Golf For Beginners Basics

Golf Lesson photoThe popularity of golf has increased tremendously over

the past forty five years, giving us champions like

Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, and Tiger Woods, and

world-renowned courses like Pinehurst, Augusta

National and the Blue Monster at Doral.


Why has golf become so popular? It’s the opportunity

to be outside, to get a good whole body workout,

network with friends or business colleagues at a

leisurely pace, and to play a game that you can never



Your scorecard, over time, shows your improvement,

which keeps you playing again and again.


Here is a very basic lesson in golf for the person who

has no clue about the game.


Golf is played on an eighteen-hole course; each hole

has its “par”, which is the number of tee shots

(drives), fairway shots, chips (short hits as you

approach the green), and putts.


The par number is based on the length and difficulty

of the hole. Pars range from 3 to 6. If you get the

ball in the hole in five shots on a par five hole, you

“made par.” If it took you six shots, it’s called a

bogie, if you made it in four, it’s a birdie.


There are usually “hazards” of some sort on all the

holes. Bodies of water, sand traps, and trees are

strategically placed to make the hole more

challenging. Beginner golfers should seek to find

courses to play that are easier to play, with fewer



Each player keeps their own score, marking the number

of total number of shots for each hole. At the end,

each person adds their scores-the lowest number is the



It is important for beginner golfers to not take

themselves too seriously. It takes a long time to get

good at this game; even though the professionals make

it look so easy.


Take a lesson or two at the onset; it will help you

develop a proper swing and help you get off to a good



Remember that it’s just a game. Have fun and look at

the big picture-you’re outside and you’re not at work!

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