Getting Into Golf Without Going Broke

Save vs Splurge: Does a New Golf Season Mean New Clubs? - Zing Blog With spring around the corner and warm weather (hopefully) on its way, it’s about time to start thinking about getting back onto the golf course. If you’re not a regular Golden Bear, or if you don’t know who the Golden Bear is, then it’s time for you to start playing the great game of golf. Now, golf is not a cheap sport. It’s not like basketball where you can play with just a ball and a hoop; there’s a lot of necessary equipment needed to even begin to play golf. So if you’re tired of playing virtual golf on your Xbox, or if your boss invited you to play a round and you don’t want to embarrass yourself, the Zing Blog is here to advise you and offer you the best tips and advice for stepping into the world of golf.

Buy Used Equipment

The first thing to understand about being a beginner at golf is that buying the best equipment will not automatically make you a good golfer. So don’t go out and spend thousands of dollars on clubs, shoes, balls and other accessories. Utilize eBay, used club sections at golf stores and even garage sales to find your first set of clubs. And by set, we don’t mean you need to go out and buy all fourteen necessary clubs. Here are the clubs you should have in your very first golf bag:

  • Driver: The driver is used to “drive” the ball a great distance down the fairway and is used when the ball is set up on a tee.
  • Irons 5-9: Irons are typically used when you’re fewer than 200 feet away from the pin. Middle irons (5-6) are less lofted and are used for longer shot, while short irons (7-9) have more loft and get the ball in the air quickly for shorter approach shots.
  • WedgeWedges are used for shots 100 yards or shorter. They have the highest loft of any club, which makes them the best option when your ball is in tall grass or in a sand bunker. There are different types of wedges, each varying in loft degree.
  • Putter: This is the only club you may have previously used (probably at your 10th birthday party) but this time around there won’t be a windmill to putt the ball through.

Now is the time to go and look for your inaugural set of golf clubs before prices begin to rise for the upcoming golf season.

Don’t Pay for a Personal Instructor

There are too many “free” ways to gain knowledge on the sport of golf to spend money on a Professional Golf Association (PGA) instructor. Have any golfing family members or friends? Ask them to give you a few pointers at the driving range.  I guarantee that they’ll be flattered and more than willing to lend a hand. Another great option for a quick lesson is YouTube videos. After you’re finished reading this blog, do a quick YouTube search of “golf instruction videos,” and I guarantee you’ll find an answer to your question. Another great option is the PGA website. Head to their instruction section for tips, lessons and more!

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Out on the Course

Now I’m not suggesting that you take your first swing on a tee box, but some people refuse to go to an actual golf course because they aren’t good enough but there are just some things you get on a golf course that you can’t experience at the driving range. And there are golf courses that are more suited for beginners. GolfNow.com is a great place to book a tee time at a local course near you. Each golf course has a review section where you can find the course difficulty, the average pace of play and the type of golfer that it’s suited for.

Your first few times swinging a club should most certainly be at a driving range. A majority of driving ranges use mats with fake grass to imitate real fairways and roughs, but it really isn’t a good substitute. Try your best to find a driving range that uses grass because it will give you a better feel of what it’s like to be out on a real golf course.

Golf is one of the greatest sports in the world because virtually anyone can play it. It’s truly the best way to spend a sunny, summer Sunday morning. It can even be a great platform for making business deals. Take the time to get to know the game and I guarantee you’ll fall in love.

Do you have any tips or tricks for getting started in golf? Share in the comments section below!

 

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5 Responses to Getting Into Golf Without Going Broke

  1. Ellen March 11, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    I disagree about learning the game from a friend — unless he or she is a good golfer who can teach you the proper grip, fundamentals of the swing, etc. Another low-cost option is the PGA’s Get Golf Ready program — $99 for 5 group lessons with a qualified PGA professional. You can go with friends and you’ll then have people to play with. http://www.pga.com/play-golf-america/get-golf-ready

  2. Nate Segall March 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    I feel that proper grip and fundamentals of the swing count as “pointers” that a friend or family member who are golfers could help a beginner with. That $99 group lesson is a great price for a great lesson, but I believe that there are too many free ways to learn the fundamentals of golf to take advantage of before you even need to spend a dime on a lesson.

  3. Jerry March 31, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    You will learn the golf swing much faster with lessons from a professional or at least a low handicap golfer. They can watch your swing to see if you are actually swinging correctly. Unless you have eyes on the back of your head, you can’t see how the club is aligned when it’s behind your head. You can’t watch yourself swing. There so many parts of the swing, stance, and posture to consider.

  4. Rea Schuessler April 1, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    I have been a PGA Professional for over 22 years that teaches full time . I find allot of people struggling to enjoy the game because of “friends” helping and advising them as they get started and further along in their development because of this very reason. Allot of times they quit because of this. To enjoy and improve in any recreational sport you need to know the basics. Sure it will be a little more expensive to “pay” for lessons but in the long run it will be money well spent. If you are starting out or thinking about lessons network in your community and find an accomplished PGA Professional that has a track record of helping people get started and improve. You will be thankful trust me.

  5. Nate Segall April 1, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Thanks for the feedback Rea. I have taken lessons for PGA Professionals before as well and they were very beneficial. Within my blog, I tried to stick to the theme of “without going broke”, so I made the suggestion of not getting a personal instructor for those really looking to save money. Golf is can be a extremely expensive game, so I offered my best suggestions to save money. I’m not against getting a lesson or two from a PGA Professional, but maybe I should alter the title of that section to “Don’t pay for a personal instructor…yet”.

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