Golf Performance Training


Why Golf Performance Training?

To help golfers avoid injury while improving their game.

About 24 million Americans play golf, one of the world’s most popular sports. PennWest California’s advanced golf performance training program is designed for golf industry professionals and human movement specialists who want to work with golfers of all ages and abilities.

This 100% online golf training program – a concentration within PennWest California’s M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion – is designed for fitness and golf professionals, athletic trainers, sport performance experts and other human movement specialists.

Students learn key aspects of human movement science as it relates to golf swing mechanics, fitness, and conditioning techniques specific to the game. Program graduates can use their skills to consult, train and create safe, effective strength and conditioning programs for men and women who play golf at the highest level, and to extend playing years for older golfers.

Earn nationally recognized certifications.

Technogym logoPennWest California is the first university to partner with Technogym to offer a master’s degree-level, sport specific training program. Technogym has been the official and exclusive provider of fitness equipment and digital technologies for the athletes of the last eight Olympic Games, and it currently is the official equipment supplier for the PGA Tour. Golf performance training students at PennWest California have the opportunity to sit for the Technogym Golf Performance Program Certification while completing their degree.

PennWest California is also a longtime partner with NASM, the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Students in the golf training master’s degree program have the opportunity to earn the NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist Certification while earning their degree.

Students can complete the 36-credit master’s degree program in advanced golf training in 12 months of full-time study, or 18 months on a part-time schedule. The program begins with the Winter 2020 term.


Learn Online: PennWest California’s fully online golf performance training program makes it convenient for professionals with busy work schedules to earn a master’s degree. Coursework can be done at any time of day, from any location with internet access. Complete the 36-credit program alone, or combine the advanced golf training program with a second concentration to earn a 48-credit dual concentration degree.

Customize Your Program: Personalize your M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion by choosing areas of focus that advance your career. Select the golf performance training program alone, or combine it with one of these programs to create a dual concentration:


Certificate Option: Students seeking a professional credential instead of a master’s degree can select the 15-credit post-bachelor’s Advanced Golf Performance Training certificate as a stand-alone credential. In fact, PennWest California offers graduate-level certificates in all the program areas listed above.

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2 million 
Number of Americans employed in the $84 billion golf industry in 2019. Source: PGA President Suzy Whaley, in Forbes.
Months of full-time study required to complete PennWest California’s exercise science master’s degree – less time than most comparable programs.
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Degree Benefits

Golf performance training has become a cornerstone of golf instruction. Golf pros and instructors, fitness professionals and sport-specific trainers who graduate from PennWest California’s program can use their knowledge of theory and practical applications to improve players’ golf performance, promote wellness and decrease the risk of injury. Students learn to conduct needs assessments and physical testing sessions so they can design and implement safe and effective golf training and instructional programming.

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Graduate Outcomes

Advances in golf launch monitor technology and 3D capture have made golf performance training a growing field. Program graduates will have the skills to utilize these tools, plus the knowledge to create and implement safe, effective strength and conditioning programs for golfers at all levels. Among those who can benefit from the advanced golf training program are college coaches, personal trainers, fitness or sport performance specialists, golf professionals, golf practitioners, golf instructors and human movement specialists.


Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs



Course Credits
PRF 700  Orientation to Exercise Science and Health Promotion 3
PRF 701  Advanced Topics in Speed, Agility and Quickness and Endurance Training 3
PRF 704  Golf Performance Training and Instruction 3
PRF 710  Performance Enhancement in Physical Activity 3
PRF 715  Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3
PRF 720  Essentials of Human Movement Science 3
PRF 744  Golf Performance Program Design 3
PRF 760  Leadership and Professional Development 3
PRF 765  Nutrition for Peak Performance 3
PRF 770  Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3
PRF 774  Current Topics in Golf Performance, Fitness and Instruction 3
PRF 800  Research in Wellness and Fitness 3
Total 36



Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Regionally Accredited Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:

    • Regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of a 2.99-2.50 will be conditionally admitted with the stipulation of earning a 3.0 GPA in the first term
    • Regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.49 and below will be reviewed for a decision once the following documentation has been received:

      • Resume
      • Two professional letters of recommendation

An interview may be required by the Program Coordinator to determine potential success in the program.

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

  • Submit official transcripts by mail or email to:
    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      PennWest California
      Box 91
      250 University Ave. 
      California, PA 15419
      Phone: 724-938-4187

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348



Select a single concentration as the focus of your degree or add a second approved area of focus to create a dual concentration. Post-bachelor’s certificates are available in these areas as well.


  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach
  • Fusionetics®
  • Les MillsTM 
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Golf Training Experts

Students have the opportunity to learn from members of the Professionals Golfers’ Association of America, TechnoGym and the National Academy of Sport Medicine as they earn industry-recognized certifications from the leader in online exercise science education: PennWest California. Courses are taught by golf professionals and human movement specialists – a unique blend that prepares students to be experts in scientifically backed golf-specific performance training.

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Military Tuition Discount

PennWest California discounts tuition costs for active-duty service members and veterans of all U.S. military branches, as well as their spouses and eligible dependents, when they enroll through the University’s Global Online division.

Additional Resources

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Exercise Science Master Degree

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Golf Performance Training Faculty

Justin Barroner, PGA, MS, MBA
Chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies / PGM Program Director

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Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Carol Biddington

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Julie Ramsey Emrhein
Part-Time Assistant Professor

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Dr. Marc S. Federico

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton

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Melissa Hatton
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess

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Christina Lombardo

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy

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Dr. Brian Oddi
Assistant Professor

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James "J.R." Pond, PGA
Internship Coordinator: Professional Golf Management

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Dr. Benjamin Reuter
Associate Professor

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Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby

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James Thornton, MA, ATC, PES, CES
Adjunct Professor
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Dr. Ronald Wagner
Associate Professor

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Dr. Ellen J. West

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Dr. Tom West

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