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USGTF is a
member of the World
Golf Teachers Federation®
The USGTF Pretenders
be Aware of Poor Copies
the success and growth of the United States Golf Teachers Federation
over the years, there have naturally been several other entities
wanting to be us. In addition, with the advent of the
Internet and the ease of creating websites, these entities promise
the world with discounts and guaranteed job opportunities, etc.
One entity even goes as far as to say they are "The World's Largest Premier Institution" and "They Are and Always Will Be the Best!" This type of common deceptive marketing, especially to those new to the industry is misleading and harmful to the integrity of the profession. In fact, these organizations are poor copies of the USGTF with virtually
no membership base, few benefits and no credibility in the golf
Many individuals who fall prey to these entities soon realize the error of their ways and as a result contact the USGTF to ask us what we can do about it. Our
response unfortunately is to only sympathize with them. Prior to
any registration, our suggestion is to ask some basic specific questions like:
- Do you have an office building?
- May I see a photo of it?
- May I see a photo of your office staff?
- Do you have actual profiles of your office staff that I may read?
- Can you send me a copy of your member publication?
- Can you email me your last six monthly member newsletters?
- Purchasing a Home Study Course? Ask to see photos of the information that will be sent to you.
- May I review your member personal use programs with all the various major golf manufacturers?
- Can you share with me 19 years of archived golf teaching articles?
USGTF National Office
If an entity is going to guide your career, hopefully you would want to see a photo of their national office. Our national office in Florida has a full-time staff and welcomes scores of visiting members to our facility each year. In fact, we try to create a memorable experience for all of our guests.
USGTF Member Publication
Additionally, take a look at
our member publication and compare it with that of any other entity.
The information within and quality of the publication should immediately
alleviate any of your concerns. USGTF and World Golf Teachers Federation members are privy to over 20 years of archived articles on every aspect of the golf teaching profession. No other entity can make such a claim because no other entity provides current ongoing education like we do.
USGTF Web Sites
To become a fully-certified USGTF golf teaching professional a candidate must undergo approximately 34 hours of teaching curriculum and testing procedures. Candidates receive thorough instruction in teaching all phases of the game, have a sound understanding of the golf swing and it's causes and effects, and have learned proven teaching techniques. All members of the USGTF examination staff have not only undergone extensive training, but have been teaching people how to teach golf around the world for many years.
The words "Certified Golf Teaching Professional®" and "Master Golf Teaching Professional®" are United States federal registered trademarks. The use of these names in any business or promotional marketing other than by USGTF or WGTF members is prohibited.
the time, effort, expense and pride in attaining your golf teaching
certification you definitely want to be affiliated with a legitimate
organization recognized worldwide, that can help you grow in the
More Facts to Consider:
- The USGTF was
established in 1989 and is the largest organization of golf
teaching professionals in the world with over 22,000 members
- The USGTF is 1 of 35 member nations that make up the World Golf Teachers Federation,
- A photograph
of our national office in Port St. Lucie, Florida can be seen on
- The USGTF has
personal use programs with all of the major golf manufacturing
companies as well as other industry partners
- Our member
publication “Golf Teaching Pro,” is the very best in the
industry and can be viewed online by logging onto
- We have United
States Federal registered trademarks on many of our brands
including Certified Golf Teaching Professional, Master Golf
Teaching Professional, United States Golf Teachers Cup, World
Golf Teachers Cup, United States Match Play Championship, etc.
- We have domain
names such as
- Our members
are able to participate in the annual United States Golf
Teachers Cup, the biennial World Golf Teachers Cup and the
annual World Golf Teachers Tour.
- The USGTF has a
unique, first of its kind online world forum,
www.wgtfmembers.com. This forum offers the opportunity for
golf teaching professionals to meet and network with other
teaching professionals throughout the world to discuss teaching
ideas and concepts.
- After twenty
years of certifying golf teaching professionals one of our new
initiatives, United States Golf Managers Association now offers
certification in golf club management and golf resort
- Only the USGTF and the WGTF are exclusively endorsed by the International PGA, Ltd.