How to get started in golf?
April 7, 2011 10:49 AM Subscribe
After waiting 42 years, I'm thinking about taking up golf. Is that possible?
posted by stuehler to sports, hobbies, & recreation (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Here's a few salient facts...
1. I think I have the demeanor for it - I'm the type of person who takes joy in a single success, even if it comes amidst 999 failures.
2. I'm not much of an athlete - honestly, I have virtually no natural athletic ability
3. I've never been on a golf course. I've been to the driving range a few times in my life (not recently), and was unable to hit a driver anywhere close to straight.
4. I have many good friends who golf regularly. While they're ready partners - I'm nervous about playing with them because they're all probably pretty good. (I don't mind losing - I just don't want to spoil the game for them.)
I have a bunch of questions...
There are some sports/games like poker, that are easy on beginners. In other words, I could easily sit down and play with the world's best poker players (if they agreed to low enough stakes). I'd lose, but I could certainly play with them.
On the other hand - a sport like ski-jumping is not something you can just "pick up."
I guess I don't really understand how golf works... Is it possible for a newbie to just step out on a course and play? Do I need to take 6 months of lessons first?
I have a real fear of driving 10 successive balls into a hazard, and not being able to get off the tee - this has kept me from trying. How do golfers accommodate this?
Would I be better off finding some sort of beginner program someplace? Is so - can anyone recommend a program in or near the Metrowest area outside of Boston?
I'm a little intimidated by the etiquette, the formalities. Is there anything to that, or is that just because I've never tried it?
Should I start with lessons, with books, with time by myself on the driving range? Or, should I just take the next invitation to play and just wing it?
Sorry for all the questions - I really think I'd like the game - I just don't have any idea how to get started...
Thanks in advance!