How to Become a Golf Instructor

By Steve Silverman

Becoming a golf pro does not always mean going out on the PGA tour and competing for prize money against the best golfers in the world. Most professional golfers are club pros who spend the bulk of their time running pro shops and giving lessons to inexperienced golfers who are hungry to learn.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Learn every nuance of the game before you start teaching others. Nobody expects you to play like Tiger Woods, but you better be able to break down his swing and explain what makes him the best player in the world. Even more importantly, you need to be able to communicate to your student how he can improve his game.
Step 2
Demonstrate your knowledge of the game as well as your ability by playing in local tournaments. You don't have to be a champion to teach the game, but being a solid competitor will help you with your students. Show that you can execute the key shots in the game.
Step 3
Work hard on your communication ability. Inexperienced golfers tend to repeat the same mistakes over and over, and repeating the same advice usually won't help them get over a block. Change what you say so the golfer understands your instructions. Do it with patience and kindness. There is much to remember when playing golf, and a new golfer will do much better when the teacher remains calm.
Step 4
Point out both pro golfers and local golfers who have good swings. Golfers learn the game better when they have a role model to emulate. After giving a lesson, bring the golfer back to your office and show him a pro golfer's swing that he can emulate. This will help him learn the game.
Step 5
Use videotape to help the golfer understand what he is doing correctly and what he is doing wrong. Begin the next lesson by going over the videotape of the last lesson. That will help keep it fresh for the golfer and help you become the best instructor you can be.

Tips & Warnings

Have patience when teaching. Some golfers will learn quickly, but others will take longer. Some of the ones that take longer will ultimately learn the lessons better than those who appeared to get it quickly.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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