So you’re heading out for your first golf game? It can seem a little bit intimidating at first, but you’ll soon get into the swing of things (pun intended). If you are a new golfer there are a lot of things that you need to learn when you head out on the course for your first game. Here are some tips that you should keep in mind that will help you out:
· Make sure that you stretch out your back and shoulders. You will be using muscles that you might not normally use which can make you sore at the end of the day. Or, you could book a spa and golf break package so that you can get a massage after the game.
· If you leave an indent in the pitch, always repair this so that it doesn’t cause a problem for other golfers.
· Make sure that you are aware of the dress code at the golf course you are playing at. You want to make sure that you are dressed appropriately for your surroundings or you might not be allowed entry.
· Be ready to take a shot when it is your turn so that you don’t interrupt the flow of play. Pay attention, or you might end up holding up the entire group.
· If your group is slower and the group behind you has to wait, let them play through the hole first so that you are not holding them up.
· Don’t walk too close when someone else is putting or you will cast a shadow on their putting lines. Give them space to visualise the shot without you distracting them.
· Make sure that your stance is solid, wide and well balanced. A good and sturdy stance is an important place to start for a strong golf swing.
· Always make sure that you tilt at your hips and not at your waist, so that you can maintain good posture throughout your swing.
· When other people are taking a shot, don’t talk too loudly or it will distract them. Be considerate.
· If you hit the ball around other people accidently, always yell “Fore” to warn them to watch out.
· A common beginner golf swing mistake is lifting your head up too early. If you are not watching the ball, you won’t be able to hit it. This is one of the biggest issues that beginners have – so make sure that you are watching the ball until your body naturally pulls back up.
· There are a lot of apps you can download on your phone that will help you to track your golfing stats. This will let you know if you are improving and show you by just how much.
· More than half of your shots are going to be short shots such as putting, chipping and pitching. Taking the really big shots looks cool, but if you really want to improve your game the real art is in the short game.
· If you just want to practice but none of your friends are available, don’t be afraid to play a round by yourself. It can be very relaxing and a great opportunity to work on your swing.
Most of all, one of the important tips is to remember not to approach the game with unrealistic expectations. You are likely not going to be shooting a perfect game right away, so don’t be too hard on yourself if your golf game is terrible in the beginning. This is when some people get frustrated and give up, because golf isn’t always fun when you are not doing very well at it. Fortunately, it gets better.
Be patient with yourself, take the time to learn the skills and practice them and enjoy the game itself. Taking lessons is highly recommended, because it’s really valuable to have someone who knows what they are doing show you the basics. It’s worth it to take lessons now in order to get the good habits right off the bat than to struggle to fix a bad habit later. Many golf courses, such as Carden Park near Chester, offer lessons for beginners. Also, there are golf instructional videos online that you can watch which will teach you everything you need to know – with visual aids to help you understand.