Golf is a popular sport that many people love to play as a mean of distraction and recreation. Hence is not uncommon for people at the office to go for some holes in the weekend to distract themselves. However, you might have turn down the idea many times because you have no clue how to play golf.
If you are interested in playing, but you have no idea where to start, you have reached to the perfect place. Golf is a wonderful sport for people of all ages due to slow peace and technique focused gameplay. While it´s true that many people turn down the game because it looks intimidating, it is also true that the learning curve is not that big and you can easily enjoy golf in no time after a few plays. Is a matter of just making the decision.
Keeping it simple
Golf can sound simple; you just hit a ball with a club into a small hole located some yards away from the starting point. That´s the simple part, but once you start learning more about the game, the etiquette, the plays, club selection you enter into a world that can be really intimidating.
But if you break the process and go for one thing at a time, you then can make important progress in your game. To help you, we have gathered a few tips that every starting player should take into consideration.
Borrow clubs or get a beginner set.
If you are approaching the game for the first time, it might be a good idea to borrow some clubs, or if you are really serious about the game you can get a beginner set to put you on the right track. These set will have all the basic clubs you will need.
For any golf starter, a beginner set will have all the clubs you need, a driver, a wood, a wedge, some irons and the ever present putter. If you are taking classes, your instructor might have a set he can lend you to help you get started.
When you start improving and falling in love with the game, you can get a set of your own. But for now, focus on enjoying learning how to play.
It´s all about the swing.
Having a good swing technique is a one of the most important things of all the process. This can make or break your golf experience. So the best thing you can do is to take lessons from a professional who can teach you the proper fundamentals.
Consistency is key.
Golf is a game that has complex mechanics, so taking one 30 min lesson and thinking you are ready to go might be a regretful mistake. Learning how to swing is something that takes some time, and different clubs have different mechanics so you won´t definitely be learning everything in just a class. Aim or taking at least 6 weeks of classes and be sure of practicing extensively everything you have learn.
Learn the terminology.
At first you might not need to learn too much about the rules and terminology as you will be rarely going to the field until you learn how to properly hit the ball. However, don´t forget to start learning the terms, the rules, the etiquette and how the game flows. If you have a friend who knows how to play the game, you can learn on the fly as you play some friendly matches. This is definitely one of the best ways to learn.
Speaking about friends…
Get a partner.
Yes, golf can be a daunting experience if you are alone. But the best advice you can have as a beginner is to trying to get a companion that knows about the game. This can be one of the biggest challenges, but it will make your experience more enjoyable. Golf is a sport that can be played with anyone, no matter their skill.
If you are having a hard time finding somebody to play, you might want to check on the local courses, sometimes there are groups that make arrangements to play. Make sure to get on those and enjoy!
Get on the course.
When you are ready to go, don´t be afraid to get on the course. Obviously going for a full 18 holes is not advisable, but there are many other options that you might try. A 9 hole can be a good starting point once you are ready to visit the field.
There´s definite a difference between the driving range and a full golf course, so expect some adjusting time. Ask about what are the easier holes on the course and start on those. Remember, you are still learning, so don´t focus too much on keeping the score. Have fun and enjoy.
Take one step at a time.
Don´t put too much pressure over your shoulders. If you take it too seriously at the beginning it can become a very frustrating experience. At first, focus on learning the mechanics, the rules, the etiquette of the game. If you are the least experienced of the group, don´t worry, most people will be happy to help you improve and will vow to make your experience unique.
Welcome to this amazing sport, if you want to stay in the loop and keep making improvements, don´t forget to bookmark this site and come back from time to time to receive more tips to improve faster in your journey.