Basic Golf Lessons for Beginners

Basic Golf Lessons for Beginners

 

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If you have just started golfing and are looking for some Basic Golf Lessons for Beginners you are in the right place. It is always best to start with some of the basics and moving on to some of the best golf swing tips at a later stage.

There are Two basic fundamentals you should be focusing on before a player goes out and hits a golf ball.

Here are some free golf tips with a video on how to put it all together by highly respected PGA Professional, Mike Malaska at the end of the post.

These tips can be practiced at home and you do not even need to go to a golf course.

The Easiest way to learn some of the basics are to start with some golf grip training and then learn the perfect golf setup.

Golf Grip Tips

The first is the most important one of all.

The grip will be controlling the golf club, and if a player does not grip the club correctly they are sacrificing distance, accuracy, and control of the golf ball.

Handy Tip- If a player learns how to grip the golf club before they start hitting golf balls it makes learning the game a lot easier and players will improve at a rapid rate following some simple golf tips.

Three Ways to Grip the Club

There is a lot of information on Golf Grip Instruction and many different golf grip hands positions that some players choose to implement.

Here are the three most common ways to achieving the perfect golf grip.

Vardon (Overlap Grip) – Named after the great Harry Vardon this is the most important grip of all. The right pinky overlaps the left index finger. The opposite happens for all those lefties.

Vardon Grip

Interlock Grip– Usually more targeted at players with smaller hands or ladies this is also a very common grip.

The right pinky interlocks with the left index finger. The great Tiger Woods uses this grip and a lot of other more accomplished golfers have won several majors implementing this style of golf grip.

Interlock Grip

Baseball (Ten Finger Grip) – This grip is usually used to get beginners to get a feel of swinging the golf club.

It is a lot easier to learn the correct grip as early as a player can so they do not form any bad habits.

If a player wants to improve fast, it is suggested to not use this grip. It is very hard to control the distance you hit the ball, and also feel and accuracy around the green becomes difficult.

Although some players will end up with a strong golf grip or a weak golf grip, the baseball grip makes it very difficult to get any consistency with ball striking and some proper golf grip tips should be implemented.

Baseball Grip

If you are struggling to get a feel for the correct golf grip then a Golf Grip Trainer might be a good option. This training device will help you get your hands in the correct position on the golf club.

In terms of how hard to hold the club, some golf grip pressure tips need to be implemented.

If a player was to hold an open full tube of toothpaste and make sure that none of it seeps out, they would have to grip it lightly, but not too light as there would be no control.  The golf grip is very similar as a player needs to hold it tight enough for maximum control.

Golf Setup

One of the best golf tips when a beginner golfer is starting out is to implement the correct golf setup posture.

The proper golf setup is in the below photo.

Although this is a golf setup for irons, the same needs to be implemented for the golf setup for woods.

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You will notice how relaxed the player in the golf setup position is.

3 Key Points

  1. The knees of the player are not bent (a common misconception) they are flexed.
  2. The arms of the player are just hanging directly down from the shoulders.
  3. With the arms hanging the player can bend from the hips to get the club to the golf ball.

Too many players bend their knees too much because it is common advice. They also reach for the ball with the arms.

A player needs to be relaxed, and one of the most helpful golf setup tips is to let the arms hang down from the shoulders as will be explained in the below video.

If the clubhead is not directly behind the ball from this position it means a player is standing too far, or too close to the ball.

They can just shuffle their feet back and forth, until they reach the correct golf swing setup position.

Teaching Professional Mike Malaska explains the golf grip and it’s relation to the golf setup very well in the below video. He has some of the best free golf tips online and golf tips for beginners so be sure to check out his channel.

Conclusion

Once a player gets the correct grip and setup they can start focusing on hitting some shots.

These are some simple golf swing tips, which cover the two most important basics before swinging a golf club.

It is important to know where exactly to position the golf ball in your stance for each golf club. Use the following link to find out more. Golf Stance Ball Position

For more information visit the post on How to Golf for Beginners which helps a player understand some of the key concepts of the game.

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16 thoughts on “Basic Golf Lessons for Beginners

  1. Daniella

    Hi Chris,

    Wow, great article, I really enjoyed the reading as I always wanted to know how to practice golf. Every time I go to a golf game with my friends, they all laugh at me the way I hold the stick and me either:) I suppose this is the reason I never win:(
    However, now I can rely on these suggestions you have given in the article, I will practice at home and then I will surprise all my friends:)
    Thank you very much for this excellent article!

    1. Chris Post author

      Hi Daniella

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read the article. I understand that golf can be a difficult game to learn as a beginner. With the correct guidance it is actually quite a simple game and improvements can be made rapidly. Yes you can actually practice the correct grip whilst you watch TV and the Setup can be worked on in your very own backyard. Let me know if you have any questions.

      Thanks

      Chris

  2. Kevin Bulmer

    Ah ha … the beginnings of what could be a wonderful, life-long activity. Nice work!

    I love golf. I can’t think of anything else that people do for pleasure but that makes them so continually frustrated. I don’t mean that as a negative thing, but just to illustrate how challenging the game really is. Despite the challenges, it’s such a wonderful activity to enjoy, with friends or on your own, and there’s nothing quite like spending some time on a beautiful golf course on a nice day. I hope your site brings some people to the game and moves them toward something else in life that they find enriching and fulfilling!

    Keep up the great work,

    Kevin

    1. Chris Post author

      Thanks Kevin

      Yes golf can be frustrating but it is a game that nobody will ever perfect so thats what keeps us playing more. It is a fantastic challenge and a great way to meet up with friends or colleagues.

      I appreciate your comments.

      Cheers

      Chris

  3. Nnamdi

    You know what? Golf is one thing I look forward to playing when I retire from working for the MAN. You know what I mean, I see golf as another means of exercising yet enjoyable and your article here has just given me the opportunity to know one or two things about how to play golf. Thank you, man, and keep this type of post coming because there are many newbies out there than you think.

    1. Chris Post author

      Thanks

      Always great to see more people interested in the game. Golf is a great way to get a little bit of exercise. Although many will say it spoils a good walk the satisfaction of winning a bet off one of your mates always adds to the experience.

      Cheers

      Chris

  4. Jeremy Hood

    I took a golf class one time in college, it was the easiest class ever! Not really, but I did get better throughout the semester.

    The one thing that helped me the most was the grip, like you mentioned, it is one of the most important aspects.

    Fixing my grip helped fix my slice, which I couldn’t believe something that small could have a big impact.

    Nice tips!

  5. Mark

    Great Site!
    I am always looking to improve my swing and drive. I think without spending a fortune on lessons or some overpriced book, people should be aware of your site. I love golf and even after 6 years or so, I still consider myself a beginner so your tips are appreciated.
    Thanks for the great tips and suggestions.
    Thanks
    Mark

    1. Chris Post author

      Hey Mark

      Thanks for dropping by. Yes golf can seem to be a difficult game but with the correct guidance, improvements can actually be made rapidly. Let me know if you have any questions.

      Thanks

      Chris

  6. Nik

    Hi!! Finally I found the first lesson of all!! Great post for beginners about how to learn the basics to make the first shot!! Now I really want to go and try!! I think that technical aspect is far more important than tools, but I already know that you have another post about setting up my equipment 🙂
    Really great site!! Congratulations again!!
    Nik

    1. Chris Post author

      Hi Nik

      Getting your grip, aim and setup correct will make the golfswing a lot easier to learn. If we don’t build a solid base it makes it difficult to swing the golf club in a synchronised way with the body. 

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Cheers

      Chris

  7. manuel

    I love watching golfers and always wanted to learn how to play just like those guys I see on tv. This post would be of great use to me. I always thought I needed to be on an actual golf course to effectively learn how to golf and I think that is one of the reasons I have been putting this off for a long time. Glad to know I really don’t need that for practicing. 

    I have definitely been getting it all wrong on how I have been doing this and I had no idea that there were actually names for currently positioning one’s self or holding the golf club. Good thing I came across this post as I have learned a lot that I would start implementing on my way to being a professional or should I say more skilled.

    1. Chris Post author

      Hi Manuel

      Thanks for your comments.

      Yes, the Golf Grip and Golf Setup can all be practiced in the comfort of your own home as well as some of the key body movements.

      Get the basics correct and the game becomes a lot easier to learn

      Cheers

      Chris

  8. Sami

    My husband, I have been toying with scheduling some refresher lessons that will make up for the past 20 years we have not taken time to play. I had trouble with my grip back when we did play.  The golf grip trainer sounds like a good idea for me before I try for a class.  Anything we can do to have one less problem with the golf pro’s training.  Thank you for this information.  I did know that there were a lot of ways to get help, I just hadn’t done anything. Maybe we can get out more and play as the dryer summertime is here. 

    1. Chris Post author

      Hi Sami

      I appreciate your comments.

      The golf grip trainer is ideal to help get the correct feeling of how the hands should be placed on the golf club. The Golf Grip and Golf Setup can be practiced in the comfort of your own home.

      Cheers

      Chris

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