How to become a golf coach
Ever thought of becoming a golf coach and making money out of the sport in doing so, in this article how to become a golf coach will hopefully steer you in the right direction in possibly achieving your dreams!
PGA Professional Status
This is more than likely the most well-known way of becoming a golf teaching professional but it can take many years to do so, if age is against you then this might not be the way forward, but if you are young and willing to work in a pro shop for 4 to 5 years then maybe this is the way to go? You might end up being great for meeting, greeting and selling golf equipment to golf members or visitors but will it make you into a ‘grandmaster’ teaching coach?
Well their accreditation says it does but I beg to differ on that note, I have met many PGA trained golf coaches and they couldn’t teach you to play better golf let alone play good golf themselves, it has become a stigma that most newbie golfers or seasoned golfers source the guidance of a PGA Pro because that is what has been ingrained into many golfers way of thinking.
World Golf Teachers Federation of GB and Ireland
But don’t fret there other options of becoming a golf teaching professional without having to spend 4 to 5 years of your life doing so with the PGA, in the UK we have the World Golf Teachers Federation of GB and Ireland to consider, they are based in Essex in England and offer a good option of doing a course to become a golf teaching professional.
Many experienced PGA trained professionals have also added this course to their resume because it actually teaches you how to coach golf correctly and not just knowing how to work in a golf pro shop on a golf course, it teaches you the best methods of coaching for the long term, not just the short term which I believe regular PGA pros do so, PGA pros tend to look at you as a 6 month, once a week prospect to teach little snippets to keep you going back for more lessons!
Whenever I have coached golfers to improve their game I focus on small adjustments to improve what the golfer already has, grip adjustments, alignment adjustments, ball positioning adjustments and so on until you get the swing that the suits your pupil not what that suits the golf teaching professional – this is what I believe the World Golf Teachers Federation of GB and Ireland will do for your game.
How to become a golf coach
So whether you are looking at becoming a teaching professional or are just looking for a golf coaching alternative to the PGA then look no further than the World Golf Teachers Federation of GB and Ireland, they have a great database of professionals to choose from, and have many years of experience in doing so and have Peter Hudson heads up the business, here is a taster from their website:
The World Golf Teachers Federation (WGTF) was established in the USA in 1993. Since its inception, the WGTF has become the first worldwide membership entity of professional golfers to adopt a standard method of certification. Our passion, enthusiasm and sound philosophies mean that there is now credible competition in the marketplace for both potential coaches and game improvers.
Listed as one of the world’s top 60 golf coaches, Peter Hudson is the head of training and recruitment at the WGTF of GB & I. He has over 40 years of experience and successful ‘peak performance golf’ coaching, also training over 500 golfers to become coaches. He is a best selling author with 2 more books heading for publication, ‘How to have a hole in one, Guaranteed!’ and ‘Beginner to Scratch in 80 days!’ He is a revolutionist in the industry for both coach and player.