Although I have accepted that I will never be a good golfer, the game never ceases to elude me. My question is often: If I knew what golf would lead to, would I have taken it up? The answer is always the same, and it is unanimous: Yes.
While playing golf, I wish I’d known a few things beforehand.
Don’t get sucked into new gear:
You’ll lust after new golf clubs. This is part of the fun, and I wouldn’t want to take it away from you. It’s a harsh truth, but changing clubs won’t make you a better player.
Fitting your golf clubs is important.. There is no doubt that it matters, and it can make the game much easier. Practice is the only thing that will help you once you are fit. The simple act of switching from cavity backs to blades (or vice versa) or buying a new putter is not going to magically lower your handicap. You’re not being kept from the Tour by your current driver.
Ball Flight Laws:
Sadly, there is a great deal of wrong information out there. If you want to improve your golf game, ignore the golf magazines and TV shows that say they can help. Do not accept advice from anyone on the range. Instead, smile and politely decline.
You can find all the information you need right here. You will be ahead of 99.9% of golfers and most instructors by understanding these simple laws of physics.
Make Your Swing:
Did I tell you that swapping clubs won’t turn you into a pro? It’s the same when you hit a draw instead of a fade, hit it higher or lower, or get your hands even further in front of the ball.
It’s not a bad idea to take lessons with good instructors or work hard to improve. The King said it right, “Swing your swing.” It simply means not trying to be someone other than yourself. If you see something on camera that looks good, don’t chase it.
Don’t complicate things. Hit the ball flush by controlling the club face. Make sure you develop your skills. Become familiar with the course. Try new things. Have fun.
Your game doesn’t matter to anyone:
Playing with strangers will make you nervous. You shouldn’t be. No one cares about your game; everyone is obsessed with their own.
Here’s what people care about: your attitude, your respect for the rules, your manners, and your pace. In the end, you can control all of these things, and if you do, no one will ever have anything wrong to say about you.
It matters much more to pick up the flag stick, cheer for someone else’s birdie, and repair a few extra ball marks than you record.
Play as you please:
There is no particular way to play golf. There is no scoring requirement. You can carry as many clubs as you want. Wear whatever you want (within reason). Take crazy shots.
Taking control of the game and making it your own is the only limit to what you can achieve with golf.