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Eric Handley, PGA
Director, Golf Teaching and Research Center
Eric Handley is a faculty member as a Senior Instructor within The Pennsylvania State University’s PGA Golf Management program and Director of the Penn State Golf Teaching & Research Center (GTRC). Prior to arriving at Penn State in 2005, Eric earned his Master’s Degree from NC State University while also serving as a Golf Professional at private country clubs in Durham, NC and Duluth, GA.
Eric oversees all of the functions of the Golf Teaching & Research Center, including research projects, player development programs, club fittings, golf instruction classes for the Penn State PGA Golf Management students, and detailed swing analysis for the general public.
As part of the PGA Golf Management’s player development programs, Mr. Handley coordinates a comprehensive player performance program that includes six PGA Professionals and collaborations with the Penn State Department of Kinesiology and Penn State Athletics
Michael Duffey, Ph.D.
Faculty, Kinesiology
Biomechanist, Golf Teaching and Research Center
Dr. Mike Duffey is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University and Biomechanist for the Golf Teaching & Research Center (GTRC).
Mike completed his Master’s in Exercise Science at Wake Forest University; his thesis examined how lower body 3D kinematics and ground reaction forces influence running injuries. He completed his PhD in Biomechanics at Penn State where his research focused on upper body kinematics and muscle activity during resistance exercise.
In 2006, Dr. Duffey returned to Penn State University as a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and began collaborating with the Professional Golf Management Program. That collaboration has led to the development of the Golf Teaching and Research Center. Dr. Duffey’s roles in the GTRC include detailed swing assessment, instructor education, and conducting research. The research focus of the center is to develop a better understanding of the mechanics of the golf swing with the goals of improving performance at all playing levels as well as reducing the injury in golf.
Other Instructors
Additional instructors within the department also include Burch Wilkes, Director of Penn State’s PGA Golf Management program, and Brian Soulé PGA member and Assistant Director of PGA Golf Management Program.
The GTRC also coordinates student instruction through numerous area PGA Professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate interns.