What to expect from a coach

Look for a coach that is generally interested in your child and able to offer more than just one hour a week of contact time. No matter how good the coach is, if they are only interested in their pupil for only one hour a week, progress will be slow. A good coach will give a great session but will also be interested in the player’s entire training and competitive schedule. In addition to having a strong technical background with regards to the golf swing, a good coach should also be involved in:

  • Goal setting, planning and developing mental skills
  • Tournament visits and developing tactical plans for tournament play
  • Helping to provide and manage a good training program
  • Equipment knowledge and club-fitting skills
  • Providing a challenging environment
  • Always being available for questions or general communication
  • Personal scheduling for down time, training and competitions
  • Be able to play a few holes regularly with their students
  • Keep an eye out for a potentially this contentious situation: parents are often keen for coaches to provide these additional services; however, parents must keep in mind that coaches expect to be paid for their time.

Bear the following in mind when looking for a coach and comparing costs.

  • More experienced coaches charge more money. Do your homework ahead of time. Many facilities have information brochures with coaching rates readily available.
  • It may be worthwhile to consider a seasonal or yearly coaching package if you are expecting a comprehensive program for your child. Ask the facility or coach if they offer these programs.
  • Ask the provincial golf association if funding is available for individual coaching grants or subsidies for your child. Ask other coaches and parents if other sources of coaching support are available.