HOW CGA TRAIN COACHES

Scott Cranfield set up CGA in 1996 because he believed that his ideas were worth sharing with a wider audience than he could reach by himself. To do this he knew the coaches would have to be extensively and continuously trained, that was as true in 1996 as today. When coaches start with CGA they are PGA qualified, which in itself is an extensive training program of at least 3 years, where they develop a good understanding of how to help gofers improve.

At CGA we have 5 levels for a coach to progress through. They achieve this by consistently being a part of CGA’s ongoing training program. Our training days are a minimum of 12 hours long and a mixture of theory and practical in all the key areas of performance, namely…

  • Technique
  • Mental Game
  • Physical
  • Tactical
  • Putting
  • Short Game
  • Practise Habits

It is this thorough and rounded approach that symbolises CGA’s coaching philosophy.
Below is more detail on each of the levels a CGA coach goes through.

CGA LEVEL CRITERIA

LEVEL 1

  • PGA Qualified, this is a minimum 3 years training. To become certified as a PGA professional the coach must become proficient in all the relevant areas from coaching to playing to repairing equipment! To achieve PGA status they must successfully complete course work and pass some final exams.
  • CGA – 4 Day Induction Training. An intensive course to introduce the coach to CGA’s holistic approach.
  • 20 hours of watching an experienced CGA coach at work.
  • Presentation on where their coaching has developed since the CGA training and why it is helping get more effective results.

Extras:

The PGA qualification requires a lot of work and dedication from the individual to pass. They have to be an all round professional. After qualifying many professionals then decide to specialise, this is where CGA often comes in. For many years CGA were the only organisation in the UK offering consistent ongoing training for coaches to develop their skills and knowledge, this may still be true today! As a result of this training CGA tends to attract those professionals with a real desire to coach and excel in helping others enjoy the game!

A level 1 CGA coach would already be one of the highest trained and skilled coach’s in the industry!

LEVEL 2

  • Successful Completion of LEVEL 1.
  • Presentation of 2 case studies to CGA panel.
  • A coaching session videoed and assessed
  • A minimum of 7 watching reports – this is where another CGA coach observes the coaching session and reports on the instructing coach’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Group coaching assessed.
  • A minimum of 6 assessment forms to be signed off by CGA Director of Coaching.
  • 10 written testimonials from clients
  • Present a summary on 2 books that have helped their development as a coach.
  • Personal Development – Report on where they expanded and developed their life beyond coaching to maintain a life/work balance.
  • Attended minimum of 3 CGA training days and 1 site visit training.
  • Customer care – an ability to look after clients’ needs, as demonstrated by CGA’s unique client management system.

Extras:

To pass level 2 a coach must be dedicated to their personal growth as well as business growth. The CGA holistic approach demands that coaches look at their own life as well as the focus of helping others; we promote the idea of “walking our talk!”

During the level 2 development the coach must demonstrate the ability to present his/her ideas to the group and demonstrate how they are improving client’s games. In addition they will need to dedicate extra time to study.

LEVEL 3

  • Successful Completion of LEVEL 2.
  • Presentation of 5 further case studies to CGA panel, 3 of them must be on short game.
  • A coaching session videoed and assessed.
  • Presentation of a case study that focussed primarily on the mental game, and no technique.
  • A minimum of 15 watching reports – this is where another CGA coach observes the coaching session and reports on the instructing coach’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • A minimum of 12 assessment forms to be signed off by CGA Director of Coaching.
  • 30 written testimonials from clients
  • Present a summary on 2 books (additional to level 2) that have helped your development as a coach
  • Present a case study where the coach has developed a client’s game using performance statistics.
  • Attended minimum of 10 CGA training days and 3 site visit trainings.
  • Customer care – ability to look after clients needs, as demonstrated by CGA’s unique client management system.
  • Biomechanics – Coach to Present 1 case study where they have developed a client’s technique via a biomechanical assessment and corrective program

Extras:

To pass level 3 takes a particular type of professional! To complete the work required to pass level 3 now means the coach is totally dedicated to consistent and never ending improvement in their life and work! Anyone passing level 3 will already have played a part in CGA training helping those with less experience to develop their career. Specific training at level 3 begins to focus on the mental game of golf, a coach at this level will be able to assess and coach most golfers out of slumps caused by their mental state!

LEVEL 4

  • Successful Completion of LEVEL 3.
  • Personal report on how coach has improved their coaching, this to include videoing themselves coaching to watch back.
  • Coaching Beliefs – 45-60 minute presentation on how the coach views the golf swing and how they coach it.
  • Presentation of 4 further case studies to CGA panel, 2 must be on short game.
  • Successfully completed NLP sports practioner course or equivalent!
  • Hosted a public seminar using extracts of CGA’s holistic model.
  • Given Scott or CGA’s director of coaching an awareness (mental game) style lesson.
  • A minimum of 15 watching reports – this is where another CGA coach observes the coaching session and reports on the instructing coach’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • A minimum of 20 assessment forms to be signed off by CGA Director of Coaching.
  • 45 written testimonials from clients.
  • Present a summary on 3 books (additional to previous levels) that have helped the coach develop their career and skills.
  • Present a summary on a health related book that has had an impact on their health knowledge and personal vitality.
  • A dissertation on ho the coach has developed their own health and fitness over the last 2-3 years.
  • Present a case study where they have developed a client’s game using performance statistics.
  • Biomechanics – Present 2 cases (in addition to previous levels) where they have developed a client’s technique via a biomechanical assessment and corrective program.
  • Attended minimum of 18 CGA training days and 8 site visit trainings.
  • Attended seminars on mind of a champion and magical concentration or equivalent.
  • Attended seminar on Demartini Method and Universal Laws.
  • Customer care – ability to look after clients needs, as demonstrated by CGA’s unique client management system.

Extras:

A level 4 CGA coach will be one of the most knowledgeable and skilled coaches in Europe! They will be in the top 2% of the industry. They will be a well balanced and rounded individual who has a good handle on the ‘bigger picture’ and all the options available to develop a golfer’s game. They will have demonstrated the skill of being flexible to the clients needs and despite their vast knowledge will always leave the client feeling empowered and never confused. In essence there will not be a case or situation that a level 4 coach can not help!

LEVEL 5

  • Successful Completion of LEVEL 4.
  • Personal report on how coach has improved their coaching, this to include videoing themselves coaching to watch back.
  • Coaching Beliefs – 45-60 minute presentation on how the coach views the mental game of golf and how they coach it.
  • Presentation of 4 further case studies to CGA panel, 2 must be on short game.
  • ‘Art of Coaching’ – coach to present for 20 minutes on what this title means to them.
  • Scott Cranfield Certification – Days coaching observed by Scott, minimum of 6 lessons.
  • A minimum of 25 watching reports – this is where another CGA coach observes the coaching session and reports on the instructing coach’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • A minimum of 28 assessment forms to be signed off by CGA Director of Coaching.
  • 60 written testimonials from clients. 5 must be specific to the mental game.
  • Present a summary on 2 books (additional to previous levels) that have helped the coach’s development.
  • Testimonial from a client/friend on how the coach has helped improve their health with a specific strategy.
  • Biomechanics – Present 2 cases (in addition to previous levels) where the coach has developed a client’s technique via a biomechanical assessment and corrective program.
  • Attended minimum of 24 CGA training days and 11 site visit trainings.
  • Additional learning – present a summary of 3 seminars attended outside of CGA that have helped the coaches career and/or personal development.
  • Training Others – presented 2 training sessions to the CGA group on subjects of the coach’s choice, minimum 30 minutes.
  • Presented 3 goals in action to Scott Cranfield/ CGA Director of Coaching for coach’s career/life. Goals to be a minimum of 30% developed.
  • Customer care – an ability to look after clients’ needs, as demonstrated by CGA’s unique client management system.

Extras:

A unique individual! A level 5 coach would be in the top 1% of golf coaches in The World! A level 5 CGA coach has proved the ability to help the games of beginners through to tournament professionals! Although the internal training at CGA would help take a coach to the highest level in the industry a level 5 coach has gone beyond this and attended several additional seminars to further their education and skills.

In addition to excelling at coaching golfers they have progressed and developed the skill of training other golf coaches.