As far as introducing beginners, golf is one of those games that takes a certain kind of finesse to get into. Not only do you have to worry about buying your own golf clubs, but also golf shoes, carrying bag, and in some cases, golf balls and a course fee. All of this is incredibly daunting to a first time player, and we haven’t even gotten to the course yet!
Golf is an expensive game to get into, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing. Additionally, getting into the game itself can be a bit of a chore. Many people want to go and play a few holes, only to find that they move too slow, are getting in the way of other golfers, or just don’t know what they are doing. Below are a few tips for absolute beginners for getting into the game of golf.
Getting to the driving range
Everyone has a busy life; work, school, kids, getting together with friends, and still having some downtime at the end of the day is all very hectic. The first step to playing golf is actually getting to the driving range. How do you do that? Get in your car and go! Choose a day and drive down to the range, rent yourself some golf clubs and a bucket of balls and just go to town. It’s not too terribly expensive to rent yourself a driver, and then you can see if the game is really for you.
On that note, don’t get discouraged if all you do is kick up dirt the first couple of times. You’re a beginner, you’re brand new. Sometimes you’ll swing and you miss, and you’ll see something fly down the range, but chances are it’s probably not your ball. Take a few minutes to look at what other golfers are doing; watch and see which ones are hitting their balls and try and emulate them. Stay focused, and before long you’ll be hitting your mark too.
Getting some golf gear of your own
Renting your own golf clubs is fine when you’re just at the driving range, but if you’re going every few days, renting golf equipment can get pretty expensive pretty quick. And besides, you’ve got a pretty good handle on how to hit the ball, so now you want to sink some holes. How do you go about getting your own equipment?
Not just golf clubs
Did you know that golfing requires more than just clubs? Clubs are a fundamental part of the game, yes, but you’ll also need good golf shoes, golf-approved clothing (no more comfy pants and an old tee-shirt), a bag, some balls, a few tees (as in, the little things to place your ball on), and other small little golf accessories. This step is more for golf beginners who are absolutely sure that, yes, they want to make golf a regular part of their life. If you’re still not sure if the game is right for you, go back to the driving range and give it another go. Everyone can golf, but golfing isn’t for everyone.
When purchasing your new equipment, you should go into a golf store, or at the very least a sporting goods store so that you can get a feel for the equipment you’re buying. While some equipment is available on Amazon or other online stores, it’s always better to be able to feel the equipment in your hand first before buying; it’ll save you a whole lot of hassle later. For a beginner, a good starting set is anywhere from $250-$350 dollars. Not the best, but it’s enough to get you started.
Golf is not an easy game to play, primarily because of the sheer amount of rules the game possesses. Not all of the rules are written down either, known as Unwritten Rules. It’s extraordinarily confusing for a new beginner, and chances are, once you’re out on the range you’re going to get called out on the rules a lot. You can help mitigate the embarrassment of fluffing a rule by purchasing a quick reference rulebook so that you can look at it during the game.
Knowing what rules are in effect where will greatly increase your fun and decrease your penalties (and also your score), and once you become more familiar with the game, you’ll find that you won’t need to reference the rulebook as much. Even professionals sometimes need a reminder about the rules, so don’t feel bad when you’re just starting out.
Golfing is a great out-of-doors sport that you can do by yourself or with friends. In fact, if you don’t have any golfing friends now, chances are you’ll make a few in a couple of months. It’s a very social sport, and better in groups, though going it alone has its own perks. Over time, you’ll find that your game is improving, you’re healthier, and you’ll be eager to get back on the fairway when you’re away from the golf course.