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The expansion of sporting organisations, like the Professional Golfers’Association (PGA) of America and the establishment of International partnerships, like the PGA World Alliance provide evidence for the continued professionalization of golf. Nevertheless, despite the founding of a number of organisations that support the education of golf teachers, there is currently a paucity of programs that specialise in the advancement of golf coaches. While the terms “teacher” and “coach” are often used synonymously in day-to-day life, the World Golf Coaches Alliance (WGCA) outlines that golf coaches help golfers to compete either individually or as part of a team, while golf teachers provide instruction on how to play the game. The stimulus article by Dr. Simon Jenkins provides evidence that effective coaching requires a balanced approach that brings together the science and art of golf and outlines a framework for a proposed Master of Science in Golf Teaching/Coaching program.


School of Exercise Science

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Cole, M. H., Professionalism, golf coaching and a Master of Science degree: A commentary, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9(4) pp. 861-864. Copyright © 2014 Michael H. Cole. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications. DOI: 10.1260/1747-9541.9.4.717