I just wanted to express my thanks to all the staff for making the EGTF Diploma Course such a fun and informative week. I learnt a lot about teaching and the golf swing which will be most beneficial for me personally and in my coaching. Your enthusiasm to help those to become better teachers and to pass the Course was fantastic and it has given me a lot of confidence to want to develop my skills further. It is great to be part of an organisation that is willing to encourage their members at every opportunity. I was thrilled to get my Diploma and punched the air when I got back to my hotel room, as if I had won a tournament.
By Alison Nicholas, MBE, US Open Champion and 6 times Solheim Cup player – EGTF Professional
Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to al the staff, for making my week on the Diploma Course at Forthview Golf Academy one of the most enjoyable weeks I have ever experienced in all the years I have played golf.
I would like to tell everyone who is a true golfing nut like myself, who wants to improve their knowledge of the game, their own standards and give something back to golf, to go and do the EGTF Diploma Course. It has certainly opened up my eyes to another side of golf and renewed my enthusiasm for playing and now teaching.
I have no hesitation in recommending the EGTF training course to any person who would like to get involved in coaching
By Corinne Dibnah – Ladies European Tour player- winner of 19 titles including the Ladies British Open – EGTF Professional
Thanks to the plunge I took with your Course and subsequent qualification in November 2012, I ended up with my dream job running the golf and tennis club at www.tuckerspoint.com in Bermuda. Please tell your students their dreams can come true!
By Robert Holland – UK
I had a great time attending the Course. Excellent – very imformative. Good mix of theory and practice, easy to understand and grasp concepts. A very professional, first class educational experience that delivers plenty of value for the money.
By Sreekanth Nagaraj 0 handicap – UK
May I first say a massive thanks to the EGTF and Darenth Valley Golf Club for their hospitality this week.
My name is Steve Shingleton and I have a handicap of 8 and a passion for golf and a shareholder/Director of a Golf club in Ashford Kent.
I decided after long deliberation to sign up for this course after hearing so much positive information and thought it can only improve my own ideas as long as I attended with an open mind. I have to say I was blown away by the knowledge transferred by the EGTF staff and their professionalism.
Additional to this their work ethic and delivery was first class and I would recommend anyone who chooses to follow a career in Golf Tuition to consider the European Golf Teaching Federation.
By Steve Shingleton 8 handicap – UK
I enjoyed the Course even more than I thought possible. The Manual is a great book to keep up the correct practices. I learned excellent basic coaching skills and structures for giving lessons. I would recommend this Course to anyone interested in learning to teach golf.
By Belinda Weinmann 6 handicap – Spain
The EGTF Course I completed recently was well above my expectations. I have achieved a better understanding of the game and how to teach it, along with increased knowledge of technology. There was so much good information on it, and the EGTF staff delivered everything in a highly professional manner. Worth every penny!
By Sergeant Major Karl Chappelle 7 handicap – UK
I just wanted to say a massive thanks for last week, it was one of the best weeks I’ve ever spent, so informative and structured and well delivered. I’ve learnt more in one week than I’ve done in 30 years. I did 7 years with the PGA and learnt well not that much really about coaching and the golf swing. I can’t really thank you enough EGTF, it’s opened so many doors for me. I love coaching but now I’m armed with an understanding and method of teaching, I love it even more.
By Sean Skinner – UK
I achieved a great understanding of the standards needed to become a teaching professional. Learning the drills and techniques, and giving lessons to the public were definitely the highlights of the week. I would highly recommend this course to others.
By James Ashfield 1 handicap – UK
Thank you so much for a great week last week.Thank you for your time and enthusiasm all week, your drive for teaching was so good to see and refreshing. I have come away full of new ideas and an even bigger drive to get out into the golf world and start teaching.
The course was delivered so well from start to finish . The week itself passed so quick I am sure I speak for all the guys on the course we had the best time.
I was so pleased to have passed and become a member of the EGTF. It makes me proud to be a member of a very forward thinking group, I have also made six new good friends who I am sure I will stay in touch with.
I look forward to keep learning more new golf/teaching skills with the EGTF.
By Mark Eadle – 6 Handicap – UK
It has been a great week for me in developing my knowledge but already I am seeing the benefits in the lessons I am giving with many positive comments, and I thought I was a good coach before.
Really keen to get on the Masters course next year if you will have me, please let me know dates.
By Colin Howe – Golf Performance Coach & Author – Czechoslovakia
The course reached and exceeded my expectations, and I have achieved a much greater knowledge of the swing and how to teach it. I would highly recommend this course to others and it was great value for money.
By Richard Flues – Teaching Professional – Poland
The course met all the appropriate standards to become a teaching professional. I would recommend this course to others as I believe the EGTF is a step above other teaching organisations.
By Nigel Brennan – 6 handicap – Germany
In 1975 I was a founder member of the Portuguese APGP; nowadays I am their President. I have been a golf professional for nearly 30 years, the last twenty in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal. I’ve worked with Peter Allis, Dai Rees, Henry Cotton, Bob Toski, however I must confess that when I had the pleasure of taking the EGTF course I was impressed with the high standard of teaching and with the atmosphere during the week. I strongly recommend anyone who wants to be a teacher to take a course with the EGTF. The Portuguese APGP has a co-operation agreement with the EGTF for our future professionals to take the course next year.
By Joaquim Catorino: President of Associacao dos Profissionais de Golfe de Portugal
This course was amazing! They say you only get out what you put in, and it’s certainly the case here. I thought I knew the game of golf: how wrong could I be ? Long days and hard work – I was exhausted by the end of the week, but the rewards far outweighed everything else, and I would gladly do it all over again. Thanks to the EGTF staff. I had a fantastic week that was the beginning of fulfilling my dream.
By James Burton, EGTF Pro
October 2002 at Forthview Golf Academy I started my golf teaching career. I took my EGTF Diploma course , and as all the teachers will know, that week was very hard but very educational, learning all aspects of golf teaching. I was lucky and passed my course which then set me on my way, starting with setting up golf lessons all over the Kent area teaching in sport centres, people’s houses, local driving ranges and at local schools. This was done using pop up nets and tri golf equipment, so my week was very busy with teaching. I found that the more lessons I gave, the better I got, so I started teaching at golf clubs, when eventually I was asked to set up a teaching academy at Darenth Valley golf course in 2007 – fantastic I thought.
Within six months I was teaching full time with about six lessons a day, seven days a week, teaching all levels of golfer. But by then being qualified for almost eight years, I felt that I needed more skills and information to better my teaching and myself. So in December 2010 in Hua Hin Thailand, I took my Masters teaching diploma, again a very hard week but the skills and information I gained was perfect. I felt that I gained so much more knowledge to improve my level of teaching and give a much better service – not that I wasn’t before, just thought I had got to a better level. I have the confidence to teach at a very high level and with the skills the EGTF diploma course and the Masters diploma course have made my teaching career very enjoyable and successful and being able to make alot of golfers play better and enjoy the game more, but most off all it’s made me very positive about teaching and as a person.
By Pete Stopford, EGTF Master Pro
A big thank you to you and your excellent team for such an interesting, challenging and stimulating week. I would recommend the EGTF course to anybody with a serious interest in improving their own and others games. As well as having a fantastic week with a great group of people, I learned an enormous amount. I am already experiencing a big improvement in both pupils’ lessons and my own game.
By Bob Barnes, EGTF Pro
Thank you so much for one of the best weeks of my life. I have learnt so much! Many of the members at my golf club have already asked me to give them lessons rather than the Head Pro that teaches there.
By Paul Butterworth, EGTF Pro
This course was the best in terms of knowledge, professionalism and camaraderie, I could sell this course to the world! I learned more than I ever expected and I know that my own game will improve. The best thing was learning how to teach correctly. The worst was that it had to end.
By Dudley Knox, EGTF Pro
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and assistance during the Diploma course. This course was the culmination of at least 6 months intensive work to reach the teaching standard demanded by the EGTF. The guidelines offered by the staff have been an invaluable golfing experience, both in terms of an immediate enhancement of my own golfing game and my teaching competence. The professional yet very friendly attitude of the staff was evident from day one, and was a major factor in helping me with the necessary learning that had to take place during the programme. Further, the practical sessions and techniques demonstrated to students indicated a simple but extremely effective process of instruction that appears both repeatable and easily assimilated. I may also say that getting my EGTF Diploma has given me as much , if not more satisfaction than when I received my PHD. Once again thank you.
By Dr Paul James, EGTF Pro
Having started golf at a young age, I reached a scratch handicap and represented my County for more than twenty years. During this time I played in numerous National and Regional events and became involved administratively in the running of both Club and County golf. I have also been involved in the golf industry and have worked for more than ten years for a number of golf companies and concluded this part of my career by representing Cobra which became part of the Acushnet brand (including Titleist Footjoy).
Since obtaining my teaching qualification with the EGTF I have moved to Spain, where I have worked for the last three years. I currently work at Oliva Nova Golf and Beach Hotel, Valencia, which is a 5 star resort designed by Seve Ballesteros which hosts many Spanish events from the OKI tour, and Regional Championships.
At Oliva we have a Golf Academy, Junior Schools and teach golfers of all standards from all over Europe. At present I currently write instructional articles for two newspapers on the Costa Blanca and I am also a Staff Instructor on Diploma Courses for the EGTF.
Without my teaching qualification I would not have been able to teach and pass on my experience and knowledge to other golfers. I continue to recommend the EGTF to many aspiring professionals
By Paul Tolley EGTF Master Teaching Pro
After getting to +3 handicap and captaining Wales as an amateur I decided to turn Professional. I wanted to add some teaching skills to my playing schedule and was recommended to the EGTF Diploma Course by a friend. Since taking the course my lesson book has been full. I was asked to become a Staff Instructor twelve months later, which has been a great honour.
On 1 October 2002 I was appointed Head Professional at Prestatyn Golf Club in Wales. I would not have had the chance of such a prestigious position if it had not been for the skills taught to me by the EGTF.
By David Ames, EGTF Pro
I have been the Head Pro at Forthview Golf Academy since 1998. I give over 60 golf lessons per week on an individual basis as well as running 10 group tuition classes per week. One of the keys to the success of the coaching at Forthview is the Junior Golf Academy which sees over 100 kids every week and after four years now we are starting to produce stars of the future. From the Junior Academy I have already produced club, county and national champions.
I have built on my reputation this year by being offered the position to take over as club professional at Falkirk (Carmuirs) Golf Club. I have now been working closely with the junior committee at Falkirk to establish an improved junior development programme.
In February I applied for the job as County Coach for Stirlingshire along with four other PGA Professionals and was chosen above all other applicants. This is now in the middle of a two year programme to develop the junior, youth and under 21 squads. As County Coach I have also participated in the SGU coach education programme at the Scottish National Golf Centre.
Due to my ability to impart my knowledge, the EGTF asked me to come on board as a Staff Instructor to help train and examine future teaching professionals on the Diploma Courses.