Until very recently, golf wasn’t the inclusive sport it is today. Most of the players used to be rich white males and you can still kind of see heritage of that exclusivity today. But nonetheless, things are changing – more and more girls, among other minority groups, are starting to get into golf. Championships are practically exploding. Number of participants is growing every year. Golf club manufacturers are starting to realize their mistake in ignoring this segment before, and are coming up with new women’s club designs every day. Golfing is one of the most exciting and rewarding hobbies i’ve ever had as a woman, and in a way, that’s why i’m writing this post. To show how easy it is to get started in golf.
The main reason for why women choose not to play golf, is their attitude. Unlike their brothers, girls usually haven’t been taught how to play golf in their childhood. So they are afraid of the unknown. They are afraid of trying and failing. But i think that’s ridiculous for number of reasons. First of all, everyone has to start from somewhere. Second of all, even if you try and fail to become good, that shouldn’t bother you. Most of the people who play golf on the golf course are bad at it anyway. In my opinion, golf is a sport that is best enjoyed when you don’t put too much pressure on yourself and your peers to succeed. There are championships, of course, but i think true joy of golf can be best felt by not competing. If you’re among these people, i would recommend taking one or two golf lessons. They can’t teach you how to be good at golf, but they can teach you basic rules and give you useful golf-related advice. If you don’t have women’s golf clubs yet, you’ll need to buy that as well. Here are some good tips on how to buy ladies’ golf clubs.
Just in few hours of practice and internet research, you can learn basics of golf very easily. If you’re planning on playing on golf course, etiquette is also important. Unlike what others may say about golf, the truth is that you don’t have to be rich or great player to enjoy it. Quality women’s golf club sets can be bought for as little as two hundred dollars. As of being good at it, it’s definitely a plus to know the game well, but at the end of the day, if you understand the basics of swing and shooting the ball, you’ll have fun regardless of your level. Golf is also a great way to socialize with people and make friends. It’s no secret that businessmen use it solely for that purpose. So that they can get closer to their clients on personal level. You can use it to make friends, or make existing friendship bonds even stronger.
Most of the things that need to be learned can be summed up quite easily. First of all, you should get familiar with the names of the gear. What is driver? When is it supposed to be used? And so on with other golf clubs. Once you have basic understanding of answers to those questions, move on to more complicated stuff like understanding golf idioms and making sense of the rules. It’s also useful to take a walk around golf course that you are interested in. Scouting the location beforehands can make things less complicated once you arrive at the golf course to play golf for the first time. For people who’ve went to golf courses since they were children this might seem simple, but golf courses are intimidating and getting the hang of where everything is, is kind of tricky. It’s also important to learn about how to buy proper golf equipment and attire. Equipment is rather straightforward, but when it comes to clothing, there are many details like sizing and design that you need to pay attention to. You don’t want to order golf shoes or golf bag, only to find out that it’s not compatible with your golf club set.
My other advice would be to not be afraid of trying new things. Things that you’re bad at. So many women i’ve met don’t want to try to practice their swing and long game. They prefer to focus on using putters to play mini-golf style game. I understand that it might be hard to do things you’re not good at, but you will eventually get better by doing. Avoiding just means that your golf skills will remain forever stagnant. I think the reason for why golf is so satisfying is the process. Hitting long drive and finally putting it in the hole with putter can be extremely satisfying. It’s also super important to always stay relaxed and not get angry at yourself for missing shots or something like that. Not only is it pointless, it also gets in the way of your game. Big part of success in golf is mental ability to stay focused and calm.
And my last, but definitely most important advice for women who are just getting started, would be : don’t focus on others too much and stop comparing your results or skills to theirs. Especially men and especially those who appear on TV. Men have natural advantage in strength, and the professional golfers on TV have advantage called tons of practice. TV golf tournaments are more like show business rather than anything related to how golf is really played. So don’t obsess over their results and don’t try to emulate them. It’s pointless and you’re better off being comfortable in your own skin anyway. Your goal should be to spend time doing what you like – playing golf, not reaching some superficial goal.