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The_Pov
Jul 20th, 2006, 02:00 PM
Ok well stupidly the other day I agreed to go and play golf with some friends but I've never played before and I really want to impress this guy. Anyway yesterday I went and bought some stuff for it (where we are playing has really strict rules on what you where etc, so I got this really cute golfing outfit) and I thought I could just pick up the rules and stuff from watching the Open on TV. But it's so complicated.

I just want the basic rules and tips etc.

And which club is which (I'm borrowing my Dad's clubs but there's so many :confused: )

And is it easy to pick up, (like I said I'm trying to impress someone)?

Prizeidiot
Jul 20th, 2006, 02:08 PM
Golf is very very very difficult to pick up in your first hit out. In that regard, you're screwed :p But there aren't a whole lot of rules that aren't just common sense things. Maybe the one you should look out for is not pulling the flag out of the hole until you're on the green.

Which club to use is a complicated one... you'll just have to make do and ask for advice from your friends

As for tips, I don't know a whole lot myself, but from my experiences golfing, my one piece of advice is ALWAYS watch the ball through your ENTIRE swing. People not watching the ball all the way through the swing is quite possibly the largest reason they airswing.

And you may also want to avoid using your driver and the big woods.

That's all I've got. Good luck with that

The_Pov
Jul 20th, 2006, 02:48 PM
Hon, you're screwed, you can't pick up golf in a couple of days. You use a "wood" (which today are metal, big heads) or a "driver" (looks like a wood, bigger head) to tee off (place ball atop little wooden 2-inch stick, drive stick into the ground so ball is elevated above grass), Teeing off is hitting your first shot of the hole. You're not allowed to use a tee after the first shot. If it's a short hole, you wouldn't use a wood or a driver to tee off. Par is what the average good golfer should hit to get into the hole from teeing off. Par 3 means you do it in 3 shots, a short hole. Par 5 is a long hole. They only have Par 3, 4, and 5. The place you hit it if you're lucky is the fairway, which is between were you tee off the green, where the hole is.
Teeing off from a short hole, or when you're hitting your second shot, etc., on the hole, you use an "iron." Irons run 1-9, but most people don't use a 1-2 irons and most club sets don't come with those. The further you are from the hole, the lower the iron you use. As you get closer to the hole (which is on the green), you use the higher numbered irons. If you get into a sand trap, you use another club called the sand-wedge or like any wedge will do to get out. If you don't have any kind of wedge, use the 8 or 9 iron. Once you get onto the green, you use the putter to hit the ball into the hole.
It takes a lot of practice. If you've never played, you will have problems making clean contact with the ball with your swing and it will look horrible. Clubs today are a lot easier to hit and forgive a lot more, but if you're never played, that really won't help. Clubs from 30 years ago (like I used to play with) had no room for error, maybe like tennis racquets today.
I'd fess up before you go out that you've never played, because you will not be able to fake it. If you insist, go to a driving range beforehand and hit a bunch of balls to at least get some feel for the clubs so it won't be a total disaster.

Thanks Helen, I think I will fess up but at least now I have some background knowlegde. Me and a couple of the other girls are going to a driving range (we're all in the same boat and we don't want to look bad in front of the guys)

I have made a vow though, I'm going to spend this summer getting really good at it!

controlfreak
Jul 20th, 2006, 02:59 PM
"spend" being the right word if you plan on taking up golf as your new hobby...

The_Pov
Jul 20th, 2006, 03:12 PM
"spend" being the right word if you plan on taking up golf as your new hobby...

Yeah I know, the outfit I bought for it and all the extra stuff I needed came to over £100. But then again Tennis costs a bomb as well.

Sally Struthers
Jul 20th, 2006, 03:58 PM
Hon, Sally plays a lot of golf. You are fucked to be honest. You'll probably whiff every ball and won't be able to advance it more than a few feet.
Here is my advice:
Play fast and pick it up after you've made double the par of the hole. Like if the hole is a par 4 pick it up when you've taken 8 shots. Slow play is the bane of all golfers on the course. Being bad is one thing but being slow and bad is a horrible experience for not only you but everyone else on the course that has to wait for you. Don't be slow and let other groups who are waiting on you to pass you.

Also don't act like a jackass on the course, yelling and laughing like a pack of hooligans. Instead of reading about actually how to play golf I think it would be more beneficial for everyone if you picked up a few tips on golf ettiquette because your'e going to suck at hitting the ball :lol:

The_Pov
Jul 20th, 2006, 06:29 PM
Hon, Sally plays a lot of golf. You are fucked to be honest. You'll probably whiff every ball and won't be able to advance it more than a few feet.
Here is my advice:
Play fast and pick it up after you've made double the par of the hole. Like if the hole is a par 4 pick it up when you've taken 8 shots. Slow play is the bane of all golfers on the course. Being bad is one thing but being slow and bad is a horrible experience for not only you but everyone else on the course that has to wait for you. Don't be slow and let other groups who are waiting on you to pass you.

Also don't act like a jackass on the course, yelling and laughing like a pack of hooligans. Instead of reading about actually how to play golf I think it would be more beneficial for everyone if you picked up a few tips on golf ettiquette because your'e going to suck at hitting the ball :lol:

Oh great. :eek:

Well me and my friends went to a driving range (Top golf if anyone's heard of it) and after a while I was getting it quite far...please say that's a good sign.

I got the ball the furthest out of my all friends and I could get it quite far I think. Well I scored the most points.