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Web Report - GTRC

The Penn State Golf Teaching and Research Center (GTRC) is dedicated to conducting relevant research that focuses on improving player performance. We are interested in partnerships with companies and agencies which allow for opportunities to transfer research to theoretical and applied problems.

Research Projects icon-olus-circle

Some of our recent project collaborations include the following topics:

  • Biomechanical, ball flight, anthropometric, and athletic skill predictors of playing handicap
  • The effect of varying club head mass on ball flight quality, golfer kinematics, and swing consistency
  • Acoustic and Vibrational Analysis of Golf Club Drivers
  • Pelvis Movements in the Golf Swing for Hip Replacement Designs
  • Address Time Variability and Its Relation to Golf Performance
  • Golf Ball and Putter Testing
  • Golf Database Development for Wearable Motion Capture

To consider and discuss potential project collaborations, please contact Samuel Master, Associate Director for Research at, or Eric Handley, Director, in the GTRC at 814-867-3198 or

Research Presentations icon-olus-circle

The GTRC research program is used to directly influence the education, instruction, and coaching we provide. Some of our featured national and international presentations include:

  • Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher Retreat (2014)
  • Jinan University, China (2015)
  • PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit (2017)
  • Aix Marseille University, France (2017)
  • World Scientific Congress of Golf (2018)
Appointment Type
Accepting Graduate Students?
Director, Golf Teaching and Research Center
Senior Instructor
Summary Statement

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.

  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management - RPTM
Assistant Research Professor in Applied Biomechanics
Summary Statement

Samuel Masters' research interests are in furthering the development of biomechanics and our understanding of human motion dynamics.

  • Kinesiology - KINES
Summary Statement

Dan is the Head of Coaching and Player Development in the Golf Teaching and Research Center. He also teaches a general education requirement golf courses for KINES.

  • Golf Teaching and Research Center - GTRC