We understand. Golf can seem terribly complicated for the uninitiated. So many rules, so many different types of clubs. And then there is the lingo: birds, coconut, bumps and runs. At Golf Digest, this may be the language we speak every day, but we also know that it is a language that can scare potential golfers even before buying a club. This is the online guide for beginners. For those who don’t know anything about golf, our goal is to guide you through this uncertainty. What kind of clubs do you need? How do you practice? When do you know that you are ready for the golf course? From our point of view, the only stupid questions about starting golf are the ones you are afraid to ask, or worse, the ones you can’t find an answer to. The purpose of this guide is to ensure that the last part is no longer a problem. —Sam Weinman If you are looking for more instructions for beginners, check out our video lesson series: The Will Robins Plan: Basic Principles for Beginners.
What you need to know about clubs
Undoubtedly, the right equipment always helps, but there’s no need to empty your savings account to get started. Instead, focus on finding the type of equipment that will allow you to develop your imperfect skills at minimal cost. There will be plenty of time to choose the latest and most popular products on the market (and when you do, be sure to start your search with one of our top 100 club providers, but at first, learn, and don’t buy, your priority. – Mike Stachura , senior team editor
You only need a few sticks
You can carry up to 14 sticks in your backpack, but you won’t need as many when you first learn. Instead, start with a conductor, a stick, a sand wedge (it’s the stick that has an “S” in the sole or a loft from 54 to 56 degrees) and supplement those with 6 iron, 8 iron, cast wedge , and a wooden or hybrid fairway with 18-21 degrees of loft. These are the most forgiving clubs and are the easiest to fly. You can find new and used titanium drivers for just $ 75 and changers for much less than online, but most golf booths and sporting goods in general also offer discounted and / or used club stands. .
If you are an absolute beginner and want to buy clubs, go to a golf store or a larger driving range and ask to try a 6-plate with a regular shaft and a rigid shaft. (In general, the faster and more aggressive the swing, the more you prefer an axle labeled “S” for stiff.) One of the two should seem easier to control. This is the axis that must start for all your clubs. After you take the game seriously and are able to make consistent contacts, a club will allow you to make the most of your team.
The Loftier the Better Unless you are a strong, well-coordinated athlete with experience in bat and ball sports (baseball, softball, hockey, tennis, for example), choose woods with more loft. Why? The additional loft generally means that it will be easier to get the ball up in the air and you can also reduce lateral rotation so that your shots fly straighter. Therefore, choose drivers with at least 10 degrees of loft and fairway woods that start at 17 degrees, not 15 degrees.
Take advantage of clubs created for beginners: some types of clubs are easier to reach than others. For one thing, it is better to use hybrids instead of 3, 4, and 5 plates. And boards with a wider sole (the bottom of the board) alleviate the tendency for the club to stay on the ground when you hit too far behind the ball. Also, with more weight concentrated on the sole, the center of gravity of the iron will be smaller and this will help the shots start a higher trajectory. In general, a more tolerant iron has a sole that is approximately the width of two fingers (from the front edge to the rear edge). If the sole of an iron is less than a finger wide, you should only touch it if you get paid. To find the right iron for you, explore the super game upgrade plates on our Hot List.
Choose the right ball
Buy balls on a sliding scale based on how much you lose in a round. If you’ve never played before or lost two or more series per round, buy balls that cost around $ 20 per dozen (if you can’t decide between one brand and another, try adding some to see how they feel leaving the club. Expensive). When you reduce the number of balls lost to perhaps three to five balls per round, buy balls that cost less than $ 30 per dozen. Only if you’re losing less than a sleeve per round, consider the $ 40 to a dozen balls. For a complete summary of golf balls, see our Ball List.
Take lessons right away. The bad news when you start is that you don’t know much about golf. The good news? You don’t know much about golf. You probably didn’t have a lot of bad habits and you have a lot of questions about what to do. There is nothing better than starting in a positive direction. And don’t just look for instructions when you’re having trouble. It is just as important to know what you are doing well as what you are doing wrong. Sometimes your golf buddies may have good advice for you, but it’s best to find a PGA professional, as they are trained to teach the game to someone like you. To find a great instructor near you, check with the best Golf Digest teachers in your state. Since May is the month of the free PGA class, see here where you can get a free 10-minute lesson.