Almost a year ago, I picked up a golf club at the driving range and began to learn the sport. 28 years old, learning a new sport. Let me tell you, it is never too late to pick up a new hobby. I did this a couple of years ago with ice skating (Bar prep stress-relief) and I really loved it. So it wasn’t totally out of the question for me when I began to consider learning golf.
Why golf? A few reasons: 1. My dad golfed when he was younger and loved it. He took me mini-golfing (I know, it’s not the same thing) pretty frequently as a kid and I enjoyed it. 2. A few of my girl friends and I kept talking about how it would be fun to make a night out of going to the driving range and that we should all learn together. 3. Golf is a big part of my boyfriend’s family time. He, his brothers, and both of his parents golf. In fact, I remember on my official “meet the parents” night, his dad asked me excitedly “Do you golf?”, to which I responded “No, but I’d consider learning” — and consider it, I did.
Did I think I would like it? I wasn’t sure. Did I think it would become one of my favorite after work activities? I definitely did NOT think that that would be the case. And yet at not even 8 weeks in and I was pretty hooked.
By NO means am I an expert on this subject, but I do have a couple of tips that I have picked up so far for anyone who might be curious about taking up the sport.
- TAKE LESSONS.
I had gone to the driving range a couple of times before I started my lesson at RMU’s Ladies Golf Academy. My boyfriend was helping me with my swing and stance, but I decided to enroll in a 4 week class to learn the fundamentals. When I began my class, my instructor said that coming to the class as early in my learning as I did would prove to be a huge advantage for me. I hadn’t picked up any bad habits yet and could learn the proper techniques to improve my game.If you google in group golf lessons in your area, you’ll likely find that driving ranges offer beginner classes and you can get started!
- Don’t buy a full set of clubs.
I followed the same rule that I followed when I taught myself to skate. I wanted to make sure I planned to follow through with the sport before I made a big monetary investment in it. Luckily, most driving ranges have clubs (albeit, old and clunky), that you can use to try your first couple of times to figure out if you see yourself pursuing this on a long term basis. One of the driving ranges that I visited had a hot pink driver as a loaner club. I typically don’t gravitate toward hot pink but I tried this driver out and I LOVED it. So I googled, found it online, and had it shipped to my apartment a few days later. It was VERY reasonable in price but it worked for me.
Dunlop’s Ladies Tour Driver. It has a 13 degree loft which helped me get the ball in the air!
- Be Patient.
Golf, like any sport, can be frustrating. Go into it with low expectations and know that it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be excellent from the beginning. I was given the advice to just try to hit the ball the first few times. Once I was able to make contact consistently, I began to focus more on where the ball was going. This trick helped me so hopefully it works for you!I am by no means a golf expert (far far far from it, to be honest!) but I am having fun learning and am happy to share my progress with you!
Final tip: It’s ok if you mess up. Just remember to have fun!