Beginner Golf Tips

The internet is full of beginner golf tips, but many of the articles and books skip some of the areas that are truly important for new golfers.  Here are several lesser-known, but very important beginner golf tips:

First and foremost, it’s imperative that you select the right clubs.  Children and juniors need clubs that fit them – that are sized properly for their height. While it may be cheaper for young players to try and learn with their parents’ clubs, it’s not the best way for them to master skills.  It may even lead to bad swing habits.

Beginners should also learn and observe the basic rules and etiquette on the course.  This is an often-overlooked tip.  More experienced golfers can help.  As you play a round with a new player, explain what you can about the rules and course.  For example, many new players don’t know how to enter and leave a sand trap. They may not know why the rake is sitting there, or that if they ground their club they are violating a rule.

One of the best beginner golf tips is to take a lesson or two.  Golf can be a frustrating game if not properly instructed, and many new players try to teach themselves the fundamentals of the swing. The course pro can help the new player get set up properly, explain the swing process, and critique the swing on the spot.

New players also have trouble with the takeaway, and you’ll often see them whip their club back with their hands. For any golf shot, a proper takeaway is crucial to the rest of the swing.  New players must learn they don’t have to bring the club back fast to make a good shot.

Yet another problem area for many new players is body rotation. The proper way to bring the club back is to allow the shoulders to turn while maintaining a square club face, followed by the hips. At the top of the back swing, the hips begin the process of the downswing, not the hands.

And, of course, the importance of proper follow through is another of the lesser-mentioned beginner golf tips.  Some shots will require a full follow-through; others do not.  Anyone learning the game should spend some time finding out which type of follow-through is best for each shot.

Stopping short on the follow-through is a fairly common mistake of the novice, and the awkward motion can affect the performance of the shot.  The reason most players do this is because they want to lift their head to watch the ball.  Avoid that urge and continue your follow-through until it is complete.

The most important beginner golf tips is simply to practice – not just with the driver, but with all the clubs, including the putter.  Practice, practice, practice. Unless you invest the time and energy to learn each club and understand how it reacts to your swing, you’ll never master the golf swing.

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