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BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GOLF
Who’s got time to read the full book? You don’t. Consider this your CliffNotes guide to golf – short enough to read in one sitting but detailed enough to help you pass the test. (Note: there’s no test).
PLAYING THE GAME
It doesn’t matter who you are – going someplace new is intimidating. What do you wear? Where do you go when you get there? What do you say? Sometimes just knowing the lay of the land ahead of time can make all the difference. Click below to learn the nitty-gritty about the game and its surroundings.
SWINGING THE CLUB
They say 80 percent of success is simply showing up. Good rule of thumb, but whoever said this wasn’t on their way to play golf for the first time. Hitting this small, motionless ball with consistency can humble anyone, but knowing the fundamentals makes it 100x easier. So if you’re starting from square one, let this simple video series be your guide.
GOLF IS THE NEW GOLF.
Maybe golf is already your thing, or one of your many things. Maybe you grew up playing the game, drifted away from it in your teens and have the itch to start again. Or maybe you’ve never played because you think it’s too difficult, too expensive or too pretentious, but saw something recently that piqued your curiosity. Whatever the case, we get it. We’re happy you’re here. And in case you need some convincing, here are a few of the undeniable truths about the game and the unique benefits it provides.
You don’t always have to work out to work out. Golfers typically exceed 10,000 steps during a normal round of golf. That’s like 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.
Increased life expectancy
That’s right. Research from the Golf and Health project suggests that golfers enjoy improvements in cholesterol levels, body composition, self-esteem and self-worth, all of which lead to a longer and happier life. Who wouldn’t want that?
A break from the chaos
Golf courses have become some of the last remaining sanctuaries of sanity in our world – a place beyond the hustle and bustle where you can actually lose yourself in the moment. Remember what that’s like?
You’ve heard of runner’s high? That fleeting sense of calm and rapture that hits you in the middle of a long run or workout? Yeah, golf has that. Except there’s no running. Hitting a great golf shot results in the same release of those feel-good chemicals. It's called "shot euphoria." It might only happen once a round – three if you’re Tiger Woods – but it’s so worth it.
Yard game on steroids
Think about some of the great American pastimes: Cornhole, Lawn Jarts, Giant Jenga, Ladder Toss. Now take those games, add a golf cart and 150 acres of beautiful, boundless terrain and you’ve got golf. Not exactly, but you get the point. It’s epic outdoor fun.
The perfect metaphor
Golf is a lot like life. Your outcomes are usually completely dependent on your actions and decisions. Sure, you’ll get bad breaks along the way. As in life, golf requires you to accept mistakes. Learn to enjoy the moment and take on new challenges, and perhaps you’ll learn a lesson about life itself. Golf is truly an unconquerable game, but you will learn to love the climb.
A community larger than all your social accounts
Golf is kind of like music: a universal language that transcends age, gender and culture. It’s shared between generations, argued about over beers and a thread that links you to millions of people around the world. It’s a pretty cool thing to have in your back pocket.
“Golf is me and buddies out having a good time, but most of all, golf is about me and my dad... He taught me how to hit a golf ball, and he got me playing.”
- Justin Timberlake (via Golf Digest)