The general opinion that golf is the sport of a select few has changed. Today, the game has spread far and wide, adding millions of new followers, every year. Kids, women, students and professionals are taking up golf. Golf is a fun and exciting sport. If you want to start playing golf here is how you can do it.
Due to the increasing popularity of the sport, many new sports channels, YouTube channels, and magazines dedicated to golf have sprung up. You can read and watch golf lessons, but it won’t be of much help. If you’re serious about golf then contact a golf teacher, a certified professional (WGTF or PGA). Visit the nearest golf course or driving range and see if they offer golf lessons. Most of them have a golf academy with professionals offering lessons. Check out the various beginner packages they offer and choose the one that suits you.
Golf clubs that amateurs and professionals use are vastly different from the beginner club sets. The clubs for novices offers maximum forgiveness to compensate for their lack of ability. Moreover, you don’t have to buy a new set or the full set. A partial set comprising of irons (5, 7, and 9), wood (no. 3), wedge (pitch or sand), and a putter will be more than enough.
The game of golf is about discipline. Discipline not just while swinging the club, but also in the way you conduct yourself and behave with others. Respect to the game and to the fellow golfers isn’t something you learn over the years playing the game. You need to know the rules of the game before you set foot on the course. Keep a copy of the rule book in your bag and read it before and after golf lessons. You can pick up golf etiquette on the course, talk to other players, and read about golf etiquette online and from magazines.
With the pro teacher’s guidance learn the basics such as selecting clubs, choosing the right shot for a situation, different ball positions, gripping the club, the proper stance, addressing the ball, the nuances of the backswing and downswing, how to drive, chip, pitch, putt, and lob, and finally how to escape the bunker and rough.
The driving range is where you need to spend the lion’s share of your golf time practicing the skills you learn from the pro teacher.
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