Skip to main content

Beginners Golf Guide

Many new players are looking for a beginners golf guide to help them start playing the great game. Many find just trying to play the sport is difficult within itself and they have not even tried to swing at a ball…yet.
Below you will find many tricks and tips that will help you navigate through the wealth of information for beginner golfers. We will simply list a topic and say a few words about it. A link on a phrase will take you to more information on the particular phrase.
Before you fully commit yourself to the game, you may want to just try it out without completely diving into the pool so to speak. I understand and do that with new activities that I am interested in as well. There are always to get a little taste before you buy the cow. Again, reading this beginning golf guide before you dive in can save you time and money.

Golf Equipment 
Who wants to spend a lot of money to try out a new activity? Not me! When I go bowling, I use a house ball at the bowling alley. When I go roller skating, I rent my skates at the rink. Why would I spend money on new skates for something that I am not sure that I want to keep doing? I think the same is true for golf. If you are just learning how to play the game, many facilities and/or instructors will l loan you clubs from either their lost and found or rental sets to get you to come out to the course. I have personally done this with many students that were just starting. Just ask them. If they are not willing to help get your started, then it is time to find another facility or another instructor.
  • Buy One Club At A Time - Opposed to popular belief, you do not need a full set of clubs to start playing the game. In fact, if you are just starting, I would suggest against it. Manufactures will now let you purchase one club at a time. The minimum purchase would depend on how you are planning to “try out” the game. If you enjoy just hitting balls on the driving range then you will only need one club (suggest a 7 or 9 iron) If you are going to go onto the course I suggest a 3 wood, 5 or 6 iron, 7 or 8 iron and a pitching wedge (PW) and a putter. I highly recommend that you begin by taking lessons or learning how to play the game from on or around the greens by putting on the greens and moving just off of the green with a pitching wedge. As you get better, you can add clubs to your set. Most players, as they start, tend to hit many of their clubs the same distance just because they do not know how to use the club properly yet.
  • Get A Putter That Fits You - I know this sounds expensive but it does not have to be by following these simple steps. 1. Find a putter that you like the way it looks. Trust me, as you start “test driving” putters, you will wonder how you could ever make a putt with some while other putters look like you will never miss! 2. Make sure the putter head sits flat to the ground. If it does not, you may have to manipulate the putter just to get a short putt to roll on the correct starting line. On the same note, you want the putter shaft to point directly up your forearm farthest away from the hole. 3. Make sure that you can take your grip and your right palm (right-handed) is equal to the putter face. 4. As you stroke a few putts with it, how does it feel? Is it too heavy or light? Does it feel too hard or soft when you make contact? Is it the right length?
Get Golf Lessons 
Instruction comes in many forms today. The format that you enjoy the most will depend on your goals, personality and learning style. Here are a few of the available formats:
  • Private Golf Lessons - You can go the traditional method and take a private lesson from a professional. With a private lesson, you do receive one on one attention from the instructor, they are typically more expensive and some players are very intimidated by this format.
  • Golf Class or Clinic - This format is the way many players are first introduced to the game as it is less expensive. Typically, you will get a presentation of the fundamental to be worked on at the beginning of class and then a small amount of one on one time with the teacher during the session. Many people play the game for social reasons and this is a great format for them to learn the game.
  • Online Golf Academy - If you are intimidated by being face to face with a professional and you think you might look silly in front of a group, a new way to take instruction is through an online academy. You can get the information anywhere or anytime as long as you have an internet connection. You can also progress at your own pace and review material as needed.
Finding A Golf Teacher 
Finding an instructor is going to be like finding many of the other professionals that you use such as doctors lawyers or accountants. If you know some others that are already talking lessons, ask them about their experiences with their current teacher. In addition, don’t be scared to “interview” them or ask questions about their method or how they conduct a lesson before you get started. Many of the questions that you should ask prior to taking a lesson are outlined in the previous link.

Rules of Golf 
Even after you have been playing for some time, the rules can seem daunting and overwhelming at times. I have good news for you though… since you are just learning and not playing in an organized tournament or for business, you can make up your own rules to make it fun. One of the rules that I tell my new players to break is go ahead and put a tee in the ground…anywhere that you have a full swing. If this allows you to get the ball up in the air and have fun playing a casual round then who cares! Use this beginner’s golf guide and start to enjoy the great game today. If you have any other questions feel free visit (!

Popular posts from this blog

Can You Benefit From iPhone Golf Lessons?

Wireless Golf Coach is often asked if iPhone golf lessons are good to take. Of course, that is a loaded question for us. As with any type of instruction, you will need to find a qualified golf instructor. Once you feel that you are getting good information from one source you should be off to the races. Unfortunately, many players try to use every quick tip or instruction that they hear. Guess what…it is not all good for you! You need to have personalized online golf lessons in order to make it work.

Who is an iPhone golf lesson good for? 
The great part about learning golf on your iPhone is that it is on your terms. You can read articles, watch videos or watch a golf webinar. The format of the webinar will change from instructor to instructor. However, most of the time you can be as anonymous as you want to be. Many times you will be typing your question and the instructor will read and answer it on camera. If you are a social butterfly, you will be able to meet other golfers and sta…

Putting Drills - Are They All Good?

Many golfers want putting drills to help them improve their stroke and get the ball in the hole faster. Many golfers will hear that a friend used a golf putting drill that helped them and make the mistake that the same drill will help them too. Here are a few reasons why it does not work that way and what you should be looking for to find the best putting drills to improve your game.

Learning Styles
There are three major learning styles auditory, feel and visual. Auditory would be that the way that you best consume information is hearing it. For example, an instructor can simply tell you to do something different, you hear it and you can do it. Learning through feel you have to be able to feel the new movement before you can begin to learn it. Most golfers are visual and like to be shown something and then try to repeat it. One is not better than another, it is simply that we are build or wired differently. The putting lesson your friend may have received was for a visual learner. How…

Are You Taking Putting Lessons?

For some reason students seem reluctant to take putting lessons. I do not quite understand this as improving your putting is the fastest way to lower your scores.

I think that students do not want to take putting lessons for a couple of reasons…
Doing work on the range trying to hit the ball far and straight feels and sounds sexier and more fun than improving your putting with a putting drill. Many players like to compare themselves by how far they can hit not only the driver but also their irons. I always preferred to have the lowest score at the end of the round and collect my winnings. I figured that was impressive enough!People in general do not like to do things that they are not good at. I am guilty of this myself with my putting. Why go and get frustrated on the practice putting green when I can go to the driving range to hit good shots that I know that I can hit? Many times ego gets in the way.Another reason is one that actually does not fall on the student but the instructor.…

Golf Lessons Online

With the technology that is available to the vast majority of us, you can learn the game of golf in many different ways in today's world. Taking golf lessons online is great news to all players as they all have less time and less money to improve their games. Here are some of the ways that they can help you save money and improve your game...

Golf Swing Lessons Online – In recent years, tips from the internet have grown in popularity, for the simple reason that they address the problem of finding time away from the course to actually take instruction. What are the pros and cons from taking tips from the internet?

Personalized Online Golf Lessons - You do not have to go diving into thousands of articles or videos trying to figure out which article or video is the best one to better your swing. By using a laptop, iPad, iPhone, Android phone or desk top, you will answer a series of very simple questions about your ball flight and the proper drill will be given to you right on your devi…

Member Question - How To Control Putting Speed

Member Question: I have a hard time with hitting two putts in a row the same speed. Even on the practice green, my putting speed is horrible. I can try to hit a ball about 15 feet and try to hit a second ball to barely touch it. The second ball rarely comes close to being close to the first ball. Sometimes it is long and sometimes it is short. The result is just not consistent. Any putting tips to help me with my putting speed?

Thank you for your question. When students are that inconsistent with speed of putts or distance control, it is typically because they are not hitting the putts solid.

Now, what does that mean in English? In hitting any shot solid it means that you hit the club-face in the same spot on every stroke. If you need to know how to find the sweet spot on your putter, it is easy to do. Simply let take your putter by the grip and let it dangle using only your forefinger and thumb. Next take a golf ball and start tapping the putter face. Once the club head goes straigh…