Prospective golf players can sometimes feel overwhelmed. There are loads of rules, lingo, and different types of clubs. Many beginners have the same questions; How do I practice? What kind of clubs should I purchase? How do I know that I’m ready for the golf course?
Golf is a great sport because not only is it a physical activity that gets you outdoors, it’s also something that requires mental and emotional discipline. Not only are you competing against others, but also against yourself and your previous personal best.
Here are a few golf tips for beginners.
You only need a few clubs.
The right equipment is definitely important. However, as a beginner focus on finding the things that help you to develop without breaking the bank. Once you continue playing and improve your game there will be plenty of time to go out and shop for the best products on the market.
While you’re allowed to carry up to 14 clubs in your bag, as a beginner you will not need that many. Start out with a putter, a driver and a sand wedge. Furthermore, supplement them with an 8-iron, 6-iron, pitching wedge and a fairway wood. It’s easy to find titanium drivers for as little as 75 dollars, new or used. Check out general sporting goods stores as well, they often offer discounted and used clubs.
Try things out before you buy them.
If you go to a driving range or a major golf shop ask to try a few clubs before you buy anything. It’s a good idea to ask for a 6-iron with a stiff-flex as well as a regular-flex shaft. Depending on your swing you may prefer a shaft that’s stiff. Out of the two, you try one should feel easy to control. Once you discover which shaft flex feels right to you start with that on all of your clubs. Don’t worry about getting a club fitting until you have improved significantly and you’re making consistent contact.
Opt for woods that have more loft.
Most people new to golf, who don’t have experience with stick and ball sports opt for woods with more loft. It makes it much easier to get the ball in the air and can even help decrease sidespin so your shots shoot straighter. Look for fairway woods that start at 17 degrees instead of 15 and drivers with at least 10 degrees of loft.