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The funny thing about pressure is that it can either help or hurt your play on the golf course.

Most golfers have trouble believing that pressure can fuel performance and even fewer golfers buy into the fact that pressure is necessary to perform at your peak.

Here are the reasons why pressure gets a bad reputation:

--Many golfers equate pressure with anxiety - "When I’m faced with a difficult shot, I get so anxious."

--Many golfers attribute mistakes to pressure – "There was too much pressure on the 18th hole that I drove the ball right into the sand."

--Many golfers believe that pressure is an all-or-nothing proposition – "I was calm on the first two holes, then pressure took over."

--Many golfers conclude that pressure leads to failure – "I was overwhelmed by the pressure and choked during the round." Or, "I always play badly when I’m under pressure."

It’s all a matter of perspective.

These major events have seen some of the best golfers in the world succumb to pressure.

In the majors, there are so many factors that could potentially add to the pressure; crowds, top competition, media attention, rankings and prize money.

Therefore, to succeed on the Tour, a golfer needs to be able to regulate pressure and focus on their game.

LPGA golfer, Georgia Hall, was up against a lot in the 2018 Women’s British Open. At 22 years-old, Hall was competing in her first Tour event, which so happened to be a Major.

Those two aspects alone could raise the "pressure bar" to insurmountable heights.

Hall dueled Pornanong Phatlum throughout the final round and only took the lead for the first time after a 20-foot putt for birdie at the 16th hole.
After taking the lead, Hall stayed steady and won the tournament by two strokes.

How did Hall regulate pressure, remain composed, stay focused and win the biggest tournament of her life?

Hall viewed the final round as a challenge, not as a crisis.

Hall’s "challenge" mindset was the key in helping her hit successful shots down the stretch to take the title with a final round of five-under-par 67, which included six birdies, and gave her a finish of 17-under 271.

HALL: "I was loving it deep down, hitting the shots under pressure. To get six birdies in the final round of a major is not bad."

"Loving it" are not the words many golfers would use to characterize their experience with pressure but when you see the challenge in the shots you are facing, there is an excitement that fills your mind instead of worry.

It is the sense of excitement that helps you rise up to the challenge no matter what scenario you are facing.

You can learn effective strategies to manage pressure and perform your best in a vast array of golf circumstances.

A present moment focus is key to manage the pressure you feel.

Using Pressure in a Positive Way

The pressure you experience is directly related to your perspective of the situation. If you don't think you can cope, you will feel stress.

Start by questioning your thinking at the moment about what you feel.

"Do I always miss 10-foot putts or is that something I am exaggerating at this moment?"

"If I miss this shot, does it negate all the good shots I’ve made?"

"Even though I just double bogeyed, what can I do to make up some, over the next few holes?"

Think: pressure will help me be alert and focus my best. When you're alert, you have higher intensity, which leads to better focus.

As my mentor Ken Ravizza used to say, "Get the butterflies to fly in formation," don't fear the added adrenaline and energy.

By PGTAA member Dr. Patrick Cohn
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Next to the PGA, the PGTAA  certification and credentialization is the most highly sought after teaching designation in the golf industry. In recognition of the industry’s growth, and in response to the demand for qualified teaching professionals, the PGTAA was established to provide extensive training to individuals as well as recognized golf teachers with years of experience behind them.

Not only will we teach you how to teach correctly, but also how to psychologically and philosophically motivate your students to become better golfers.

Becoming a PGTAA professional is probably one of the most important steps you will take during your professional golfing career. Becoming associated and certified by the PGTAA not only enhances your credibility but also enhances your teaching skills for the benefit of your future students and, naturally, your earning capacity.

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Please don’t be fooled by imitators of the Professional Golf Teachers Association of America. It has come to our attention that several other organizations are attempting to hijack our reputation, our certification designations, mimic our unique programs, especially our Home Study module, and in some cases, leverage even our name as their own. The name “Professional Golf Teachers Association of the United States”, formerly operated by National Golf Schools has ceased to exist after a settlement was reached between the parties.

The Professional Golf Teachers Association of America is and always will be the foremost 100% professional golf teaching certification institute in the world.

While these other programs and teaching organizations direct their marketing materials and resources to the targeting of all applicants (to cover their extensive advertising and marketing costs), whether qualified or not, the PGTAA’s philosophy and target market is that individual/golfer who desires to be a teaching professional in the field and not just an enthusiast. Since 1997 our mandatory personal telephone interview helps the PGTAA maintain their high level of members appreciated by all in the golf industry .

We do not offer various levels of certifications designed to separate you from your money and whose “membership/certification/levels of instructor” cards are useless and of zero value in the golf industry.

When comparing the PGTAA to ANY other teaching institution, whether PGA, LPGA or USGTF, our cost to become a fully certified golf teaching professional is $995.00 via the Home Study module or $2495.00 via the On-Site module. Going through the certification programs of the aforementioned organizations will cost you in excess of $5,000.00!

Most importantly, the PGTAA is 100% all about teaching.

The PGTAA has over 50 Tour players including Master’s, PGA and US Open Champions, who avail themselves of our members teaching expertise.

There is only one Professional Golf Teachers Association of America, and you can always find us at

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