Gearing Up for Golf - Information for the Novice

By: Ron King

Learning how to play golf requires more than just skill. Basic golf equipment and learning about your golfing needs are necessary features for gearing up for golf. Here are some golf tips for the amateur to aid you in learning how to play the game.

For starters, the basic golf equipment is a golf ball. Golf balls are dimpled so they can go very far when driven by golf clubs. Most courses will provide you with balls if you ask.

When gearing up for golf, spend a lot of time educating yourself about your golf club or golf driver. Golf drivers come in different types. This because each course has different landscapes and several golf clubs are needed to make the proper drive. Depending on the landscape, be it sand, grass or cement, a golf club is essential to make the right drive. Professional golfers generally have a bag or two of clubs to handle their golf needs. Most sports equipment stores sell golf clubs. Some are sold in sets while other are sold singly.

To protect your purchases, such as your golf clubs, a club cover is vital for your golfing needs. A golf bag will, of course, contain your clubs in one place and will make it more practical for you to transport many. Golf bags can also hold balls and other items like a water bottle to quench your thirst while under the sun or an extra shirt or your walking shoes. It also covers the edge of your golf club. This is done so to protect it from unsightly scratches and dents. Dents can cause your drive to go from ok to awful.

One piece of standard golf equipment that you need to purchase is a quality pair of golf shoes. Golf shoes are unique from usual rubber shoes or street footwear. They were designed to walk on greens. Golf shoes normally have pointed rubber on the soles to penetrate the earth and grass under your feet. This way, distracting shaking or moving is minimized. This is important because shaking can cause you to miss the ball or do it in the wrong direction. If you want to play professional golf, a sturdy pair of golf shoes is a key piece of golf equipment to purchase. Choose ones that are sturdy yet comfortable enough for you to walk in. Golf is a sport that requires traveling from one hole to another or to where your ball landed and thus, if your golf shoes are painful, you will have a hard time concentrating on your game.

Golf equipment typically supplied by most golf courses (aside from the golf ball) is the tee. The tee is the little pin that you push in the ground to stand your ball onto. It is used for teeing off (the start of your first drive) thus the name.

The most practical piece of golf equipment ever made is the golf cart. Golf carts can take you from one hole to the next, and while they are not allowed on the greens, nevertheless they reduce the burden of having to walk under the hot sun. This golf equipment can be acquired from golf courses. Players are generally made to use a cart to give them a better and more relaxed time playing the sport.

Many specialty and sport shops offer golf equipment. Cyberspace is also a good source. If you are on a tight budget, second hand golf equipment is auctioned off the Internet at E-bay or Yahoo. Or feel out your local golf and sports shops for your golfing necessaties. Don't be wary about asking for proper education at one of your local clubs or on the course. Just about golf clubs offer courses or a seasoned member may be prepared to give you tips regarding your swing, stroke or how to play the game. Gearing up for golf needs the expenditure of money and time, but once you have your fundamental golf equipment in hand, you'll be ready to score your 1st hole in one!

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