Getting Started in Golf
Getting started in golf can seem like a daunting task for those who have never really played the game seriously. If you have not played a lot of golf, it is very difficult to step out and play with people who are experienced players. We believe that the best way to get started is to jump right in. A good way to begin is to go to your local driving range and just hit some balls. You can comfortably hit a variety of shots with different clubs just to get a feel without the pressure of being on the course with others.
If you don’t have your own clubs you can borrow some from a friend or rent clubs if they have them available at the driving range. When you are just starting out, you probably don’t want to buy a whole set just yet. It can be helpful to start with just a driver and/or a sand wedge. That way you can work on the basic mechanics of driving and chipping. You want to get comfortable with these shots first since they are the most common outside of putting.
You will also need to learn the basic rules and etiquette of the game. If you are playing the game seriously, the rules and etiquette must be followed and respected closely. If you do not follow these guidelines properly, it can be viewed as cheating or disrespectful to the game and other players. We have listed just the very basic rules and etiquette of golf below. There are significantly more intricate and detailed rules but as a beginner or casual golfer you don’t need to worry about those quite yet.
-You get one try
-You can only touch the ball on the green
-Your club can’t touch the sand in a bunker/sand trap
-Play your own ball
-Be quiet while others are hitting
-Don’t step on a player’s line
-Rake sand traps when finished hitting
-Replace divots where possible
-Fix indentation ball makes on the green
-Let others play through if you or your group is moving slower
You will also want to get yourself some golf apparel to wear when playing. Most courses require you to wear appropriate golf attire which includes a polo shirt, golf shorts/pants and golf shoes. You cannot wear t-shirts, tank tops, gym shorts, jeans or sweatpants at most courses. We have a wide variety of golf apparel available at amazing prices on our website GolfHQ.com!