An Ultimate Beginners’ Guide to Playing Golf

Golf, though once called a ‘gentleman’s game’, is now played by men and women alike. If you have started learning golf, it’s obvious for you to be curious about its interesting aspects. From golf history to equipment, rules, and etiquette, our post discusses a lot of things about this wonderful game.

History of Golf

This celebrated game traces its roots back to 100 BCE Rome where players used to hit a stuffed leather ball with a stick that was slightly bent. However, golf did not find international fame until the late 19th century when it spread to the United Kingdom, throughout the British Empire, and then to the United States.

The modern game has its roots in Scotland. Initially, it was banned by the Scottish Parliament as a distraction to military personnel, thereby hampering defense of the country, but the ban was lifted by 1500. Balls made of wood and leather were introduced, as were steel clubs. Royalty popularized the game all over Europe. Gradually it gained recognition throughout the rest of the world.

Things to Know About Golf Equipment

The main pieces of golf equipment are, of course, a club and a ball. As a beginner, try to find out everything you can about them before buying the right ones for you. These can influence your performance.

  • Invest in a few clubs

Though you’re allowed to carry 14 clubs in your bag, you might not need them all during your initial golf lessons in Oakville, Brampton, and other parts of the GTA. Instead, start with a driver, a sand wedge, and a putter. These clubs have an ‘S’ on the sole or a loft of 54 to 56 degrees.

  • Try before you buy

Always try out new clubs before buying. Try 6-irons with both stiff-flex and regular-flex shafts as these are the easiest for beginners to handle. Once you have a grip on both the game and its tools, you can shift to more professional ones.

  • Opt for wooden clubs

Wooden clubs have more loft which helps you to hit the ball further more easily.

Wooden Golf Clubs

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  • Select the right number of balls

Beginners to golf often lose many balls during the learning process. That’s why it is best to buy cheaper balls to start. Invest in better golf balls once you can assure yourself that you won’t lose them all.

Golf Rules

Scoring

  • There are 18 holes on a golf course. Every hole has a ‘par’ which is the ideal number of strokes.
  • Par ranges from three to five strokes, and is known as ‘a Par 3’, ‘Par 4’, etcetera.
  • The pars for each hole are then added up to equal the total pars for the field which is typically 72.

There are specific names for your performance on each hole:

  • Even with par
  • 1 under Par – Birdie
  • 1 over Par – Bogey
  • 2 over Par – Double Bogey
  • 3 over Par – Triple Bogey
  • 4 over Par – Quadruple Bogey

Tee Markers

When you ‘tee off’, which is the term for starting a hole, do so behind tee markers. These denote the boundaries of the teeing ground and are drawn on the ground by brightly-coloured, oversized markers.

Shot Order on Green

Once you have reached the green, the person furthest from the hole should go first. This repeats until everyone has made their putts.

Out of Bounds

If you hit your ball into the water or out of bounds, you will get one stroke penalty. This means either you must drop a new ball where you had hit the ball or at the place where it went out of bounds. Then resume play.

Golf Etiquette

There is a reason why this sport is known as a ‘gentleman’s game’, as there is a wide range of etiquette to be followed.

  • Never talk during someone’s backswing.
  • Avoid walking through another player’s line (i.e. the distance between the ball and the hole).
  • Refrain from hitting the ball into the group in front of you.
  • Be punctual.
  • Keep your cool even after missing a shot.

Golf Tips for Beginners

  • Golf is not easy. Be persistent if you really want to make a mark.
  • Choose a coach and enroll in lessons.
  • Work on your aim before perfecting your swing.
  • Don’t play from difficult tees or courses until you’re confident.
  • Check your stats and progress to stay motivated.
  • Study matches played by reputed golfers to get the hang of the game.

Do you have more questions? If so then get in touch and we will be happy to help you become a better golfer.

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