Golf can be a great escape from the work week as you spend the day with friends on the course. If you are looking for a fun new summer activity, learn how to play golf with these basic tips for beginners.

Learn the Rules

Golf rules may seem overwhelming with all their different terms, but you will understand more as you continue to play. There are 18 holes on a golf course—every hole has a “par,” which is how many strokes it should take to get the ball in that specific hole. Pars usually range from three to five strokes per hole, and they’re added up to create your final score at the end. The lower the total score, the better.

There are also specific names for your par performance. An “eagle” is shooting two strokes under the par. A “birdie” is one under par. A “bogey” is one over par, which then becomes a “double bogey” if you shoot two over, and so on.

Get the Right Clubs

There are several types of golf clubs available to you on the golf course. Most golf clubs are either woods or irons. Irons are used within 200 yards of the green (which is where the hole is located), while woods are used outside of the 200-yard range and feature the largest heads.

A full set of clubs includes a driver, two woods, three hybrids, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, and 9-irons, a pitching wedge, a sand wedge, and a putter. Some golf experts only recommend that beginners use the 3-, 5-, 7-, and 9-irons along with the 5-wood clubs. You will also want to add a putter and driver. There are plenty of great club sets for beginners out there to consider to get you started.  

Develop the Perfect Swing

Your swing is something that will change throughout your golf career. Start by gripping the club with your fingers instead of your palms. Also make sure you find a balance between a “merry-go-round” and “Ferris wheel” plane as you swing your club. Finally, you will want to finish your swing with all the weight on your front leg, picking up your back foot when you make contact with the ball.

Start Small

When you start out, you will need plenty practice. So, start small and take advantage of driving ranges  and practice facilities. Then, when you do hit the real greens, start with a par three course and continue developing your swing, getting more comfortable with your clubs, and learning how the game of golf works.

Golf is a great way to get together with friends and co-workers, but it can also be frustrating. Be patient with your game, because it will require practice. Stick to our tips on how to play golf, continue to make progress, and most importantly, have fun!