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#1 xrman1954

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 01:16 PM

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



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Posted 22 December 2018 - 01:44 PM

10- if you can only hit the ball 200 off the tee with a driver don't wait for the green to clear 230 away when you have an iron/hybrid then hit it 30M.

11- When in the **** play smart, chip out and advance forward as much as possible while eliminating as much risk as possible. You are more chance of making a bogey hitting you're third on or close to the green than trying for a Hail Mary shot.

12- Have bunker lessons.

13- grasp the concept of hitting down and creating a divot early. I have been a picker since I started and it's so hard to change.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 02:04 PM

Never listen to Mouldy
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 02:35 PM

10- if you can only hit the ball 200 off the tee with a driver don't wait for the green to clear 230 away when you have an iron/hybrid then hit it 30M.

11- When in the **** play smart, chip out and advance forward as much as possible while eliminating as much risk as possible. You are more chance of making a bogey hitting you're third on or close to the green than trying for a Hail Mary shot.

12- Have bunker lessons.

13- grasp the concept of hitting down and creating a divot early. I have been a picker since I started and it's so hard to change.

 13 is so true. I was recovering from collar bone fracture when I started and hitting the ground hurt like blazes still. I have a very shallow swing plane. I can take a shallow divot if I really try hard now.

 

At country courses " sand" bunkers are usually filled with hard dirt that looks a bit like sand. Hitting behind the ball leads to the bounce making the club skip foward and skull the ball. I have found using a 60 degree lob wedge in a chipping motion, ball back in the stance seems to result in lift off.

 

I am wary of hitting an approach shot when others are on the green, even if I am using a club that usually won't go that far. This is especially so if on an unfamiliar course. At my home course we get very little run for most of the year, but others I have played it is worth another 30 m in super ball like bounces. That and the variability of strike beginners can produce leading to wild variation in shot.


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Posted 22 December 2018 - 04:48 PM

1. Learn the right way to swing a golf club, even if you have to travel a couple of hours to a good teacher. If you really can't do that, there are some good online coaches where, for a small monthly fee, you will have access to a large library of lessons and you can submit your swing for analysis and advice.

2. Once you are competent at swinging clubs, get professionally fitted. If you live in the country, you may have to travel a considerable distance for that. You are unlikely to be well fitted at a golf shop, but that's probably better than just buying on which clubs look good.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 05:56 PM

Make sure the course you join will allow you to use your own cart, otherwise you will have to use your legs.

I disagree with *, always listen to Mouldy and then do the exact opposite.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 06:21 PM

Play with girls or guys off 1 or better and see how well they hit a ball, then go play on your own and swing out of your shoes, then go see a coach or professional and learn how to hit a ball properly.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 06:27 PM

Don't listen to advice from other players off more than 10 hip. ;-)
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 06:45 PM

Don't listen to advice from other players off more than 10 hip. ;-)

I'd probably drop that by at least half that number.

It's brilliant to see blokes even off 7 or 8 dishing out advice while thinking how unlucky not to be on tour and not really knowing the rubber end from the hitty end
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 06:54 PM

I only said 10 as Kiwi is off that at the moment. :-))
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 07:02 PM

I only said 10 as Kiwi is off that at the moment. :-))

Whaaaat??
How'd he go out that far?!?

I'd make an exception for him though, but not for anyone else who's of more than 3.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 07:39 PM

13 is so true. I was recovering from collar bone fracture when I started and hitting the ground hurt like blazes still. I have a very shallow swing plane. I can take a shallow divot if I really try hard now.

At country courses " sand" bunkers are usually filled with hard dirt that looks a bit like sand. Hitting behind the ball leads to the bounce making the club skip foward and skull the ball. I have found using a 60 degree lob wedge in a chipping motion, ball back in the stance seems to result in lift off.

I am wary of hitting an approach shot when others are on the green, even if I am using a club that usually won't go that far. This is especially so if on an unfamiliar course. At my home course we get very little run for most of the year, but others I have played it is worth another 30 m in super ball like bounces. That and the variability of strike beginners can produce leading to wild variation in shot.


Bunkers are on 95% of courses. Worth learning.
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I am playing with a set of F7 ones and a F8 one hybrid. Love them but it create problems with woods and driver.
I also play 9/P and wedges in variable length.

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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:10 PM

I'd probably drop that by at least half that number.
It's brilliant to see blokes even off 7 or 8 dishing out advice while thinking how unlucky not to be on tour and not really knowing the rubber end from the hitty end


Hypocrite.

You’ve listened to me before. I’m off 18 or 24 or something.
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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:32 PM

 What about the old saying that those who can't do teach?

 

Even on You Tube there is a lot of conflicting information on how to play golf. Some players swings look down right ugly, but they are effective.



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Posted 22 December 2018 - 09:38 PM

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