Golf is a great game but it is an intricate game and can be somewhat complicated to learn. There are so many dimensions or layers to the game. The golf swing is based on a set of fundamentals that are virtually impossible to stumble onto on your own. You will have so much more fun if you learn the game with a little help.
Finding the right spot to take your lessons is really important. Just how do you know where to start? It's actually pretty simple - make sure you're learning from a PGA professional. The Canadian Professional Golfers' Association (CPGA) was founded in 1911 with a commitment to improve and promote the game. Today there are over 3500 PGA golf professionals across Canada. Member professionals must all pass a playability test just to enter the association and then go through a 5 to 7 year apprenticeship before becoming an A class golf professional.
The Kevin Haime Golf School has always, and will always, hire only the best PGA teachers in the game. Today, our team of six teachers has over 90 years of combined PGA teaching experience. In 2000 Kevin was awarded the highest honour available to a CPGA teaching professional. He was named the National CPGA Teacher of the Year.
Unfortunately, many golf facilities hire non - PGA golf teachers. It's important to understand that there is no regulating body to oversee all golf teaching. Virtually any golfer can call himself a teaching pro and charge for lessons. Any other accreditation besides a PGA accreditation involves no more than, at most, a few days training process. Basically any golfer can pay a fee, take a small training course and then call themselves a certified golf teacher. Many so-called golf teaching federations or organizations sound pretty impressive and professional but they are not.
Before paying anybody for a golf lesson, make sure they are an experienced PGA Golf Professional. Better lessons lead to better golf and remember better golf, is a lot more fun!
* Adam Holden is a member of the Australian PGA, a recognized sister association of the Canadian PGA.