Re: Anyone know alot about the PGTAA ?
Originally Posted by GPHSGolfer
PGTAA is the poor man's PGA. As far as credibility, they have just about none. Basically the PGTAA is an "easy way out" for aspiring pros that want to teach but can't really play or don't have years to commit to the PGA progam and work for a PGA pro. That doesn't mean that a PGTAA pro isn't a good teacher, but you simply won't find any PGTAA pros at any reputable golf club. They end up teaching at driving ranges and low-end muni tracks.
To enter the PGA program you have to pass a playing ability test on a predetermined date. 36 holes in one day from roughly 6300 yards, easy pins. You have to shoot no more than 15 shots over the course rating. So, given a rating of 70, that means you have to shoot 77-77 to make it. To be a Class A PGA pro the requirements are much more demanding, including several years of apprenticeship. The PGTAA playing ability requirements are much more lax. They require 4 previously attested score cards (within 90 days) of 83 or less on a par 72 course.
There are plenty of good teachers out there, and some PGTAA pros are very good. But to have real credibility as a teacher or coach the PGA is the way to go. Let's face it, would you really want to take a lesson from someone who theoretically can't break 80? I want to be a doctor, but I'm not smart enough to pass the MCAT. Good thing there isn't a "National Medical Practitioner's Association" for the people that don't quite make the cut. That would be ugly...
Hope I'm not killing a dream or anything! If you really want to teach golf, you could start as a PGTAA pro, but should aspire and work towards your PGA apprenticeship.