As states are starting to loosen up restrictions that prevented golf courses from being open, many golf teachers who were prevented from giving lessons are going to be able to return to the lesson tee. This is obviously good news for those who have been sidelined for several weeks.

In teaching in the current COVID-19 environment, the instructor must consider the students’ concerns if a golf lesson can be safely given. We believe the answer to that question is a resounding “Yes!” The Centers for Disease control guidelines currently recommend the wearing of masks in indoor settings where “other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission” (CDC website). So, if you’re teaching indoors, students may be more comfortable if you’re wearing a mask, as remaining more than six feet apart while teaching can be difficult. Another measure to be considered, whether teaching inside or outside, is to have hand sanitizer and antiseptic wipes readily available.

There is no telling at this writing when all restrictions may be loosened permanently. Until then, it is best to remain vigilant in our effort to combat the COVID-19 virus. The USGTF headquarters will continue to work together with our members in doing our part to exchange better ideas on how to make golf teaching safer and more efficient in order to get over difficulties during the these times.

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