‘Achieving this landmark is very satisfying,’ says Kanwar
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 20, 2018 – LPGA Class A member Kiran Kanwar, who has developed a unique golf swing system for both short game and full swing (The Minimalist Golf Swing), has earned Master Professional status with the Ladies Professional Golf Association Professionals (LPGA Professionals).
This gives Kanwar her fourth Class A teaching credential, following those she has already attained with the Professional Golfers’ Association (Great Britain and Ireland), the National Golf Academy of India and the PGA of India.
“I have always wanted to achieve the highest accolade that the LPGA offers and achieving this landmark is very satisfying,” said Kanwar. “In fact, when I was first a member, I pestered the T&CP committee to let me do the research towards the Master Professional status way back then. Luckily for me they said, ‘No, you have to have been an LPGA member for 10 years’!
“Just as well, because the thesis that I have now written is based on my eight-plus years as a full-time graduate student and could not have been written before my having acquired all the education that I now have. As a result, the thesis is on a topic which is very important for all golf instructors to learn more about – types and causes of swing-related injury.”
To attain Master Professional classification, the aspiring LPGA Professionals member is required to have been a Class A member in good standing for 10 or more years; have accumulated a minimum of 300 points as a Class A member, 50 of which have been earned as service points; and have completed and presented a golf-related thesis.
The thesis which Kanwar wrote was entitled: ‘The Mechanics of Golf Swing Related Injury: A Literature Review, Synthesis and Analysis’.
Kanwar became India’s first female golf teaching professional in 1989, six years after winning the All India Ladies’ Open Amateur Golf Championship. She went on to develop the Minimalist Golf Swing (MGS) system, which places the body in position to deliver the club at maximum speed, from an inside path and at a shallow angle. In total, this translates to better distance, direction and trajectory. The essence of her golf swing method is to reduce backswing movement by positioning joints according to their design capabilities, thereby reducing the likelihood of injury.
The only woman invited to be a speaker at the PGA of Asia’s first two Golf Teaching Conferences in 2010 and 2011, Kanwar has presented her golf swing research at three World Scientific Congresses of Golf (in 1994, 1998 and 2012). She has conducted workshops on golf swing biomechanics for the LPGA, the PGA of America’s Gateway section, the LPGA’s Mid-West section teaching professionals and Professional Golf Tour of India players.
She has nearly 30 years of experience in golf journalism and is a columnist on golf science for both My Avid Golfer magazine and Golf News Net. She is a member of the Golf Writers’ Association of America.
About the LPGA Professionals
The LPGA Professionals membership (formerly the LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals), founded in 1959 as an outgrowth of the LPGA Tour, boasts the largest membership of women golf professionals in the world. LPGA Professionals members are certified as golf instructors, coaches and business managers through a comprehensive curriculum designed to meet the changing needs of the golfing public.
More than 1,800 strong, LPGA Professionals members are dedicated to the advancement of golf and serve throughout the golf industry as head professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf, owners of golf schools and facilities, golf administrators, college and high school coaches and more.
LPGA Professionals members support the LPGA’s various grassroots programs that were created to involve women and youth in golf as well as contribute to the overall growth of the sport. These programs include LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, LPGA Tour Junior Clinics and the LPGA Lesson Zone.
The LPGA is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla. For more information, log onto www.lpga.com.
Mark Lamport-Stokes, Director of Public Relations, LPGA
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