Golf. Where to start?
Golf is one of the most popular sports. It is quite easy to learn and it will give You the opportunity to have a great time outdoors and meet new people.
Take a lesson… and five better! – You were probably at the training ground with your golfer friends and decided that you wanted to play Golf too.. right? This is a great start. However, if you want to learn basic strokes, you need to take a lesson from a professional trainer. Most decent Golf courses and training grounds have training staff, and they usually have good offers for beginners and group classes. But first, you will need an individual session, so that the professional will briefly explain the basics, such as grip, position, posture, and Mach technique. Don’t let your friends teach you. They have good intentions, but they will do more harm than good. Golf professionals know how to teach swing, which is why they are professionals.
Buy a set of used Golf clubs. It is not necessary to buy a full set, for a start a few clubs will be enough (3-wood, 5-7-9-iron, pitching wedge/sand wedge and putter). When buying used equipment, please note: if the grips are not suitable for Your hands, and the handles are too hard or the wrong length, then You will have an unpleasant experience. Calluses on the hands and pain in the shins may appear. Just like when buying shoes, clubs should fit You.
Etiquette and rules-Take the time to learn the rules of Golf… and etiquette, because it’s no less important than learning how to hit 200 meters. Golf is not just about hitting the ball in the Park, it’s about honesty, honor and respect. You can get a copy of the official rules on the Golf Association’s website. Keep them in your putter bag and study them to know the rules for any situation that may happen to You on the field. As for etiquette, the main thing here is common sense. Don’t go on the putt line of another player, because You can flatten the grass, and because of this, the ball may not hit the hole. Don’t talk when someone is hitting you. Don’t stand behind or in front of a player swinging a stick. Always dress appropriately and follow the rules of the Golf course. These are just the highlights, but the longer you play, the more subtleties of Golf etiquette you will discover… and don’t be afraid to ask experienced golfers about rules and etiquette issues. They are usually happy to help a newcomer.
Make inquiries about a professional trainer in Your area. Most Golf courses have a teacher or staff who can direct You to it. Order 3-4 lessons or a whole course.
Learn the basics, such as how to hold the stick, how to stand correctly in relation to the ball, how to make a swing and putt, etc.a Professional should teach You all this. You can also watch videos and read numerous tutorials on the Internet.
Go to the training ground several times before you decide to get on the field. Your goal is to feel more confident when choosing a stick and hitting. It is important to know the distance and average trajectory of the clubs you are playing with. In addition, training will help you understand how the weather affects the impact. Is it windy outside? Does the increased humidity make the ball heavy and does it affect the distance? Training will allow you to learn these things without losing points.
First, play on a 9-hole course. If You don’t have a lot of free time to play or you can’t hit the ball far enough, you can just pass pitches and putts all over the field several times. This is a useful practice.
The more you develop as a golfer, the more acute the question of working on a short game (putt and pitch) becomes. Think about it. It’s just ridiculous if you hit the ball 200 meters and don’t know what to do on the green. In a normal round, you will use the driver 12-15 times, depending on the field. On each field, you will use the pattern about 30 times per round, depending on your abilities. A short game is the key to a lower handicap.
Don’t forget to warm up before playing/training. A full day of Golf can be a serious challenge for Your back. In addition, heated muscles usually mean a longer range of impact.
It is not acceptable to talk on a mobile phone on a Golf course.
Focus on the putts. Usually, no one charges money for training on the greens, and it’s not as tiring as waving a driver all day. About half Of your strokes will be putts, so practicing this stroke will bring generous fruits. It’s not for nothing that professionals say: “Driver for the show, putt for the score.”
Respect the players around you. Don’t talk when they make a hit, and don’t comment on their style of play or swing.
Before hitting, look around and make sure that there is nothing nearby that You could hit or catch, especially bags for clubs, trees and people!
If this is Your first time on a Golf course, bring a golfer friend to show you how to pass the course.
Don’t follow the “line” of another player’s putt.
Turn off or put your phone on silent mode while you are on the field.
Don’t get upset if You feel out of place – this happens to everyone at first. It takes time, patience, and training to become a good golfer.
When you are on the training ground, always set a goal for yourself, such as a red flag.
During the competition, remove the flag from the hole when all the players have reached the green – for hitting the ball in the flag at the putt, You will receive a penalty of two points. And suddenly Your possible birdie will turn into a bogey…
Remember, Golf is a game of rules. Learn the General and local rules before participating in the competition. The rules of Golf are supported by the players themselves. How do You know that your opponent broke the rules if you don’t know them?
Do not delay the impact. Preparation, aiming and the blow itself should take you no more than a minute. If you play slowly and see that you are holding up a group behind You, skip them forward. But make sure That you do not stand in their way, and then you can get the ball.
If you want to take a few lessons, ask if the coach has rental clubs That you can take for the first lessons. It makes sense to find out if you like Golf and get a couple of tips from a professional before investing in inventory.
At the very beginning, you can safely use recycled Golf balls. They are usually produced under well-known brands such as Pinnacle and Titelist, and are quite cheap. The best option if you are going to lose a lot of balls.
Always “salute” the first tee shot to the best player on the previous hole.
Keep training, because only with training will skill come!
If you wear Golf shoes, lift your feet when walking. If you shuffle, you will make holes in the ground with spikes,which are very disturbing when putting.
Don’t go closer than two steps to the hole.
Golf can become very technical if You let it. Not allow. It’s all about pleasure. This is a sport That you can do for years.
Never put your tee in front of other players ‘ tee, just between or behind them.
Concentrate and use the training devices at home when no one is interfering.
Lightning is a very serious threat, as soon as you see it, immediately hide!
Always shout ” Ahead!”if Your ball is flying to another group on the field. Don’t be ashamed to shout at the top of your lungs. It’s better than hitting someone over the head with a ball.
Don’t buy expensive new clubs right away. You still won’t be able to use them properly at first. You will have more success with used clubs.
Wear a cap if you are going to play for a long time in the sun. Sunstroke can make Golf less fun.
Try to play FAST! Because everyone hates slow play. If the tee is free and You don’t hit anyone, don’t Dodge, hit the ball.