Golf for beginners

Golf for beginners

Golfing for beginners

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Golf for beginnersGolf for beginners can be hard,  it is also a wonderful game it gives you everything you need for exercise, both menta and physical.  Its a game you can play whether you are 6 or 60.  Benefits are many such as exercise, social as well as that achievement feeling you get when you score a goal or what ever sporting event you have done in the past.  The course sets you objectives with par system.  

The objective of golf is to get around the golf course, of either 9 or 18 holes, in as fewer shots as possible.  Thus you are playing not only an opponent but the course as well.  Every hole has a par, this means that there is an expectation of you using that many shots for that hole.  There are par 3, 4, 5 and a few 6.  A par 3 is a short hole and a par 6 is a long hole in terms of yardage.

What is needed to start golf?

I think the first thing you need is time and money.  There will be a certain requirement to learn how to play golf, now thats could be self taught as described in this article, or you learn with a professional golfer.

Assuming the above Lets go though what you need to play a round of golf.  

The most obvious thing is a selection of golf clubs and a golf bag.  Whilst that might be your most expensive single purchase there is so much much more.

What golf clubs should a beginner buy?

Golf clubs – A basic starter set known as a half set

The thing to do is to buy as many as you need as a starter and I would recommend as a basic starter a driver, a putter, a sand-wedge (To get you out of a bunker!) supplement that with a couple of irons say a 5 or 6 and 7 or 8 and a fairway wood.  This will get you round a golf course and are the most forgiving clubs you can have. Thats 6 clubs as a starter.  The maximum you can carry in your bag is 14.

Golf for beginners

Golfing for beginners

Golf for beginners can be hard,  it is also a wonderful game it gives you everything you need for exercise, both menta and physical.  Its a game you can play whether you are 6 or 60.  Benefits are many such as exercise, social as well as that achievement feeling you get when you score a goal or what ever sporting event you have done in the past.  The course sets you objectives with par system.  

The objective of golf is to get around the golf course, of either 9 or 18 holes, in as fewer shots as possible.  Thus you are playing not only an opponent but the course as well.  Every hole has a par, this means that there is an expectation of you using that many shots for that hole.  There are par 3, 4, 5 and a few 6.  A par 3 is a short hole and a par 6 is a long hole in terms of yardage.

What is needed to start golf?

I think the first thing you need is time and money.  There will be a certain requirement to learn how to play golf, now thats could be self taught as described in this article, or you learn with a professional golfer.

Assuming the above Lets go though what you need to play a round of golf.  

The most obvious thing is a selection of golf clubs and a golf bag.  Whilst that might be your most expensive single purchase there is so much much more.

What golf clubs should a beginner buy?

Golf clubs – A basic starter set known as a half set

The thing to do is to buy as many as you need as a starter and I would recommend as a basic starter a driver, a putter, a sand-wedge (To get you out of a bunker!) supplement that with a couple of irons say a 5 or 6 and 7 or 8 and a fairway wood.  This will get you round a golf course and are the most forgiving clubs you can have. Thats 6 clubs as a starter.  The maximum you can carry in your bag is 14.

 

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What starter equipment should I buy

There are a few items you need to buy 

When you are beginning, perhaps the most important are golf balls!  Please ensure you carry more than you think you need.  They do not need to be best quality at this stage.

Carry plenty of golf tees again more than you might think!

 

Not forgetting things like pencils for marking your scoring card, pens for marking your balls, a towel for cleaning your clubs

Things you will need sooner that you think!

Umbrella 

Waterproofs

A Golf ball marker 

A pitch mark repairer.

You might like to view these videos from Golf World.  Its a series of what professional golfers carry in their bags.  

It might be useful to have access to a rule book.  The link takes you to the R&A site.  Seven rules you need to know

Golf clubs – A basic starter set

The thing to do is to buy as many as you need as a starter and I would recommend as a basic starter a driver, a putter, a sand-wedge (To get you out of a bunker!) supplement that with a couple of irons say a 5 or 6 and 7 or 8 and a fairway wood.  This will get you round a golf course and are the most forgiving clubs you can have.

Training

I would seek out a golf professional that is someone that you get on with, not just the pro that’s at the local golf club.  He will give you much more advice than how to swing a golf club.

Things I would look out for in a professional.

They run the shop in the facility that you visit.  They are they because most players will visit regularly, even for new golf balls!

  • He must be a PGA professional.  A duly qualified PGA professional golfer has to undertake a three-year course to attain the qualification.
  • When you walk in to talk to the professional what certificates are showing on the wall?
  • What is involved in beginner lessons? 
  • Do they have indoor facilities – for bad weather?
  • Make sure that you know how many hours of tutoring you are paying for.
  • How long will each lesson be
  • What happens if something comes up and you cannot make the lesson?
  • What tutoring will you get as far as Long game short game and putting is concerned.
  • Are the lessons tailored to my needs?
  • Does he/she have a swing studio?
  • Does he/she have a swing monitor? 
  • What are the cost, Is there a cheaper time to learn.  Is it cheaper in a group?

How many golf lessons does a beginner need?

I think this is broken down into hours.  Its not about a lesson at school.  You need time with the professional golfer you have chosen.  How many hours is down to you and him understanding your ability, strengths and weaknesses and your ambition for the game itself.

If your ambition is to be a social golfer then your time will be a lot less than someone who has a higher ambition.

What to wear golfing for the first time?

The next thing to think about is your attire in and around the golf course.  Practically every club has a dress code, policy, and its strictly adhered to, especially new people!  There is no exception to this!

This is just a guide as to whats expected.

Never wear tshirts or jeans!  You should wear a collared shirt or a polo and golf slacks for men and for women a top that has a collar, does not show your midriff.  It is possible to wear shorts as long as they are not too short.

Footwear is part of the attire and you cannot wear trainers, you must wear proper golf shoes.

If you like to wear a hat, you should be very careful as to the style.  You should consider a Ben Hogan style hat as the sort of basics for golf.

What is a good score for beginners?

For 9 holes (par??  average about 60

For 18 holes par 72 108

An average score is around 90

A good score is 108 a bad score is 120

The average score for a woman is 108

occasional playing ladies 120

How to better your scores.

After your lessons with the professional, you need to practice, practice, practice.  You need to set a regime in your lifestyle that allows enough practice between lessons from the professional golfer to get you to the standard you wish to get to.

Find a place at home to swing the clubs ever day.  Every club had a different address stance.  You need to be aware of that and address the ball with the club every time in the same way, you might say like clockwork.

Make sure you go to the driving range to actually hit golf balls.  There is nothing like building muscle and putting into practice the swing that the professional golfer is teaching you.

Finally make sure you actually play a round of golf regularly.  There is nothing like hitting the ball from the lye it sits in. playing it from bunker and actually honing your green skills.

Ultimately its all about routine, addressing the ball, playing the club you’ve chosen and playing the ball as it sits.

… and when you have a bad hole, round put it down to experience.

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