At the start of another working week i thought id write about possibly touchy subject on the image of the pga itself but also about golf coaching and being a professional golfer .
So the most common view of the pga is that its the professional golfers association , who embodies golf coaching and professional golfers ... but does it ?
I saw a youtube video over the weekend from a well know pga pro mark crossfield ( go check him out ) in his daily blog about this subject and he voiced his dislike for the pga and the lack they put into the game .
More interesting was the question raised about the reputation of pga pros and golf coaches and would they seek out a pro or a golf coach ?
So this begs a question , do you need to be a pga pro to teach golf ?
Also do you need the pga to be a professional golfer ?
and do you know the difference between a golf professional and a professional golfer ?
Lets look at these questions individually , the first answer going by reactions on the video but also in general is NO you dont have to be a pga pro to teach golf , if you have a understanding of swing mechanics and how to play and build a good reputation then you can be good and there is also the fact of golf coach courses rising up against the pga course .
So is it more the reputation of the pga pro ? Well in my experiences with said pros its a mixed bag . Some good and some bad but is that the pro or pga fault ? Well it can be said the pros attitude in how he conducts himself and what he gives back to the game of golf itself and how he puts himself out there .
So to the next question do you need the pga to be a pro well the answer to this is yes and no but more to the yes
confused ? Well let me explain there is a small little R&A rule that many dont know that if you break it as a amature that you lose your handicap and are basically a professional.
but hold on to enter pga events you have to be a member to enter their events and the open qualifiers well not so much the open if you have a handicap of 0.4 you can enter BUT just because you are techniqually a pro dont mean they will let you into their events or qualifiers in fact they wont !
so do you know the difference between a golf pro and a pro golfer and one that causes a lot of issues for me and most get this answer wrong !
A golf pro is one who earns a living teaching golf .
A professional golfer earns his living playing the game ( also know as a playing professional )
so just keep that in mind when someone mis-represents themselves
So you may got to this point and think well what about the pga ?
Well are they as good as what they like you to be ?
well answer is confusing a little because they do some things well and others very poorly !
First the positives it does open doors into employment in most cases but not all and the training and support is excellent and they do want you to succeed but i feel thats more for there gain than yours but thats how it is in todays world .
So you want to be a pga pro ? Well the selection process is complicated and at times a little selective who they want as members so right from applying you need the following ...
1. A 12 month playing record and handicap of 4 or less for men and 6 for women . ( side note if your handicap is 4 your need to do a Playing ability test (PAT) . If its 3 you dont need a test so whats the difference in 1 , not alot really so whats the point ? ( selective ) .
2. Have min 3 gcse results of c or higher , if you have a degree you automatic given a spot ( again selective) ( another side note they ask you your parents education results ! Why ? Has no bearing or does it? ) .
3. The hidden costs other than the 9000 course fees , cost of tournaments you have to enter ( i dont like this because it favours more fortunate people and they turn away much better golfers and coaches than go through ) some of the events cost more than doing the open qualifying fees !!
so to summarise for me there seems to be in place little things the pga can use to turn you down if your not what they want despite the fact your talented if your background isnt perfect they turn there nose up .
So as you can tell i have some issues with the pga that could be changed for the better such as if you have a handicap of 4 thays fine no test or test everyone , if you have a acedemic level of gcses or above no priority given .
Ive come from the batch thats had to fight harder than more priviledged to get my chance and even made worse by the young people who have a attitude and ego about them and they dont mind telling you why you shouldnt be there even some pga pros have tried to create trouble for me .
so can you see why theres a rise in golf coaches courses that arent pga related i certainly can and i see it contiuning and growing in the future .
Have a great week everyone and i will catch you all in the next blog . !
winter golf tips
so as the cold months roll in and winter takes hold how many of you actually play golf in the winter ?
Surprisingly not many do and normally the weather in the uk this time of year isn't great we do have the odd day where it's a crisp sunny cold day and a excellent chance to sample winter golf and the challenges it presents .
So a few tips to help your game in winter
1. Allow for less roll on wet or soft winter fairways compared to hard summer ones .
2. Be mindful that the golf ball doesn't fly as far in cold winter than in warm sunny days , a recent study showed that the difference being around 2 yards of carry for every 10 degrees drop ( cold air is denser than warm for science geeks ) .
3. Consider changing to a softer ' lower compression ball in winter as it's easier to compress a softer ball .
4. A random one this but to keep golf balls warm ( and last check it was legal ) put them in a pot a hot water for 30 minutes then dry them and put them into a insulated food bag ( I personally haven't tried it myself but may for research purposes ) .
5. A common tip from the tour is keep gloves dry is to put them in a sealed bag and also hang the glove on the rods under the umbrella to stay dry .
6. Simple one to keep a towel dry hang it off the umbrella but keep a spare in the bag too .
7. Rough in winter especially when wet is tough so swing a little harder to get out .
8. As beautiful as a crisp winter day can be to avoid disappointment do except that scoring won't be as good .
9. Greens will be slower when wet and soft .
So these top tips will help you enjoy winter golf more and the different challenge it poses to summer golf , course management and mental toughness will be tested as will ball striking .
Don't let all of this put you off tho from getting out on the course , even just 9 holes can be very beneficial to your winter practise programme .
Enjoy and happy golfing !
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