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.
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.
You 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.
Bogeys to Birdies