If you are thinking about taking up the golf sport, you will need to learn the basics, get yourself a club set and get out there and swing! If you are just starting out, you are probably looking for some help and suggestions. To help you with some pro pointers, we have assembled some of the best tips from professionals in golf.
“When you're a new golfer, you'll want to use clubs that are easier to learn with. Using golf clubs that are designed for beginners will make the ball easier to hit since the clubs are lighter and more forgiving. When you are more experienced you'll want more control, but it's better to use golf clubs designed for someone who is still learning in the beginning. There are sets you can buy that are already put together with the clubs you will need.”
Alice Anderson, Founder and Creator of How She Golfs
“One of the last places people think to look for help getting started at golf is on their phone or laptop. There are a range of free and inexpensive online courses that can help you learn basic swing mechanics, club selection and course etiquette. They're easy to find with a simple Google search or on YouTube. This is a great hack for both adults who are letting embarrassment hold them back from getting started and for families who want to get their kids started before investing in in-person lessons.”
Dave Kine, Owner and Operator of SkillScouter.com
“Having fun is the most important thing when it comes to playing golf. I think amateur should consider this the number one goal. Secondly, keep it simply stupid. Don’t over complicate the swing. Start with half swings or 3/4 swings instead of full swings.Thirdly, don’t buy expensive clubs when you are just starting out. Used clubs which are 3 to 5 years old are about 50% cheaper than newer models. Lastly, if you are beginning, play with golfers/friends who will help you with the rules, pace of play, and will provide you with some tips that work for them. More importantly, you will see how they mess up so you don’t feel as bad.”
Anoulom Soutdarany, Owner and Founder of Golfingeagle.com.
“The best advice I could give any amatuer golfer is to learn how to properly grip the golf club before you learn anything else. Learn the fundamentals of why you hold the club handle a certain way and what muscles are involved in applying pressure when swinging. This will help you better understand how to keep the club face straight during impact and will make a huge difference in your development.”
Aiden Cole, Co-Founder of HIDE.
“Something most amateurs overlook when learning the sport of golf is the plane or “arch” of their swing. For shorter people your plane would be more shallow, for taller people more steep. You want to follow your golf plane up to the backswing and all the way through impact. The plane is an imaginary line that you follow from the back of your swing to the front, this will help you with consistency and accuracy.”
Michael Hennessy, CEO of Diathrive
“NEVER stand over your ball without a purpose. Everything from your stance, to your grip to your address position should all be done with a purpose for you to execute your shot.” says Dan Gold.
Dan Gold also gives some tips for the best grip on your club, “Most amateur golfers have a V grip and this is common, but this grip sacrifices power on the downswing to gain control and help prevent a slice. Many amateur golfers also use a 10 - 2 grip, which means their forearms are parallel to the ground when holding the club. Again, the purpose here is control and preventing a slice when making the downswing in front of your body. The clubface should be open in your grip (I like a 10 O'clock position). This will ensure you don't hit any hooks when you swing for the ball.”
“ALWAYS be sure you are in the right position on the tee to execute the proper swing off the tee. If you are too close to the ball, your club will have too much loft (high launch angle) and this will cause the ball to travel low and long. If you are too far from the ball, you will end up hitting the ball with too much power and this will cause the ball to travel high and short.”
Dan Gold, Sir Golfsalot
“Many amateur golfers, particularly beginners, think that they need to use their whole bag of 14 golf clubs during a round of golf. However, it's a much better approach to get really good with a handful of clubs, before branching out and refining your club selection. Getting really excellent with your driver, a lower iron (like a 6 iron), a higher iron (like an 8 iron), a wedge (my suggestion would be a pitching wedge), and your putter can get you very far in your game. Think about it: Pretty much every hole requires you to drive and putt. Perfectioning those two types of strokes is much more important than developing versatility with your whole selection of clubs in your bag.”
Denny Putsh, Chief Editor for Hitting the Golf Ball.