So, you want to play Golf?
You must have seen your friends playing Golf and having their time. You also wish to be part of it. There is nothing wrong in wishing, but just wishing is not enough. You probably have no idea where to start and how to go about it. It is very crucial to rely on right guide than learning stuff from random friends and random articles. Even if their intention is good, it might not work best for you.
What do you need to do then?
Well, you can get professional golf players help. You should see a Golf coach to learn it the right way. This is the only effective way of learning Golf as this sport is not based on the traditional measures like your height, weight, etc. It is all about skills and strategies, which can only be learned correctly from a well versed Golf player. But to help you out, I will be revealing the Golf Digest for you to learn it as a beginner.
I will be summing it up for you. From choosing a club to excelling at Golf as a beginner, you will know everything. You might see Golf as knotty and complicated sport, but soon enough you will be familiar with the words like:
I will shepherd you through basic mechanics and fundamental Golf tips to get you started with Golf. So, Read on to know more.
Little about Golf
Golf is an outdoor sport, which is played using a club and a ball. Various clubs can be used to hit the ball into different holes located on course with minimum strokes. The holes can be 9 or 18 in number. It is said to be originated in 15 the century in Scotland. So, all you will be doing is playing a hole on a Golf course by hitting a ball with a club on the teeing ground. The teeing ground can also be called as tee or tee box. It is just an area where play begins in a golf hole.
Starting with Clubs
Getting your equipment right is the key to playing any sport. Same goes for golf; you need to choose right kind of Clubs for yourself. But wasting your savings on a brand new Clubs with little idea about them is useless.
- Before emptying your pockets, focus on practicing your skills at minimum expense. So, do not focus much on buying part and practice learning more.
- Even though you are allowed to carry 14 clubs in your bag, you would not need that much when you are a novice golfer.
- You can start with a sand wedge club that has an “S” on a loft or a sole with 54 to 56 degrees.
- You can have a six iron, an 8-iron, and a fairway wood, hybrid with loft, a pitching wedge, a putter and a driver.
- These clubs are easier to learn how to get airborne.
- You can also opt for used drivers and putters; you can buy them online to practice golf.
- You might want to opt for woods with more lofts. The extra loft will help you getting the ball in the air easily and avoids sidespin.
- 10 degrees of loft and 17 degrees of fairway wood would be suitable for you as a newbie. Also, make sure you use irons with the wider sole.
- A forgiving iron should measure about the width of two fingers. This will help you make shots on a higher trajectory.
Choosing the Ball
Choosing the right kind of ball is as much importance as correct ball position. You can purchase balls on a sliding scale. It will be based on how much you lose in around. As a newbie, you would want to buy cheaper balls as you will be losing more. Start with buying balls of $20 per dozen. As you excel and lose only a sleeve per round, you can go for $30 or $40 per dozen balls. Prefer a big golf shop to buy quality balls that are just made for prospective golfers.
How to Start Playing Golf?
Getting started is often the hardest part in playing golf. You need to be clear with the motive that drives you to learn Golf. Is it because your friends play it? How much money and efforts are you ready to put into matters too. So, decide well before, because you got to start from the basic and will need the patience to get your shots perfect. All that will stop you from quitting would be your motivation and desire to learn.
Seek Expert Advice
As you are just starting out and much unaware about golf, you are in good position. Yes, it means that you have not acquired bad habits from learning from here and there, from friends and from following random instructions. So, be in good hands and find a PGA professional to guide you. Plenty of them are experienced enough to teach you right.
Warm Up before Playing
You would want to have a range routine for yourself. Even if you feel the urge to see how far you can hit that golf ball, you must resist the temptation of ripping the drivers. If you swing for long distance, you will go out of sync.
You must warm up your golf muscles with starting with small or half swings. Use small icons first and then you can increase the speed and length of your swings using middle irons. Again you can go back to short irons and keep your tempo in check.
Time to Learn the Shots
You will be spending a lot of your time with putters and wedges. Goof thing about learning shots is that you can practice them even in your backyard as they don’t need to belong swings. You can also practice shots while at your home. You can also try from different distances and slopes. This will make you ready for any course and will also teach you some strategies by yourself.
Learn to Chip
Amateur golfers often overlook this important area. Even though you would not need to use chip shots for each hole, a chip shot can save you in every impossible situation. Chipping quite resembles a pitch shot, except that it will be even shorter than a swing. When you are about 25 yards closer to the hole, you can hit a chip shot. Your feet position, body stance, ball’s position, etc. will determine the success of your shot.
Learn to Determine the Distance
Now, when you have started hitting shots in the right direction, the next thing that would come naturally is determining the distance to the target.
- This helps you to predict how far your ball should go.
- This will also help you to pick up the right club for each shot.
- Yardage markers would help you with distance.
- Markers will be set 150 yards from the green.
- Some courses will also have markers at 100, 200 or 250 yards with different colors.
- You can also have on-cart GPS, which will show the position from landmark to cart’s position on the small monitor.
- It will also show the hazards, flagsticks, and bunkers in between.
- Most of the courses are GPS equipped and if yours is not then you can have your personal handheld GPS monitor.
Learn Bunker Shots
Start with greenside bunkers. These are obstacles set for golfers. As they are placed close to greens, they are known as greenside bunkers. Next one is fairway bunker. To hit a bunker shot, make sure you don’t let your club touch the ground. Otherwise, it will be a penalty. Hit full swings to get better results.
So, these steps will keep you going with Golf as a beginner. To learn difficult and professional shots, you must clear your fundamentals first. Before you head on to buy stuff and start playing, you must know some Golf etiquettes and rules before jumping in the golf course.
Golf Etiquettes You Must Know
You can find golf rules and etiquettes in detail USPGA website. But, to start with you must know few things.
- You should not play with ground or flatten it to improve, but you are allowed to remove debris.
- You cannot ground your club at hazards like Bunkers, water hazards, ditch, etc.
- You must follow path and rules.
- You should not interrupt the golfers taking shots and remain quite around them.
- You must not obstruct other players.
- You must attend flag for partners.
- Taking your cell phone is considered rude, so put it switched off or in silent mode.
- You must not walk in other player’s line.
- Have respect for each person on the course and be courteous.
This comprehensive guide will help you to start with your Golfing dream. You need not scare off with so many rules and regulation, as you will learn it bit by bit. You can also be a decent golf player and enjoy the sport. Happy Golfing!