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Beginner to Golfer

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If you’re new to the game or thinking about playing, getting started can seem a little daunting – but it doesn’t have to be. There are several easy steps that can take you through from your first few lessons to playing nine or 18-holes and then joining a golf club.

Here’s how you can start out as a beginner and end up as a golfer…

Get started
Sign up for a beginner course, learn the basics from grip, posture, swing and how to use the different clubs.

Get the bug – and the bag!
You'll start thinking about having you own clubs. To begin with, a 3 or 5 wood and any combination of irons along with a putter is all you'll need, along with a pair of comfortable golf shoes, balls and tees.

A PGA professional can advise you in time about other equipment and clothes and you’ll then start looking at all the other kit you fancy getting…

Get better
A PGA professional will let you know about follow-on courses that can help build on the skills you have already learned in the beginner sessions. It can also help you understand how to play the game on a golf course, and the rules and etiquette.

Get a club membership
Many clubs have flexible memberships for new golfers that won’t break the bank.

Once you have joined, many clubs will ask an existing member to meet and greet you. They can talk you through how the club runs and the playing opportunities, take you out of on the course, introduce you to other golfers of a similar standard and help you grow and gain in confidence.

Getting out on the course
Now that you are a member of a club you can start playing with like-minded people. The club will have an organised day each week where you can meet new people and soon you will have a regular group to play with.

Get a handicap
You can gain your handicap by submitting three score cards of 18 holes when accompanied by a member with an active handicap. The club will determine the average number of shots needed for you to achieve a handicap.

Get further lessons
Further lessons with a PGA professional can help enhance your enjoyment of the game.