGA Professional or certification through one of the recognized Golf Teaching Schools.
Golf Clubmaker's Association
The Golf Clubmaker Association (GCA), directed and managed by Golfsmith International, Inc., is the largest organization of independent golf clubmakers in the world. Founded in 1980, the GCA presently has a total membership of 21,000 clubmakers worldwide.
Peak Performance Golf Swing
The Peak Performance Golf Swing was developed by Don Trahan, The Swing Surgeon, to take advantage of the natural movements of the body to execute a consistent golf swing.
It is based on science: the physics of the ball and club, and the physiology of the body. A proper setup puts your body into a natural position to execute a golf swing. You cannot make your body move in a way that is contrary to nature, and when you try, that is how you injure yourself and create truly ugly golf shots.
The swing is described as a “limited turn, ¾ backswing, vertical swing,” which follows the laws of physics and physiology.
I am a PPGS instructor, trained and certified by Don Trahan personally to teach this swing. All instruction is by appointment and is conducted in my indoor projection studio. Initial lessons for someone new to the swing are a minimum of 1 ½ hours long to allow sufficient time to analyze your existing swing, familiarize you with the fundamentals of the PPGS, and establish the basics for you to begin to practice the PPGS.
Tom Wishon Golf Technology
MOI Certified Clubfitter
The MOI of any object is a measurement of its resistance to being put in motion around a defined axis of rotation. Related to golf clubs, if each club in a set requires a different amount of force to swing the club (swinging the club to rotate around our body), the golfer cannot be as consistent swinging each different club in the set.
Swing Surgeon Golf Swing
Certified Clubfitter & Instructor
Don Trahan is one of the most respected teachers in the game of golf in the United States of America and around the world.
Golf industry experts, Tour players and fellow professionals consider him one of the most knowledgeable students of the golf swing. They gave him his nickname, "The Swing Surgeon," because it is said that Trahan can take apart a golf swing and put it back together without leaving any scars.
While Director of Golf Instruction for Sea Pines Resort at the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, Don created one of the most organized and successful teaching centers in the United States, including a teaching certification program for all of the resort's golf instructors. His list of regular students includes a growing number of members of the PGA, LPGA, and other mini Tours.
He also works with college and junior players. Don's exceptional reputation as a teacher comes from both his unique training methods and swing methodology, acquired through years of study with engineers, physicists, a kinesiologist and an orthopedic surgeon to learn the physics and physiology of swinging a golf club. From this study evolved "The low stress, low maintenance golf swing," through which Don shows students how to hit the ball straight and long without stress and strain.
Prior to his work at the Sea Pines/Harbour Town Golf Links, Don ran golf schools in Florida and was head golf professional at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Georgia. He has been a golf professional for over 35 years. His Swing Surgeon Golf Schools are located at Old South Golf Links in Bluffton, South Carolina (near Hilton Head Island, SC). Don's passion for helping golfers play better and enjoy the game more resulted in the creation of several distinctive training aids and instructional videos. These instruction and training tools have become the nucleus of his company, The Swing Surgeon Group.
International Clubmakers Guild
The International Clubmakers Guild had it's genesis in the early Summer of 2008. It was born as an idea from several former members of a defunct society who wanted to build a new, leaner, more flexible organization to serve the needs of the golf equipment industry worldwide.
The ICG moves and elevates our profession forward by providing continuing education via our forums, regional chapter meetings, significant PGA Show presence (Demo Day, Meeting Room, Awards, Workshops), certification exams, articles in our resource library, and information by golf industry experts with our webinar series. Each month the ICG hosts a webinar by industry leaders like Callaway Golf, Golf Digest, Tour Edge and dozens of others.