Golf is a quite-complicated subject. Thanks to the latest technologies you can successfully teach online. Let’s find out together what exactly you need to do in order to be an online golf teacher.
If you want to teach golf online you have to:
- Outline Your Course
- Highly Optimized Title
- Delivery Method
- Monetizing Your Course
- Prepare The Equipment
- Create Your Training Content
- Host Your Course Online
Let’s jump in and determine the exact steps you need to take before teaching golf online.
Outline Your Course
This is the first and foremost step you need to perform when you start teaching online. The outline of your course is crucial because it guides all your other steps (i.e. preparing the equipment, creating training content for your course, etc.). Below I have listed three of the most important aspects you need to define before actually creating your course.
Highly Optimized Title
The title is the first thing your students will notice about your course. It is your best friend when it comes to marketing your course and recruiting golf enthusiasts. Make sure your title is both catchy and suitable for your content. This way, your students will be able to easily remember it.
Do not forget about Search Engine Optimization (commonly referred to as SEO). This is an amazing way of gaining new students and increasing the number of visitors that take a look at your course. SEO is some kind of free marketing because it allows you to be amongst the first results in relevant searches.
But let’s get more specific in terms of a highly optimized title. There are five key components of a great course title:
- Less than 60 characters – google only shows this many in search results
- Audience Focused – think of the level of your students
- Specific – narrow down the niche
- Entice the Students – catchy marketing name
- Using SEO keywords – using the google alphabet soup or keyword research methods
Make sure you use a catchy name for your course.
Golf is not the easiest subject you can teach online. However, using suitable delivery methods and creating appropriate training content allows you to increase the proficiency of the educational process.
The most popular delivery methods are:
- Third-Party Website
- Private LMS
- Training Package
- Audio Conference
- Video Conference
- Web Conference
- Live Virtual Classroom
Each option comes with certain pros and cons. When it comes to choosing what works best for you, you have to analyze both your needs and possibilities. In my opinion, online golf lessons work best with eLearning content. We will discuss later how exactly you will deliver your training content.
Monetizing Your Course
There are plenty of possibilities when it comes to monetizing your training content. If you are planning on creating this golf course to train your staff (golf instructors) then you can skip this section. Otherwise, I strongly suggest taking a careful look at the below-mentioned aspects.
Before deciding a starting price for your online golf course you need to take into account several aspects, such as:
- Hardware Cost (i.e. Laptop, Camera, Microphone, etc.)
- Software Subscriptions (i.e. Sony Vegas Pro, Adobe Photoshop, etc.)
- Hosting Solution (i.e. Learning Management System Subscription)
- Golf Equipment (i.e. Golf Club, etc.)
- Your Personal Time (Price Per Working Hour)
- Target Profit (~35% Of The Starting Price).
Using the above-mentioned aspects you will be able to determine a fair starting price for your online golf course. In order to get a better understanding of the pricing models you can apply on your golf course I suggest taking a look at the following article:
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Prepare The Equipment
Preparing the appropriate equipment is the next step you need to take when creating an online golf course. To make it easier for you to understand I have divided this step into two separate sections.
The most important pieces of physical equipment are:
- Laptop (or Computer)
- Video & Audio Recording Equipment
Laptop (Or Computer)
This is definitely a crucial piece of equipment when teaching online, regardless of the subject. Choosing a suitable laptop for your activities is kind of a tricky task. There are certain specifications you need to take into account when choosing a laptop/computer for online teaching. These characteristics include but are not limited to:
- Processor (Generation and Speed)
- Gigs of RAM
- SSD / HDD
Generally any computer less than 4 years old of around $500 will do for this style of training. For most training online an i3 or i5 Intel processor with 4 gigs of RAM with a solid-state disk (SSD) or 8 gigs so RAM with an older style hard drive is more than enough.
To learn more about which is the best computer setup for online teaching, I suggest reading the following article:
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Video & Audio Recording Equipment
If you are using a laptop then it probably has an integrated camera and a microphone. However, considering the flexibility requirements of this sport you will probably not be able to use it to record golf techniques demonstrations. Besides this, the quality of the built-in webcams is a poor one.
This is why I strongly advise against using any integrated piece of equipment when creating training content for your online golf course. My suggestion is to buy a dedicated setup for recording footage of yourself demonstrating certain golf techniques. This way, your students will enjoy high-quality videos and the teaching process will be a lot easier for all of you.
Preparing the appropriate software is a crucial step when creating an online course. To make things even easier for you I have prepared a list of the most popular applications you can use to create training content for your online golf course.
There are not that many uses of written materials when teaching golf online. However, here are some great applications you can use to create, edit, and manage text documents:
- Google Docs (free)
- Apache OpenOffice (free)
- EditPad Lite (free)
- Microsoft Word (paid)
- LMS Text Editors (free)
If you want to create digital golf training manuals you can use one of the following:
Here are the graphics editing applications available are:
- GIMP (free)
- Canva (free version/paid version)
- Adobe Photoshop (paid)
- Paint.NET (free)
- Corel (paid)
Among the most popular software used for audio recording and editing are:
- Audacity (free)
- Mixxx (free)
- FL Studio (paid)
- Adobe Audition (paid)
- Online Voice Recorder (free)
After you’ve finished recording your video, to edit the raw footage you can use:
- Movie Maker (free)
- OpenShot (free)
- Adobe Premiere (paid)
- Corel Video Studio (paid)
- Shortcut (free)
- iMovie (paid)
You can find out my personal recommendations for all of the above tools for all content types by taking a look at the Recommended Tools page. They are the ones I use myself.
Create Your Training Content
After gathering all the above-mentioned equipment it is time to actually create the training content you will be delivering in your online golf course. My suggestion is to take advantage of the resources that are available on the Internet. This way you will be able to guide yourself throughout the training content creation process.
Below I have listed a set of online golf resources you can make use of.
Free Online Golf Tips
This is a website created by the famous golf player Pete Styles. The resources available on this platform are sorted into intuitive categories, such as:
- Beginner Golf Tips
- Fix Golf Faults
- Golf Fundamentals
- Advanced Golf Tips
Golf Workout Program
This platform comes with plenty of interesting materials (both written and visual) that guides users throughout the process of learning how to play golf. The available materials include all kinds of helpful tips that you might need when taking up this sport.
Other interesting online golf resources are:
Host Your Course Online
After creating the training content for your golf course it is time to host it online. There are two main options you can choose from at this point. These options are:
- Learning Management System (LMS)
- Third-Party Teaching Platform
Each option comes with certain advantages and disadvantages. A Learning Management System allows you to gain full control over your content as well as the pricing model you apply to it. However, the marketing tasks are on your side too. You will have to advertise it yourself otherwise no students will come and enroll in your course.
Third-Party Teaching Platforms come with the great advantage of marketing. When uploading your training content on such a platform you gain access to a database of thousands of students that are ready to enroll in your course. You are visible in the search results on that specific platform. However, the main drawback of this hosting solution is related to the diminished earnings and flexibility.
The most popular LMS are:
The most popular third-party teaching platforms are: