In the New Year many of us decide to start a new hobby or take up a new sport. Golfing is a great sport to learn to play since it can be both an individual and a group sport, and it is suitable for people of all ages and genders. The golf course is also where some companies do business, so being able to join your boss and client on the golf course could even boost your career.
Golf is a game which suits many personalities. It can be thought of as an individual sport since you rely on yourself to win, it all comes down to your own skills and technique. On the other hand, golf can also be played in pairs and you need a group of people for a tournament so there is some element of team spirit involved.
If you’ve ever watched golf you will have seen many professional players lose their cool on the golf range. It can get pretty tense and competitive out there, so if you are taking up Golf then make sure you read all the tips and advice below to make sure you develop your game and skills successfully.
Firstly, Golf is a fairly easy sport to take up. There are normally lots of golf ranges and clubs around cities so you won’t struggle to find somewhere to practice.
Don’t buy a brand new set of clubs. There are lots of different clubs to suit different playing styles so it is a mistake to spend a lot of money on a brand new set before you develop your game, especially since a full set can be very expensive. Instead you can hire clubs from golf courses and driving ranges. Alternatively you could buy a half set. This generally comprises five irons and perhaps two woods and a putter. Usually the irons are the odd numbers 3,5,7,9 and a wedge. The best club to start off with is the shortest iron (nine iron) or a wedge.Firstly, Golf is a fairly easy sport to take up. There are normally lots of golf ranges and clubs around cities so you won’t struggle to find somewhere to practice.
Start out at the driving range. The golf course is no place for beginners. Here you can practice your shot until you have more control of the ball and can hit a target. Make sure you practice in all weather, since you can’t guarantee what the weather will be like during a game of golf. You need to be able to react to wind and rain and adapt your game.
You will also be able to access lessons from the professionals at the driving range. It is a good idea to get a minimum of 5 lessons, that way you will get a hang of the basics faster and can be assured you have the correct grip on the club.
The first golf course you play on should be a 9 whole course, before you progress to an 18 whole course. Once you have reached this stage practice and play with other experienced players to pick up the rules and etiquette of golf.
Think about arranging golfing trips. There are lots of excellent golfing hotels in the UK with their own golf course. Check out hotels in Chester with resident pros on hand if you want some tips and access to several magnificent courses.
Lastly try watching the pros playing golf tournaments on television. This will help you develop your game, as stance and posture are two of the most important skills in golf.
Let us know how you get on developing your game and if there are any other top tips you want to share!