How to play golf for beginners: swing tips, course management, and mental (the foundation to a good game).
If you can learn to be good & consistent with your swing, managing the course, and how you deal with the game mentally, then you will have what it takes to shoot low scores consistently.
Golf is a great sport, I love it because I love the challenge.
Most of the time that you will notice that you are really just playing yourself and the course.
It’s different than most other sports, because your actions (reactions) aren’t greatly impacted by the another player (i.e. defense)…
Now someone’s play may make you want to try a different shot or approach the game differently, but that’s your choice and is usually when most golfers make mistakes.
How To Play Golf For Beginners
Tip #1: Shoot low scores. Shooting the lowest score is the name of the game when it comes to golf. Every hole has a number of shots that you want to complete the hole in.
This is called “par”.
Par is good, really good.
In order to shoot par, you have to simplify the game and play to your strengths.
A good game plan is to hit the ball off the tee so that it is playable and leaves you a second shot that you are good at hitting or allows you to have an easy “up & down”.
Then to take less than 2 putts per hole. This is the basics of a “par” game.
Tip #2: Positive energy in = Positive energy out. This is such a HUGE key to playing great golf.
If you are having positive energy in (i.e. hit good tee shots, make putts, keep it on the fairway, good course management decisions) you will feel good about your game.
How do you do this?
Play with clubs and hit shots that you know that you can make and let the rest fall where it may.
This positive energy in will help you to play with more consistency & swag (confidence).
Tip #3: Learn to relax and forget the last shot, last hole, last round. If you don’t have a short memory so to speak during a round of golf, you won’t be able to play this game well.
You can’t keep thinking about the last mistake or the last success, you have to play each shot as if its its own game. This remember that positive energy in helps you to do this.
Tip #4: When you start to think to much go back to the basics: set up, ball position, posture & relaxation, be rhythmic “slow-ish” taking the club back, and the follow all the way through finish… This speaks for itself.
You can be a scratch (par) golfer by just sticking to the basics.
The game becomes waaay to confusing and inconsistent when you try to do to much. Get great at hitting tee shots, getting up & down inside of 50 yards, and putting… and you will be able to beat each course.
Tip #5: Don’t always take dead aim at the pin (amateur mistake) play your shot style (slice, hook, fade, draw when you are on course). Work on a straight shot when you’re not. Then use the shot that you have at that time.
It’s not always to best decision to aim for the flag.
Sometimes hitting the middle of the green is the best shot.
Remember not only will this affect your positive mental attitude, but it will help you to have a better following shot and keep you out of trouble and potentially losing shots from penalties.
Tip #6: Put your money into lessons before clubs. Don’t go out and by the “best” (most expensive infomercial) clubs thinking they are going to help you shoot lower scores.
That’s not the problem… yes, there is a time for buying clubs that match & fit your game.
But that’s not where you start or where you put your dependency.
You do depend on your game and golf skill, and you can only do that when you have it.
Work on real golf skill by getting lessons and then lessons from the best golf coaches & golf teachers in your area.
Now that you know how to play golf for beginners, you can get off on the right foot and start to see success faster and with greater impact than most other players. The game is really simply if you let it and go with the flow.
Rootin’ for ya always,
P.S. A style that has worked for me was called: “Natural Golf” when I started it back in 1999. But now is referred to as single plane golf and is taught incredibly by: Little Moe…