Beginning Golfer Shoots Lower Score
by Jerry Stein
Golf is a great way to enjoy time with your family and friends.
Whether you play a leisure round of nine holes or are able
to enjoy a full round of eighteen holes, the game of golf
is rewarding on many levels. The best news is every beginning
golfer can shoot a resonable score.
A beginner only needs a handful of items to get started.
A few lofted golf clubs, say a nine and seven iron, and a
putter. If you want, grab a metal wood, but no more than a
five wood. Gather some golf balls, tees, a towel, and throw
your stuff in a golf bag. You are ready to play some golf!
You are probably wondering about all the other clubs and
why they were left out. They are for the golfer who is ready
to mix playing golf with practicing golf. If it makes you
feel less awkward, take the full set of clubs with you, just
use the ones mentioned until you are comfortable with your
golfing abilities. Let me explain myself.
Golf is a sport. Like all other sports a score determines
the winner. In golf the lowest score or fewest strokes win.
Most people who play sports enjoy competition. Why not learn
how to play golf to win from the very beginning. After all
an early success will bring you back to the golf course sooner.
And I don't know of a better place to be than on a golf course.
If you are playing with others of your same ability you
need to learn how to score the lowest. This is why you are
only using a few clubs for now. If you can keep the ball moving
forward towards the target (the flag) instead of sideways
(the direction most beginners hit towards) you will always
score lower than you opponent. The clubs that are easiest
to hit are the ones with the most loft, your seven and nine
iron. These will never travel as far as your opponent's big
dog, (their driver or 1 metal) but they have a greater chance
of moving the ball in the direction of your target. So it
may take you six or seven shots down the fairway to reach
the green, chances are your score will be less than your playing
opponent when totaled.
Making solid contact with the golf ball will always win
the game. Using the higher lofted clubs will have you hitting
the ball with precise contact faster than any other club in
the bag, except your putter. When you can stand at address
over a golf ball with a seven or nine iron and hit a good
shot seven out of nine times you can expand your club selection
to any other club. I use this technique when teaching beginners
to play and they are my proof that it works. The confidence
you gain from hitting good shots by making solid contact will
show up with every other club once you master the higher lofted
About the Author
Jerry and Janet Strain have been golfing for over 20 years.
Both play with single digit handicaps and are fiercely opposed
in couple's tournaments. Recently Janet opened an off course
golf apparel store focused on the needs of women golfers everywhere.
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