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For the Love of Sports: A Guide to Teaching Golf

Aug 17, 2007
Most people dream of having a career where they enjoy waking up every morning to go to work and are passionate about their job. In a perfect world, everyone would have the ideal job, however, that is not a reality for the vast majority of the population. But why can't your job be what makes you happy? If an individual is passionate about a subject, they should look into pursuing it as a career. This is where teaching golf comes into play. Not only is it a sport that millions of Americans enjoy to play, but it also offers a wide range of employment opportunities that most people would never think of.

Golf has become more and more popular in the United States over the past few decades. Golf dates back all the way to before the 1400s when it was originated in parts of Europe. The concept of hitting a ball into a predetermined hole the least amount of times possible was played early in the Netherlands, Scotland and England. Everyone from royalty to peasants played this particular sport in Europe. The game of golf ventured over to the United States and made way for the United States Golf Association in 1894. Since then the sport has grown to become one of America's favorite pastimes. With the popularity of golf growing the need for individuals to teach golf is growing as well.

With golfers such as Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus inspiring the young and old alike, it is difficult not to become enthralled with the sport. Both newcomers to the sport and others who have taken a swing at the sport have a vested interest in learning different techniques to improve their golf game. This leaves a lot of room for professionals to step in to teach golf to amateurs. There are numerous ways to go about gaining the experience and proper credentials needed for teaching golf, attending a golf academy being one of them.

Becoming a student at a golf academy will not only provide you with the tools to teach golf, but it will also provide the necessary course work to obtain experience and skills in various fields pertinent to golf. Students will learn how to manage a golf course, repair golf clubs and run tournaments among other important talents. The typical course work includes teaching techniques, how to repair and fit golf clubs properly, the rules of the game, as well as tournament planning.

Students also learn skills that are needed for everyday life in the real world. Management and planning courses offer knowledge that can be used beyond the golf course and in typical day-to-day activities, as well as an office or managerial job. Teaching golf does not necessarily have to be a full time job. Students can attend an academy to learn the basics so they can teach on the side or use it for recreational purposes.

Students attending a golf academy benefit by not only improving their golf game, but they will walk away with a better understanding of the game. They are also given various teaching techniques to help relay the information they learned at the academy to golf students of their own. Learning how to play golf is one thing, but teaching golf and relaying the techniques needed to improve an individual's golf game takes skill and patience. Teaching an individual how to play golf is not for everyone, but those who do have the special talent needed make a proud and rewarding living.
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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