Looking back at the last two years since I started playing golf, I was wondering if my game would have improved quicker if had I done things differently.
What advice would I give to a new player just thinking about taking up the game, knowing what I have experienced myself?
Of course, depending upon where one lives, facilities to learn will vary widely. For example getting the help from your local golf pro in choosing suitable equipment and a few basic lessons, would be ideal. In my case living in rural SW Victoria, we don't have a local golf pro. I just went to a Drummonds Golf shop, bought a set of clubs and buggy and started hitting balls down the practice area. I used to play hockey years ago, how hard can it be hitting a stationary ball?
My list of hints include.
1) Ask at the local golf club if anyone has some spare clubs to borrow/buy. It is cheaper than buying new and more than likely you will outgrow them in a few years.
2) Don't worry about using a Driver off the tee. A 3 or 5 wood is easier to begin with. Concentrate on hitting the fairway, not distance.
3) Long irons 4 and below are hard to hit well. Get a hybrid club instead 22-24 degree worked pretty well for me.
4) You can learn a lot from YouTube. Shawn Clement helped make the complexities of golf easier to grasp for me.
5) Recycled balls are plenty good enough for a beginner.
6) one length irons make a lot of sense for a beginner. Cobra F7s are quite O.K.
7) Don't expect rapid linear improvement. Two steps forward, one step back seems to happen.
8) When you do want a driver, ask to try other peoples to give you an idea of which one might suit you. Also try different shaft flexes. I have struggled with high fades to the right as my miss. I am on driver#4 to date and the stiff shaft has made my " miss" disappear. Possibly a fitting with a Pro could have worked this out quicker!!!
9) Hybrids work well for fairway shots, but some you have to set up for a fade shot to make them fly straight.
10) ???? I have run out of pearls of wisdom