Dr. Bob Christina, a nationally recognized authority on the psychology of golf learning and perfomance is in his fifth season as an assistant coach for the UNCG men’s golf team. He currently serves as golf research and educational consultant to the Pinehurst Golf Academy, PGA of America, LPGA T&C, Golf Magazine and its Top 100 Teachers, Precision Golf School of the Triad and the Steering Committee of the World Scientific Congress of Golf.
In 2008, he was named one of Golf Magazine’ Innovators of the Year along with former Tour greats Arnold Palmer, Lee Elder and several others. In 2009, his research with Eric Alpenfels (Director of the Pinehurst Golf Academy) on how to practice golf skills to learn to effectively take them to golf course won The Outstanding Research Award at the World Scientific Congress of Golf. He and Eric have published over 30 research-based articles (eight of which were cover stories) on the learning and performance of golf skills in Golf Magazine since 2003. Some of their golf research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and he has appeared on the Golf Channel, NBC and CNN.
Their 2005 article titled A New Way to Putt that appeared as a cover story in Golf Magazine won the National Magazine’s Editor’s Award, which was the first time any golf magazine has ever won this award. Emanating from this putting article and their research was a book titled Instinct Putting that was published in 2009.
“Obviously, to have someone of Dr. Christina’s knowledge and ability join our staff is phenomenal,” head coach Terrance Stewart said upon Christina’s hiring. He has been a great asset to our program.”
Early in his career, Dr. Christina coached various sports (including golf) at the high school and university levels. He spent most of his professorial and academic career at Penn State University before coming to UNCG as Dean of the School of Health and Human Performance and Professor of Kinesiology in 1992. During his 35-year academic career he distinguished himself as a researcher, scholar, teacher and administrator. He has authored more than 150 scientific and professional articles and 11 books. A prolific speaker, he has given over 400 scholarly and professional presentations throughout the United States and abroad; and he served on a National Research Committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Christina, who holds a Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and Master’s and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Maryland, retired as Dean and Professor from UNCG in 2001. Currently, he holds the academic title of Emeritus Dean of the School of Health and Human Sciences and Professor of Kinesiology.