Golf for Beginners
Golf can be one of the most frustrating sports for beginners. Water traps, sand traps and deciding which club to use can quickly and easily frustrate anyone taking to the golf course for the first time. Golf can test your patience… and your nerves! If you take the time to learn the game from the beginning, golf will become less frustrating and more enjoyable. The more you know about the game of golf the more likely you are to enjoy your golfing experience.
The first step in ‘learning the ropes’ of golf is to invest in the proper equipment. In order to golf, you are going to need a set of clubs. As a beginner, you may want to consider investing in a gently used set of golf clubs instead of spending thousands for top-of-the- line clubs – be sure you truly enjoy the sport before investing a lot of money. To start, you won’t need a full set of clubs. You can purchase a half set, but you will need a bag to carry your new clubs. A half set includes two ‘woods’ and five ‘irons’ – normally numbers 3, 5, 7, and 9 — and a wedge plus a putter. You may also want to invest in a pair of golf shoes and gloves.
Now that you have the gear, you may want to consider making a trip to the driving range to test out your new clubs. Grab a bucket of balls to work on your swing before taking to the golf course. If you’d like further instruction, consider hiring a certified instructor – a vast majority of golf courses will have instructors on staff. Instructors can help you to work on your swing and club strategy. Lessons will also help you to learn the rules of the game as well as course etiquette.
One of the keys to being successful at the game of golf is to hit the ball straight and the appropriate distance. Golfers also need to develop a smooth, fluid swing. Many new golfers will realize that their head needs to stay down and focused on the ball during a swing and to hit the ball at a maximum strength. Many new players will opt for short, par-3 courses before moving on to challenging 18-hole courses.
Keep in mind that many new players may find it more challenging to actually play a game of golf on a regulation course than to hit at the driving range or practice during a golf lesson. Remember, learning the ropes of the game takes time, practice and dedication.