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Are you thinking of becoming a PGA Professional?

Pre-Requisites

  • Leaving Cert (or equivalent)
  • Garda Vetting
  • Handicap of 4.4 or better
  • Playing Ability Test (not needed if scratch or better, +15 for 36 holes (Dundalk GC)

                       

Costs:             

  • Approx £12,000
    • £4,000 per year
      • Student loan available, whereby loan is repaid upon completion of course and yearly earnings exceed £21,000
  • Introductory week in Belfry
    • (Admissions Review Programme {ARP}) £688
  • Residential    £250
  • Subscription   £100
  • Other             £200
  • (January, 2013)

Throughout:

  • Distance learning through WebCT via University of Birmingham. 
    • Visit the Belfry twice in Year 1 and once during next 2 years (5 days each trip).
  • Receive books/syllabus in October of each year.
  • Assignments due throughout
    • 6 per year
    • 2000/3000 word reports/essays
  • Exams held in St. Margaret’s (April).
    • Practical exams held in The Belfry and various locations in Ireland (club repairs, custom fitting, coaching)
  • Coaching courses held at various locations in Ireland.

PGA Trainee course covers…                             

  1. Golf Coaching
  2. Golf Retail
  3. Equipment Technology
  4. Sports Science
  5. Rules

Research

  • http://www.pga.info/AboutThePGAPro/31851301.htm

 

  1. Golf Coaching.
    • Year 1: Introduction to coaching golf.
      • Coaching Children
      • Pre-Swing Mechanics
        • Grip
        • Posture
      • Coaching; chipping, pitching & putting.
    • Year 2: Ball flight Laws and Principles
      • Full swing
      • Concentration
      • Goal setting
      • Awkward lies
      • Video analysis
    • Year 3: Coaching model continued
      • Impact factors etc.
      • Planning and Evaluation coaching sessions
      • Interpret & Analyze movement in swing
      • Explain & Demonstrate an array of shot making techniques
  2. Sports Science
    • Year 1: Introduction to body movement
      • Introduction to Sports Psychology
      • Injury prevention
      • Stages of learning

    • Year 2: Sports Psychology continued
      • Individual differences, burnout
      • Physical limitation screening
      • TPI screening
    • Year 3: Biomechanics in the swing
      • Performance boards etc.
      • Development of coaching theories
      • Team Building around a player
      • Analysis of benefits of different practices
        • Fitness
        • Nutrition
  3. Equipment Technology
    • Year 1: Golf ball construction
      • Shaft construction and materials
      • Rules regarding equipment
      • Health & Safety in the workshop
    • Year 2: Year 1 continued plus some practical work
      • Grip changing, club repairs, etc.
    • Year 3: Building clubs from parts.
      • Custom fitting.
  4. Business Finance
    • Year 1: Running a golf business
      • Competitors
      • Selling
      • Pricing
    • Year 2: Year 1 continued
      • Financing through harsh times
      • Taxing
    • Year 3: Business plans
      • Marketing/Advertising
      • Buying
      • Employment

Also;   

  • Personal & Career Development
    • Year 3: Applying for jobs
      • Interviews
      • CV writing

Also:

  • Golf Specific First Aid
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