With more than 24 million people identifying as golfers, there are lots of reasons to try the sport for the first time. If you’ve been invited to play or are just looking for a new hobby, it’s a great way to spend a relaxing yet athletic afternoon.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re learning how to play golf for the first time.
When playing golf for the first time, you want to start with the right tools. However, you don’t want to be stuck spending thousands on equipment that you use once or twice. Thankfully there are a few tricks to saving a little while setting yourself up for success.
You’ll need a few standard items like balls and tees to start with. You shouldn’t need more than 3-4 balls. Even though they do get lost, it shouldn’t happen more than a few times to even a novice golfer.
Check out the dress code for the course you’re playing at. Some courses and cool and casual, with shorts and t-shirts being the preferred dress for most players. Others require the right pants, a proper shirt, and shoes.
Check out the best golf shoes for walking so that you have something that feels comfortable if you never set foot on a course again.
You only need a few clubs to begin with. They can be purchased used or rented. You may not even need a bag if you’re in good enough shape.
You’ll need a driver to get the ball to the hole, a 7-iron for a good long shot, a 9-iron for shorter shots, a wedge between 52 and 56 degrees, and a putter.
While most people like shopping for things like this online, this requires some help from pros. When it comes to your clothes, it always feels better to try things on. Since you’re going to be spending hours in the sun, walking miles of greens, you should know that things feel good.
Test out the equipment as well. Clubs come in different sizes, built for different bodies. Your height will make a difference in how a club feels and a pro shop or sports store employee can help you figure that out.
Tell them your plan and they might have some suggestions that make more sense for you.
You don’t want this game to be your first time swinging a club against a ball. Start by watching a few YouTube videos and seeing how other people stand. Without a club in your hand, unless you live in a massive mansion, take a few practice swings in a position recommended by experts.
If you have time, consider visiting a driving range. Getting the hang of how each club swings and the kind of power you can get with them will help you during your day on the green.
If you’re worried about learning how to play golf, stop worrying now. Some people play relentlessly for years who never get good at it. It’s not about being good as much as it’s about having fun.
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