Getting started is the hardest thing for those that want to learn how to play golf. It is important to be aware of why you want to play and how much you are willing to invest in your equipment, but also in your beginner golf instruction. After you decide if you want to be a serious player or just want to try it a couple of times, follow these 5 easy steps:
Step 1 – Learn the rules
It is important to learn the etiquette and rules of golf because this is a game of honesty and respect, not just about hitting a ball with a club. The official rules are available on the website of United States Golf Association (USGA). Etiquette is the informal regulation about common sense and respecting others. It is impolite to talk to others when they are hitting and stand behind or in front of a player when he is swinging the club. If you get confused, ask a more experienced golfer about etiquette and rules.
Step 2 – Get lessons
If you want to learn how to play golf, taking a few lessons can speed up your improvement and give you some valuable insights. A certified instructor can teach you the basics and introduce you to the game. Some driving ranges and golf courses offer group lessons for beginners at decent prices. Start with an individual lesson to learn the proper posture, swing mechanism, stance and grip. You can also subscribe to an online golf tips magazine so that you can have access to some golf advice that can help you improve your game.
Step 3 – Buy equipment
If you still feel like this is the right sport for you, buy a set of new or used golf clubs. The set doesn’t have to be complete, just a few clubs are enough. Start with a putter, sand wedge, driver, 6-iron, 8-iron, fairway wood and a pitching wedge. These are great tools for novice players. You can find used gear online or in general sporting stores. This equipment will allow you to perfect your skills without investing too much money. Try the clubs before you buy them.
Step 4 – Swing
The swing should be the most important step in your beginner golf instruction. When learning how to play golf, it is important to have a range routine. Don’t start by swinging to a maximum distance, warm up by hitting the wedges or short irons with half-swings and gradually increase the length. Continue with the middle irons and then the driver. After you practice for a while go back to the short iron to maintain a tempo. You can practice short shots in your own back yard.
Step 5 – Chip and pitch
Any self respected golf tips magazine must approach the subject of chip and pitch. A pitch shot flies higher and the ball doesn’t roll as much as with a chip shot where it stays low and runs along the ground. If you don’t have obstacles, use a chip and if you encounter a bunker or a deep rough a pitch is better. If you are in a bunker, use a sand wedge to hit the sand behind the ball.