Healthy Way to Start a Sport: Introduction to Golf

man from the waist down holdiing a golf club and he is just about to putt a ball in the hall on the green.

So you want to play golf, but don’t know anything about it besides knowing there is a white ball that you must hit to go through courses. It is an old and interesting sport and can be confusing for those who don’t know how to play it.

Don’t worry, though. Once you understand the basics of golf, you’ll easily understand the rules and have fun playing in no time.

Equipment Matters

The first thing you need when you want to play golf is to have the equipment. A set of clubs in varying lengths and sizes, a golf ball, and a bag. If you want to try out golf first, there are clubs that offer rentals. You’ll find that a customized set to fit your height and stature will make a difference, so if you plan to play golf for a very long time, consider getting custom-fit gear.

Apart from the basics, you’ll need additional equipment to help you play better and more comfortably. You need golf gloves to protect your hands because they will blister after several swings over several courses. Golf gloves will also give you a better grip on your clubs.

Another thing you want to get is a pair of golf shoes. You can use regular tennis shoes, but the difference when you have specialized shoes is that you have better traction when you swing the club. You should also get tees to prop your balls on.

Since there are, normally, 18 courses (meaning you need to put the ball on the hole in the green for 18 times), you’ll need to pack water and snacks. If you’re dreading the idea of doing the full course, nine-hole golf courses are an option for you. Make sure that your golf bag is sturdy enough to bring everything you need.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Everyone who plays and enjoys golf was once a complete newbie before. Don’t be intimidated by your lack of knowledge, because everyone understands. If you want to acclimate yourself to golf, go to a practice range first so you can practice some swings. You can also stay for as long as you want to without the pressure on the actual field.

If you want to learn seriously, you can have a pal or a significant other teach you, but it’s best to hire a professional for quality golf lessons. A professional can teach you the basics and proper swing foundation. Any and all correct advice can be sought from the expert.

Learn Together With Friends

Golf is hard and intimidating, but if you learn with friends, it’s easier. A practice session can go by in a breeze when you’re having fun. Perhaps, when your group is done, you can grab a couple of drinks at a nearby bar and continue having fun.

If you’re alone, you can talk with other people or be introduced to groups to make friends. You never know, they may invite you to join next. Golf is considered a social sport, so make friends as much as you can.

Etiquette Is Important

Like any sport or when sharing a space, observing etiquette is important to maintain order. Learn and familiarize yourself with the rules as much as you can so you can remember them when you’re out on the course.

Different courses have their respective rules, so read the things written on your scorecard. When you avail yourself of a caddie, remember to treat and tip them well. They have valuable tidbits and hints that will help you lower your score.

If you’re new to golf, it’s understandable that you will be slow, especially if you are with a group with the same experience. To avoid slow play, it’s better to plan shots to prevent delays. Choose your club of choice in advance, and be ready to swing as soon as your turn is up.

If you bring your own golf cart, make sure you pay any fees before you start. To avoid any delays when transferring to different courses, outfit your cart with emergency accessories and parts. The better prepared you are, the more you focus on the sport.

What are some important tips you can give for golf beginners? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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