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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 (!

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