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THE TPS STORY

After a successful college campaign at Florida Gulf Coast University and a stint of playing professionally, our founder, John Perna, decided coaching full time on the PGA Tour wasn't enough for him. He was ready to pursue is true passion, coaching and mentoring dedicated junior golfers. Since 2010, 5 of John's 6 original students have gone on to earn PGA tour affiliated status by the age of 24, cementing TPS Player Service amongst the golf community elite. TPS has developed the # 1 ranked boy or girl in Illinois in the class of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017. Currently, TPS is training the # 1 ranked boy in the 2019, 2020, 2021, 2024 class and the #1 ranked girl in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 class. The 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 IHSA State Champions and the IHSA all-time scoring record holder have all come out of our program. In the last 8 years, TPS has sent more than 75 players to Division 1 schools to play golf and more than 100 players to play golf collegiately. TPS students have racked up 500+ tournament wins worldwide. The success of our players has been unprecedented for a golf academy in the northernly geographic location of Chicago, Illinois, making us the #1 golf academy in the midwestern United States.

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Program Accomplishments

Program Accomplishments
Since 2010
  • 500 Worldwide Wins
  • 100 College Golfers
  • 70+ D1 college Players
  • 50 USGA Championship Qualifiers (US AM, US JR, US Mid Am, US Open, etc)
  • 6 Illinois High School State champions
  • 5 PGA Tour Latino America Members
  • 4 AJGA All Americans
  • 2 PGA Tour China Members
  • 2 Web.com Tour Players
  • #1 ranked IL boys in the graduating classes of 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • #1 ranked IL girls in the graduating classes of 2015, 2017, 2020, 2021

The Facility

The Facility

“The Facility” is our 3500 sq. ft. training and research laboratory located in Downers Grove, IL. It is here where our professional, collegiate and top junior players in Illinois train and develop a true understanding of ball flight physics while improving performance under the most intense tournament pressure. “The Facility” is equipped with 3 Trackman-4 hitting bays, SAM PuttLab, 2 FocusBand neuro feed-back performance devices, and a PuttView augmented reality putting green. Major OEM’s and top collegiate programs visit “The Facility” on a regular basis to utilize TPS’s research and best training practices. TPS Player Service has proven itself to be an industry leader when developing training models for high level players, while also researching and developing progressive ideas that impact the golf equipment world.

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Training Technology

Trackman 4:

TrackMan 4 is the culmination of a three-year journey which began as an initiative to design and engineer the most powerful and accurate Launch Monitor ever built. The outcome is Dual Radar Technology - a radical transformation in the way radar technology is applied in golf today. Due to its focused, high-resolution radar beam, the TrackMan 4 launch monitor provides the user with the greatest detail and accuracy of the club and ball at the moment of impact. All major stakeholders of the game, use and trust Trackman numbers for two main reasons: precision and reliability. Trackman records the full trajectory of any shot, pinpointing the landing position with an accuracy of less than 1 foot at 100 yards, while seamlessly displaying the shot’s 3D trajectory together with 26 impact and ball flight parameters in real time.

SAM Puttlab:

SAM PuttLab analyzes more than 40 important parameters of your putting stroke and displays the results in easy to understand graphic reports, discovering your individual strengths and weaknesses for a better and more efficient training. Within seconds the system gives you individual feedback on your stroke. The analysis reveals even the smallest details of your movements and allows you to develop improvements and training strategies.SAM PuttLab utilizes ultrasound sensory analysis, making it far more precise than any other similar system on the market.

Puttview:

The creators of PuttView integrate the technology of augmented reality into a next level experience. PuttView uses studies on the ideal putt velocity to support putting practice through visual perception, creating innovative practice concepts. Through Augmented Reality, the perspective of the putting green is extended through a computed and visualized putting line, projecting the corresponding line of any putt on our putting green. For players, this means they receive a visualization of how the putt should roll into the hole. PuttView helps you to perceive your putts in a completely new manner, enabling more focused practice.

Focus Band:

Focus band uses Real-time audio-visual NeuroFeedback to measure and assist in the mental process. Through Electroencephalography (EEG), which is the measurement of electrical activity produced by the brain, Focus Band records your brains wave lengths into 5 categories. By using focus band, we are able to determine what state your mind is in when executing your shot in its entirety, allowing us to train your brain into the ideal state.

Who Trains Here

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College Matriculation
80+ D1 COLLEGE COMMITMENTS SINCE 2010
  • Baylor
  • Boston
  • Brown
  • Coastal Carolina
  • Dartmouth
  • Dayton
  • DePaul
  • Eastern Illinois
  • Florida Atlantic
  • Florida Gulf Coast
  • Georgia
  • High Point
  • Illinois
  • Illinois-Chicago
  • Illinois State
  • Iowa
  • Iowa State
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Loyola
  • Marquette
  • Maryland
  • Miami (OH)
  • Michigan State
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi State
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio State
  • North Carolina State
  • Northern Illinois
  • Purdue
  • Rutgers
  • Sacred Heart
  • San Diego
  • South Dakota
  • South Florida
  • U. Penn
  • Valparaiso
  • Villanova
  • Virginia
  • Western Illinois
  • Winthrop
  • Wisconsin
  • Xavier
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