Golf instructor

A golf instructor


Golf instructors train and teach golf to individuals or groups. They train their clients by demonstrating and explaining techniques such as the correct posture and swinging techniques. They give feedback on how a student can do exercises better and improve the skill level. The golf instructor advises what equipment is best suited for the student.

Golf instructors typically do the following duties:

  • Teach students the fundamentals of golf, including proper grip, stance, and swing technique.
  • Develop customized lesson plans tailored to each student’s individual needs and skill level.
  • Provide feedback and analysis of students’ swings and performance, including video analysis and other tools.
  • Teach students the rules and etiquette of the game of golf.
  • Maintain and update teaching aids, such as instructional videos, training manuals, and lesson plans.
  • Promote golf instruction services and grow the business through marketing and advertising.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to golf instructor:

golf coach
junior golf instructor
golf teacher
senior golf instructor

Working conditions

Golf instructors may work at golf courses, country clubs, or other facilities that offer golf instruction. They may work full-time or part-time, with hours that can vary depending on the season and demand for lessons. Instructors may work indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather and facility, and may spend a significant amount of time on their feet.

Minimum qualifications

While there are no formal education requirements to become a golf instructor, most instructors have a deep understanding and experience of the game of golf. Many instructors complete certification programs through organizations such as the PGA (Professional Golfer’s Association) or LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), which typically require a certain level of golf experience and passing a qualifying test. Additionally, some instructors may have a degree in sports science or a related field, which can provide a deeper understanding of the mechanics of the golf swing and other aspects of the game.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Golf instructor is a Skill level 3 occupation.

Golf instructor career path

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Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of golf instructor. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of golf instructor with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

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Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of golf instructor.

  • Golf: The rules and techniques of golf such as tee shot, chipping and putting.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of golf instructor.

  • Personalise sports programme: Observe and evaluate individual performance and determine personal needs and motivation to tailor programmes accordingly and in conjunction with the participant
  • Adapt teaching to student’s capabilities: Identify the learning struggles and successes of students. Select teaching and learning strategies that support students’ individual learning needs and goals.
  • Develop sports programmes: Develop plans and policies for the inclusion of sporting activities and organisations in a community, and for the development of sporting activities for specific target groups.
  • Plan sports instruction programme: Provide participants with an appropriate programme of activities to support progression to the required level of expertise in the specified time taking into account relevant scientific and sport-specific knowledge.
  • Adapt teaching to target group: Instruct students in the most fitting manner in regards to the teaching context or the age group, such as a formal versus an informal teaching context, and teaching peers as opposed to children.
  • Demonstrate when teaching: Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.
  • Give constructive feedback: Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.
  • Instruct in sport: Provide appropriate technical and tactical instruction related to the given sport using varied and sound pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of the participants and achieve the desired objectives. This requires skills such as communication, explanation, demonstration, modelling, feedback, questioning and correction.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of golf instructor. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Sport and exercise medicine: Prevention and treatment of injuries or conditions resulted from a physical activity or sport.
  • Market trends in sporting equipment: Latest trends and developments on the sports equipment market.
  • Sports ethics: The ethical considerations in sport activities, policy and management that ensure fair play and sportsmanship in all recreational and competitive sports.
  • Sport games rules: The rules and regulations of sport games such as football, soccer, tennis, and others.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of golf instructor. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Participate in sport events: Participate in sport events or competitions according to established rules and regulations to apply technical, physical and mental abilities.
  • Apply risk management in sports: Manage the environment and athletes or participants to minimise their chances of suffering any harm. This includes checking appropriateness of venue and equipment and gathering relevant sport and health history from athletes or participants. It also includes ensuring appropriate insurance cover is in place at all times
  • Communicate with youth: Use verbal and non-verbal communication and communicate through writing, electronic means, or drawing. Adapt your communication to children and young people`s age, needs, characteristics, abilities, preferences, and culture.
  • Communicate information during sport game: Use a range of communication strategies to provide adapted information as an official to sport competitors and participants. Minimise conflict and deal with disagreement effectively. Take into consideration the sport competition environment and the social perceptiveness of the audience when formulating the message.
  • Exercise sports: Exercise or practice under the direction of sports and athletic trainers or professional coaches to develop skills, improve physical condition, or prepare for competitions.
  • Motivate in sports: Positively foster athletes and participants’ intrinsic desire to carry out the required tasks to fulfill their goals and to push themselves beyond their current levels of skill and understanding.

ISCO group and title

3422 – Sports coaches, instructors and officials

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Last updated on April 25, 2023

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