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  1. I think I have a romanticized view of it, but being outside all day, teaching, working with people. That'd be great. Folding shirts, the administrative tasks, not so much. But I suppose the latter is as much a part of the job as the former, or even more of the job than the former. So, a pipe dream for a job that doesn't actually exist!
  2. Well, I'm an English professor too. Would love to hear your story.
  3. I hear you. Glad to hear things are better on the outside. I'm seeing more of the cancer everyday.
  4. For practice, I found these two threads on Reddit helpful. (Don't know if its kosher to link to another golf forum, but, here I go . . .)
  5. Yes, I do get to interact with students, but the pandemic has really changed higher ed. And, yes, higher ed is broken in many ways and there are a lot of things that need to be changed––but there is much less in-person interactions now. All meetings are online. Faculty Senate is online. Advising students is online. Meeting in the classroom with students is about the only in-person contact I get. Otherwise, everything is on the screen. My apple laptop gives me a report of how much time I spend on the screen each day . . . it isn't pretty. Teaching pro isn't the only job I'm considering. I guess I want something where I get to work with my hands and with people in-person.
  6. Yeah, I know. But when so much of my life is lived in front of a screen, I just wish there were some arenas where I could get away from it. I think that's one appeal of teaching golf––you get to interact with real people, doing real things, holding real objects.
  7. I guess I'm just a romantic, but I love the idea of teaching without data. I saw a video on YouTube a while ago where a guy got fit by Miura without using any tech––just looking at the ball flight, hearing the sound, watching the swing, etc. There's a certain beauty in that. And it takes decades to learn the swing in that deep sense. And, yes, I realize a fitting and teaching are different, but the ability to see a swing and understand what's happening there without having to rely on tech––that's so beautiful. And, the more I think about it, the sport is moving away from that. People want numbers, they want data. I'm a relic. I guess that's why I find Golftec repulsive. Teaching well is more than just looking at a screen and spouting off numbers. And, just to clarify, this isn't an attack on what you said at all. I realize the above reads as harsh. More of a reaction against tech (a hangup of mine) rather than a response to you in particular. I agree with what you say here: it's really hard to be a truly professional golf teacher.
  8. Yeah, ten years––that seems to be about par for the course. I'm a professor, and it took 11 years of schooling before I could land my position. Takes time to learn a profession. Which is why switching is so hard. Takes a lot of time to learn a profession well.
  9. What do you mean by the days of teaching the fundamentals are over?
  10. That's too bad. Doesn't seem very conducive for people wanting to change careers. It'd be nice if they had a way to work on the certification while still keeping your day job.
  11. Yeah, that's my concern. Wondering if I could maintain my current job, do the teaching pro prep on the side, and then slowly transition over. But, as you describe it, that time working toward Class A sounds rough.
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