Top 10 Golf Tips for Beginners

Top 10 Golf Tips for Beginners

If you're looking for golf tips for beginners, congratulations—that means you've decided to learn the greatest sport on Earth. As a beginner golfer, you’re probably wondering where to start. What’s up with all this golf terminology? What the heck is a chip? And what should you be wearing to improve your swing?

We’ve compiled a list of what we believe are the best golf tips for beginners. Let’s dive in.

Top 10 Tips For Beginner Golfers

1. Get Familiar With Golf Equipment

The most important tip we can start with is that you need to familiarize yourself with your golf equipment. Choosing the right equipment as a beginner will only improve the way you game, making for a better experience on the golf course.

Clubs

If you’re brand new to the green, beginner-friendly clubs will work wonders for your golf game.

Beginner-friendly clubs are lightweight by design to help you shoot straighter shots, making them ideal for high handicappers. Some of the best irons we recommend for entry-level golfers include the Cleveland Launcher XL, the Taylormade SIM 2 Max OS, and the Callaway Strata Golf Set.

Balls

Not all golf balls are made equal. As a beginner golfer, you should choose a golf ball designed for distance rather than spin. Once you start shooting lower scores, you can begin introducing softer balls into your golf arsenal.

With Forely, you can get the best of both worlds. Our ProTouch golf balls are built with four-piece urethane to boost maximum spin and distance. Beginners can reap the benefits of a mid-to-high handicapper ball thanks to ProTouch’s alignment aid and beginner-friendly pricing.

beginner friendly golf balls

Apparel

Golf is as much about style as it is about swings. Good golf apparel should enhance your performance, keep you cool and comfortable, and boost your confidence. Forely’s golf polos are comfy, breathable, sweat-wicking, and swing-worthy.

Forely’s golf polos are designed with moisture-wicking technology, flexible stretch fabric, and built-in UV protection. Represent your Chi-town pride with the Chicago Golf Polo, sport your southwestern love with the Scottsdale Polo, or find your unique edge when you shop our entire collection of golf polos.

Other Equipment

Consider other equipment like gloves and hats when purchasing equipment. A great hat offers both style and sun protection, while a quality glove helps improve your grip. Grip it and rip it with the Pin Seeker Golf Glove, and don’t forget to top off your Forely fit with a stylish golf rope hat for added sun protection.

golf glove and golf balls

2. Focus on Fundamentals First

A solid setup is key to a great game. Your grip, stance, posture, and swing will all affect the way you play golf. Be sure to focus on these four fundamentals if you want to maximize your experience and trajectory as a golfer.

Grip

Your connection to the club begins with the grip; how you hold it can make or break your swing. If you’re a beginner, you’ll want to practice a neutral-to-strong grip for stability and control. Weak grips lead to unconfident golfers, so if you’re just starting, make sure to get a golf glove built for a strong grip.

Proper Stance

A solid stance is everything in golf. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart with your knees bent. We also recommend flaring your lead foot out to help you clear your downswing. Remember, the longer the club, the wider the stance.

Posture

Bad posture can actually cause injuries, so make sure you’re keeping your back flat, hips tilted, and knees bent. You should also keep your head tilted slightly back. This helps you improve your swing and overall confidence.

Swing

Now, for the swing. The swing is all about rotation, balance, and timing. Before you swing, double-check your alignment. Aim square at the target, otherwise, your body will pull opposite of where you’re trying to aim. Always check your aim before you swing.

golf swing

3. Make Time To Train

You know what they say: practice makes perfect. Find a driving range and practice your swing often, and if possible, consider a golf net at home.

Indoor golf is also great for practicing for plenty of reasons. Indoor golf simulators can provide instant feedback and offer affordable golf lessons. If you’re facing bad weather or a long drive to the nearest golf course, or simply want to get a few nighttime swings in after work, consider looking for indoor golf simulators in your area. They’re also beginner-friendly since you won’t need to worry about pace of play or etiquette-related stress. Sites such as Screengolfers make it easy to find the best indoor golf simulators near you.

Another great way to practice is by watching others. Watch videos on YouTube, Instagram, or TikTok for the best beginner tips from seasoned golfers. We also recommend joining a golf community where you can discuss techniques with other beginners just like you.

4. Find Your Go-To Club From the Fairway

In addition to finding a great golf community, we recommend joining a reliable fairway club. Google fairway clubs in your area and check out groups on Facebook. Getting out there and practicing with others is one of the best ways to practice and foster the camaraderie that golfers crave.

5. Learn To Love Your Driver

We get it. You love your driver one minute, then hate it the next. Despite grappling with your driver, it pays to find a consistent swing.

Try not to worry too much about hitting it straight every single time. No one is perfect, especially when you’re just starting. Make sure your loft is at least 10.5 degrees and check your shaft by choosing a regular or senior flex staff.

driver

6. Know How To Hit a Basic Chip

A chip is a low shot played near the ground. Chip shots don’t spend much time in the air and are usually played near the green.

As a beginner, your chip doesn’t have to be perfect, but you should get comfortable hitting a basic chip. Keep a low grip on the club and narrow your stance. Lean into the target and make a basic putting movement.

7. Practice Putting

This brings us to our next tip. Practicing putting will make you a better all-around golfer; after all, your mission is to get your ball in the hole. Aim to practice your putts at least two to three days a week.

golfers putting

8. Read the Green

The green isn’t just a plot of grass. It’s a terrain that’s often uneven, which makes putting difficult. Learn your low sides and high sides; these are the types of slopes you’ll find near the hole. Once you can determine the low and high sides of the green, you can take a step back and make your assessments.

Take note of the slopes, contours, and patterns of the green to get an idea of how the ball will travel toward the hole. You can roll a few golf balls across it to get a sense of how the green works.

9. Master Your Mental Game

Everyone gets frustrated, but anger will get you nowhere in your golf journey. Focus on fostering a positive attitude and don’t look at mistakes as failures. Think of mistakes as a learning experience, because that’s what they are. Use them as motivation and keep in mind that becoming a good golfer takes time.

golf mental game

10. Mind Golf Etiquette & Rules

Golf has its share of rules and it’s smart to keep basic golf etiquette in your back pocket. Be mindful of your fellow golfers and don’t stand too close during a swing. Take care of your divots and smooth out the sand in the bunker.

Most golf clubhouses have dress codes, so be sure to check your clubhouse’s rules before hitting the course.

The Takeaway

Learning to play golf takes time. The more you practice, the better golfer you’ll become. By practicing these 10 tips, you can start your golf journey out on the right foot, especially when you’re backed by Forely.

From beginner-friendly golf balls to fashion-forward polos, you can amplify your golf game when you have the right tools in your cart. Get started and grab your beginner essentials at Forely.

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