Basic Golf Lessons for Beginners

Basic Golf Lessons for Beginners




If you have just started golfing and are looking for some Basic Golf Lessons for Beginners you are in the right place.

There are Two basic fundamentals you should be focusing on before you get out and hit a golf ball. These can be practiced at home and you do not even need to go to a golf course.


The first is the most important one of all. The grip p will be controlling the golf club, and if you don’t grip the club correctly you are sacrificing distance, accuracy, and control of the golf ball.

Handy Tip- If you learn how to grip the golf club before you start hitting golf balls it makes learning the game a lot easier.

Three Ways to Grip the Club

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.


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.


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 you can so you do not form any bad habits. If you want to improve fast I would 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.


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


The correct way to setup to the golf ball is in the below photo.


You will notice how relaxed the player in the photo is.

3 Key Points

  1. Your knees are not bent (a common misconception) they are flexed.
  2. Your arms just hang directly down from your shoulders.
  3. With your arms hanging you 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.

You need to be relaxed, and one of the most helpful tips for the setup is to let my arms hang down from my shoulders.

If the clubhead is not directly behind the ball from this position it means you are standing too far, or too close to the ball so you can just shuffle your feet back and forth, until you reach the correct position.

Teaching Professional Mike Malaska explains the grip and it’s relation to setup very well in the below video.

Once you get the grip and setup correct you can start focusing on hitting some shots. 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

12 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.



  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,


    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.



  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


      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.



  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.

    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.



  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!!

    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.



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