The Do’s and Don’ts of Golf for Beginners

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Golf is an exciting game. For anyone who knows how to play golf, it can be the greatest game in the world. If you are interested in playing this old man’s game as they call it, you need proper training and the proper equipment to get going.

Learning how to play golf can be both exciting and hard. As you learn to swing your golf clubs and learn to chip that ball in, you can’t help but play more. Weather also plays an important role in golf. A good swing together with a perfect weather can give you the best game.

For starters, here are some of the do’s and don’ts that you need to remember if you want to learn how to play the game of golf.

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The Do’s

Start on a practice range, not on the golf course. The range is the perfect place to get acclimated to the game. It’s low-pressure, so you can stay as long as you want. Work with a professional to get a proper swing foundation. You can find a PGA pro near you to teach you the basics of playing golf. You need to learn how to grip the club properly. Bend from your hips. Get your lead shoulder under your chin on the backswing and finish with your face, chest, and hips facing the target. Concentrate on the short game by chipping and putting before focusing on long irons (3-iron, 4-iron, etc.) and your hybrids, fairway woods, and driver. Buy a glove. Some people like to play without one, but the vast majority of golfers use them. Plus, your uncallused palm will likely need the protection. Invest in some proper golf attire. Play as quickly as possible. Always be ready to hit your shot when it’s your turn. Take the time to learn basic rules and etiquette. Mark your ball on the green so you can identify it. Accept invitations to join other groups. Golf is a social sport, and it is a great way to meet people. Take care of the course by ranking bunkers, replacing divots and fixing your ball marks on the green. Always remember the good shots and forget the bad ones. Remember to make it fun by initiating contests and ball-striking challenges.

The Don’ts

Do not worry about anyone else at the range. Everyone there was once a beginner too, and that the game is a struggle. As much as possible, do not let your spouse or significant other to become your primary teacher. This is often a recipe for disaster that could drive you away from the game. When it comes to crafting your own swing, do not try to keep your head “down and still” through impact. Let it follow through with the rest of your body. Do not bend from your knees. Do not stay flat-footed through impact. As with the equipment, do not worry about buying your own equipment until you can make consistent, solid contact every time you swing. Do not buy headcovers for your irons.

When you are ready to take your skills from the practice range to the golf course, do not attempt to play on the course until you can get the ball airborne. This is both for your benefit and everyone else on the course. Do not take range balls to the golf course. Do not spend too much time looking for your ball, and do not pick up any other balls on the course, even if you can’t see anyone. You might ruin someone else’s good round. When marking your ball, do not create a big mark. Do not mark your scorecard on or by the green. On a busy course, people will be waiting to hit their approach shots, so do it when you get to the next tee. Finally, the most important thing is to not get discouraged. Golf is tough, but it is worth the effort. Arnold Palmer once said, “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening- and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.”

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