(LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 20, 2005) – The Professional CLUBMAKERS’ Society (PCS) announced eight graduates from its Advanced Fitting School held Dec. 14-16, 2005, at the organization’s International Headquarters, the Elmore Just Clubmakers Cottage, in Louisville, Ky. The attendees covered all aspects of properly fitting golfers with precisely matched components to create a set of golf clubs.
Receiving certificates for completing the December PCS Advanced Fitting School were Christon Clark, The Club Doctor, Waterloo, Ind.; David Lawrence, Swing Easy Golf, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.; Don Coyle, Country Acres Custom Clubmaking, Mt. Vernon, Ill.; Frank Deyo, The Sand Trap, Carlisle, Pa.; Gary Gazall, Fairway Golf, Inc., Lansing, Mich.; Jun-Heon Jin, Fairway Golf, Inc., Lansing, Mich.; Peter Kim, Fairway Golf, Inc., Lansing, Mich.; and Randy Vaughn, The Club Shoppe, Murphy, North Carolina.
Some of the attendees provided feedback on the Advanced Fitting School. The following are some of their comments: "much better than the other fitting school that I had already attended, more depth;" "the classroom/fitting studio facilities are first class and the knowledge of the instructors was excellent;" and "my expectations were to leave with as much knowledge I could regarding clubfitting, and I wasn’t disappointed."
Led by PCS Executive Technical Director Bob Dodds, the teaching team for the December PCS Advanced Fitting School included 2003 PCS Clubmaker of the Year Bob Uebehlor, Uebelhor Golf, Indianapolis, Ind.; 2004 PCS Clubmaker of the Year Jerry Hoefling, Sr., The Club Doctor, Saginaw, Mich.; and PCS Professional "Class A" Clubmaker Jim McCleery, McGolf, Waverly, Ohio, who also is chair of the PCS Education and Training Committee. Combining classroom instruction with hands-on practical demonstrations, the PCS Advanced Fitting School guides clubmakers through all steps necessary to measure and fit golfers and select components matched to the golfer’s swing and ability. The school has a special session pertaining to using launch monitors in a clubfitting, and it also has special sections on fitting drivers, wedges and putters included in the agenda. Attendees also received a CD filled with 15-minute summaries of different fitting processes demonstrated by some of the world’s best club-fitting experts.
The next Advanced Fitting School is scheduled for the Feb. 27-March 1 at PCS Headquarters (immediately preceding the 15th Annual PCS International Symposium and Expo March 2-5 at the Galt House Hotel, Louisville, Ky.). Other PCS Advanced Fitting Schools in 2006 are: Aug. 14-16, and Oct. 16-18. The registration fee is $375 for PCS members and $495.00 for non-members. However, non-members can join the PCS for a special one-year introductory fee of $95.00 and save $25.00 off the cost of attending the Advanced Fitting School.
The PCS has also scheduled three 8 hour Clubmaking and Repair Skills Training Schools in 2006. The first is scheduled for January 26 and 27 (one 4 hour session each day) at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando Florida and February 13 and October 9 at PCS International Headquarters in Louisville, KY. Cost for the Clubmaking and Repair Skills Training School is $125.
For more information on the three-day PCS Advanced Fitting School or the 8 hour PCS Clubmaking and Repair Skills Training School contact PCS Certification Coordinator Glen Torstrick (800/548-6094, firstname.lastname@example.org).
The PCS, an independent professional society of more than 1,000 clubmakers, is the largest independent professional association of golf clubmakers in the world. It offers three certification exams that combine a written portion with a hands-on skills test, which is the most rigorous, continually updated certification process in the clubmaking industry.
PCS members pledge adherence to a strict Code of Ethics that prohibits knowingly selling or representing counterfeit components or golf clubs. As independent Golf Equipment Professionals®, PCS members can recommend any combination of components that best fit an individual golfer’s swing.
PCS offers a full range of member benefits and educational services, which are described in more detail on its website, www.proclubmakers.org. To obtain a list of PCS certified clubmakers, please use the Clubmaker Locator Service on the PCS website, or call PCS at 800/548-6094.