Golf Tips for Beginners

by : David Schiller

Golf Tips for Beginners
Copyright © David Schiller

Just starting out with golf? Keep these tips in mind if you want to maximize your enjoyment, while minimizing expense and confusion:

1. Grab a current copy of “The Rules of Golf: And The Rules of Amateur Status”, as published by the United States Golf Association (USGA) -

This little booklet will tell you everything you need to know about the official rules of golf, the handicap system, amateur status, proper equipment and much more. You can find the USGA online at

2. Rent your equipment in the beginning -

Good, quality golf equipment isn't cheap, and neither are lessons. Even a nice set of beginner's clubs could set you back a few hundred bucks. If you plan on taking lessons, you're probably looking at a minimum spend of $50-$60 per hour if you hire a professional trainer.

So, it's best if you can find a place to rent your clubs in the beginning or until you're absolutely sure that you want to play golf on a fairly regular basis. At that point, you might check out Ebay to find a deal on used clubs.

3. Go prepared

Unless you're playing on a green where a dress code is enforced (a country club, for example), try to dress in comfortable and somewhat loose-fitting clothing: jeans/shorts and a t-shirt or polo work well.

In other words, dress 'for the weather', but make sure you aren't wearing anything that hampers your swing. Also, don't forget comfortable shoes. If there aren't any carts available, you'll be doing a lot of walking from hole to hole.

Last, but not least, make sure you've got a stash of bottled water, basic first-aid supplies/medications and a cell phone if you intend to go out and practice alone.

Golf, on its own, isn't a very dangerous sport, but the distance of the green is a factor to keep in mind for medical emergencies.

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David Schiller
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