A few years ago, I decided to get out on the course. The sun was out and the wind was “light”. I’m from Wellington, where every day is windy.
I had an old set of clubs which I picked up from a mate who no longer required them. Until that point, I thought of golf as being for semi-retired people who had too much time on their hands, or those who wore those “interesting” patterned cardigans.
My mate booked me in for a seriously crash course on hitting the ball, grip, stance, putting and anything else that he thought would come up.
After the first few holes, I hated it. I couldn’t understand why anyone would hit a ball into a bush, only to dig it out and hit it into the same bush again 20 metres away, or into a river off a tree. After a few holes, however, I was more in tune with my surroundings and I fell in love with it. This is why:
You’re out in the sun (most of the time).
You’re out with your mates.
You’re getting some fresh air.
You’re able to get in a fair walk in. Depending on how bad good you are, you would probably walk around 6-7kms over 18 holes.
It’s “you vs you”. There are no outside influences on your shot or concentration, only what you are focused on.
You eventually get everything to “click” to hit that big dog drive or perfectly placed chip. This makes all the trouble from earlier totally worth it.
The 19th hole.There is absolutely nothing better after a long day to unwind with your mates and chew the fat.
Have I convinced you to give golf a try yet? If so, here are my tips to help you get started
- Don’t go out and buy a brand new shiny set of clubs. Instead source yourself a second hand set from a local shop or online. You might not even like playing, so you wouldn’t have wasted a lot of money on them.
- You don’t need a full set. Grab yourself a set with a driver, a putter, a few irons, a couple of wedges and a hybrid. Too many choices makes things too difficult.
- Watch a few videos on YouTube on stance, set up, grip, swing.
- Go out to a driving range and hit a dozen balls each time with the same club. Repeat this until you have some sort of flow.
- Do a quick read of the rules.
- Book yourself a tee time with some mates at your local club.
- Go out -> hate it, love it, relax, enjoy yourself!
If you’ve got any love/hate golf stories to share, I look forward to reading them in the comments below.