Intrigued by games that give you endless joy but endless challenges at the same time? Love to spend time with your golf buddies and families on immaculate outdoor settings? Or do you simply enjoy walking on freshly cut grass courses by yourself and gauging your next shot? Enough said about playing golf! If you don’t play golf and feel like you’re missing out, here are a few tips to take the very first steps to starting golf.
Buying your first set of golf clubs
Slightly used clubs that fit your ability and size are the best option for beginners. You will need different clubs anyway in 2-3 years as your skills are improved. Most Pro shops and driving ranges sell secondhand clubs, offer you some advice, and let you try them before you commit to buy.
A set of golf clubs typically consists of three woods (the 1-driver, 3, and 5), at least 1 hybrid (3H), seven irons (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and PW), and a putter. You are allowed to carry up to fourteen clubs in your bag, so many golfers add another wedge or specialty hybrid. A hybrid golf club combines the qualities of an iron and a fairway wood into one club.
If you buy a new set, buying a half set or a starter set are good options for beginners. The money you save from equipment can be well used for taking lessons.
Taking golf lessons is almost inevitable for beginners. It is recommended to take instructions from a PGA/LPGA member, even further someone who’s part of a TPI (Titleist Performance Institute) team, since he or she completed the intense and first-hand courses. These people are constantly required to re-educate themselves on a regular basis.
In conjunction with taking lessons, books and videos are great tools to accelerate learning rules and techniques in golf.
Rules and Etiquette
The rules and etiquette can be as simple as “rake the area you played from in the bunker” or “Do not step on your fellow players putting lines,” but getting familiar with these integral part of the game is important to ensure a pleasant experience for you and for your fellow players. Rules of Golf by USGA and Golf Etiquette by PGA can be found online.
Additionally, having a few good golf partners can add more enjoyment to this social sport and provide you a chance to play more.