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Geoffrey Carlyle Mangum
B.A., M.A., J.D.

518 Woodlawn Ave
Greensboro NC USA 27401
(336) 790-8176 home
(336) 340-9079 cell


Hi, I'm Geoff Mangum and I teach putting, write on golf, and live with my family in Greensboro, North Carolina, just a short drive west of Pinehurst, the golf capital of America. The climate is moderate so I get to play year-round!

Over fifteen years ago, I set out to learn all I could about putting. Since then I've spent innumerable hours researching, reading, observing, experimenting, analyzing, and practicing putting. During this research, I compiled a searchable electronic database of over 11,000 references and resources for putting, and today this powerful collection is available free to anyone who wants it. (See the Resources link) Still learning, too!

Throughout this time, I learned the critical role the brain plays in all human targeting and movement, and concentrated study on the neuroscience of perception and motor control. Rigorously applying this science, along with the physics of golf and over 100 years of putting lore, I spend my time pushing the envelope on putting performance and developing and refining physical routines and procedures for optimizing targeting and stroke control in putting.

This study has already received favorable notice from the Human Kinetics Institute in Champaign, Illinois -- the premier sports science publishers in the US -- and from the World Scientific Congress on Golf in St. Andrews, Scotland -- the top golf science organization in the world supported by the Royal and Ancient Society of Golf. Presently I am completing my book on putting, The PuttingZone: Science, the Brain, and the Black Art of Putting, and expect to have it available soon.

In addition to teaching and playing, I enjoy helping people with putting problems and just discussing putting with anyone. I publish putting tips regularly in LCS Golf's PlayGolfNow newsletter (500,000 golfers each week),,, and NBC Sports', as well as in England and a number of other sites. I correspond daily with golfers around the world and I'll be glad to try to help anyone via email, if I can. I have a special interest in International golf, especially Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, India, and Asia.

Some of the things I do: I play, learn, write, and teach. I conduct private and group lessons, on-site and on-course clinics, corporate outings and resort clinics, lectures to sports classes, and free presentations and one-on-one work with junior golfers and collegiate team golfers. I recently began appearing on radio golf talk programs, starting with WJOX in Birmingham, Alabama ("ain't no 'ham like Birmingham") on Mark Friedman's Golfing Alabama, and then Sacramento's Golf Talk Radio Show, and Bob Adams' Golf Pinehurst Morning Show. I travel around and give free live presentations to any golf teaching pro, on-course pro, or golf media representative. And I'm available for retail store sessions for groups. And of course I help any touring pro make more money! Lots more! So let me hear from you!

Some Credentials
  • 20 years daily working out putting with well over 3.5 million thoughtful putts, reading everything there is to read about putting, and studying the neurophysiology of perceptual and movement processes strictly for the purposes of putting
  • 100+ articles in the past 5 years in print and electronic media
  • Putting expert for NBC Sports' and many others, including Florida Golf Magazine, Carolina Fairways,
  • Top website in the world for putting instruction with 100,000+ visits monthly and over 2,250,000 visits to date
  • Member of the World Scientific Congress on Golf, St Andrews, Scotland
  • Most extensive putting research in history, written up by the Human Kinetics Institute and used by the World Scientific Congress on Golf
  • First scratch amateur student fired course-record personal best 63 within two months; first mini-tour pro student shot personal best course-record, Tour record 62 the next morning and won going away; first PGA Tour student won a Major (PGA Championship) in two months with his putting, also his first PGA Tour win
  • Consultant in putting to top collegiate teams and coaches, including Robert Linville of Greensboro College, and Larry Penley of Clemson
  • Greenskeeping knowledge praised by top agronomists at Penn State, Geulph Turfgrass Institute, Golfdom Magazine, Georgia GCSAA and others
  • Putting specialist resource for PGA and LPGA teaching pros and top teachers at Golf Schools, including Leadbetter Academy and Jim McLean Golf School
  • Technique surveys of all top putters in golf, from Willie Park Jr and Walter Travis right through Bobby Locke, Paul Runyan, Billy Casper, Bob Rosburg, Loren Roberts, Ben Crenshaw, George Low, Dave Stockton, and many others
  • Knowledgeable about every tip or drill ever published in Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, Golf Tips Magazine, and many other publications
  • Respected by top sports scientists and putter designers worldwide, including Jim McLean, top world teacher, Jason Carbone, Master Instructor at Jim McLean Golf School at Doral, Dr Robert Christina, national expert on golf skills learning and PGA National Coaches & Teachers lecturer, Dr Patrick Cohn, Peak Performance Sports - Orlando, Dr Robert Winters, Leadbetter School at ChampionsGate - Orlando, Art Chou, President of Pixl Golf, Bruce Hutchinson, National Sales Manager for SeeMore Putters, Alan Strand, President of Dandy Putters, Tim Sheredy, Leadbetter Academy - Bradenton, David Whitlam, President of Gauge Design Putters, Ed Opie, Breeds Confidence Putters, many more...
  • A few students: Travis Lethco, Steven Tate, Cary Schoen, David Chung, Andy Rouse, Jason Carbone, Ben Parker, Henri Reis, Christian Nilsson, Henrik Stenson, Damon Lucas, Stuart Dowsett, Nick Rose, Rory Hie, Josh Koch, Paul Spicer, Craig Miller, Gary Hilson, Noel Fox, Geoff Dixon, Joakim Thrane, Michelle Grilli, Floretyna Parker, Tom Milton, Mike Goodes, David Geiger, Marty Sciene, Kelly Cap, Tommy Langley, Chip Johnson, Rick Murphy, Rich Moss, Eddie Cox, Bob Montello, Shaun Micheel, Blake Adams, Hernan Rey, Tim Parker, Michael Long, Pia Mellerstam, Jason Semelsberger, Josh Smith, Bart Burton, Jared Gusso, Jeff Krumpelman, David Finholt, Rodney Morrow, Chris Evans, Geo Yang, Rocky Manning, Robert Linville, Chris Tucker, Jason Moon, Jessica Vincent, Jayce Strandberg, Bruce Woodall, Ted Sheftic, Mark Sheftic, Roy Pace, Ben Case, Korky Kemp, Mike Thurston, David Seigel, Mark Hopkins, Scott Fossum, Eddie Cox, Doug Thompson, Bob Daugherty, Alan Martini, Sean Murphy, European PGA, Methodist College, East Carolina University, UNCG, Gary Gilchrist, Greensboro College, Bobby Giger, Tim Sheredy, Bob Koch, Ben Leong, David Leadbetter staff at Bradenton, ...

Working with PGA Tour player Sean Murphy at the 2002 GGCC, where Sean had consecutive rounds of 24 putts
(photo courtesy of Douglas Sheppard, PodiumFotos)

Selected Publications

Cimbica: Sacred Puma of the Baja Peninsula -- A Note on Canto 45, Paideuma: The Journal of Ezra Pound Scholarship, Fall 1980

Vague and Overlapping Guidelines: A Study of the North Carolina Death Penalty Statute, Wake Forest Law Review, Spring 1981

The Legal History of the Lumbee Indians, Indian Law Unit, Lumbee River Legal Services, Pembroke, NC, 1984

Golf on the Internet, Take That Ltd., Harrogate, England, 1999 (

PuttingZone Putting Database (over 10,000 searchable putting references in Microsoft Works 4.0, Access, Excel, or generic dBase IV format -- FREE -- See the RESEARCH Page)

A Straight Stroke, PlayGolfNow, Dec. 1999 (

The Core Putt, INCA Golf and TV Golf Digest (UK), Jan. 2000, NBC Sports' May 2000,Florida Golf Magazine (,

Roll the Hoop for True Putts
, NBC Sports', Jan. 2000

Hit the Groove through the Curve, NBC Sports', Jan. 2000

Pumb Bobbing - Plumb Crazy?, NBC Sports' (

Dead-Eye Putting, Bogeys-to-Birdies Newsletter

Gaze Dead Straight for Dead Aim, Florida Golf Magazine

My Greenkeeping Jobs

(What putting instructors do you know who go this far to learn the craft?)

Cape Fear CC, Wilmington NC - a real old, fine Donald Ross course on the Carolina Coast (Mike Claffey, Super).

Black Hawk GC, Pflugerville TX - typically Texas, just north of Austin, armadillos included (Grant Collyns, GM).

Grandover Resort Golf -- two VERY pricey tracks in Greensboro NC - plus the Ken Venturi Academy and my bud John King (Kevin Redfern, Super).

Greensboro CC, Greensboro NC - a 1911 Donald Ross course with a long history, very nice grounds crew! (Doug Lowe, Super).

See my Greenkeeping Section - one of the top sites in the world for this stuff.


Let's talk about putting! Give me a buzz NOW and say hello:



Rock Barn Golf and Spa
Hickory NC
Home of the Greater Hickory Classic

Jeff Isenhour, Jack Fleissner, Brian Shuford, Moore Patton, Ron Nay

with all my PALS & TEACHERS:

Salem Glen G & CC
Clemmons, NC

Mike Kemry, Paul Spicer,
Ben Thomas, Jon Frank

Robert Linville's Precision Golf School

Coach Robert Linville, Chris the Quaker Haarlow, Mike Parker, Simon McGrael, David Horne, Larry Weidel

Tot Hill Farm GC, Asheboro NC

Eddie Cox, Alan Martini, Joe Bosong, Ben Morgan, Chad Clark, John Adkins, Dr Bob Medford, Dr Harry Killian, Dr Sanzenbacher, Carl Reed, Bob Wood, Phil Brower, Patti Knudsen

Hale Irwin's Meadowlands Golf Club, Wallburg / Winston-Salem NC

Travis Lethco, Josh Brownell, Andy Rouse, Kevin Angle, John McKinnon, Jerry, Joel

Jamestown Park, Blair Park & Bryan Park GC

Barry "Scratch" Snyder, Michael Hutcheon, Chip Johnson, Korky Kemp

Greensboro CC

Great Clubhouse Photo from the Bobby Jones & Walter Hagen Era

Juan the Boss Perez, Loco Manuel, Senor Miguel, Steve the Turk, Big Brian, Doug the Judge Lowe, Mustang Kevin, Jerry the Cop, Brooks da Bomb, Old Pro, Candyman Harold, Tiparillo Tim King, Larry Hooker, Gillespie

Gillespie Park GC (9-hole Muni), Greensboro NC

Gillespie Park History

Lots of pals here, but Lord above please save us from career municipal bureaucrats holding down golf jobs! They give the PGA such a bad name .... I've taught myself about putting here daily for 15 years, and I've never seen the head pro practice or teach on his own putting green.

Hampton Heights GC, Hickory NC

Mike Thurston, Wayne Orman, Rodney Teague, David Guy, Otis, Monihan, Joe Headrick

Olde Homeplace GC, Wallburg NC

Mike Crawford, Fred, Jim McCollum, Mike Kemry, Scott Smoot, Josh


The Challenge at Hideaway Farms, Graham NC

Michael Long, Larry, Teri, Bruce Woodall, Jerry Woodall, Joshua and Zachary Martin

Rick Murphy, Leo Halloran


The Legacy GC, Aberdeen NC

Mike Atkins, Doug Thompson

Woodlake Country Club, Vass NC

Bob Montello

Renaissance Park GC, Charlotte NC

James Black (the Legend)

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