We’ve spoken before about the numerous mental and physical benefits of playing golf. You’ll lose weight, sleep better, enjoy time outdoors, boost your social life, and more. Perhaps you read an article like this and thought, “I wish I had something like that in my life… but I don’t know the first thing about golf!” One of the best things about golf is that people of all ages can play. You can learn how to play golf and take advantage of all the amazing benefits of the sport, even if you’ve never played before. It doesn’t matter your age and it doesn’t matter your skill level. It’s time for you to learn about golf for beginners!
Tip #1 Only bring a few clubs at first. Take advantage of clubs made for beginners. While professional golfers carry 14 clubs in their bag (or rather their caddy carries 14 clubs!) you don’t need this many as a beginner. Start with a driver, a putter, a sand wedge, a 6-iron, an 8-iron, a pitching wedge, and a fairway wood. These are the clubs that are the easiest to start with. Some types of clubs are easier to hit than others, and these are what you want.
Tip #2 Don’t go over budget getting set up. You’ve never played this game before; you don’t need professional-grade equipment just to learn. By shopping online, you can find used and new titanium drivers for as little as $75 and putters for even less. Most larger golf and sporting goods stores regularly have sales, discount racks, and discounted used clubs.
Tip #3 Start with putt putt golf. If showing up to a full 18-hole course on your very first try seems a bit overwhelming, start off at a putt putt golf course instead. You’ll get a much better feel for how hard or soft to hit the ball, the weight of the clubs, the correct stance, and more. Plus, putt putt golfing is a fun, enjoyable atmosphere. There’s no pressure here!
Tip #4 Develop a plan to learn. Why is learning to golf important to you? If this is for work or social reasons, you probably only need some basic instruction and patient friends taking you out on the green a few times. If you want to take this really seriously, there’s plenty of top-level instruction out there. There’s a huge difference between wanting to ride around in the cart on a Saturday and have some fun and being a serious, competitive player. Neither is wrong, but you’ll want to decide beforehand how much time, money, and effort you want to put into learning the game.
Golf can seem pretty complicated to someone who is brand new to the sport. So many rules, so many different kinds of clubs, so many words you’ve never heard before… relax! Don’t worry about birdies and bogeys yet, just get out there and give it a try!