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What is the lowest education you can have to be a golf teaching pro?

What is the lowest education you can have at a four-year university to become a golf teaching pro at a golf course or golf store?

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Clint’s Answer

Hey Sam! A fulfilling golf career awaits you, with numerous paths to consider. The most comprehensive route to becoming a successful teaching and club professional is by becoming a PGA Member. First, register as an Associate and complete the PGA Professional Golf Management (PGA PGM) Program. This top-notch program, designed for aspiring PGA Professionals, focuses on People, Business, and the Game.

For more information, visit this link: https://www.pga.org/membership/

You'll find three distinct paths, and one of them is sure to help you quickly embark on your journey to becoming a PGA Professional.

Regarding teaching, if you're truly passionate about instructing others in golf, connect with experienced teachers as mentors. Observe their approaches with students, their insights on the golf swing, and their methods of sharing knowledge. You'll encounter both technical and feel-based styles. Eventually, you'll develop your own unique teaching approach.

I wish you the best in all that you do!
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Leo’s Answer

Being a golf pro instructor doesn't require a formal education, however that doesn't mean you can just sign up students and begin teaching them golf. You have to develop your background enough to justify being called a golf pro. Most golf pro's who don't have formal education or certifications have toured on at least one golf circuit and have some wins to justify being called a pro.

Take a look at some of the links below to learn more about becoming a golf pro.

Leo recommends the following next steps:

https://golftips.golfweek.usatoday.com/become-pga-teaching-pro-1893.html
https://pocketsuite.io/post/how-to-become-a-golf-instructor/
https://www.usgtf.com/
https://www.golfspan.com/can-you-teach-golf-without-certification
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Fred’s Answer

I don't think you need any college to become a golf pro. You just need to play a lot of golf, be good at it, and be a good teacher.

Now, that doesn't mean a formal education won't HELP you. Some business classes may be a good idea if you want to have your own corporation. If you just want to be an employee at a golf club, then it's not as vital. Taking some education classes may not hurt, as there are things you can learn to make you a better teacher.

Some classes in investing and finance may not be a bad idea either, to help you manage your money.

Technically, all you need to be a "golf pro" is for someone to pay you in relations to you golf skills. I could advertise myself as a golf teacher. As soon as I have my first client, I'm a pro.
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