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An introduction to playing golf

Golf is a lot more than just swinging a club at a ball and hitting it in into a hole. It is a tough game that relies on the strength of the mind as well as one's management of the club. Technique is as important as timing. Golf is not a game about who can hit the ball the furthest, but it is a game of accuracy and precision. Here are some basic tips and ideas on how to start playing this beautiful game.

Golf lessons

Golfing lessons are vitally important to anyone who is looking to start out playing golf to a good standard. It is virtually impossible to learn to play golf on your own because technique is very important. You cannot obviously see your own technique whilst you are concentrating on hitting the ball. Most golf clubs will have their own in-house professional who will offer golf lessons and coaching. They are generally readily available. This is the best way to start playing golf as they can give you golf tips on how to improve your golf as well as point out your mistakes. It is important to remember that the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy have coaches. So, if you rely on coaching to play better, then it must be important!

The swing

Hitting a good ball 'off the tee' is all about the golf swing. Each player has his/her own style and technique, but all players follow a few basic rules when it comes to developing a good golf swing. After you have established your grip, stand with your legs a shoulder-width apart so that the ball is positioned mid-way between them. Keep your head down and do not take your eye off the ball until the ball has been struck. Lifting your head too early will cause you to hook or top the ball. Taking your eyes off the ball can cause a number of errors as to where the ball will go in case it moves.

Around the greens

As Happy Gilmore proved when he started out playing golf in Adam Sandlers comedy about a golfer, it does not matter how well you can hit a ball. If you are no good around the greens, you would not get anywhere on the course. Success around the greens relies on touch and feel which can only be developed by plenty of practice.You also need to develop an eye for reading a green and knowing exactly where to hit a ball. When it comes to the greens, practise until you achieve success.

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