What to do when I grow up?

8 12 2009

Finally after many years of not really knowing what I want to be when I am older (that’s different to growing up!) I have decided to follow my dream and try to make it as a teaching pro in golf.  There are certain requirements for this which are as follows:

1) Playing handicap of 4 or better.

2) P A T…. Playing Ability Test which is 3 rounds of golf under tournament conditions in which you may not shoot more than 24 over par. This is managed by the Swiss PGA and they choose the course and dates.

3) A job as an apprentice at a golf club in Switzerland.

Once I have met the requirements the course takes 3 years to complete with a mixture of long distance learning as well as time spent under a mentor (qualified pro). From my 2nd year I am allowed to give lessons. There are loads of lectures and work to do as well during the 3 years. There are other requirements which I meet already.

As my current Swiss handicap is 10.2 (South Africa 7/5) there remains a lot of work ahead of me. I would love to take you on this journey with me.

I will give you a weekly update with scores as well as my training methods. Part of this training will take place outside at the driving range in Waldkirch and some at the indoor range in Horn. I am also travelling to South Africa for a 3 week period in February to train/play and will consider going south (Italy, Spain or Tessin) to find some sun on my return.

Am I mad. What do you think? Please share your thoughts and ideas with me.






8 responses

9 12 2009

Dear Geoff,

I don’t know whether you are growing up, have grown up or are growing older. But ‘ours not to reason why’ go for it and the best of good luck to you!

1) You’ll have to work darn hard – but then you know that!

2) 24 over par – not exactly chicken’s feed!

3) a great opportunity

If you don’t mind, I’d like to give you a few points to think about on this journey – I didn’t say advice!!

Don’t be greedy, don’t take chances that aren’t necessary, don’t grab at things that aren’t yours yet -you’ll get them eventually, read a few good books (other than golf) to increase your motivation and desire to work (you will have a few ‘lows’ along the way) and be honest with yourself and others.

Though you might not agree, I know you rather well, Geoff and it would make me very happy indeed to see you accomplish your dream and be a success.

Would really like you to keep me posted – only when you have the time – and please remember two quotes – what the BIG GUYS say:

I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.
Arnold Palmer

You’ve got to figure out what works best for you. That’s the hard part. I know I can’t play as stoic as Hogan, and I can’t talk as much as Trevino. You have to be your own person.
Tiger Woods

All the best,



9 12 2009

Hi Dorothy

Many thanks for your kind comments and interest.

I will keep you posted and am currently trying to find a sensible way to publish my scores each time I play. I will back-date these to beginning November this year. It was then that I had a chat with the Swiss PGA CEO and he suggested that I would be a good candidate for teaching and should seriously consider doing the course. Support and inspiration has come from many quarters and now its time to make this come true.

Have a great day and a wonderful Christmas and New Year.



9 12 2009

Good on you, all the best.


9 12 2009

Thanks China, looking forward to doing this.

16 12 2009

Hi Geoff,
bin gerade erst mit dem Lesen Deines web blogs fertig geworden.
Mein Gott, man merkt daß Du ein “Golfverrückter” bist. Aber gerade das prädestiniert Dich
zu Deinem neuen Beruf. Ich habe schon bei unserem ersten gemeinsamen Spiel gemerkt,
welchen großen guten Einfluß du ausübst. Jedenfalls spiele ich mit Dir meistens viel besser.
Du bist der richtige Mann für den Beruf ! Ich hatte einen Freund, der hat auch sein Hobby
zum Beruf gemacht, mit großem Erfolg. (Pilot)
Also meine besten Wünsche dazu, ich bin sicher Du wirst ebenfalls viel Erfolg haben.
cheers Udo

16 12 2009

Hi Udo

Danke fuer deiner Ermutigung. Ich bin doch sehr ‘golfkrank’ aber das ist eine gesunde Krankheit!!!!!



21 12 2009

It is exactly a year since we met – and I appreciate that I had the opportunity to follow your course of decision making – and I am convinced you made the right decision – congratulations! There is one sentence I always remember from my first golfing lesson: ‘Don’t stop half way – follow through…’ . So – follow your dream, follow your destiny – and follow through!
Take care – and take me on your list of students!

21 12 2009

Hi Gerry

Thanks again for the help and kind words.

Seriously, thanks a lot. There has been nothing but encouragement by everyone that I tell or hears about this. I will start and finish this swing in perfect balance.

Look out Tiger I am on my way. Or should I warn some women? Never too sure…..ha ha.


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