The best time to take up any sport is when you are young; however, it is better late than never. Some adults want to take up the game but simply don’t know where to look or start. If you are thinking that this may be the year you take up the sport there are a few key hurdles you will want to address.
Do I need my own equipment?
You do not need to own clubs when you begin playing and I do not encourage newcomers to jump out and buy a new set right away.
As you begin to play more you will start to develop personal preferences on how you like your clubs to look and feel in your hands. It doesn’t take long for these preferences to develop so if you wait until you have played a few times, you will be much better suited to choose clubs to your liking.
If you do not currently own clubs, you can always borrow some from a friend, rent them at the golf course (all will have them), pick up a cheap used set in the classified ads or at a garage sale.
Would it be beneficial to take lessons and coaching?
You can take either private or group lessons and both do have their advantages. An introductory look at the fundamental keys involved in putting, chipping and swinging will help you develop a sense of comfort and allow you to practice with purpose.
Group lessons are cost-effective but that is not the only advantage that they offer. Group programs will have an established curriculum that is designed to target a specific player demographic. A beginner’s program will cover more than just the technical issues like grip and stance; you will find components woven into each lesson that introduce basic rules, etiquette, safety and equipment. Golf courses are a very dynamic environment with many subtle etiquettes and procedural nuances that can overwhelm a beginner so this additional information will be vital to your overall enjoyment.
It is a great game and one you can enjoy well into your senior years so it is never too late to start. Commit and take the first step today; what are you waiting for?
Have the BEST day you can!
Trevor Moore – CPGA, TPI-CGFI, CFI