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15 Golf Tips for Beginners To Ace Their Shots

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If you’re just starting golf, things like clubs and gloves, game etiquette, and posture maintenance may all seem tough. But over time, as you learn golf basics and expert tips, everything falls right into place. 

No one is born a pro. Even Scottie Scheffler and Tiger Woods had to start somewhere! 

The first rule of acing golf is to be easy on yourself. Expecting too much from yourself in the beginning can kill the game’s fun. So, instead of focusing on the bad, see how your performance improves as you practice. 

In this article, we’ll discuss 15 effective golf tips for beginners. By the end, you will be all prepared to play golf like it’s always been in your blood. So, let’s get started!

Buy Beginner Golf Clubs and Accessories

First, we’ll talk about the equipment. Spending thousands on golfing equipment may initially seem tempting. All the shiny, sparkly new stuff may have you going overboard with extravagance. 

But do you really need all that stuff? Probably not!

Just a few basic clubs are enough to get started. It’s also good to note that the more extensive stuff you buy, the more confusing it will be, and ultimately, you’ll give up.

You may upgrade the equipment by the second or third year as you master the game, so for now, limit your expenses and spend on beginner-friendly accessories and clubs. 

Type of Clubs to Buy

The first look at clubs can be overwhelming, with so many different types, each serving a different purpose. A simple thing to remember is to sort the clubs (in your head) from the longest to the shortest.

The longest ones, namely the driver, fairway woods, and hybrid, have long shafts and little lofts. They are good for throwing the ball further and with speed. The irons have shorter shafts and more loft to propel the ball at shorter distances.

You can get a used or new beginner set of clubs to start (9-12 clubs are enough!).

Other Accessories You’ll Need

  • Gloves
  • Golf balls (Buy a pack of 36 since you’ll be losing many on the course in your first year)
  • Golf shoes (spiked ones for a better balance and smoother swing)
  • A towel
  • Tees (wooden Tees are the best, measuring 3 ½ inches)
  • Groove cleaner
  • A GPS app and watch or a Rangefinder
  1. Make Sure Your Gloves Fit

Gloves are called gloves for a reason: they need to fit in your hand perfectly. 

You need to find the right fit; otherwise, your swing will suffer. So spend on them; there is no need to get borrowed ones.

  1. Get Yourself a Coach

You can buy all the equipment you’ll need later but spend well on your lessons first.

Keep in mind that you will need lots of practice and patience to get into the game. So, the first thing to do is to look for a good coach. 

A coach can help you improve the game by guiding you where needed.

  1. Stick To Your Coach

Bonding with your coach may seem difficult at times. But if things are alright, stick to your coach.

Bouncing from one coach to another may be easy, but consistency is the key here. Stick to your coach and trust them. The more you get acquainted, the more they’ll learn about you, and the more you’ll be able to improve your skills with their guidance.

  1. Get Group Lessons

Also, take group lessons. You can take so many lessons from being part of a group that you won’t be learning in your private lessons. Also, since most of these golfers will be new to the game (just like you), there will be a lot less pressure there.

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice!

There’s no shortcut to practicing your shots. Consistency only comes once you perfect your shot, and it’s very easy to do once you have ample practice.

Remember we said it’s a game of patience? So, there’s no need to hurry. Remember, it’s not something you need to get over with.

Start with a practice routine. Even the most seasoned golfers have a pre-shot routine before they begin their practice swing.

Here’s an example of a practice routine you can follow: Walk up to the ball and stand behind it. At this point, it’s best to have a mental checklist so you can ensure the same conditions are present every time you take the shot. 

So, ensure you have the right posture and grip and are ready to take the shot. Here’s a little video that can help you with your pre-shot routine.

Practice that, and you’ll see how it brings consistency to your game.

  1. Work on Your Grip

One of the most important things in golf is the grip. No one can take a shot with a lousy grip, so take the time to master your grip on the club.

Here’s an easy way to do it. Does it still look difficult? Buy a grip trainer instead.

  1. Set your Posture

Another first step to starting golf is correcting your posture. How you stand with the ball profoundly affects how you take the swing.

Here’s how you can do it:

  • Hold the club before you, pointing its back end in your belly.
  • Lock in your arms and knees and maintain the angle with your hands. 
  • Next, bend in from the waist until the club touches the ground.
  • Flex your knees a bit, and there you have it. You are in just the position to aim for the pro shot.

You can also buy an alignment stick to improve your posture. 

  1. Enter the Driving Range

Embrace the fear and step into the driving range. If you don’t have one near you, look up golf simulators or other social venues that allow you to practice your swing. As per statistics, more than 50% of golf rounds are played on public courses.

Try to go there at least once a week and hit as many balls (50-100, at least) as you can.

  1. Play on Real Grass

Try to play or practice on natural grass. Grass mats or artificial grass do not give you a feel of the actual field. You may not even be able to tell if you’ve made contact and hit the ball or not.

  1. Learn Basic Etiquette
What is golf etiquette? Again, for someone new, it may seem like a lot to take in. That’s why we won’t go in-depth into it, but beginners are expected to know a few basics like these when they enter the field:
  • Stay with your group. Keep a standard stay of 12-15 minutes max at a hole. If you stay behind, you’ll keep the groups behind you waiting.
  • Stay quiet, and don’t move around too much to cause distractions.
  • Stay a safe distance from the golfers when you’re driving your golf cart.
  • Make sure you don’t cross anyone’s ‘line.’ (That’s the imaginary line between the golfer and their hole.)
  • Keep your golf cart at least 50 yards away from the green.
  • Rerake the bunkers so the next golfer doesn’t have to take the shot from your footprint.
  1. Listen More, Watch Less

Another skill you’ll have to master is the art of listening. You must listen to your swing and hear the ball roll into the holes without looking up.

It may take some time to do that, but since the golf course is clean and noise-free, you’ll soon be able to determine where the ball went without physically locating it.

  1. Go for the Green

For someone new to the game, it may look like the flags are there to direct you towards the hole.

But remember, these are not meant to be aimed at. Always aim for the center of the green, never the flag. This pro tip may seem surprising, but it can make a marked difference in your shot.

  1. Let Bad Shots Go

Lastly, don’t let one shot get you down. Remember that bad days come and go. In golf, it’s just a shot; it’ll pass. Also, instead of being a sour loser, go and take a few lessons.

As long as you’re playing golf, remember you have to be open to keep on learning.

  1. Time and Patience

Golf is a strange game. One day, you’ll love it, and the next, you’ll be questioning your abilities and asking yourself why you’re standing there even.

Be patient and be willing to learn. Enjoy the game; don’t think about winning or losing. 

Pick up after eight strokes and go home, reliving the time and fun you’ve had.   

You can also up your skills with a good read. Here are a few perfect for beginners:

  1. Set Realistic Timelines 

Take your sweet time to master the game with peace of mind. Here’s a kind of realistic timeline we’ve worked up for new players. You can tweak it per your practice and timeline:

  • Keep a standard of playing for 1-3 days every week.
  • In the first three months, you’ll be making misses and not hitting where you aim (And that’s Okay!)
  • You’ll also be hitting a few good shots within three months.
  • By a year, your shots will start to get more consistent.
  • You’ll be able to finish a few holes by now.
  • Year two will be more fun for you. You will then be able to complete the course rounds.
  • By now, you’ll also be able to keep your scores and set targets for yourself.
  • From year three onwards, you can think of upgrading your golf equipment. Ultimately, this will be when you can become a true Golfer.

Wrap Up

Golf is a game of friendship, networking, and building lasting memories. But at the same time, it is not an easy game. It frustrates you, makes you question your abilities, and makes you impatient. 

You just have to stick to your ground and enjoy every moment. Remember, you’ll hit at least as many good shots as the bad ones if you stay consistent. Learning is never-ending in golf.

With every level up the professional scale, you’ll learn a new skill or technique that’ll take you deeper into the game, and that’s the best thing about golf!