Since five years ago, my friend Ken have been inviting me to learn golfing with him. I have put off this sport from my schedule because I felt this game is not for me. I used to think that golfing was a boring sport... you hit a ball with a stick... walk long distance... hit the ball again... continue to walk a longer distance...
This week, Ken invited me once more. This time, my view of golf evolved. I am actively engaged in business networking these days and golfing is a great way to build relationships. (How's how my young daughter described golf when I mentioned that I will be playing for the first time. Based on what she watched on TV dramas, there is always 2 power characters casually discussing sports... which leads to a game of golf... and eventually penning a business contract!)
Great! So I am a Virgin Golfer here playing with 7 other business owners. Three of them are seasoned golfers with their own set of clubs. The rest of us are beginners being coached by Ken himself.
Hey! You know what? I think I am a natural. My score was not too far off from the seasoned guys. While others are challenged by trees and sand pits, I got my ball into the green within 2 strokes. I just need to improve on putting.
From a totally fresh golfer point of view, here are seven 7 first time golfing tips.
- What to wear:
- Polo Tee Shirt - Keep your body cool. The game may seem like a slow sport, but the walking and the sun will make you perspire.
- Sun Shade Cap - If you are playing in the day, you will definitely meet the sun. Again, keep yourself cool and comfortable.
- Golf Glove - One hand will do. At first I tried not to use the glove but my hands got sore after 10 swings. I even had to remove my wedding ring.
- Drinks - Bring a bottle of water. You need it! Nobody told me about this till 2 hours later that I realized there are no vending machines around.
- Snacks - There is no such thing as tea breaks too. The game can last 4 hours and I got hungry in the middle of it. No canteen in the middle of the field, so bring some snacks.
- Sunblock - My skin gets burnt easily under direct sun shine. Thanks to my wife for giving me a mini portable bottle of sunblock lotion.
- Posture - The left arm is in control. Keep it strait. Minimize wrist movement.
- Wedge - Use the "wedge" club to throw the ball over a bunker. I happily did this twice.
- Green - Imagine the hole is a metre across. Just hit the ball within that area and everything else is easy.
I am looking forward to my next golf coaching session with good company.