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6 Things You Have to Do When Teaching Golf

Aug 17, 2007
For a golf enthusiast, teaching golf might seem like the perfect career. In fact, it is a very logical career choice from someone who is particularly skilled at golf and has the requisite golf education. However, teaching golf also requires a special kind of person: someone who is patient, who knows how to teach to their students' individual needs, and can build a strong relationship them. Below are a few reminders of the things you will need to be able to do when working as a golf instructor.

Be the expert. As a golf instructor, both your students and your employer will expect you to have all the answers about the sport. Your employer is hiring you as an expert, and your students are trusting your expertise to give them a respectable education. In order to fill this tall order, you should have either a solid education in the sport, or a great deal of experience as a golfer.

Be patient with recreational students. Not every student wants to be a golf pro. For some golf enthusiasts, teaching golf can be difficult when they know their students only want to be able to play because it is a fashionable sport, or because they are afraid of embarrassing themselves when they are on the green with their friends or coworkers. However, as a teacher it is important to be able to tailor your instruction to the individual students' needs.

Have the knowledge to instruct ambitious students. Truly ambitious golf students may be the minority, but as a golf instructor you will still need to be prepared to instruct them. When teaching golf to exceptionally ambitious students, make sure you customize your instruction with their individual goals in mind.

Be patient with beginning or challenged students. Everyone was a beginner once, or so the saying goes. Being able to maintain your patience when teaching golf to a "newbie" is a definite requirement for an instructor. Also, remember that golf does not come easily to everyone, and strive to be as patient as possible with those students who have a more difficult time mastering the techniques you teach.

Provide sufficient challenges for advanced students. Your quick learners and more experienced students need your attention just as much as your beginners. If you noticed that a particular student is mastering a skill more quickly than you expect him or her too, be sure to provide a new skill to learn before boredom sets in. Students who face a healthy challenge are more likely to be happy, and happy students are more likely to continue their lessons with you.

Walk the fine line between your employer's needs and your students' needs. Your employer pays you, of course, so you owe him or her a certain degree of loyalty. However, don't forget that it is your students who make your job possible, not your employer. Of course, you should still care about making your employer happy and promoting his or her business, but making sure your students are happy should be your first concern.

If these reminders seem like common sense to you, teaching golf may be an ideal career for you. As a golf instructor, remember that your students' needs must always come first, and that meeting those needs requires that you are an expert in both golf and relating to your students.
About the Author
Andy West is a freelance writer for SDGA. San Diego Golf Academy is a premier golf school with five locations across the United States. To learn more about teaching golf, please visit http://www.sdgagolf.com .
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