Everybody’s gotta start somewhere and if not at the beginning, then where else? The adage of throwing someone into the deep isn’t really applicable when talking about the seemingly “elite” sport of Golfing. Fairly stigmatised as the sport where most business deals are conducted, golf’s reputation can often ward off new players.
Like all novices, we understand that the presence of those seasoned veterans can be intimidating, but becoming a golfer, is in reality actually quite easy. If you start with the fundamentals and practise your skills, you too can be sealing those business deals on the putting green. We asked our PGA pros’ at the Golf Village for their secret formulas for novice golfers to get into the game quickly.
Head down to the Driving Range
For new golfers, the perfect place to start is at the driving range. The phrase quality over quantity is highly applicable when achieving a higher skill level in golf. The beginner timeframe is where most fundamental techniques are learned. Make use of the different facilities; constantly hitting long range shots won’t do much for your short game, and vice versa. A Driving range is designed to practise your techniques, even helping you become a ballstriker.
Go to Classes
Becoming a Pro (or just good, we don’t judge) golfer is most likely not going to happen from watching Golf tips on YouTube. Going to classes, or even private lessons, will help you learn the right fundamentals. Don’t waste your time trying to figure out what’s going on in golf, use the different teaching options available. Many golf clubs offer free classes which are generally included in the membership fee. The Golf Villages for instance, have a range of Masterclasses that are offered daily. These classes range from beginners’ techniques, to classes for seasoned veterans. These lessons will take you from the beginners golf class to the master classes in no time!
Price vs Distance
This factor comes down to your own judgement-what price you are prepared to pay compared to the effort you need to make. Whether you’re willing to pay a premium for a coach at your local Golf Club, or rather pay a discounted amount for a coach who has a big rep but situated very far from you-should be audited in way where you focus not only on their coaching fee but also the search, travel, and overall membership fees. At The Golf Villages, all members can make use of the various Master Classes offered, at no extra fee. This is available at Wynberg, Tyger valley, as well as Somerset West Golf Village, giving you three options- at no extra cost.
Don’t be intimidated
Remember, every PGA professional was once a novice. Don’t be intimidated by other golfers- especially when it comes to playing pace. As a beginner, your pace will (understandably) be much slower then those playing the game for years. Don’t be intimidated and hurry your game play- your first few sessions on the course will truly be the most important for nailing your grip and golf swing. Keep your focus on your own game and remember, Golfing is fun and an excellent stress reliever.
Enjoy the 19th hole
You don’t have to be a seasoned golfer to know what the 19th hole is, but it’s a vital part of every golfing experience. It’s the perfect place to just relax after hitting the course with your fellow golfers. Compare your gear, share new golfing tips, and have a relaxing time with friends. The 19th hole at the Tygervalley Golf Village is called Pitch and Putter and is the perfect destination for your post- driving-range-relaxing.
Ready to up your game? Speak to one of our friendly consultants and become a member today!