Golfing 101: The Do’s and Don’t for Beginners
May 23, 2018
Golf is considered to be the greatest game in the world, just ask anyone who plays. However, getting started as a novice can be a daunting experience. In order to help we have listed a definitive list of do’s and don’ts for the aspiring player.
DO: Start on a practice range, not on the golf course. The range is the perfect place to get acclaimed to the game, it's low pressure and you are able to stay as long as you want.
DO: If possible, try and work with a professional in order to get a proper swing.
DO: Learn how to grip on the club properly
DO: Bend from the hips
DO: Get your lead shoulder under your chin on the backswing and finish with your face, chest and hips all facing the target.
DO: Concentrate on the short game by chipping and putting before focusing on the long irons, fairway woods and drivers.
DO: Recruit friends to try and learn with you, you can call learn as a group and then celebrate the practice session with a few drinks at the clubhouse bar.
DO: Buy a golfing glove. Some people prefer to play without one, but the vast majority of golfers will tend to use them.
DO: Invest some money into proper golf attire. Thankfully you are able to find great deals online.
DO: Take your time in order to learn the correct rules and etiquette.
DO: Mark your ball on the green so you are able to identify it.
DO: Accept invitations to join other groups. Golf is a social sport so it's a great way to meet people.
DO: Carry around a Golf Umbrella, as you never know when a rain shower will occur out of nowhere.
DO: Remember the good shots and forget the bad.
DO: Have Fun!
DON'T: Worry about everyone else on the range. Everyone was a beginner once, and we all know the game is a struggle. No one is judging you!
DON'T: Let your spouse become your primary teacher. This is often a recipe for disaster that could drive you away from the game or possibly even each other.
DON'T: Keep your head "down and still" through impact. Let it follow through with the rest of your body.
DON'T: Bend from your knees.
DON'T: Stay flat-footed through impact.
DON'T: Worry about purchasing your own equipment until you can make consistent, solid contact every time you swing.
DON'T: Attempt to play on the course until you get the ball airborne. This is both beneficial to you and everyone else on the course.
DON'T: Pick up any other balls on the course, even if you can't see anyone else around. You might ruin someone else's good round.
DON'T: Mark your scorecard on or by the green. On a very busy course, people will be waiting to hit their approach shots, so do it when you get to the next tee.
DON'T: Get discouraged. Golf is a tough game but its way worth the time and effort... We promise!