Golf is a fantastic game to get into from a young age. While it’s generally viewed as a sport for the retired – it is a great way to keep active in your old age after all – there are plenty of benefits for taking up golfing at every age! Only problem is, though, that taking up golfing for the first time can be a bit daunting. After all, there’s so much equipment you’ll need to start up that you probably don’t know where to begin and nobody wants to look like they don’t know what they’re doing!
Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some great tips for getting yourself acquainted with the golf course and how not to stick out like a sore thumb on the green.
Dress the Part
Golfing used to be a sport for the elites and while it has certainly toned itself down a lot more you will find that if you turn up to the golf club in the wrong clothes you and your Bermuda shorts will be given your marching orders. Most golf clubs will enforce a strict dress code so it’s good sense to dress in golf-suitable clothing in general to get the most out of your game.
A polo shirt, a pair of golf slacks and a quality pair of golf shoes – Ecco’s should do the trick – will be enough for you to pass the rigorous fashion tests of the golf clubs. Giving you much more time to dedicate to actually becoming good at the sport.
Get Professional Help
It may sound dramatic, but honestly, if you’re anxious about making a fool of yourself when you hit the ball in completely the wrong direction then why not have a look at what local golfing instructors charge near you? Plenty of these will provide courses for beginners so you can get a helping start into the sport and not have to break any bad habits you may pick up by trying to train yourself to play.
If you’re a bit short on cash, then you could always ask a seasoned friend to help you out? Every time you play yourself a game you will get a little better so don’t be disheartened if you’re absolutely rubbish the first time you pick up your club – just keep working at it!
Shop Around for the Right Green
You may want to play in the golf course that’s closest to your home, and that’s fine, but we’d recommend getting a lay of the land before you commit to a membership at a specific course. Plenty of clubs offer a one-day access pass that lets you play on the green for the whole day while taking in some facilities like a driving range – use this as your opportunity to do a bit of scouting and ask yourself ‘can I see myself playing here?’
There are plenty of factors to take in, such as course difficulty, the facilities, the scenery and the general atmosphere at the club. Treat it as if you’re looking for your home away from home and you can’t go wrong!