Golf Tips for Beginners
March 2, 2018
If you’re a beginner golfer, you’ll need more assistance with learning the game than we can give you in a brief blog post. You’ll want to have a few lessons, or at the very least give yourself some practice with a bucket of golf balls to help you with your strokes. However, we do have some tried and trusted information that will help you on your way.
Some of these are like life lessons in themselves. For example.
Keeping your focus through the first nine holes and into the second nine can often feel like a challenge. The secret is to stay in the present, treat each hole as its own adventure, and don’t get ahead of yourself.
When you’re on the putting green, trying to sink your golf ball into the hole, it’s all too easy to look up and see where it's headed, rather than keeping your eye on the ball itself. Try to listen instead. Focus less on the outcome and more on the action of your stroke.
When you’re lost in the bunker, stop digging, as if that’s going to help. Instead, use a sand wedge - made for the job! - and go for shallow shots instead, rather than firing sand everywhere and make no progress.
When it comes to teeing off, if you’re a beginner, consider using the club you feel most at ease with. Don’t feel you have to make it go for miles, just have a decent swing, go for a practice shot first, and step into your own confidence. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t go as far, just as long as you’re working from a place you feel strong so that you can get into your own rhythm.
Look for those aspects of the game where you can improve. It’s not just about playing, again and again, you want to reflect on your mistakes and learn as you go.
It doesn’t matter how motivated you are to win if you don’t get the basic stance and grip sorted your game of golf will never hit the heights you hope to achieve. So get some instruction on those basic aspects - whether from a qualified instructor, or even a friend with more experience at the game - and make sure from the outset that you’re setting yourself up for success.
Those are just a few of the basics for beginners at golf, and they double up for lessons in life as well.