How to Play Golf
Taking your first steps
Learn how to play the right way
So you want to play golf?
INVEST IN THE RIGHT GOLFING GEAR
Don’t Skip The Rules
Here are some scoring basics to remember above all:–
GOLF BASIC RULESPART 1
There are 18-holes on the golf field.
You are allowed a fixed set of shots to get the ball to each of these holes. This is called ‘par,’ which could be from 3 to 5 for each hole. A ‘par 4’ hole is one where it typically takes 4 shots to get the ball to the hole. The overall par count of the golf course is kept as 72 in most cases.
Golfing scores are labelled with different terms based on the number of shots taken for the hole in comparison with its par.
It is called a ‘par’ if you take the exact amount of shots as the par count. That is, you take 3 shots to get the ball to a par 3 hole.
Bogey is where you take 1 shot more than the ‘par’ (you take 4 shots to get the ball to a par 3 hole).
Double bogey — 2 shots more than par.
Triple bogey- 3 shots more than par.
Birdie — 1 shot under par (you get the ball in 2 shots for a par 3 hole).
GOLF BASIC RULESPART 2
Eagle — 2 shots under par.
Albatross — 3 shots under par.
Condor — 4 shots under par.
You get the status of a good golfer when you play under par.
You cannot swap balls while playing the same hole, and you can only take a maximum of 14 clubs with you in your bag.
You should not tee the ball in front of the markers which are color-coded based on the proficiency level of the player. The ball falling in front of the tee by itself doesn’t count as a shot. But if your club makes contact and causes the ball to fall off, even if it has just dropped on the ground, it is still considered as a shot.
When every golfer’s ball is in the green, the one whose ball is the farthest away from the hole takes the first putt.
Hitting the ball beyond a defined boundary means hitting ‘out of bound.’ This adds a penalty shot. You can then use a provisional ball to take the shot from the same place where the previous ball that went out of bounds was present.
Check out the official page of the United States Golf Association for all the rules that you should be aware of. This is important before you get into professional tournaments. Till then, you are good to go with the above set of rules. These are the ones that I started out with, and now I’m sharing them with you. Read up and study the rules. It’s as important as playing the game.
FINE TUNING YOUR GOLF SKILLS
Practice with the 80/20 rule as your magic potion.
The 80/20 Rule
Your Putts Matter
Take up classes
Along with all these steps here are some tips that I recommend for any amateur golfer :-
- Correct your posture
- Work on your stance
- Get the right grip installed on your club
- Quality of the club matters more than the price
- Strengthen your physique in general. This comes handy as you would be straining your back during the hours of intense practice.
- Consider the weight of the club. Pick beginner-friendly clubs and balls for your practice
- Reserve your driver for later on in the game. This is not a club that beginners have to fret over.
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A Final Note
Golf is one of those games that you cannot master overnight. You might need days or months of practice. Do not get disappointed too soon or do not give up on your practice session. You can attain consistency in the game only if you are consistent in practicing it. All the books you read and the information your trainer might provide you can be put to good use only with practice. You might get the basics of how to alter your swing speed or how to improve the spin etc. from various sources of information. You would actually have to hold your club and take the shot to know what it feels like. This experience makes the actual impact.