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Let's Talk About Golf

PGA of America
Jack Dillon
author 'High Fives'

Series: New Golfer

Published: Friday, May 22, 2015 | 4:13 p.m.

So, you're just beginning to think about playing golf. Starting anything can be daunting.

But here you are (having little to no golf experience) and there you want to go (playing golf, having fun and shooting lower scores). Oh, and you want to do it as quickly as possible!

How can anyone think that sounds easy?

Well - it certainly doesn't need to be difficult. You should start by planning to work with a PGA or LPGA Professional - they're the trained instructors of the game and excel at helping beginners feel welcome and comfortable as they start out their journey with golf. As you search for a Professional you want to work with, consider finding a great communicator - someone who is easy to talk to, to listen to and someone who will encourage your questions. 

In a sport like golf, where even if you have been playing for years or are just beginning, you will always have many questions ("Why did the ball do that?" "Why can't I play like I did yesterday?"). They never stop. Thus the importance of connecting with a Professional who can teach, who will listen and someone who has real patience. Golf is the game of a lifetime and finding your best instructor will make it a better game for you.

As you begin the instruction process and working with a PGA Professional, you have many options. You can begin with individual instruction or with group clinics, working on the fundamentals and building blocks of the game. Taking group instruction can be a lot of fun, in addition to being a great learning experience, because of the social factors and meeting other beginners. Your PGA Professional can help you find a solution that works best for you. But it all begins with talking about golf!

Here are a few communication tips to help you get started:

Don't be afraid! Show up and ask your questions. PGA Professionals are there to help!

Don't be afraid to ask for clarification! Many PGA Professionals are adept at communicating the same thing in multiple ways, depending on the listener.

Listening and communicating is only half the battle - make sure you apply your learnings at home, in the office and whenever you're back at the golf course.

Think about developing a golf diary, for instruction, practice, and play. You'll be amazed where your journey with golf will take you.

Lastly, make a mental note of all your positive experiences with golf. It only takes one solid shot for you to want to come back and try it again! 

Golf is a challenging game.  It can be made so much friendlier by building a program of learning where you feel comfortable with your PGA/LPGA Professiona. Keep an eye on the future and hold a positive attitude.

Golf is a game of a lifetime.  Enjoy every experience by listening, asking, and writing notes that will help you retain what you need to grow your game……..have a blast!