People who tried playing golf at least once in a lifetime will definitely tell you to go for it. There is something special about this game.

First of all, it can provide you with dozens of health benefits. Spending time in nature can improve your sleep, burn calories, and keep your heart rate up. Secondly, it can help you expand your social circle and keep in touch with important people.

The last but not the least, the game can reduce stress levels (maybe these are the reasons why Donald Trump spends some much time playing golf?).

If you also want to start playing, welcome to the golf club! There are a few things you should know: it is not the easiest game, but you will have a lot of fun!

Are you going to play golf soon? If so, check these useful tips that can help you at the start.

Equipment

If you are not sure whether you want to make golf your Sunday activity, you can always rent basic equipment in the club. However, it is not an option in case you want to practice your golf skills on a regular basis.

You can have up to 14 different clubs in your bag while playing. Keep in mind that you don't need a lot of them if you are a beginner. Golf players recommend starting with a putter, a sand wedge and a driver since these clubs are the easiest ones.

Another important thing is a pair of high-quality golf gloves. Having gloves while playing will protect your hands from swings. Also, consider investing in golf shoes; they will help you while swinging.

When it comes to balls, the best option for the beginner like you would be reaching out to the retailers. Usually, they sell balls they found at the bottom of the lake at a reasonable price.

Also, you will need a golf bag to carry your clubs and balls. You don't need to spend thousands of dollars to play golf well. So, do your research, check various online golf shops to compare prices; some shops have discounts for used basic golf equipment.

Start With the Basics

Every beginner has a temptation to hit the golf ball as far as possible. However, it will not make you a better player. You need to learn the short shots at first. It will help you get used to different clubs, keep your tension level in check, and understand the strategy you can apply in order to win.

Once you feel comfortable enough, you can start ripping drivers. However, at first, you should work hard on the details such as tempo, grip, balance, and stance. It might be not the most exciting part, but it will help you to take things to the next level.

Take Lessons

In some cases, minor mistakes can jeopardise your performance. To prevent it, consider taking golf classes in the club.

Only golf teachers will be able to tell you whether you are doing everything in the right way and help you improve. With a pro, you will be able to learn all the rules, the difference between gears, and how to get your swing moving in the right direction.

Other than that, don't hesitate to ask your golf buddies to help you out. Also, you can watch a couple of golf tournaments on TV so that you can see the strategies of the best players. Who knows, maybe one day you will be playing golf with one of them!

Practice Whenever You Can

You can have a brilliant mind, however, you will not be able to succeed if you don't practice your moves. You'd be surprised to know that you can practice your golf skills whenever you are.

For instance, you should work on creating a balanced and wide stance. What's stopping you from practicing it during a break at work? You should also work on your golf posture—make sure to tilt at your hips.

Another useful tip is to try different clubs and gears in order to understand what you prefer the most.

Get Ready for the 19th Hole

The 19th hole is the term that golf players use to invite each other to the pub after the game. As you can understand, golf is a social activity. For many golf players, going to the 19th hole implies meeting new people, showing off their equipment, and sharing the latest news.

If you get invited, consider it a good sign and just say yes to it. Keep in mind that restaurants and pubs in golf clubs are usually a bit overpriced. No wonder, golf is considered the game of wealthy people. However, you don't need to be Trump to play and enjoy golf every weekend.

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