Becoming A Professional Golf Teacher

By Dr. Barry Lotz, Inside Golf

Becoming a professional golf teacher involves a combination of golf skills, teaching abilities, and professional certifications. Here are the steps you can take to pursue a career as a professional golf teacher:

  1. Develop your golf skills: Begin by becoming proficient in playing golf. Spend time practicing and playing on various golf courses. Focus on improving your technique, understanding the rules of the game, and developing a strong golfing foundation.
  2. Gain teaching experience: Start by assisting or volunteering at your local golf club or driving range. Offer to help with junior golf programs, clinics, or group lessons. This will allow you to gain valuable teaching experience and learn from experienced golf instructors.
  3. Obtain a golf teaching certification: Research and enroll in a recognized golf teaching certification program. There are several reputable organizations that offer certification courses, such as the PGA of America, the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America (, and the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) in your country. These programs provide comprehensive training on teaching methods, swing mechanics, golf rules, and more.
  4. Complete the certification requirements: Each certification program will have its own set of requirements, including written exams, practical teaching evaluations, and possibly playing ability tests. Fulfill all the necessary requirements to earn your certification. This process may take several months to complete, depending on the program and your dedication.
  5. Gain practical teaching experience: Once you've obtained your certification, continue to gain practical teaching experience. Work with golfers of different skill levels and age groups to refine your teaching techniques. Pay attention to the individual needs and learning styles of your students, and adapt your instruction accordingly.
  6. Network within the golf industry: Establish connections within the golf industry by attending industry events, joining professional associations, and networking with other golf instructors. This can provide opportunities for professional growth and potential job openings.
  7. Consider further education: While not mandatory, pursuing a degree in sports science, kinesiology, or a related field can provide a deeper understanding of the biomechanics and physiology of the golf swing. It can also enhance your credibility as a golf instructor.
  8. Stay updated and continue learning: Golf is a constantly evolving sport, with new techniques and technologies emerging regularly. Stay updated with the latest trends, teaching methodologies, and equipment advancements. Attend workshops, seminars, and conferences to expand your knowledge and skills.
  9. Seek employment opportunities: Once you feel confident in your teaching abilities and have gained sufficient experience, explore employment opportunities at golf academies, golf clubs, resorts, or driving ranges. Alternatively, you could consider establishing your own golf teaching business.
  10. Maintain professionalism and professionalism: As a professional golf teacher, it is essential to maintain a high level of professionalism. Provide quality instruction, communicate effectively with your students, and uphold ethical standards in your teaching practices.

Remember, becoming a professional golf teacher requires a commitment to ongoing learning, dedication, and a genuine passion for the sport. By continually improving your skills and gaining experience, you can establish yourself as a trusted and effective golf instructor.

About the Writer
Barry Lotz, J.D., Ph.D. is the director of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. Visit
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He is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and serves both as a consultant and mediator to the golf industry. He is also the author of numerous books, including “333 Best Web Sites for Golfers” and his previous book, “How to Build Business Relationships Through Golf,” which is still in the Top Ten Golf Business Book’s bestseller list. His current book, “The Right Mind for Golf,” is now in its 13th reprint and is available on Amazon. His newest book, “The Right Mind for Putting,” is due out in June 2023.