Purchasing golf clubs
You have a couple options when starting out if you are looking to save money. Your first option and what I ended up doing is buying a set off Offerup. You may also try craigslist or any other local buying site. How do you know if you are getting a good deal? First check out the PGA Value Guide, which will show you trade in and resale value of the clubs you are purchasing. You can also join a golf forum and ask them. Trust me, everyone likes to help a new player to the sport.
You may also buy new, which is fine. Just don’t go overboard! You are new, so it doesn’t matter if it’s a $200 set or a $2,00 set. You are going to be bad regardless of what clubs you are using. If you are looking to buy new, these Callaway Men’s Strata are a great set to learn the game with. After a couple years than you get upgrade and get fitted to a better set.
One of the most important tips I can give you is to get a lesson before you even being your golf journey. I see so many folks try to learn from YouTube or just advice from their buddies. Its great people are trying to help but this can instill bad habits that may be hard to break down the road. We know golf isn’t the cheapest sport around, and all you need is one lesson to start.
You also want to make sure your instructor is a PGA Pro, it’s easy to find a professional instructor in your area. Just head over the PGA directory and search by zip code or city. All you really need is a 30-minute lesson to teach you the basics, I doubt it will cost you more than $50.
Used golf balls
One of the biggest expenses when just starting to play will be golf balls. Trust me, you will go through more than you can imagine. So, don’t worry about the brand of ball you are using. If you want a good and inexpensive quality golf ball, then I recommend the Srixon Q-Star, they are an amazing golf ball for the price.
You will want to get used golf balls when you are just beginning. Go on LostGolfBalls.com, they are the best place to purchase from. The only issue is shipping, which is free for orders over $100. Sometimes they have great sales, so keep a eye on it. Just don’t buy refurbished golf balls, just used! With refurbished golf balls you have no idea what you are buying.
You want to practice as much as possible. You won’t see results on the course if you never put in the time to practice. A good way to save money is to see if your course or club has a player development program. The way it works is that you pay a monthly fee, somewhere between $50 and $100 and you get unlimited range time and a great deal when you play. My local club costs $60 per month and I get unlimited range and $15 for 18 holes. It’s well worth the cost.
Also, I can’t say this enough. Practice with purpose! Don’t just go out there and try to crush every golf ball in the bucket. I HIGHLY recommend a book called The Practice Manual: The Ultimate Guide for Golfers. It is one of the best golf books for beginners. Now, this book won’t teach you the game, but it will teach you how to get better.
Learn the etiquette
This section will require its own someday. Your etiquette on the range is just as important as your etiquette on the course.
On the range, give others space and don’t make divots all over your area. You will want to keep your divots in a line. Basically, just keep moving the ball back in a line. Now you are new so don’t worry about it if it’s a little sloppy or you are hitting the fat and putting divots behind the ball. That’s ok! You are still learning, but you can still try your best.
Etiquette on the golf course is all about respect. Respect the course! Try to keep your pace of play, sometimes if there is a slow group in front of you than being slow can’t be helped. Also, make sure you fix your divots by filling the holes with sand. The most important part of respecting the course is to fix your ball marks on the green. That I cannot stress enough. It will literally take you a couple seconds and it is the single most important thing you can do to keep the course in great shape.
How to fix ball marks? It’s so simple, all you need is a ball mark repair tool which cost about $10 and a couple seconds. Here is a great video showing you how to fix your ball marks.
Meet other golfers
This might not be for everyone but this seriously helped me meet more people and improve my game. The best way to do this is just to get out there on the course on your own, sometimes you will get paired up with other golfers. What I found out when first starting is a lot of times groups will ask you to join their group. Always agree to if you can, just let them know you are new. This is a great way to meet new friends who enjoy golf! You will also find out being bad at golf is normal.
There you go. I will add to this list as I think of more tips for golf newcomers. If you have any tips or questions, just leave a comment or hit the contact button at the top and I will get back to you as soon as possible!