Starting any new hobby can be daunting, and golf is no exception. When everyone around you seems to know what they’re doing, it can be tough to get started. But don’t let that put you off from enjoying golf. Though it might seem complicated at first, golf is a game that can be played and enjoyed at all levels.
So what do you need to do to get started?
1) Find a Social Golf Club
There is no shortage of golf clubs, but some will be more beginner-friendly than others. To make sure that you’re learning in an encouraging and friendly atmosphere, look for a club that actively participates in social golf.
Joining a social golf club will help you to learn the basics and improve your skills without pressure from serious and highly skilled players. In a social club, you can take your time and build up your skills. But of course, joining a social club doesn’t mean you can’t also be competitive.
2) Get the Right Clubs
Although you can carry a maximum of fourteen clubs in your bag, you most certainly won’t need this many when you’re starting out. To begin with, you can make do with clubs such as a driver, and a putter, complemented with a few middle irons, aswell as pitching and sand wedge. These types of clubs are easier to get airborne and are beginner-friendly. For more advice on choosing the right clubs, see this article. Oh, and make sure you get a golf glove (see these cool golf gloves).
3) Try Before You Buy
When you join a golf club, it’s tempting to spend countless dollars on all the right kit and equipment. But don’t waste your money on top of the range gear too early. Give yourself a chance to try before you buy.
Once you’ve got a bit more experience under your belt, a club fitting will help you to get the most out of your equipment. But in the meantime, many stores offer discounted or used clubs. When starting out, these are a great option which will save you from overspending before you know what you really need. Don’t be afraid to try these out in-store before making a purchase.
4) Invest in Lessons
If you’re just starting out, your best is to get a handle on all the golf basics with a lesson. This will help ensure that you built a solid foundation of skills and don’t develop bad habits. Remember, if you’re not sure, you don’t have to invest in twenty lessons straight away. Start with committing to one lesson to dip your toes in the water. If you enjoy yourself, you can commit to a few more. You may also wish to read these beginner tips.
5) Shop Around for Teachers
The try before you buy method is true for teachers as well as equipment. Everyone is different and we all have different strengths and weaknesses. Finding the right teacher is about finding someone who works well for you. Remember, this might not be the same person who works well for your friend. Find someone you are comfortable with who can help you to build on your skills. If you’re happy with you’re teacher, you are more likely to keep practising!
Golf can be a wonderfully rewarding pastime. And whilst all the lingo, equipment, etiquette and skills may seem intimidating at first, with a little bit of guidance you too can start learning, playing and enjoying the game. Start by taking an introductory lesson and then build up from there. Don’t waste money on buying all the best gear before you really know what you’re doing. Buy second-hand clubs or rent until you get to know your way around a golf course. Finding the right social golf club will also help ensure that you are learning in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere.