How do I start playing golf?

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It is certainly not by chance that the idea of playing golf has been on your mind for some time. Around you friends practice this sport, and golfers, like everyone else, are far from having only qualities, their biggest defect, and we forgive them, is proselytizing for this activity that is so dear to their hearts. So, by dint of hearing them talk to you about all their good times and their golfing “exploits”, you say to yourself “why don’t I try it too”.

A Few Words about Golf

Golf is a sport, a game, and a social leisure activity. Everyone will find the definition that suits them best, and all three can be combined.

A sport: The image of great golf champions like Tiger Wood, makes us understand that at a high level, golf is an extremely demanding sport, both physically and technically, but also mentally.

A game: For amateurs, and as long as you don’t have pretensions of results too far from your own abilities, it is a game that will bring you great moments of fun and relaxation.

And to top it all off, golf is an outdoor activity that can be played in pleasant and exotic environments, whether you’re just outside your city or on the other side of the world.

A social leisure: Golf is one of the very few sports that can be played alone, with friends, or with strangers, even if one does not have the same level and sporting pretensions as one’s partners.

Depending on your mood of the day, you may choose to go for a round on your own, just with your game and the nature of the course.

More frequently, this will be an opportunity to have a good time with friends, and to spice up this convivial moment with a little friendly competition.

Finally, and this is exceptional for a sport, you can go alone to take the start of a course, and find yourself in the company of other golfers in the same part. During the four hours of this game, it is the occasion to get acquainted with the two or three other players, if the sympathy is there, nothing could be easier then to continue this good moment around a drink at the club-house, and why not consider meeting again for other courses.

Rules and Features

The goal of golf is simple: to get a ball into a hole by hitting it as few times as possible with a club. The main challenge in golf is to be able to read the environment of the course to develop the right strategies, make perfect shots and finish the course quickly, taking care to avoid the various obstacles here and there.

After a few introductory practice sessions, the acquisition of a green card is necessary before taking the licence exam to become an official golfer and to be able to play on all golf courses. Golf is one of the few sports that is not subject to the control of a referee and therefore appeals to the honesty of the players who must ensure that they respect the few principles of this sport, the most important of which is to hit a ball only in the exact place where it has fallen without moving it or arranging the surroundings to make it easier to hit. To play golf, it is necessary to have a minimum of clubs and equipment. As there are a multitude of clubs, you must learn how to use them correctly to deliver shots adapted to the different types of terrain, taking into account the obstacles on the course.

Golf Equipment

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To begin with, the strict minimum is to have 6 clubs: the putter, 1 club from the woods family and 4 other clubs from the irons family. There is a real difference between left-handed and right-handed clubs, as well as between men’s and women’s clubs. In terms of essential golf accessories, we can mention the golf bag specially designed to store and classify the different clubs, the special shoes that adhere perfectly to the course and respect the lawn and finally, the golf glove. It should be noted that a left-handed golfer puts a glove on his right hand, while the opposite is true for the right-handed golfer.

The Specific of Golf Clubs

The clubs are divided into two main families: the “Woods” and the “Irons”. Woods are used to cover distances in a rather linear way, while irons have a much more arched trajectory and are useful for sending the ball upwards. As the club number in the “Woods” family increases, the hitting force decreases. For the iron family, the more the club number decreases, the further the ball should land. Finally, there is a single putter: this club is only used when the golfer is on the green to begin the approach to the hole.

Characteristics of the Golf Course

The length of a golf course is usually around 6 kilometres and includes different areas. The game of golf starts on the teeing area where specific markings are used to place the ball exactly according to the golfer’s level. At the other end, the hole is located on the green, an area with extremely fine, high-quality grass. Between the two, the fairway is an area with slightly thicker grass that serves as an intermediate zone before reaching the green. This fairway is bordered or delimited by the rough, which is an area that is difficult to access and should be avoided with its tall grass, trees, bushes, …

Finally, the fairway is dotted with obstacles which, in addition to being used as a scenic element for the golf course, also make it more difficult for the golfer to progress. Their layout and size depend solely on the golf course designer who designed the plans. The more difficult the course is, the more interesting the game is and the more golfers will have to have the right techniques. These obstacles are grouped into two categories: bunkers and water obstacles. Bunkers are similar to sand crevices in which it is rather difficult to clear a ball, while water obstacles are bodies of water that blend into the landscape in the form of lakes, ponds, rivers, etc.

Difficulty Level of a Hole and Performances

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The difficulty of a hole is classified into three categories called “Par 3”, “Par 4”, and “Par 5”. These numbers indicate the number of strokes it takes a ranked golfer to complete a hole. An 18-hole course of medium difficulty is generally classified as a Par 72, which is 72 shots to complete the course.

A golfer who completes the hole with as many strokes as expected plays “the Par”. When a golfer manages to finish the hole with fewer strokes than the stated difficulty, he is said to be playing “Under Par”. Condor” is said to be 4 strokes better than Par, followed by “Albatross”, “Eagle”, and “Birdie” for 3, 2, and 1 stroke better than Par respectively. On the contrary, when a golfer exceeds the number of shots, he plays “Above Par”. Bogey” is when the golfer overtakes Par by only one shot, a “Double bogey” for 2 shots over Par and a “Triple bogey” for 3 additional shots.

The Different Types of Golf Games

It is possible to play different kinds of golf games. The rules change little but the subtleties of each mode of play increase the strategic level of the games. Golf can be played individually, one on one, or in teams of two golfers against two others. Two ways of playing are then distinguished: in “Stroke Play”, the golfer’s performance is judged by the number of strokes made throughout the course and the winner of a game is the golfer who finishes the golf course with the fewest strokes made. In Match Play, the emphasis is on each hole of the course. A golfer wins a hole when he finishes it with fewer strokes than his opponent, the winner of the game being the golfer who has won the most holes.

So, How and Where to Start Playing Golf?

Golf is a “technical” game, so before you can go on a course, it requires a minimum of training and learning. This training will teach you the essential basics to integrate yourself into the “flow” of other golfers on a course, but above all to make sure that this good time is not wasted because of that little white ball, and your inability to make it go where you want it to go.

If your golfing friends are members of a club, or are used to playing on a golf course near your home, it will be easy for you to follow them to one of their next games or practices.Start by accompanying them to the practice area (driving range) and try to “hit” a few balls with their own equipment.

More fun and within everyone’s reach: go “play” with them on a putting practice area (the final action consists of getting the ball into a hole), this is a phase of the golf game that does not require great physical ability, but essentially observation and dexterity.

If you really have decided to “get into” golf, save time by taking lessons with golf teachers. Go to the golf course closest to your home, or the one your friends have recommended.

Almost all golf courses have teachers, for private lessons, group lessons, or courses over several days.

The advantage of these courses is that you can be in contact with other people who share your motivations, and be able to communicate your impressions and share your sensations. The social dimension is also important here, as the other course participants can eventually become your future partners to go and play on the courses.

Finding and playing with golf partners is better.

Golf is a real social link, offering us the opportunity to share emotions with partners and friends. Meetinggame is a social network that allows you to connect and meet other golfers.

Some are beginners and are looking for other beginners to progress together, others more advanced are ready to communicate their passion to novices.
And finally, many of us simply wish to meet partners to share their passion.

By registering on the friendly leisure network meetinggame.fr, you will meet golfers, but not only golfers: loving golf can also mean sharing other affinities, for culture, leisure, and simply friendship.