I'm Thinking About Taking Up Golf, Any Advice?

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  1. Dayton3

    Dayton3 Wonderful, Loving Husband & Father

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    The costs and time involved have always deterred me in the past and I only played once for real (borrowed a set of clubs) but almost all of the coaches I work with now on this large staff golf and I've heard that the annual golf tournament at the coaching clinic is a major opportunity to make connections and get inside information so I'm thinking that if for no other reason that potential career advancement that perhaps I should learn to play and at least be able to hold my own.

    My immediate boss learned of my interest in playing and he offered to give me a complete set of clubs that he no longer uses. That's one less expense for starting out so I'm considering taking him up on it.

    Any thoughts?
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  2. El Chup

    El Chup Fuck Trump Git

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    I dabble a bit casually. Great exercise. You definitely need second hand clubs to start as you decide whether or not the game is for you, but make sure they are suitable for your height. Being that I am tall I had to get quite long ones myself when searching for second hand.

    Learn course etiquette as well. Very important.
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  3. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 light & lethal

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    I've seen it on TV before! From what I gathered all you have to do is get the ball into the hole. I figured bowling out too.....try to knock all the pins down. Hard to believe these are sports, but the world is a crazy place!
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    Dayton3 Wonderful, Loving Husband & Father

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    The coach and I are about the same height so his clubs should be fine for me shouldn't they?
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  5. Spaceturkey

    Spaceturkey legolize it!

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    I played once.
    Shot a 78.

    Didn't do so well on the next hole...
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  6. El Chup

    El Chup Fuck Trump Git

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    Yes, provided they were good for him in the first place. Oh, and make sure if you are right or left handed so is he.
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  7. El Chup

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    Btw, I've got a feeling @Stallion is a regular player. Might also have some tips.
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  8. oldfella1962

    oldfella1962 light & lethal

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    :lol: I do play "mini golf" with my wife now & then - I'm not great but it's a lot of fun.
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  9. Stallion

    Stallion Team Euro!

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    5 handicap. Wife says i play too much. :unsure:

    Biggest tip i can give a total beginer is to sign up for a block of lessons. Golf is hard, best to understand the fundamentals so that when you start practising, you are at least practising the right things.
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  10. Stallion

    Stallion Team Euro!

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    Also, its a frustrating game. Make sure you start out knowing you will find it difficult. Try not to get too annoyed. Dont rely on brute force to hit the ball, its all about sequence and timing.

    Oh, and my 5handicap is a UK 5. Ive been reliably informed that due to the differences UK& US handicaps are calculated, ours translates to approx 2 lower in the US. I would be a 3 across the pond. Now heres the kicker, that sounds pretty good and to the layman, average and good golfer it sounds good. In the grand scheme of things its not. Your average club pro would probably have a +4ish handicap if they tried to maintan one, then there are mini tour guys who are better then it goes up the tours to Euro and PGA tour. The world superstars are just crazy good.

    I spent 2days up at Carnoustie for the Open the other week. Was up close beside DJ (world number1) Rory, Tiger, speith, Stenson, Rose. The way they hit the ball is so far removed fron what i can do. Scary stuff but so impressive!
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    What does a 5 handicap mean? 5 of your fingers don't work? If so, golfing on any level is admirable & inspiring! :salute:
  12. Stallion

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    Handicap is what makes golf accessible. Holes are given a 'par' - how many shots you should take at it. You then take your handicap off your 18 hole total at the end. If i play average to good i go round in approx 5 over par. Remove the handicap and the score is par for the round. It then means i can play a tournament with people better and worse than me. If we all play our average we all shoot the par score. If soneone plays better than their average, bingo.

    Of course pro's and better tournaments use gross score, no handicap but clubs tend to have the majority of their competitions based on handicap as it means everyone has a shot.
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    interesting! I've heard the term "handicap" but never knew what it meant.
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    Spaceturkey legolize it!

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    So golf, the pastime of rich guys, is essentially socialist?
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  15. Stallion

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    Old rich guys are generally shit at golf and athletic endeavours, they need some may to make themselves competitive. :D
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