We are at the beginning of 2019, and we can bet that for many of you, one of the New Year resolutions is to be more active. Why not take up a new sport then? Why not golf? Even though golf can seem complicated and scary, it is not. In movies, we can usually see tons of clubs and hear players talk in complicated slang, but golf is not as scary as it sounds. Here’s a short guide for complete golf beginners, which will explain the basics to you.
Equipment you’ll need
If you are a beginner, you only need a few clubs. The essentials are as follows: a driver, a putter, a sand wedge. Some types of clubs are made exclusively for beginners, and you should take advantage of that. One of the most important pieces of advice for beginners is not to invest in a full set of very expensive clubs until they get the hang of the game.
It’s not essential for a beginner to buy new clubs – you can get discounted or used clubs in most large general sports stores or specialized golf stores. Before you decide which clubs to buy, go to a driving range or a golf shop and ask to try 6-iron clubs with both regular-flex and stiff-flex, and one of those should be easier to control, and once you decide which one, you have found out a shaft flex you’ll be using for all your clubs.
Clubs are not the only equipment you will need if you are starting to play golf. You will need a golf bag that will carry all your clubs – it doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but it must be sturdy, so it can do its job.
You will also need tees on which you put the balls, as well as some balls. As a beginner, you will probably be losing a lot of them so don’t purchase very expensive golf balls.
Another important thing to keep in mind is to protect your hands from swings. After several swings without protective golf gloves, your hands will probably blister. Golf gloves also serve another purpose – you can keep a firm grip on the club, even if you’re sweating.
Proper golf shoes are also essential on the golf course – golf shoes should provide enough traction and grip, so you can have a good form when playing, and they should be comfortable as well.
Starting to play
If you are a complete beginner, you probably don’t know much about golf, which isn’t bad because you haven’t still acquired many bad golf habits players tend to have. It’s recommended that as a beginner you take lessons, so you can learn proper form and good habits which will last your entire golfing career.
It’s very important to find an instructor you trust and who fits your personality – that way you will learn quickly, and lessons won’t bore you. Your instructor should teach you basics – grip, posture, swing and when and how to use different clubs. If your budget is tight, you can even take group lessons that usually cost only a fraction of the cost of private lessons. Group lessons are a great way to meet other fellow golfers who are still learning and make some new friends and future golf partners.
As you begin to play, start on a practicing range, not the golf course itself because the range is meant as a place where you’ll be able to get acclimatized to the game. After you learn the basics, you can move on to the golf course.
Golf is a thrilling and beautiful game, and if your New Year resolution is to learn how to play golf, you should go for it. Visit your local club and see what they offer, ask your friends and acquaintances who play golf for advice, and most importantly – have fun!