Golf is a great sport to take on, especially if you are a woman. Golf is a very male-dominated sport and is in desperate need of more women. But if you start playing golf, you will never regret it. If you like spending time in nature and having long walks, then it is a perfect sport for you. It is also a very social sport, which makes it a great date idea or just hanging out with your friends.
If you are new to golf, picking up the club and swinging for the first time may be scary, but it is worth it. Although the sport can be a bit overwhelming for a newbie, here are some tips that will prepare you for the wonderful world of golf.
Buying the equipment
The most important thing if you want to play a good game of golf is to have a perfect golf club. Before you got to the store and buy the first club you see, here is some information on how to find the golf club that fits you. Yes, shopping for a golf club may be somewhat complicated, it does not need to be if you know what you are looking for.
When you are buying a golf club, it is best to go for either a shaft made out of graphite or steel. Although graphite is more expensive, they are much lighter than the steel ones, which allows you to increase the distance without a lot of upper body strength or flawless technique. If you are already a bit skilled at golf, maybe steel shafts are a better fit for you.
The next thing you should pay attention to is the flex of the shaft. The flex of the shaft is actually how much the shaft will bend when you swing it, which can directly or indirectly impact the accuracy, trajectory, or the distance of your shot. This is where things get a bit complicated if you want to choose the perfect shaft flex for yourself. If you have access to a professional club fitter who has a machine to determine your clubhead speed, which is a big factor for the type of your club shaft, you can find out the right amount of flex your shaft needs. If you do not have access to a professional club fitter, one way to determine the amount of flex you need is to measure how far the ball flies when you hit it. That will determine the amount of flex you need.
One last thing about the golf club and then we can talk about how to use it. Choosing the club will not be complete with a couple of words about the clubhead. For a beginner, probably the perfect clubhead is the one made out of either steel or titanium, or a mixture of both. Although titanium clubheads are a bit more expensive, they are lighter than steel ones, but they are also much bigger, which makes missing the ball quite impossible.
Learning how to play
Golf requires a lot of practice, but if you are in good company, that will not be too hard. Depending on how much you want to learn, there are several options for you.
The best way to learn is probably by taking a private lesson from a professional. Although this can be quite costly, if the money is not your concern, then with the right private teacher, you will be a good golfer in no time!
Another great way to learn (that can be a lot more fun) is to find a good friend or a family member who is a good golfer already. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can always teach yourself, if you know where to find good beginner-friendly resources online.
Whatever you choose, it will make you fall in love with golf because it is the only sport that allows you to enjoy nature while getting in a lot of exercise.