A Beginners Guide to the Game of Golf

Golf is a great game that can be fun at any level. A beginner tends to just head out to the local golf course with our friends. Taking this approach is like trying to ice skate for the first time, unless you are a natural you are going to get hurt.

I started playing Golf at a very early age. My father was a 4 handicap and wanted to make sure that I understood the game before he took me out for the first time. It made me appreciate the game. At the time our approach was to borrow a few Golf Clubs from Dad and some of his well used Golf balls, head down to the local municipal golf course and tee it up.

I have to thank my dad for spending time with me so that I would have some idea of how to play. Even with dear old dad teaching me some basic, my first attempts on the Golf course were pretty comical. And it was probably pretty frustrating for the other golfers.

In an attempt to help you prepare for your first round of golf, I would like to offer a few tips to make your experience enjoyable.

Golf Tips for the Beginner to Prepare for Your First Round of Golf

  • Take some time to learn a bit about the Golf Swing. There are great books available specifically for the Beginning Golfer.
  • Consider taking a lesson from a Golf Pro. A PGA trained professional can show you how to grip the golf club, approach the shot and the proper swing. This will go a long way in getting you started.
  • Visit a driving range. Getting a feel for the swing in this environment is less intimidating. Take the time to practice with different golf clubs. Try and get a feel for distance so you know what you can expect on the golf course.
  • Spend some time practicing on a putting green. There should be one at the course you are playing or even at the driving range.
  • Watch some Golf on TV to get an understanding of the game. Knowing a bit of the lingo will go a long way.

Golf Tips for Your First Time on the Course

  • Get to the golf course a little early. Give yourself a chance to get familiar with the layout. More importantly take the time to relax a bit.
  • Take time to stretch your muscles and warm up. If there is a driving range, by all means, spend some time hitting a small bucket of balls.
  • Spend some time on the practice green. This will give you the opportunity to get a feel for the speed and movement on the greens.
  • Talk to the starter or one of the members to learn any tidbits about the course that might be helpful. You will find that most golfers are willing to share local knowledge when asked.

Remember, all golfers, young and old had to start out with little or no real knowledge of the game. Don’t expect to play like Tiger Woods, so don’t put undue pressure on yourself. I have always said that the worst day on the golf course is better than the best day at work.

Golf has always been a passion for me. I have spent many years studying the game, honing my skills, playing golf competitively and just plain enjoying the time outside. I have found that while being out on the course I have been able to observe others and offer suggests that quickly improve their performance. Helping others with the little things in life are always a joy. It makes my day when I can help someone else with their journey in life and on the golf course.

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