With the increasing popularity of golf, the demand to fill related careers is also on the rise. Many amateur golfers turn to a golf instructor to help them develop their techniques, so teaching golf is a viable career choice for many golf enthusiasts. Teaching golf isn’t for everyone, though. Do you have what it takes to make your living as a golf instructor?
You know everything (or almost everything) there is to know about golf. You have to know a subject extremely well if you are going to be able to teach it. Although you may be counting on having only beginning students whose knowledge of the sport is next to nil, you will most likely have intermediate and advanced students too, and they will look to you to help them hone their skills. Before you pursue a career as a golf instructor, ask yourself honestly if you have enough expertise on the sport to assume the role of an expert.
You’ve played golf, taught golf, and/or worked in other areas of the industry. Part of knowing golf is playing it regularly. If you don’t play golf regularly, you probably don’t have what it takes to teach the sport. Also, it is very helpful if you have previously taught golf or worked in the industry. If you have, you are more likely to know a lot about it. Remember, as a golf instructor you are sending the message that you are an expert on the sport, so make sure you know your golf before you take the job.
You know the techniques and theories of teaching. Simply knowing a lot about a subject does not mean you will be a competent teacher. If you don’t believe this, think back on how many teachers you had in school that were really knowledgeable, but still failed to inspire their students. In order to be an effective golf instructor, you must understand basic teaching techniques. After all, you will need to be able to communicate with students of every skill level, from the most bumbling beginners to the most assured intermediate and advanced students.
Your supply of patience runs exceptionally deep. Patience ought to be a prerequisite for any teaching job. Any time you are trying to teach knowledge or skills to someone who has next to no clue what they are doing, you are bound to run into a multitude of frustrations. A golf instructor who does not have a deep well of patience is likely to feel overwhelmed by stress and frustration every time he or she has a lesson with a truly clueless golfer.
You truly love the game of golf. You would think that a true appreciation for the game of golf would be a given for anyone looking for a job as a golf instructor, but that isn’t always the case. Other features of the job may attract prospective instructors: the flexibility of the hours and scheduling, a laid-back work atmosphere, or the nontraditional aspect of the job. However, if you don’t feel passionately about the sport you intend to teach, you will not last very long. A good golf instructor needs to be able to eat, drink, and breathe golf without getting sick of it.
Being a golf instructor may sound like an easy, fun job, but it takes a special kind of person to fill those shoes. A successful golf instructor needs to have not just one or a few of these characteristics, but all of them. Knowledge, experience, skill, patience, and passion are all necessary ingredients in the formation of an expert.