Golf For Beginners: So You Want To Play Golf

Everything you need to know about taking up golf from the editors of Golf Digest

We get it. Golf can seem terribly complicated to the uninitiated. So many rules, so many different kinds of clubs. And then there’s the lingo: birdies, bogeys, bump-and-runs. At Golf Digest, this may be the language we speak every day, but we also know it’s a language that can scare prospective golfers off before they ever pick up a club. If you need a great driver the Taylormade m2 driver doesn’t use the latest tech, but great for beginners and very affordable.

That’s where this online beginner’s guide comes when some golfers hate practicing, but one thing I’ve learned is that the range — not the golf course — is where your swing gets better. You might be able to make small adjustments mid-round and play OK, but any real improvements come from practice. Let’s say you’ve got at least 30 minutes once a week to work on your full swing. If you do, try these five fundamentals listed below that have helped me improve. Devote five minutes on each, and then use the final five minutes to mash it all together and swing away. It won’t take long before you see the value in this type of practice. And then when you play, you can focus on targets and scoring—you know, the fun stuff. —With Ron Kaspriske To those who know nothing about golf, our goal is to shepherd you through this uncertainty. What kind of clubs do you need? How do you practice? When do you know that you’re ready for the golf course? The way we see it, the only dumb questions about getting started in golf are the ones you’re afraid to ask, or worse, the ones for which you can’t find an answer. The whole point of this guide is to make sure that last part is no longer a problem, since is essential for people into golf, and there are even tv programs where you can learn about golf, so you need to make sure you don’t miss it is you’re serious about improving your golf game.


1.) BEFORE YOU SWING
DON’T PULL THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU GET THIS RIGHT

I never work on the range without alignment sticks, but assuming you don’t have any, you can use anything with a straight line to make sure your clubface, feet, hips and shoulders are aligned to hit your target. A golf shaft, a towel, even the edge of a range mat can help. I call it neutral alignment. You can’t see my back foot or shoulder in this picture (below), because I’m lined up correctly. If you can’t get this right, the best swing in the world won’t get the ball on the green. The other thing to pay attention to at address is comfort. I know that sounds weird, but you should feel tension-free at address—and athletic. That means you feel relaxed, balanced and ready for action. Make sure you keep hydrated while on the field with hydrogen water.

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2.) GOING BACK
STAY CONNECTED AS YOU START YOUR SWING

The one swing thought I always have is to stay connected. I know that can mean a lot of things, but for me it’s using my shoulders more to take the club back and not letting my hands get too far ahead of my body rotation. The club, hands, arms and body should be turning together (below). They call it a one-piece takeaway. If you don’t stay connected, it can create a world of wrong in your downswing. A good way to keep your hands from taking over the backswing is to delay your wrist hinge until the shaft is about parallel to the ground like it is in this photo.

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3.) AT THE TOP
TAKE THE INSIDE APPROACH

Make sure you have enough room to swing the club down into the ball from inside the target line (below). If you feel like your body is blocking your club from doing that, you didn’t complete your backswing. Make a full turn with your upper body going back. Don’t just take the club back with your arms.

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4.) STARTING DOWN
LET YOUR HIPS LEAD THE WAY

You really can’t think about anything substantial in the downswing. It’s too quick. All you can do is get it started correctly and then let whatever happens happen.

So the final thing to think about is letting your hip rotation begin the action. You can see that my left hip has moved away from the ball and my right hip has moved toward it. Some people focus on one side of the hip rotation versus the other. Whatever works for you. The only thing I would add is that I bump my left hip just a hair toward the target before the rotation. This clears more room for the club to swing down from the inside, and if you want to practice inside as well, you can go online to find the best mats for this purpose exactly.


5.) THE STRIKEEXTEND THE RIGHT ARM

When I’m hitting it my best, the ball is flying pretty straight. As the club is traveling through the impact zone, I’ll sometimes work on extending my right arm and keeping it extended at my target during the follow-through. It’s a good tip for accuracy. Remember that hip bump I mentioned in Fundamental No. 4? It also helps keep my upper body behind the ball through impact like you see here (below). Assuming you shift your weight into your left leg with a hip bump, staying back provides power and a higher trajectory to your shots. And just like these others, it’s a real simple fundamental to practice.

Alhaurín Golf & Club Hípico

Campo de Golf situado en Alhaurin el Grande

Datos del Campo:

Año de creación: 1994

Diseñado por: Severiano Ballesteros Sota

Par del campo: 0
Blanco: 72 – 6221 Rojo: 72 – 4941 Amarillo: 72 – 5857 Azul: 72 – 4941

Datos de Contacto:

Dirección: Ctra. Fuengirola-Coín, km 15, Alhaurin el Grande 29120

Ciudad: Alhaurin el Grande

Email: direccion@alhauringolf.com

Teléfono: 95 259 59 70

Fax: 95 259 45 86

Como llegar al Alhaurín Golf & Club Hípico, Alhaurin el Grande

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Club de Golf Entrepinos

Campo de Golf situado en Simancas

Datos del Campo:

Año de creación: 1990

Diseñado por: Manuel Piñero

Par del campo: 69
Blanco: 5349 Rojo: 4477 Amarillo: 5174 Azul: 4667

Datos de Contacto:

Dirección: Avda, del Golf 2, 47130 Simancas, Valladolid

Ciudad: Simancas

Email: golfentrepinos@golfentrepinos.com

Teléfono: 983 59 05 11

Fax: 983 59 07 65

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Baviera Golf

Campo de Golf situado en La Cala de Velez

Datos del Campo:

Año de creación: 2000

Diseñado por: José Maria Cañizares

Par del campo: 71
Blanco: 71 Rojo: 71 Amarillo: 71 Azul: 71

Datos de Contacto:

Dirección: Urb. Baviera Golf – Caleta de Vélez (29751) Málaga

Ciudad: La Cala de Velez

Email: info@bavieragolf.com

Teléfono: 952 555 015

Fax: 952 555 015

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Club de Golf de Béjar, La Cerrallana

Campo de Golf situado en Béjar

Datos del Campo:

Año de creación: 2007

Diseñado por:

Par del campo: 34
Blanco: Rojo: Amarillo: Azul:

Datos de Contacto:

Dirección: Finca Cerrallana. Ctra. de Valdesangil, km 1, 37700 Béjar, Salamanca

Ciudad: Béjar

Email: –

Teléfono: 923 403 830

Fax:

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Campo de Golf Nestares

Campo de Golf situado en Nestares

Datos del Campo:

Año de creación: 2008

Diseñado por: –

Par del campo: 72
Blanco: Rojo: Amarillo: Azul:

Datos de Contacto:

Dirección: Campo de Golf Nestares, 39200 Campoo de Enmedio

Ciudad: Nestares

Email: www.cantur.com

Teléfono: 942 77 11 27

Fax: 942 75 40 38

Como llegar al Campo de Golf Nestares, Nestares

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Campo de Golf Nestares, está ubicado a dos kilómetros de Reinosa, capital de la comarca de Campoo, al sur de Cantabria. Está gestionado por la empresa pública Cantur, Sociedad Regional Cántabra de Promoción Turística. Cuenta con 18 hoyos, adecuados a las características del entorno natural, y su par es 72.


El recorrido de 6.250 metros cuenta con un trazado versátil que permite la práctica de este deporte a todos los niveles. En el diseño de este campo se han aprovechado al máximo las condiciones del paisaje y sus suaves desniveles. Como anexo, el campo dispone de zona de prácticas, aproach, bunker y putting green así como de tiendas y servicio de alquiler de material deportivo. Asimismo, el Campo de Golf Nestares cuenta con una amplia oferta de cursos para todas las edades.


El entorno que rodea al Campo de Golf Nestares le erige como uno de los más espectaculares de la región ya que su trazado se encuentra entre montañas copadas de nieve en la época de invierno. Concretamente, el campo está ubicado muy cerca de la estación de esquí de Alto Campoo. En esta localidad se encuentra el templo de el Salvador, una bella construcción del siglo XVI. Asimismo, la localidad de Nestares se encuentra muy cerca de la cabecera de la comarca campurriana, Reinosa, exactamente a dos kilómetros.


 

Golf El Puerto

Campo de Golf situado en El Puerto de Santa María

Datos del Campo:

Año de creación: 2001

Diseñado por: Manuel Piñero-Target Ingenieros

Par del campo: 72
Blanco: 6480 Rojo: 5120 Amarillo: 6130 Azul: 5430

Datos de Contacto:

Dirección: Ctra. Sanlúcar de Barrameda Km1, 11500 El Puerto de Santa María, Cadiz

Ciudad: El Puerto de Santa María

Email: info@golfelpuerto.com

Teléfono: 956 87 65 41

Fax: 956 85 48 66

Como llegar al Golf El Puerto, El Puerto de Santa María

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Golf El PuertoA cinco minutos de la estación de tren de El Puerto de Santa María / Five minutes far from El Puerto de Santa Maria train station.


A 20 minutos del aeropuerto de Jerez de la Frontera / Twenty minutes far from Jerez de la Frontera airport.


DIRECTIVA / MANAGEMENT:
PRESIDENTE / CHAIRMAN: D. Ramón Marrero Gómez
GERENTE / MANAGER: D. José Javier Lizasoain Freüller
SUBDIRECTORA / ASSISTENT MANAGER: Juana Muñoz
DISEÑADOR / COURSE DESIGNER: Manuel Piñero/Target Ingenieros S.A.
GREEN KEEPER: Luís Díaz
PROFESIONAL / PROFESSIONAL: Alberto Martín
                   
Golf El PuertoSERVICIOS / FACILITIES: El campo ofrece diversos servicios, tales como: campo de prácticas, putting green, pithching green, bunkers, alquiler de palos, alquiler de buggies y carritos manuales, escuela, sevicios en el campo, vestuarios con duchas, tienda, restaurante y tarjeta de crédito.


The course has several facilities such as: driving range, putting green, pitching green, bunkers, club renting, buggy and trolley renting, golf school, toilets on the course, changing room, showers, pro-shop, restaurant and credit card facilities.


Golf El PuertoPRECIO GF 18 HOYOS / PRICE FOR 18 HOLES GF: 60 €


PRECIO BUGGY 18 HOYOS / PRICE FOR 18 HOLES BUGGY: 25 €


DATOS DE INTERÉS / INTERESTING INFORMATION: Golf El Puerto pertenece a la asociación Atlantee /  Golf El Puerto is part of the Atlantee Asociation (www.atlantee-golf.com / info@atlantee-golf.com).


Golf El PuertoINFORMACIÓN TURÍSTICA / TOURIST INFORMATION: http://www.cadiznet.com/elpuerto/


DESCRIPCIÓN DEL CAMPO / COURSE DESCRIPTION: Presenta una longitud de 6.410 metros en sus 18 hoyos, con suficientes atractivos para captar la atención del jugador más experto y del aficionado. Golf El Puerto ha logrado un equilibrio importante entre la competición, el complejo deportivo, el disfrute diario de sus jugadores y sus emergentes valores naturales, de manera que cumplirá todos los requisitos para una adecuada gestión ambiental y un desarrollo sostenible.


Recorrido Golf El PuertoWith 18 holes and at over 6.410 metres in length, the biggest attraction of this course is its varied layout, with degrees of difficulty that make it ideal for players of all level, and it can even be used for professionals to championships. At the higher part of the course, next to the tee of the first hole, a modern Clubhouse with mangnificent views offers its welcomingfacilities. The practice course, including greens, bunkers and chipping green, complete a playing area with some difficult stretches, but which is feasible for all players, with holes protected by the singular route between the lakes and small woods, with no blind shots; a course, in short, with a personality of its own, and whose layout is a pleasant challenge for all true enthusiasts.


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