Learn to Play Golf – The Basics

Learn to Play Golf – The Basics

Golf has certainly gained in popularity over the past decade and many people have decided to take up the sport. But where do you start if you are new to the game? The answer: Right Here. Learn to play golf with Beginning Golf Tips.com.

We will provide you with the essentials for getting started and show you the most affordable way to equip yourself for the links.

What will I Need to Play Golf?

The early stages of your golf career should be broken into two major categories “learning the game” and “playing the game”.

To learn the game, you may not need anything at all. Driving ranges will typically have a few clubs that you can use to practice with; that and a bucket of balls is all you would really need to get started. However, you will eventually want to practice and play with your own clubs, so a new or used set of golf clubs will likely be your first purchase.

As you might expect, golf clubs can range anywhere from $100 to $1,000 and more, so as a beginner, you may want to be a bit frugal until you decide that the game is truly for you. With that said, I would suggest looking for a nice set of used clubs or purchasing a starter set. We discuss what to look for in your first set of golf clubs in the following post:

What to Look for in your First Set of Golf Clubs

Once you have your golf clubs, you will only need a few more things to be fully equipped to play golf. Beginninggolftips.com recommends the following for beginners: shoes, a glove, balls and tees.

To have the best experience while learning the game, you should really consider equipping yourself properly. To do that you should purchase a quality pair of golf shoes. Now golf shoes do not need to be terribly expensive, but like anything else in this sport, you can easily spend a lot of money. A decent pair of golf shoes for a beginner might cost around $50.

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Now you are nearly ready to make a great impression on the golf course. Your golf clubs are ready and you have a fantastic pair of shoes, all you need now are some golf balls, tees and a glove. As we discuss each of these in more detail, it’s important to remember that each of these items are more or less disposable. Gloves will wear out, tees break often and you will lose golf balls a lot. So you may again want to consider purchasing these items as cheaply as possible.

Golf Balls

As a beginner, you may not want to leave the first tee without a dozen balls or more. Brand new golf balls can easily cost about $1 a piece and that can add up if you’re having a rough day. So the trick here is to keep the price per ball down as best you can. One way to do that is purchase balls in bulk, and buy them used or refurbished.  Of course if you are independently wealthy, you can certainly spend $50- $60 per dozen (about $4.50 per ball) and have at it.

The sack of golf balls pictured to the right are Taylormade Recycled B/C Grade balls (72 count).  Priced at about $30 this method of purchasing balls works out to be about 42 cents per ball.  Much, much better than spend a buck every time you cant find the little rascals.

Beginner Tip:  You are not the only person who will lose golf balls, so always be on the look out for abandoned balls.  As you rummage through the tall grass or leaves, keep any balls that you might find, as long as they have clearly been there for a while. 

Do not take a ball that may be in play by another golfer.

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Beginner Tip: Golf balls have aerodynamic properties, the dimples on the ball effect drag and lift. Imperfections such as scratches and dirt on the ball will impact the flight of the ball. So it is best not to use a ball that has been damaged. You can keep them for practice balls, but I do not recommend them for a round.

Golf Gloves

Now Golf Gloves are pretty straight forward,  for a right-handed golfer the gloves is typically worn on the left hand and just the opposite for a left-handed golfer.  My only suggestion for purchasing a glove is that you make sure it is tight fitting.  A loose glove can be problematic for a beginner golfer.  Golf gloves will generally come in small, medium and large for both youth and adult golfers.


That is 6 different sizes:

  • Youth – Small
  • Youth – Medium
  • Youth – Large
  • Adult – Small
  • Adult – Medium
  • Adult – Large

There are only a few option for gloves that may be of interest to you.  First some gloves will come with a built-in button which can be used as a ball marker.  Additionally some gloves will have a reinforced palm for better wear resistance.  Golf gloves will range from $10 to $20, and I would not spend more than that for a glove.  You can also purchase “winter” golf gloves, but as a beginner I would assume we will stick to fair weather golfing.

And now that you have your clubs, tees, balls, shoes and a glove, you are ready to hit the links.  Well equipped to “hit the links” anyway.  We will explore each of the equipment in our Golf Equipment post, so for now let’s focus on learning the game.  And now that we are well equipped, perhaps we should learn some of the rules, basic wing technique and some course etiquette.  Follow any of the links listed here to continue learning:

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