Checklist: Should You Become a Golf Instructor?
Oct 10, 2017
By Tim Wilkins
I’ve carved out a happy and accomplished career teaching the game of golf, so I thought I’d share a few insights to help you decide if you have what it takes to become a golf instructor.
Use this checklist of skills and business considerations as you make your decision to pursue a career as a golf instructor:
Time management. You have to be able to schedule all of your time both at work and in your off time so you can keep your battery charged and not burn out.
Communication skills. You will spend a lot of time speaking, listening, writing, emailing, etc.
Positive attitude. You will need a positive attitude to handle all of the daily issues that will arise.
Technology skills. We are in an age that demands the ability to use technology.
Golf skills. Be able to demonstrate what you are asking your students to do.
Public speaking prowess. You are an entertainer. Can you talk while you are putting on a clinic?
Business plan. How will you market yourself and your business? Who is your target audience? Where are you going to teach, what will your hours be, how much will you charge, how much will your market bear for lesson fees and what percentage of your fees are you willing to give up to be at a certain facility? What investments will you need to make in equipment?
Teaching philosophy. Do you have a teaching philosophy, and do you have it posted somewhere for all to see?
Passion for learning. Don’t ever stop educating yourself.
Professionalism. Are you professional in all ways at all times?
In today’s world, working knowledge of the business, the game, and the technology of the game of golf are all ingredients for success in the industry.
The above list might not be comprehensive, however, you’re off to a good start if you have them all checked!
Tim Wilkins is a PGA Professional and Academic Dean of Golf Academy of America in Phoenix.