Our mission

Helping Golfers Putt Well

Here at Frankly Golf we have been dedicated to helping golfers since Frank and I founded the company at The Open Championship at St Andrews in 2000.



  • Invented the graphite shaft

  • Introduced the Stimpmeter

  • USGA Technical Director for 26 years

  • Set equipment standards for golf industry



  • B.Sc. (Hons) Psychology

  • M.Sc. (Med. Sci.) Sport and Exercise Science

  • Played golf for Scotland and Florida State Golf Association

  • Former Editor of Golf Science International, a publication of the World Scientific Congress of Golf



Frank Thomas and a friend sail from South Africa to America in a 25 foot sailboat “Banshee”.


Invents the graphite golf shaft while with Shakespeare Sporting Goods.


Joins USGA as Technical Director. Tests and governs all equipment used in the game of golf.


Introduces the Stimpmeter to the world of golf.


Directs the development of the GHIN Handicap System.


Directs the design and oversees the development of the USGA Research and Test Center. Directs the development of the Indoor Test Range used to measure the aerodynamic properties of golf balls.


Birth of Frankly Golf at Open Championship, St Andrews


Launch of www.franklygolf.com. Joins Golf Digest as Chief Technical Advisor. Introduces F-16 putter.


2003: Joins The Golf Channel as Chief Technical Advisor.

2004: Speaks to golfers and PGA professionals all over the USA, Australia, Africa and Europe.
2004: Growing the Game Research project, a study of over 18,000 golfers’ preferences.


Established Putting PAD, a leading research center and putting academy in Orlando Florida.


Frankly Frog commercial to air on The Golf Channel, week beginning 30th April.

Frankly Golf Receives a Certificate of Registration for the color PINK as a Trademark on Golf Putters.

Three time Major winner Larry Nelson and his son Josh putt their way to victory at the Father Son Challenge with The Frog.


Authored “Just Hit It, Our Equipment and Our Game”.

Authored “Dear Frank: Answers to 100 of Your Golf Equipment Questions”.

Frank Thomas adds to the Frog Family with the introduction of the Blade Frog, a blade with forgiveness.

Frankly Golf "Growing the Game" research is presented at the World Scientific Congress of Golf at Arizona State University.


Frankly Golf participates as a sponsor of the 2009 PGA Tour Children’s Miracle Network Championship at Disney in Orlando, FL.

Frankly Golf exhibits at Golf Europe 2009, Europe's biggest golf show and Frank speaks at education conference.

Frank delivers keynote address to the South African Golf Summit at Fancourt, South Africa.


Created the online Certified Putting Instructor (CPI) Course for PGA and LPGA professionals ongoing education.


Authored From Sticks and Stones: The Evolution of Golf Equipment Rules.

Presented Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to the Golf Industry by the PGA of South Africa.


Authored The Fundamentals of Putting.

Putting PAD Student Andy Zhang Becomes Youngest Player to Qualify for U.S. Open.

Frank is a Keynote speaker for the World Scientific Congress of Golf in Phoenix, AZ talking about “The Importance of Science in Golf: Applying Technology to Putting Instruction”.

CPI Scholarship scheme launched to select PGA professionals in Great Britain and Ireland, Denmark, South Africa and LPGA.


Golfing World Airs Frankly Golf Putting Tips on 67 TV platforms in 50 countries.

Putting PAD Student Yu Liu Wins SRIXON XXIO Ladies Open in China.


Frank Stars in UL Innovation Series on The Golf Channel.


Introduction of the Frog Stick, the ultimate practice putting device.

Frank's Ground-breaking Putting Article Published in Golf Digest.

Putting PAD student Angel Yin Wins Annika Invitational. 


Frank lends his expertise as a judge on Wilson Golf’s Driver vs Driver a TV show which aired on Golf Channel.