/ INITIAL POSITION
/ The chin should point away from the chest to allow the left shoulder to pass below at the top of the backswing.
/ The spine should be slightly behind the line of the ball (with regard to target). The left eye should look vertically at the ball.
/ Your arms should be loose and relaxed so that the head of the club sits naturally on the ground. When playing with woods, some players prefer to have the head of the club slightly above the level of the grass.
/ Hold the club firmly, but do not overly force your grip (use around 60 % of your maximum strength).
/ Your legs should be slightly bent, and in a comfortable position. This posture is preferable to stiff legs.
/ Maintain a balanced position. Distribute your weight evenly on your feet when hitting the ball. To use a driver well you should have around 60% of your weight on your right foot.
/ Keep your body loose and relaxed for a good swing.
/ Balance is essential for a smooth swing with a driver.
/ The grip is linked to almost all aspects of the swing, including the trajectory of the swing, the position of the club face, the position of the ball and your posture.
/ Hold the club handle in the left hand if you are right-handed. The club should lie across the bottom of your fingers, just above the palm. The V formed by your thumb and forefinger should point toward your right shoulder.
/ Place your right hand on the club so it lies diagonally across your ring, middle and index fingers, from nearest the palm on the ring finger to the tip of the index finger
/ Cover the thumb of your left hand with the thumb of your right hand
/ Make sure the V on your right hand is parallel to the V on your left hand
/ Lower the club into place for the swing, keeping it in your fingers with just enough pressure to hold the club. Maintain light pressure on the grip throughout the golf swing
/ The right hand grip is very similar to the left hand grip. The main difference is that in the right hand, the club is held more with the fingers.
/ EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO START PLAYING
To start playing you don’t need to carry a complete set of clubs around with you. Half should be enough, and should include: a putter, pitching wedge, n.º 5 and 7 irons, n.º 3 wood and a golf bag. You’ll also need a pair of golfing shoes and gloves.
Total initial investment will be around 300 to 500 Euros.
/ BASIC ETIQUETTE OF GOLF
The observance of etiquette and knowing how to act and behave on the course makes us feel much more comfortable and following such etiquette is vital for helping new golfers integrate into the game.The etiquette of golf can especially be seen in three different ways:
/ With regard to our playing partner
/ With regard to others playing on the course
/ With regard to the course itself.
/ SOME DIFFERENT TYPES OF GAME
A game can be won in one of two different ways: Strokeplay or matchplay.
/ Strokeplay: The aim here is to get the ball into the hole in the lowest number of shots possible. Two or more players may take part (or teams) and the winner is the person who manages to get round the course – the full circuit of all the holes on a course in the right sequence – with the lowest number of shots.
/ Matchplay: Courses are usually 18 holes and another type of game is when the same two or more players (or teams) try to get the ball into the hole in the lowest number of shots possible. The player or team that manages the smallest number of shots wins the hole. Players then move on to the next hole and so forth until they complete the course. The winner is the person or team which achieves the highest number of holes. This method is different in that the number of shots is only used to ascertain the winner of each individual hole.
Other types of game:
/ Stableford: Named after its creator, Dr. Frank Stableford and in which the game is played for holes and points are won depending on the number of shots above, below or on par with each hole. So if a hole is played to par without handicap advantages and a player only manages two or more shots over par then no points are awarded. A player scores one point for a bogey, (1 above par) two for par, three for a birdie (1 below par), four for an eagle (2 below par) and five for an albatross (3 below par). The game is won by the team with the most points.
/ Foursomes: This is played between four players in teams of two and where each team plays only one ball. One of the players starts the hole and the other plays the second shot. The game continues with players taking alternate shots until they sink the ball. One of the players starts the odd numbered holes and the other starts the even numbered holes. These games can be played either as strokeplay or matchplay. The general rule is that any handicap advantage to which a player is entitled is reduced to ¾.
/ Four ball - Better ball: Here teams of two players play each other and each player has one ball and all four play the hole at the same time. The best result at each hole for each team counts towards the final result of the round. It can be played as matchplay or strokeplay.
/ Texas Scramble: is a game played in teams usually of four players and where each player hits the ball from the tee of each hole.. The captain of each team chooses the best shot and the other players place their balls at the same place as the best shot and play on from there. This continues until one of the balls is sunk and the result is calculated based on the number of shots. To calculate the net result, the handicap entitlement of each team is factored in which is generally calculated by adding the entitlements of the four players and dividing the result by eight.
Always do some stretching exercises before starting a round of golf. Swing your shoulders forwards and backwards. Shoulder injuries can happen during more vigorous shots, so warm up well. Also, hold your club at shoulder height and swing your waste to the left and right. Twist your right foot. By doing stretching exercises you’ll warm up the muscles used during the swing.
Hit at least 15 balls at the Driving Range before starting the round.