A beginner’s guide to golf

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A beginner’s guide to golf

A beginner's guide to golf

A beginner’s guide to golf is a short golf blog post that explains what you need to know and where to start your journey.

How do I start to play? What equipment do I need? What clothes should I wear? How much money should I invest?

All of these questions will have, no doubt, at some point crossed your mind. Well, don’t panic, I am here to help you where ever I can. But firstly, let me answer your questions.

A beginner’s guide to golf, FAQ and answers

How do I start to play?

Visit your local PGA Golf Professional for information regarding starting out.
You will need at least a block of golf lessons to put you on the right path.
Lessons on Full Swing, Pitching, Chipping, Bunkers & Putting are essential.

It is also a good idea to visit your local driving range for some practice sessions. Your local PGA Professional will give you drills to do to keep you on the right track. Try not to take advice from amateur golfers or friends & family. They will mean well but it may harm what you have been taught. Remember that you want to progress as well as possible.

What equipment do I need?

To get you started, you will require the following equipment.

A beginner set is a good place to start as you will not yet know what you will require later on.
You may wish to purchase second-hand clubs on the internet but beware of frauds! Again, ask your local PGA Golf Professional for some much-needed advice.

Golf shoes will be required by most golf clubs before you are allowed to play. You can still go to the driving range without golf shoes.

A glove is an important part of any golfer’s equipment. As a right-handed player, you will need a glove for your left hand only. This is because the left hand should dominate the right hand in controlling the golf swing.

You should buy a few bags of tees. This will help you to get the ball airborne, which will help your confidence.

Some second-hand balls or cheap new balls are a vital part of your equipment. You will need to be able to practice on the putting green or practice area to improve your skills.

Buy a cheap ball marker so that you can practice marking your ball on the green. Marking your ball means replacing your ball, on the green, with a flat object, usually a coin or something similar so that your ball doesn’t get in the way of someone else putting their ball.

Pitch-mark repairers are also an important part of your equipment. When your ball flies through the air and lands on the soft putting surface, it will leave an impact mark. This mark should be repaired so that the putting surface is flat again.

A rule book should be purchased as part of your kit. Ask your local PGA Golf Professional for advice on how to use your rule book and learn the Etiquette of the game. Etiquette is what to do and what not to do on the golf course. Where to stand and where not to stand. How to play safely and how to play your golf without interfering with others. The speed of play is also very important. Learn how to shout ‘Fore!’ properly.

What clothes should I wear?

This strongly depends on which country you are starting to play golf in and where you are going to play.
If the country is a colder one, then layer up like an onion. Lots of thin layers are a good start. Don’t wear any clothing too bulky that will block or restrict your movement.
Every golf course or club will have a list of what you are allowed to wear and not allowed to wear. Again, if you have any doubts, contact your local PGA Golf Professional, by clicking here.

How much money should I invest?

This will depend on your budget and what you are willing to spend on your equipment and clothing. Even if you can afford it, don’t go out and throw your money away on expensive equipment. As I mentioned earlier, you don’t yet know what kind of equipment you will need later on down the line.


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