So You Want to Start Playing Golf?

30 May

I recently got asked for suggestions on how to start playing golf so here’s a short list on how to get started….

1. Find a friend (or friend of a friend) who knows how to play or get a lesson from a local teaching pro.

If you’re just starting out it’s important to find someone who knows what they’re doing so they can teach you the basics. You also need clubs to start so it will be easier if you find someone who plays and has clubs so you can borrow until you want your own.

2. Start slowly by going to a public driving range

It’s important to first start hitting at the local driving range. There is one in Ann Arbor called Miles of Golf that is perfect for players of all abilities. If you go on the course without ever hit ball before you’ll be overwhelmed and unprepared. Sounds like common sense but you’d be suprised at the amount of people who start on the course.

3. Read a few things online about the basics of golf. Like this one below!! Perfect guide for beginners!

4. Most importantly, don’t get frustrated or discouraged!

Golf is difficult so it’s easy for beginners to get frustrated and give up. It takes practice to improve but ultimately, like I mentioned in my last post, it’s a game and it’s a lot of fun. Enjoy being outside and having some time to relax. Hitting balls at the driving range is the perfect way to blow off some steam.

Good Luck and Have Fun!


Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Uncategorized



5 responses to “So You Want to Start Playing Golf?

  1. jmaxmiller

    May 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    This is kind of unrelated but I was driving by the golf course yesterday and saw a couple of foursomes wearing maize, or purple shirts. Is the golf team still in season? Was that a match against Northwestern. If so, how’s the year going? What’s the nicest course you’ve gotten to play with Michigan.

  2. SarahOleinick

    May 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Reading through your blog about how much you enjoy golf has made me consider pulling my golf clubs out of the garage, I haven’t touched them since highschool. Above you mentioned that there is a driving range in Ann Arbor, but do you know if there is anything golf-related in Rec Sports, for beginners or students re-acquainting with the sport?

  3. simply1ofbillions

    May 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Haha – Thanks for the encouragement not to give up! I enjoy playing golf but am sadly not that good. I tend to try to attack the ball as hard as possible, and end up much like the comic you posted! 😛 I do want to work more on my game, though, so perhaps I should pull out my clubs and head to the driving range!

  4. matthewschaible

    May 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    AH! Great cartoon. #justsayin

  5. dannyatmichigan

    June 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks for the post. It is so true that it is easy for a beginner to get frustrated when golfing. I was playing one time and I hit the ball to a totally different direction as it was supposed to go. That was discouraging for a first time player. I guess I will try again later and try just to have fun with it.


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