For many, the thought of approaching a golf course as a newbie can be very intimidating. Like a game of chess, this sport is just as mental as it is technical when learning how to play. Here are a few suggestions to get you over the hump in your initial approach to playing this game, and enjoy it at the same time:
The first piece of advice would be to take some lessons from a skilled instructor. It’s important to know the many aspects of the game, including knowing your clubsthat is, which are woods, irons and the putter. You also need to know what each club does in the game, and how to swing them by having the proper setup.
Using your clubs, an instructor will teach you how to work on your long and short game on the golf course. He can also share with you the wisdom of knowing good course etiquette, as well as the rules to the game. After you’ve completed your lessons, practice makes perfect. Going to a range to get your swing together will help build your confidence in the game.
Another good learning tool is to watch professionals play the sport on television. However, remember that you are still a novice to the game, and don’t be fooled into thinking that it will be as easy for you as it is for the professionals. This is a sport that takes years to master, and even then, you can still have pitfalls in playing. This is a part of the mental aspect of the game, and you will need to learn how to get back up when the game will sometimes knock you down.
As you continue your journey to the golf course for the first time, remember that if you feel good and look good, you’ll play well. Playing well doesn’t necessarily mean that you will shoot a perfect score. It means that if you properly prepare yourself for your first experience, it can be an enjoyable one. Be sure to wear proper clothing and a nice pair of golf shoes, so you get the feeling of looking like a pro.
Furthermore, if you have the opportunity, find a friend or group whose skills are at the same level as yours. Oftentimes, playing with folks who are more experienced than you can be a little frustrating, especially when watching others excel. You don’t want your first-time experience to be your last. By playing with people at your level, you have the chance to gradually improve in a comfortable setting that is suited for your pace of play. Playing on a golf course should be a leisure activity that you look forward to coming back to again and again.