Learning to play golf – best practices, tips and tricks

Getting better at golf is something that almost every beginner golfer wants. How exactly to do it, is something very few of them know. There are some ways that have proven to be more or less effective, of course. Some people take golfing lessons, while others prefer to learn on the course, by themselves. They might get the aid of some videos, but that’s about as much tutelage they get. Still, you’ll see a lot of people who’ve learned to play golf many different ways. I wanted to discuss these different approaches, and voice my opinion on which one is the best, and why.

Before trying to improve your golf skills though, the first thing you should do is buy golf clubs. There are many opinions on which golf clubs beginners should buy, but if you ask me, it’s pretty simple. Novice golfers should always get something that’s cheap and decent. Cheap, because they shouldn’t be investing too much money into sport that they aren’t sure about, and decent, because crappy golf clubs won’t be good enough to teach them about golf clubs and golf in general. I think perfect example of this is the Callaway Strata Ultimate golf club set. It costs only around four hundred dollars, and it has everything a beginner golfer might ever need. There are other cheaper alternatives, like 11 piece-set from the same Callaway Strata series, but i think those aren’t good enough. Sure, when you’re just a beginner, it will be fine during your first year of playing golf, but predictably, you’ll soon grow out of them. Callaway Ultimate set, on the other hand, will be perfect as a beginner as well as once you get to be intermediate-level player, or even better.

First, let’s discuss the prospects of learning golf by actually playing it. You have probably heard the expression that the best way to learn something is to start doing it in practice. I think golf is no exception. Playing golf can be a great teacher, and the best part of it is, you don’t ever get tired, because you’re having fun while learning. Learning golf just by doing it has disadvantages of its own, i think. For once, you don’t have any feedback while you’re at it, so you can’t know what you’re doing right or wrong.You have to rely on guesswork and your intuition, but when it comes to playing golf properly, like most things, not everything is so intuitive.


That’s why i think combination of the two – golf lessons and actual practice – is the only way to progress in golf. If you’re spending so much on golf clubs and other gear, as well as golf course fees, it doesn’t make sense to not take golf lessons once in a while. At the very least, you can learn what mistakes you’re making, and correct it. Forcing yourself to find your own mistakes is wasted energy, i think. It’s much easier when you have someone else – in this case, golf instructor – guiding you. I’ve found combining a lot of practice with few golf lessons here and there to be very effective.

One thing is for sure that you can’t cheat the system. Better results in golf can’t be achieved through using more expensive golf clubs or other tricks like that. You have to be trying new things, in golf as well as in everything else, to fundamentally learn something. Affordable club sets will be fine for that at the beginning, and once you’re better, you can always upgrade to better clubs. I do prefer buying them used rather than brand new though. It saves a lot of money down the road, which allows me to buy more exciting golf accessories and gadgets.

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