By Emily Rust
So you’ve never played a game of golf before and your only experience is watching “Happy Gilmore.” We get it: you’re not an expert. Whether you are trying to impress the father-in-law or just wanting to fit in at the country club, here are five ways to look like a pro.
There’s an argument among golf experts as to what types of clubs are necessary. Most will say you need all, but for a beginning golfer, buying a full set of clubs may not be in the budget. Here’s what you need and what you can wait for later on.
- Irons: The most common type of club comes in many shapes and sizes and is used on the fairway or rough.
- Sand Wedge: As its name suggests, this club helps glide the golf ball when it lands deep in the sand.
- Pitching Wedge: Use this club when stuck attempting to hit over a hill or when needing the ball to fly high.
- Putter: Familiar to miniature golf lovers, the putter is used on the green to make short strokes.
- Driver: The largest club used to tee off. Because of the high cost associated with drivers, many golfers wait to invest in this club later on and use an iron instead.
If a full set is more your style, check out this budget-friendly option.
Acting the part is half the battle. With these items and a splash of confidence, any golfing novice will look like they’ve been doing this for years.
- Top: With a wicking polo, you can stay cool and comfortable during a round of golf.
- Bottom: Khaki pants are part of the classic golf uniform and go great with polos. Synthetic materials will keep you cool during the summer, but regular khakis can also allow for breathing room on the course.
- Accessory: To get the perfect grip on the club, wear a glove on the non-dominant hand. When gripping the club, this hand will rest on top of the grip, leading the dominant hand.
- Shoes: When starting out, it isn’t necessary to add golf shoes to your wardrobe. Slip on your favorite sneakers and you’re good to go.
Bring your own tees and choose the length accordingly. For a longer club like a driver, choose a higher tee. The center of the golf ball should align to the top of the club. Expert golfers may have a variety of tees in their bag, but to start out, try a 2 ¾-inch or 3 ¼-inch tee which can be pushed down into the green to adjust accordingly.
4. Golf Balls
When starting out, don’t spend a lot of money on expensive golf balls. Chances are you won’t see them again. To start out, try inexpensive neon golf balls. They won’t break the bank and you’ll be able to see them when they inevitably end up deep into the tree line.
5. Club Covers
Even though these aren’t necessary, club covers are a fun way to personalize your golf gear. Sport your favorite team, animal or go with a basic black.