So you want to start playing golf?

Oscar Wilde was famously quoted as saying ‘Golf is a good walk spoiled.’ If you put this suggestion to a golfer they will deny it categorically. However, to those just starting out and playing the game for the first time, the statement may be a somewhat accurate reflection of their feelings.

Golf is not an easy game to master, but is arguably one of the most enjoyable pastimes around. Providing both exercise and relaxation in one. 

Speak to a professional before starting anything

There is no need for you to start stalking Tiger on Twitter asking for his personal coaching advice every step of the way. What you should do however, is approach the club where you are looking to play, and speak with their course professional, or a professional coach.

In golf there is a great difference the can be experienced depending on the clubs purchased; the irons as much as the woods and the putter. There are different flex levels, shaft widths and lengths, to name just three variables. The wrong choice and you face an uphill battle from the start. 

Speak to a professional before starting anything

Pay your dues and take some lessons

Along with getting the correct advice with regards your basic equipment, the second best thing every novice golfer can do is join their local club and start taking lessons. Most courses offer both group lessons and private one-on-one tuition. The group lessons are more than adequate, especially in the beginning. The also offer a better value for money.

The majority of courses operate on either a membership or pay as your play basis. This means you can arrive, pay the ‘green fees’ and off you go. However more often than not, this can only be done in the company of a member. Belonging to a club is always the best way forward, as it affords you a great avenue for learning. 

Pay your dues and take some lessons

Forget about driving the green and worry about hitting the ball

Watching the men’s professional game can give a different impression on the game of golf than any other sport. Most beginners will not even set foot on the 18-hole full-size course for some time once they start playing. The practice range, putting green and smaller par-3 course are where you should be headed.

Hone your short game, work on your swing, hitting the ball and sending it straight before you worry about driving the green and sinking those eagle putts.

Golf is a game that takes practice, and it takes regular play to improve. It is not on that you can necessarily pick up and play once a week from the start and expect to improve. That is the cold hard truth.

But, as mentioned at the start. Once you get the rhythm for it, there is no sport more rewarding. Once the golf bug bites you will want to play every day, you will be keeping up with the trends and playing in local competitions before you know it. 

Forget about driving the green and worry about hitting the ball

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