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USGTF and other teaching certifications vs. PGA status?

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#1 CT golf fan

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 01:03 AM

Do you put any stock in these other teaching certifications in choosing an instructor? I see USGTF as a sponsor here, and I first heard about them many years ago.

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Posted 11 August 2009 - 05:03 PM

I'm more concerned about the person, their ability to teach, their ability to teach to ME and their knowledge on the subject than what organizations they belong to.  USGTF, PGA, NRA, NAACP, I don't really care. -mini
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Posted 01 March 2010 - 11:23 PM

class a pga professional is someone that has paid some dues.  it takes a few years, however, being one doesn't make you a good teacher.  USGTF and other similar teaching focused programs produce people that want to do one thing... teach golf.  In my opinion, it takes more than a piece of paper to make someone a good teacher.  I'd look at reputation in the area, references/testimonials, and if you can, try to get within ear shot of a lesson to get a grip on their style.  If they pass the pre tests, get one lesson to experience it first hand.... and just one.  Don't sign up for a series of lessons without some first hand proof it's going to work for you.
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Posted 19 April 2010 - 05:14 PM

In my experience certification is vastly over rated. Find someone who comes highly recommend from people you trust. Its also very important in my opinion that you feel comfortable with a teachers personality and style of teaching.

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 08:03 PM

I have been a USGTF member for 9 years now. It's has helped me get my foot in the door in some nice golf courses for employment. However the PGA still has a good foot hold on the industry, though not as stong as it was ten years ago.

To help my career I thought I might also become PGA Teaching Professional so as to open a few more doors. I took there little rules test, passed the P.A.T. only to be floored at the cost and the amount of time required to maybe get some type of certification. What a scam. Were talking Thousands of dollars and 2 years or more of my life working for peanuts to maybe get a certification of some kind. I decided to forget it. I will open the doors myself with my skills and knowledge of the game and the USGTF

I agree with those who believe that you don't need a certification or any peice of paper to make you a good teacher. hard work, good customer service and a thurst to keep learning about the game will go along way.

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