The PGA is very proud of the quality and standard of coaches, club fitters, managers, event organisers and game developers it produces through its three year Diploma programme.

But the real beneficiaries are the thousands of golfers who regularly take coaching sessions or have their equipment fitted correctly with their local PGA pro.

If you’ve never considered teeing up some coaching or having a professional equipment service, here’s five reasons why it be worth taking the plunge and making 2018 the year you took your golf game to another level.

1. It can be a hugely rewarding and enjoyable experience (some might even say fun). Having an expert PGA Professional exclusively working on your game is a real buzz particularly when you work together to establish goals for your game – whether simply getting round the course more successfully or more ambitious aims of reaching the single figure handicap target you’ve coveted for years.

2. Golf is rewarding for those who like to challenge themselves and having your equipment professional set up for you helps you realise your potential which includes being able to hit the ball further, straighter and more consistently with the net result of enjoying your golf a lot more.

3. In the digital age and with a plethora of golf instruction articles in magazines or on the internet, it’s easy to get information overload. Fortunately PGA Professionals have the knowledge to tell you what’s best for you rather than being influenced by some random tip you’ve seen in the latest magazine.

4. Strategy! If most club golfers had a PGA pro on their bag for their weekly round they would shave off at least three or four shots through better course management. As the saying goes there’s more than one way to skin a cat and PGA pros are adept at helping their pupils score better.

5. A PGA professional is for life! A coaching session or equipment set up needn’t be just a one off hence the PGA’s preference for the term coaching. Most of us will play golf for many years so having a PGA professional that gets to know your game over the years is priceless.