Golf is a tremendously frustrating game for those that have played it for years.
But to the uninitiated it can seem overly complicated. There are just so many rules to digest. So much equipment to use. So many different types of shots to try and master. So many different ways to practice.
You get the picture.
At times it just seems easier to give up. You'll tell yourself: "You are never going to get any better".
This is where our Equipment Editor at Alex Lodge comes into the picture to save the day.
We have decided to take a look at FIVE of the biggest things we wished we knew before even picking up a damned club.
So if you're reading this as a beginner to the game of golf, we implore you to take our advice!
Let's dive right in...
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1. Mental game
This is perhaps the most important part of the game. It is overlooked so much it is truly painful.
We recommend trying to remind yourself that a bad round of golf is better than any day at work.
Just try and enjoy the game!
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2. The basics
Golf is such an incredible game and there is an enormous amount of equipment out there for you to try out.
It's also easy to be overawed by information. Don't!
Alex points out to focus on the basics of golf; the grip, posture, alignment and aim.
We also recommend to play with people who are better than you at golf to try and glean some information and advice.
That's almost as important as a lesson.
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3. Equipment or lessons?
Again, there is simply mind-boggling amount of equipment out there to try. It's all so shiny and new, packed with technology. You just want to get out onto the range or even on the course.
But then the crushing reality sets in and you realise that you are not Rory McIlroy.
You've spent all of your money when you really should have been having lessons.
Alex said that when you are beginning golf:
Alex made the stark admission that despite being at GolfMagic for three years testing equipment, he is yet to get any better at golf.
Why? No lessons!
For shame, Alex.
This writer is happy to hear that has changed now, though!
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4. Practicing on the course
Our range swings are different to our on-course swings.
That is why it is incredibly important to put yourself in scenarios during your practice sessions that you would experience on the course.
5. Short game
This is the main aspect of the game that separates us mere mortals with the professionals. And it drives us mad.
Just take a look at this crazy graphic:
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What do you make of our tips? Have we missed any out? What do you wish you knew before you started playing golf?
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