A golf beginner just getting on the golf course is probably overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information they need to know before they even start swinging. Golf clubs and equipment is nothing compared to the experience and know-how while playing a good game.
Rules and Etiquette
Golf has a lot of rules. A lot. There is no way anyone can remember them all perfectly, which is why reference handbooks exist. If you don’t already possess one of these handy-dandy books, go out and get one now because you’re going to need it. Some rules are more strict than others, and breaking certain rules can cost you your game. However, many are primarily for professional players, and if you’re out there for fun, chances are you’re looking for a more casual approach to golfing.
The big thing on the course is etiquette. There are lots of little things you should begin to observe as soon as you are out on the course, such as:
No such thing as a “Perfect Game”
Everyone wants to do well in golf, but the fact of the matter is that you’re not going to be hitting close to par on your first try. You’re new; you haven’t yet factored in wind speed and direction, or the curvature of the earth as your little ball goes flying through the air. Perhaps you’re actually more prone to breaking your tee than you are actually getting anywhere. That’s absolutely alright; you’re new. Even seasoned and professional players can’t play an absolutely perfect game, and you’d be surprised how hard it is to get a fabled hole-in-one. It’s possible, yes, but it takes years of experience and a little luck to get going in that direction.
If you’re going to work towards playing a great game of golf, get your gear together. You’re going to need more than a few clubs and a rented bucket of balls to really play the game.
Practice makes (near) perfect
Golf isn’t just an occasional part time, once a month deal for some people. Hardcore fans of the game live and breathe the smell of fresh cut fairway. They are your role models, the people who take golf as a way of life. If you want to be good, you’re going to have to take some of that essence in you too.
Signing up for a golf lesson is a step in the right direction; not only will you improve your swing, but you’ll also drastically improve your score as well. Constant practice will make you more relaxed, and you’ll start to get the feel of holding a club the right way. Lessons aren’t too terribly expensive either, so it’s a great way to get into the game at a cheap cost.
One of the biggest mistakes many beginners make is they take their eyes off the ball too early. A good practice is to watch the ball through the entirety of your swing. Lifting your head too early will ultimately cause your shoulders to shift, which in turn moves your club and causes you to whiff your swing. There are no mulligans in professional golf, so make every swing count.
Always be Improving your golf game
Whether you are on the course or off of it, there are always ways you can improve your game. However, the most important thing you can do for yourself as a beginner is to have fun. Don’t stress too much about hitting par. Just go out there and do the best you can. Even better if you have someone to guide you through the course. Relax, enjoy the outdoors, and soon you’ll be hitting par or better.