By Pamela Saladino
Getting into golf can be a hard start for many. Hitting the golf ball may look simple, but once you step up to that dimpled ball, it can be a love-and-hate relationship from that first swing. There is so much to know when learning the game of golf including, rules from proper etiquette, dress code, stroke play, penalties, proper warm-up, and this doesn't include everyone's swing advice; keep your head down, keep your arm straight, slow down, keep your eye on the ball. The list is endless - so where do you start?
Here are my top tips if you are looking to get started in the game of golf.
FIND A FRIEND
Golf isn't the easiest sport to learn, but if you have a friend that plays golf, they can help you get started and may even have a few clubs for you to practice with.
INVEST IN THE TOOLS
Start with a beginner's "complete" set of clubs. Once you can make good contact and have developed a common ball flight, you may want to consider being fitted into a new set to take your game to the next level.
SEARCH FOR A LOCAL LPGA OR PGA PROFESSIONAL
Search for a local LPGA or PGA Professional in your area with programs for beginners. Start with the fundamentals.
Grip - get a grip and understand which of the 3 grips suits your game best.
Posture - building a good posture and a solid set-up position is key to avoiding common swing issues in playing golf and staying consistent.
Alignment - almost all swing issues are a result of poor alignment, understanding alignment is key in your golf journey. Practice - whether it's at the range or Top Golf, spending time with your new swing is key. Once you're comfortable challenge yourself to a Par 3 course.
UNDERSTAND THE GAME
Whether it's learning the terminology, rules, or etiquette, watching Golf on TV or in movies will elevate your golf knowledge.
LAUGH OFF THE BAD SHOTS
Golf is not a game of perfection, you will have bad shots and great shots. Therefore, don't worry about what others are thinking. Lastly, it's just a game, so have fun!