Are you brand-new to the sport of golf? Have you decided that 2021 will be the year you get out on the course and give the sport a try?
Golf can be an excellent hobby to take up as it’s great for your physical and mental well-being. The game keeps you active and gets you outdoors, which can do wonders for your overall health. But before you head to the course, there are some essential pieces of equipment you’ll need.
So, let’s take a look at the top five things you need to start playing golf.
A Set of Golf Clubs
Right out of the gate, the first thing you’re going to need is a set of golf clubs. The fact is that golf clubs can make or break your game. That doesn’t mean you have to invest in top-of-the-line luxury clubs; it just means you need to choose clubs that are right for you and your skill level.
Experts recommend that beginners start with a half set of clubs. This set contains all the necessary clubs you’ll need which are the five irons, a three wood, a five wood, and then your putter. These are the basics for any game. As you become more advanced and get more into the game, you can invest in the extra irons.
Make sure you get to try the clubs in the store and swing/putt with them before you make a decision. Clubs will feel different because of the weight, grip, and shaft so you need to feel comfortable with the ones you choose.
The set you buy may also come with a bag, if not you’ll need to purchase one separately.
The Perfect Beginner’s Golf Balls
Of course, you can’t play golf without golf balls, and no, they aren’t all made the same. A money-saving tip for beginners is to purchase a bag of lightly used golf balls. This gives you a chance to figure out what you like without spending a lot of money. That and the fact that you’ll lose a lot of balls as you’re learning, that’s why you’ll also need golf ball markers.
Comfortable Golf Shoes
As a beginner, you’ll want to stick to a golf shoe that is meant for your level. This means they fit well, are comfortable to wear for long periods of time, and offer excellent grip and stability on the course.
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Do You Want Your Own Golf Cart?
Another thing to consider is whether or not you want to invest in your own electric golf cart. Walking the entire course can be nothing short of exhausting, especially when you’re also carrying or pulling your heavy golf bag filled with all the necessary gear. On the flip side, it can get expensive to keep renting golf carts each time you head out to the course, and maybe you don’t like the idea of driving a cart that may not be in the best condition since it’s a rental.
If you choose to purchase your own golf cart, keep in mind that there are accessories and replacement parts readily available to ensure it stays in tip-top shape. You can find anything and everything you need for a golf cart, which means you’ll have it for many years to come. It’s not unusual to get 20-40 years out of your golf cart, provided you take care of it and do the necessary maintenance and repairs.
Don’t Forget the Accessories
Finally, there are the must-have accessories which include:
- Golf tees
- Pitch mark repairer tool
- Golf towel
- Golf umbrella
Now that you’ve got all the essentials, all that’s left to do is get out on the golf course and start playing!