Ever wondered why your friends look forward to their long golf games over the weekend or why golf has taken over the cable sports air waves over the last several years? What once was considered a conservative game for a more mature crowd has become one of the fastest growing sports across all age groups. Men and women around the world are picking up golf clubs and learning the sport. Are you ready?
First thing’s first: here’s our beginner’s guide to golf, especially in Arizona golf communities.
Golf can be intimidating. So many rules, so many different clubs to use and all that golf speak. When you’re first getting to know the sport, start with the basics. Keeping things simple will keep you from getting frustrated and overwhelmed. Plus, learning one thing at a time while building on your knowledge and skill is a great way to learn almost any sport, but especially golf.
Find a Teacher
Much like learning to drive a car, learning to drive a ball off a tee takes a patient teacher. This could be a family member or friend who is passionate about the game, but you may be best served by going to a pro first. Although you need to start with the basics, you may indirectly learn the bad habits of your new golf buddy as he or she shows you the ropes. Group or private lessons at the start will teach you proper form and etiquette, two things that many people who have been golfing for years still don’t know or practice. Arizona golf course communities like Grayhawk are great for beginners, or check out the top teachers in Arizona, per Golf Digest.
Once you know where to start and who to turn to, you’ll need some golf gear. Golf is a $70 billion dollar industry with no shortage of cool gadgets and state-of-the-art technology promising to improve your game. But when you’re first starting out, you don’t need loads of expensive gear. Learning should be the priority over buying. What if you don’t care for the game after you’ve tried it out for a while? Or what if you don’t have the time or patience for it? Then you have pricey gear that collects dust in the garage. If you are taking lessons at an Arizona golf community pro shop, you’ll likely be able to rent clubs and other necessary goods. Once you get a feel for the game, you can ask your teacher and the pro shop for recommendations.
In our next installment we’ll go over what to do when you’re ready to hit the greens on your own. Arizona golf homes like those near Grayhawk, Troon and Kierland make learning to play and enjoy golf all that much more fun. Plus, you get beautiful views and unbeatable community amenities, which include much more than golf.
The Matheson Team are experts in Arizona golf course communities. Not only can we help you find the right home for you, we can guide you to the right course and pro, too.
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