Stages in Golf

Stages in Golf

When all golfers start out in golf they always seem to want to learn all aspects of the game pretty quickly without realising that there are stages in golf that you have to go through to get to the end goal of being a competent and consistent golfer, in this article I am going to lay out the stages of golf I believe that all golfers need to go through to reach their GOAL!

The first stage I always advise newbie golfers about when they come into pro shop is that they must ensure that they get the correct shafts for their golf clubs regardless where they buy them from, whether it be online or in person in a shop, trying to learn how to play golf from the offset is hard enough without having the wrong shafts in your golf clubs, so you must ensure that you get the correct shafts for your golf swing speed from the start. Stages in Golf - The Golf Grip

Once you have got the correct shafts in your golf clubs you then have to look at stages or goals that you want to achieve playing golf, I always advise newbie golfers that there are certain stages or handicap stages that they will go through, for example, the stages I always suggest are by setting realistic goals are:

28 handicap down to a 20 handicap

20 handicap down to a 14 handicap

14 down to an 8 handicap

8 handicap and below down to lower single figure golf or even scratch dependent on your capability.

So in this article, I want to look at the first stage of planning your way from a newbie 28 handicapper to a 20 handicapper.

Setting these types of goals will help you focus on how you are going to do it and what type of time frame is involved to be able to achieve your goal, bearing in mind the first stage getting from 28 to a 20 handicap is the easiest because good course management, having a lesson and learning the basics will help you reach that first milestone.

But what you need to understand that you don’t always have to buy the most expensive golf equipment starting out you need a ‘starter set’ of golf clubs to get you over the first stage, this covers two things, firstly you are learning the game and secondly you don’t want to spend a small fortune on a set of golf clubs if you decide not to take up the game on a regular basis.

So getting from a 28 handicap to a 20 handicap can be achieved by good golf course management, analysing your golf scores and working on the area of your game that is costing you strokes, this could be putting, drives off of the tee, short game or bunker play, straight away you can see where your game is letting you down and you can focus on that part of your game.

Once you have reached your first milestone then you need to start looking at upgrading your golf equipment, the better you are hitting the ball and a semi decent set of golf clubs will now be required to get you to the next level, more expensive clubs will be needed unless you have so much talent that you can still get away with playing with a starter set of golf clubs, but I doubt it.

Stages in Golf - Golf IronsYou will need a set of irons that are manufactured for mid handicap golfers that have a bigger sweet spot and are more forgiving, this will enable you to get used to better and more expensive clubs and plot your next goal of getting your handicap below 20.

In finishing this first stage I must stress that even if you have one golf lesson by an accredited golf professional it will set you off on the right track to getting more out of your golf, you will be taught the correct golf grip, correct swing plane, correct stance etc then the rest is up to you with plenty of practice, I have read many times that if you want to be good at anything whether it is playing the piano, learning to play the guitar, to play tennis at a good standard you have to put in 10,000 hours to get good at anything – so bear in mind when you are setting out on your quest to learn the game of golf you will have to put in the hours of practice to be able to be good and consistent at it.

My next article will be about getting from a 20 to 14 handicap, this will include what clubs to use, what golf balls to consider, different techniques to adapt and also sorting out all of the things that go through your head during a round of golf and also drawing on those good thoughts when you are practising on the golf driving range.

As always if you have any comments or feedback on this article stage in golf please do not hesitate to drop me a message or email me, I will be glad to respond to all of your questions.

You may also like this article about what golf clubs to buy and what suit your golf game – CLICK HERE to read the article.

Happy Golfing as Always.


Michael Baker
Bogeys to Birdies

8 Responses

  1. Hi Rich,

    Thanks for those comments, I will add a contact page to the site. Cheers

    Bogeys to Birdies

  2. Richard says:

    Hi mike I was watching you hit balls a while ago on your home range I have to say I’ve tried to model my swing on yours especially as I’m a senior I’ve been trying now for several weeks but I think today I finally got it can’t wait to try it on the course some one told me your giving lessons now you need to make your self contactable I sure you will be very busy Richard

  3. Hi Tony,

    Thanks for your message regarding the article Stages in Golf and am really glad that you are enjoying the content of my website. I have actually done about 6 videos which I have included the link to the page on my website here – but I am looking at ways and the time to put together some regular video tutorials and reviews in the near future, so watch this space and hopefully I can put that ‘face’ to the name!

    Cheers and keep in touch. Michael Bogeys to Birdies

  4. Tony Powell says:

    Hi Michael

    Really do find your site both informative and helpful, you obviously have a wealth of knowledge and your articles are very good.

    I subscribe to You Tube golfing sites acca Mark Crossfield, Rick Shiels etc, have you ever thought about doing a video, would be nice to put a face to a name!

    Like me and all you golfers out there “keep living the dream” that one good shot during 18 holes keeps bringing us back for more.

    Kindest regards


  5. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Frank,

    Thanks for the comments about the article stages in golf. If its any consolation I went through the same thing with young kids etc but trust me you do come out of the other side but you are much older LOL. Keep in touch and keep trying to get to the golf driving range, the time spent will be well worth it eventually.

    Keep in touch. Regards, Michael Baker Bogeys to Birdies

  6. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Nico,

    Great feedback and thanks for your comments on my article stages in golf, just make sure what ever stage you are at in golf, just make sure you buy the correct equipment for your ability and swing speed.

    If you have any further questions please let me know.


    Michael Baker

    Bogeys to Birdies

  7. Nico Rocha says:

    I have always been interested in golf and I like how your advising us to take it slowly and not rush when it comes to learning the sport. After all, who is even going to learn if they rush things and not know anything on how to succeed in the sport. I like how you inserted information here about the golf equipment that we newbies should buy and check out providing that we want our own equipment and serious about golf as a hobby. Thank you also for clearing up the terms here because for sure I’ll get confused since golf isnt something I’m used to yet. I’ll be back in your website since I might find more useful stuff around here. Good job!

  8. Frank says:

    I wish I would have read this article back when I first started playing back in college. I am now almost 47, live in Florida and try and play a few times a year even though I would love to play every weekend. I have 2 kids; 12 yr old daughter and 8 yr old son. They have both played with me a few times and hit some balls at the range. Would your stages be any different for kids their age?
    Since I don’t get to play as much as I would like so I can’t get to that 10,000 hours of needed practice, for me to better my game should I start the stages from the beginning vs trying to fix my game at the current stage I am at. My biggest problem seems to be consistentcy. I guess as much practice as I can and that initial lesson can help with those. Thanks for the needed advice with describing those stages.

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