A Beginner’s Guide to Golf

There is perhaps no better sport than golf for a time when social distancing has become a social norm. Hitting the golf course is a Covid-safe way to be active and social. This guide will help beginners become comfortable with golf equipment, body mechanics, and etiquette.

 

Clubs

Beginners might feel confused and exhausted trying to figure out which type of club to use and when to use it. However, club choice is actually fairly intuitive. Each club has a job. Longer clubs, like the driver, fairway woods, and hybrids, will send the ball far. Irons usually have increasingly shorter shafts, which allow the golfer to hit shorter shots.

There is no need to have tons of clubs– at first. Beginners should have a club for off-the-tee hits, two or three clubs for getting the ball along the fairway (like a pitching wedge or 7-iron), a sand wedge, and a putter.

 

Equipment

After acquiring some clubs, beginners should invest in other basic golf equipment. Every golfer should have golf balls, tees, a towel, a divot tool, and a golf bag. These items are a great foundation. As more time and energy is spent on the course, more equipment will be necessary.

 

Practice

Although lessons will help fine-tune golf skills, the best way to start golfing is heading to a Par-3 course or driving range and practicing. This no-stakes practice is integral to developing comfort on the course later. Lessons are a great supplement to good old-fashioned practice.

 

Golf Courses

After a beginner has practiced at the driving range and taken some lessons, they might feel ready for the golf course. One of the best ways to experience golfing on a golf course for the first time is to go with someone who is knowledgeable and experienced. Focus on developing skills and getting a feel for the course itself rather than being the best of the best.

 

Etiquette

There are a few guiding practices that make everyone’s time on the golf course run a little more smoothly. Golfing etiquette suggests not to slow down the round or interfere with someone else’s swing. Each golfer should leave the course in just as good of shape as they found it. There is a general expectation of decency in the shared outdoor space of a golf course.