Post in collaboration with Golf Support.
Spring is in blossom and summer’s just around the corner, so what better time to start thinking about taking up a new sport? The golfing season is well under way, with the Masters – the first major tournament of the year – now over, with the 2018 trophy being won by Texas-born golfer Patrick Reed, holding back second-place Rickie Fowler and third-place Jordan Spieth.
So, if you want to avoid scoring a series of triple bogeys and follow in the footsteps of Reed, here are 5 top golfing tips for a beginner setting foot on the golf course this season.
1. Understand the basics
Firstly, before you even think about setting foot on a golf course, you should try and get to grips with the basic rules and scoring system, whether this be through reading magazines to browsing the internet. You might be a beginner, but you don’t want to break any rules as soon as you step foot on the course grounds, particularly as golf is a sport with an awful lot of history and tradition – many of which are still alive today.
As well as following the general golf etiquette, you should also check the specific rules of the golf club you will be visiting. It is worth noting that most clubs have specific rules about acceptable attire, so check you are donned in the correct clothing before you arrive. You don’t want to upset the club and risk heading home early before you’ve even reached the green, so always check before you play.
2. Get the right equipment
When starting out, you will need to set yourself up with the right equipment. As well as wearing the correct attire, you will need a basic selection of golf clubs to play with and plenty of golf balls to compensate for those you’ll lose whilst you get going.
It is no secret that golfing equipment is not cheap, so it is worth searching around for the best deals. Whilst practising, you won’t need to purchase a full set of clubs as you won’t need to use them all while you’re learning how to hit the ball – that comes later once you’ve perfected your technique and style. A complete beginner golf set can vary in the number of clubs they have, and sometimes carry between 12 and 17 clubs, including fairway wood, irons, hybrid clubs, pitching wedge, sand wedge, a putter and this golf driver.
3. Consider booking lessons
It may be worth taking lessons to get up to speed with your other golfing friends, particularly if you are keen to impress others. One things for sure, you certainly won’t impress others when you’re only hitting the ball 20 yards each shot and simultaneously digging up the green.
Lessons are a great way to learn the basics and build a solid foundation to practice on your own, to help you progress faster. Once you’ve perfected your swing, you will be able to find your own personal style and show off your form on the course.
4. Choose the right club and shot
Before picking up a golf club, you should know what each club is for. Typically, different golf clubs are used depending on how far you’re aiming to hit the ball. A driving range is a great tool for those looking to improve their swing and practise, whether it be working on basic form, finding out which clubs to use for specific shots, perfecting your individual style, or trying to increase distance.
If you’re worrying about your style and trying to focus on ten things at once, then it’s the right time to take a step back and relax. Sport isn’t meant to be stressful; it’s supposed to be leisure time. Just enjoy the game, socialise and have some fun! Even if you have a frustrating game, take a deep breath and go back to the basics; there will be plenty of time to experiment later.