There is One Way to Teach the Game of Golf
When looking for a golf course or career in specialty golf stores or golf courses, I am always struck by the standards of education that are written. More than 85% of all listed jobs are looking for Certified PGA / LPGA Employees. They expect each person to have training and management experience, bachelors or an advanced degree and other golf-related skills. However, the only thing I saw was one confirmation and it was time for it to change.
PGA / LPGA is not the only organization with the right people to teach, train and manage the game of golf. Naming the top two organizations, the United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF) and the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America (PGTAA) have qualified golf professionals who can be hired to do these golf activities. They have excellent reading skills, teaching their students a philosophical and intellectual approach to teaching, game visuals and game tools, and tools to help their students enjoy and play the game better.
There are so many trainers, courses / lists, and private business instructors from other organizations but it is rare to hear of them. It is time for the golf industry to get to know these great people and give them credit for helping to further the love of this great sport. It is time for job descriptions ALWAYS include alternatives or certificates when looking for a golf coach and not a single qualification. When I see a job description, as follows, in the workplace:
Must: First degree, three years of golf training or management experience; have a proven integrity; show leadership skills, and have effective speaking and writing skills.
Choices: five years of golf training experience; have proven ability to motivate student athletes to succeed academically and in sports; Certified PGA Professional.
Choices: five years of golf training experience; have proven ability to motivate student athletes to succeed academically and in sports; Certified PGA, USGTF, Professional PGTAA.
Golf is worth all the thousands of certified golf courses. We all went out for the same purpose. We all encourage the same mission. That is, increasing the fun of playing golf and trying to help more people are interested in the game.
Golf is a fun sport. However, fewer people are taking the game while most people are leaving the game. Golf is on the decline and we need more than one organization to bring it back. Let’s take a look at talented teachers and coaches in all the various organizations and organizations to change the way people view the game, change the way they look at the game, and change the way they enjoy the game.