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Golf Instruction Basics - Concepts Beginners Should Learn
By Kevin Nelson

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Golf is a wildly popular sport, with more and more people catching on every single day. But there's more to the game of golf than just teeing up the ball, choosing a club at random and whacking away. After all, you're trying to get that tiny ball into a hole that's not much larger and it's hundreds of yards away. So the game takes a balance of power and finesse. It also takes a good bit of practice and discipline to truly master the game of golf.

Like with anything else that you start off learning, it's best to take the approach of crawl - walk - run when it comes to learning golf. In other words, start with the basics and gradually add to it as you learn more and gain new and better skills. Golf instruction is one way to improve those skills, both basic and advanced, and should be part of every serious golfer's plan in order to improve their golf game. Here are just a few of the basics when it comes to golf instruction for beginners.

First, you should have an understanding of basic golf etiquette since there are certain "rules" that apply which you might not be familiar with as a beginner. For instance, if you have a large group of people in your team and another smaller group shows up, it's common courtesy to allow the smaller team to play through. This is similar to when you're working out in the gym and only need to do one set. In such a case, it would be good manners to allow you to knock out your set, especially if the other person has several sets to go before you would otherwise get your chance. There are several other aspects of golf etiquette and therefore, this should be part of any basic golf instruction.

Another part of basic golf instruction is an understanding of golf equipment. Golf is one sport that has quite a bit of equipment, especially the wide variety of clubs. All of the clubs have specific uses and are best used in particular circumstances, so it's vital to understand what's in your "toolkit" and when each "tool" should be used.

Golf balls are usually numbered and also have the name of the manufacturer printed on the ball. That way, you don't have to worry about any confusion as to which ball belongs to which player, even if they're using balls from the same company. They are also made to specific standards in terms of size and weight to ensure all players are using balls with roughly the same specs.

Finally, the largest portion of most golf instruction is going to include all the fundamentals of the game. This includes scoring, strategies for playing certain types of shots or certain holes, the order of play for each team member and other basics that a new player will have to be aware of in order to grasp the basics of the game.

There are several places to get basic golf instruction including your local golf course, friends and family, or professional instructors who offer lessons for a fee. You can also find numerous books and training materials online that allow you to study and improve your golf game on your own and at your own pace. Whichever route you choose, golf is much like other sports in that it requires continued learning and improvement to truly master the game. So get started today!

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