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My 3 Tips for Beginning Golfers

Learning to play? Here's my best advice.

Everyone is a beginner golfer at some point. I didn’t start playing regularly until I was an adult. Now, I play at least once a week. It’s a great outlet for me to be competitive and a fun way for me to spend uninterrupted time with my loved ones.

Here are a few tips to help you get going.

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Ready golf

Golf has a lot of rules. As a beginner don’t put pressure on yourself to know them all. It’s impossible. What you can do as a beginner, is play ready golf. Ready golf means you are prepared for each hole and aren’t holding up the game. Most golfers would rather play 18 holes for 4 hours with a 20-handicap golfer, than 6 hours with a golfer who shoots 60.

Don’t be afraid to play it forward. That means, play whatever tee box your skill level indicates, not where your ego tells you to go. As a beginner, why make a hard game harder? Feel free to use tees on the fairway. And, be sure to bring extra golf balls.

Have fun

This may sound simple, but many golfers take the game too seriously. Unless you’re a TOUR Player getting paid to play, remember that you’re out there to have fun. The great thing about golf, is that thanks to the handicap system all levels of golfers can compete together.


First, relax. Tension is one of the biggest hindrances to a good golf swing. Next, swing your swing. Don’t try to imitate someone else’s. Be sure to have a balanced footing. Don’t stand too narrow or too wide. Focus on your center of gravity and setup in a way that feels comfortable to you.

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