Tom Berndt is one of the most highly credentialed and well-respected professionals in both Australia and the USA and is a key member of the A Game team.
Tom returned to Australia in 1996 after several years working with “Goose” Munguia who was one of the largest golf operators in southern USA. Goose and Tom owned thre driving ranges and golf schools in Tennessee and Mississippi.. Tom was awarded Coach of The Year in 1995 for Southern USA Region and has an extensive network of contacts in the lucrative USA golf market
PGA Australia and USPGA
Tom did extensive work developing the PGA Academy as co-ordinator with the PGA Queensland Trainee Programme during the period 1989-1993. He presented several seminars for Tennessee PGA on peak performance factors. He was presenter at 1998 National Golf Summit ran by the PGA of Australia.
In 1993, Tom set up PGA bridging schools for tour professionals to the Australian PGA. He was a guest lecturer at third year intensive training schools for PGA Australia Academy for several years.
Tom's media work included 6 years on Radio 4QR Drive Time Talk back. Whilst in the USA, he did radio and television work in the Tennessee region.
It was his innovative approach that led him to introduce the latest high-tech Computer Coach system into Australia (first of its kind).
Tom co-ordinated field testing for True Temper which is the world's largest golf shaft manufacturer.
Sports Science Research
Research into sports vision with Dr Bob Lees 1989. Findings published in Optical Journal, Australian Golf Digest and PGA National. It was through these findings that influenced professionals to start wearing sunglasses during tournaments.
Psychology - In 1995, Tom teamed with Dr Dale Foster (Tennessee) utilizing biofeedback equipment to measure brainwave patterning. They were looking for what was the "Peak performing state" of a player whilst competing.
In 2007, he collaborated with Dr Paul Mahoney into a study regarding brainwave patterning whilst putting. Dr Mahoney published his findings in university journals.