The Golf Coaching Praxis Certificate provides an opportunity for those working in elite golf performance to complete a program of study focused on developing the most conducive environment for young elite golfers.
The Certificate is equally as valuable for coaches working with golfers of all ages and abilities as it focuses on all aspects of skill development and game improvement strategies.
It is an innovative and original initiative, capable of providing a high level, vocationally focused award that will enhance an individual’s coaching, management and leadership skills.
The program is designed to include three levels of information about golf coaching. This first level is an introduction to key elements of coaching and will include a mixture of theory and practical information and provide coaches with the knowledge and understanding of the mechanics, the golfer’s body and the golfer’s mind.
Short Course / CPD
Online (no attendance)
School of Sport and Wellbeing
No Partner College
November and January starts. 10 planned for November as a pilot, 20 planned for January
Emphasis is placed on the coach practicing and learning skills, not just remembering facts and information
Unit 2 is about learning. It has an emphasis on how motor skills are developed and learned by golfers. Secondly, there is an entire section on Pedagogy (the study of learning/teaching).
Remember that you will be learning how to teach as well as teaching others so you need to develop skills such as reflection (to evaluate your own performances as a teacher/coach)
Various new technologies have emerged over the last 20 years that have required the golf coach know the strengths, limitations and the nature of the data that emerge from these devices. Typical technologies that will be covered include pressure measuring devices, video cameras, launch monitors and 3D biomechanical systems.
The final unit (Unit 3) has its focus on the “administrative” side of coaching. You will begin to understand how to teach players to prepare for tournaments, develop yardage books, scout a course and determine the design features that the architect had in mind when playing different holes.
You can choose to work through each unit and module content in any order you wish to, although we have structured the materials so that there is a natural flow of information from one topic to the next.
Through the VLE we can monitor your progress and support you in the tasks you are asked to complete. Once these tasks have been completed you can move onto the next topic at your own pace.
Unit 1 – Supporting Young Golfers
In this Unit you will cover the core knowledge that we need as coaches to support and develop our athletes.
Key areas that underpin our practice such as Long Term Athlete Development, Motor Learning and Skills Acquisition are covered in detail, as well as those elements which contribute to our athletes success ie. Biomechanics, Technology and Sport Psychology.
Unit 2 – Developing Young Golfers
In this Unit we focus on those coaching behaviours that are critical in order to support our golfers' progress and development. Initially we look at the Coaching Process itself and how we teach and instruct our players. We then go on to the specifics of how we can recognise and cater for our players different learning styles and preferences, how we create a strong coach player relationship, and how we prepare the best talent development environment to support our players.
Unit 3 – Managing Young Golfers
In this Unit we now look towards how coaches directly influence their players' performance and careers through their work and management processes. Initially we focus on the two areas of how we direct quality practice and maximize players' preparations for tournament golf. We then focus on the importance of us developing a strong coaching philosophy which can guide our professional practice and the ethical choices we face.
Finally we look at the current working environment in which we operate, the pressures, tools and best business practices which we can use to develop our business and careers.
We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.
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For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.Application should be made via the Application Form and returned to Hazel Lund Hlund@uclan.ac.uk
In case of difficulty, please contact
Dr David Grecic
School of Sport and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire