FAQ: Golf for Beginners

People new to golf often have several questions regarding the game. Some people get their answers from their instructors and other golfers, while others can be hesitant due to shyness. Despite inhibitions, receiving clarity on some topics improves your golf game in the long-run.

In this post, we’ll be answering some common golf questions that usually get asked by golf newbies.

  • What is the best golf club distance?

Ans. The best golf club distance varies from golfer to golfer. It depends on many factors such as playing condition (soft fairway or hard fairway), the type of club you’re using, the type of ball, weather conditions (calm or windy), your physical fitness, your swing speed, etc. There’s no wrong golf club distance, per say. You just need to figure out what distance works best for you.

  • How is the golf score calculated?

Ans. Scoring for golf is different from other sports. In golf, the player with the highest score loses, while the player with the lowest score wins. The scorekeeping is based on the number of swings you make to put the ball into the hole. For example, if it took 5 swings to put the ball into the first hole, then your score is 5. If it took 3 swings for the second hole, then your total score becomes 8 (5+3). The score addition continues until all the holes have been completed.

  • How high should I tee the golf ball?

Ans. This depends on the type of club you’re using. It should be inversely proportional, i.e., the longer the club, the higher the golf tee. Some pros believe the best tee height is equal to the top (crown) of the driver.

  • How should I repair the ball marks on the green?

Ans. Ball marks are little craters or depressions on the golf greens made from the ball’s impact on the surface. The best way to repair it is to use a ball mark repair tool. It’s made of metal or hard plastic with two prongs at the end. Insert the prongs into the grass at the corner or rim of the crater and push it towards the centre gently with a twisting motion. Now use your foot or putter to tamp down the surface.

  • Is it necessary to wear a golf glove?

Ans. No. It’s not necessary, but it is recommended. It becomes difficult for the golfer to get a good grip on a club when he/she is sweating. Some golfers don’t recommend wearing gloves, while others wear it only for one hand. It’s up to you whether you want to wear it or not.

  • What is golf etiquette?

Ans. Etiquette is a code of conduct that tells you how you should (or shouldn’t) behave in a given situation or place (a golf game or course, in this case). Golf etiquette is regarded as a basic knowledge of how one should behave when on the golf course.

Here are a few examples:

  • ● Don’t walk between a player’s ball and the hole.
  • ● Don’t talk while someone is making a backswing.
  • ● Always show up on time for your match.
  • ● Don’t get angry after a bad shot.
  • What does your ‘center of gravity’ refer to in golf?

Ans. Center of gravity, or CG as it is more commonly referred to in golf, plays a major role in the performance of your clubs. It is the imaginary place where all the points of balance on a golf club intersect. While the CG is typically found near the middle of an object, it is generally found closer to the golf club’s face due to that being the club’s thickest and heaviest part.

  • What are the essentials for new golfers?

Ans. For those new to golf or looking to get back into it, your first task is to equip yourself. Start with the basics: clubs, balls, a golf bag, towels, tees, shoes, and a divot tool. While there’s a lot more peripheral equipment for both new and seasoned players, these are what every player needs.

  • How long does it take to play a round of golf?

Ans. It takes about four hours for four golfers to complete 18 holes. But your actual game time will vary depending on factors like the number of golfers in your group and their skill levels.

  • Do golf courses have dress codes?

Ans. Usually, they do. For male players, a collared shirt and Dockers-style shorts or slacks will get you onto most golf courses; for female players, golf skirts are acceptable. Many upscale courses have a no-denim rule, while private luxury courses might also have no-shorts rules. Consult with your club prior to your next game or lesson.

  • Are golf shoes mandatory?

Ans. No, but they do keep your feet from sliding around while you swing.

Hopefully, this post answered some of the questions running through your mind. Remember that nobody becomes a golf professional overnight!

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