Golf is a brilliant sport that can be played in all weathers and in almost every country around the world. Whilst the way in which golf is played is always the same, this is a unique sport in that every place which you play gold will be different. All basketball courts are the same, all football pitches are the same and all ice hockey rinks are the same, the surroundings may be different but that’s it. In the case of golf however, every course which you play on is different from the next, and this is one of the reasons why so many adore this game.
It was Bharat Bhise HNA golf coach and long time friend of mine who got me into this sport, and slowly but surely I have fallen in love with the way that golf is played. Golf is a very cerebral game which will test your mind as much as your body. The issue which many have is that golf is not a cheap sport to get involved in and whilst anyone can pick up a cheap club and hit balls in an open field, to really get started you do require a little investment. To help you keep costs down, here are the bare essential ingredients which you need.
You are of course going to need some clubs and a bag to get started but aim not to go crazy with what you buy. The bare essentials for anyone who is starting out is a driver, a 3 wood, a couple of irons like 7 and 9, a sand wedge, a pitching wedge and a putter. With a small collection of 6 or 7 clubs you will be able to get started and then as time goes on you can add more to your bag. There is a massive array of clubs which you could get, but that isn’t necessary right now.
Gold club memberships are not cheap but there are many options in front of you here. First of all there are some cheap clubs out there, granted the courses may not be as great as others, but they will give you the chance to really practice your game. An alternative is that you don’t buy a membership but instead pay green fees, which are one-time passes that allow you to play on a certain course, this could be combined with practice on putting greens and driving ranges. Avoid getting a membership for an expensive course right away, because you may not get the full value from it.
Clothes and Shoes
Golf is a very respectable sport and in the main clubs will have a dress code which you should stick to. This will include wearing trousers only rather than jeans, as well as always wearing a collar. In terms of shoes you will need to use spiked shoes on the greens, so this will be a necessary purchase. You can get shoes and clothes for low price if you take a look online, and there are many which are cheap but perfect for someone who is just starting out. Something else which you may need but isn’t necessary is a windbreaker jacket, when you are out on the open course this can have a huge impact on how you feel and how you play.
Other than balls and tees there really aren’t many accessories which you are going to need and whilst you certainly can buy all kinds of extras, it doesn’t make financial sense to do so. You could buy golf club covers, wheels for your bag and all manner of details and add ons but the point is that they aren’t absolutely necessary. In the beginning, whilst you are working out how much you enjoy the poster and how good you are at it, the best course of action is just to get the bare essentials. Anything extra can be bought down the line, but if you just want to get your chops in this sport, keep things low cost and simple.
During this early stage of your golfing ‘career’ the key is to focus on how to play, how best to hold your body and how best to swing in order to get maximum results. What you need to be doing is practice on a range of terrains, hitting the ball over different distances with different clubs. When you g around a golf course you are going to be presented with a huge number of challenges in terms of getting your ball to the hole, which is why practicing as much as you can in different situations will help you out. Keep the equipment simple for now, learn how to play and then you can go out and get some fancier stuff.