Some of your best friends are in love with the game of golf. You’ve heard co-workers talking about their next day out on the local golf course. You’re thinking it’s time to find out what all the buzz is about. Maybe this could be the game for you. It isn’t strenuous. You get to enjoy the fresh air when the weather is fine. Riding in a golf cart is a perk, plus you can spend the day with some of your favorite people. Before you accept the next invitation to play eighteen holes, find out what you need to learn the sport.
Dress for Success
Believe it or not, but there is an unspoken dress code on the golf course. You’ll stick out like a sore thumb if you show up in jeans or a t-shirt. There are golf tops for ladies and skirts. If you don’t want a skirt, golf shorts are fine. Plan on wearing a belt. You can also wear pants, but they should be a step up from casual. People usually wear neutral colors for their pants or shirts. Brighter colors or pastels can be used for shirts. You should wear socks that match your outfit. Don’t forget to invest in a pair of golf shoes.
Familiarize Yourself with the Equipment
To play golf, you need to know what equipment you’ll need. You’ll need golf balls, golf tees to set the ball on before you swing, and golf clubs. The clubs include a driver, hybrids, woods, putters, and wedges. You’ll need to understand the purpose of each type of club. Woods and the driver are going to help you when you have to send the ball flying a long distance. You’ll use irons when you’re shooting a short distance. Hybrids can be used in place of irons. Use wedges for getting out of the sand trap or shorter swings. Break out the putter when it’s time to close the gap from a short distance to the hole. You’ll also want golf gloves to help you have a good grip. Your golf bag will come in handy when you are lugging your clubs across the green. If you aren’t ready to buy all the equipment, you can rent it at the clubhouse.
It’s All About Posture
When you play golf, you need to learn the basics of how you should position your body. You need to stand with your feet apart from the same distance as your shoulders. You should feel like your weight is equally distributed between your feet. Your hands should be close together at the top of the club. You’ll take one step in toward the ball as you grip your club, get ready to bend from your hip and bring the club back for a swing.
Practice Makes Perfect
Don’t expect to be an expert at the game of golf overnight. You can start with a trip to the driving range to practice posture and your swing. Experiment with each kind of club. Try going out for only nine holes the first few times you play. You can work your way up to a full game. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t play well. You can always try again the next hole or the next game. Remember to enjoy yourself.
Know the Proper Etiquette on the Course
Ask about any special rules at the golf course where you are playing, such as how you should handle it when your ball has been shot out of bounds. You also need to clean up your messes. If you send a divot, or clod of dirt, flying, it’s up to you to put it back. In the same way that you should take out anything you take into a campsite, do your best to leave a golf course looking the way it did when you started.
Golf is a wonderful way to pass a leisurely day with friends or family. You will have plenty of time to socialize as you travel from hole to hole. Ask questions from others who know what the game is all about. Finding a mentor can help you to get up to speed in as little time as possible.