The Most Impactful Golf Tips for Beginners: Equipment, Scoring & More

So, you want to get into golfing?

If putt-putting is the extent of your golfing experience, then teeing off on a golf course for the first time may seem intimidating and overwhelming, and you may find yourself wondering…

How do I swing the club? What brand of golf balls do I need? Better yet–what’s a birdie?

In this complete golfing guide for newbies, we’ll discuss the top golf tips for beginners that you need to kickstart your new hobby, or at least get you by for a one-time golf outing.

By the end of this article, we promise you’ll be eager to join the vibrant, worldwide community of golfers and schedule your first tee time.

Let’s dive in!

Benefits of Playing Golf

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Before we go any further, let’s talk about some of the amazing benefits associated with golf:

  • A fun form of physical exercise
  • Increase endurance
  • Increase Vitamin D levels
  • Improve your sleep
  • Improve your mental health
  • Become a part of a community & make new friends!

Not only is golf great for your physical and mental health, it’s a great opportunity to get outdoors. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day life at work or at home, and spend most of your day indoors sitting behind a screen.

Golf allows you to spend more time outside and socialize with friends. If you live in a warmer climate, you can even play year-round!

What to Expect as a First-Time Golfer

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Are you ready to start golfing yet?

Even if your answer isn’t a resounding “Yes!” and more of a “Maybe, but I’m still not sure…” We’re going to break down this complex game into small, simple pieces to help you understand what you’re getting yourself into.

Here’s what you can expect as a first-time golfer:

First Steps

The first step is to do your research.

Check ✔️ That’s what this guide is for!

The next step?

Get the right equipment. But if you’re not ready to do that yet, most golf facilities offer complementary house clubs for your use.

Playing golf requires a minimum of 4-6 golf clubs (more on this later), golf balls, and a nice open space, driving range, or course.

Once you have your equipment, the next step is to start swinging. 

If it’s your first time swinging a club, don’t worry about having the perfect form. Swing the club, try and hit the ball, and most importantly, have fun with it.

Your primary goal in the beginning stages should be to familiarize yourself with the swinging motion and the feeling of impact when you connect with the ball. Don’t stress about the technicalities–we’ll get into that later!


Playing golf doesn’t mean you have to empty your bank account.

While equipment can get expensive, there are several cost-effective options on the market that we’ll discuss in the next section.

Other potential costs may include:

  • Lessons
  • Tee time rates
  • Golf cart rental

Time & Dedication

Just like with any hobby, the amount of time you dedicate to golfing is completely up to you.

When you get on the course, playing 9 OR 18 holes can take you anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on a variety of factors:

  • Your skill level
  • Number of players
  • Walking to each hole vs. riding on a golf cart
  • Weather
  • Course difficulty

Keep in mind that golf courses are open from dawn to dusk. So if you’re a night owl, then early morning tee times may not be for you.


Indoor golf lessons in Lake Nona, FL

One of the best ways you can learn the basics of golf is with one-on-one lessons. 

Receiving lessons from expert instructors will quickly give you the skills and confidence you need to get started. As you continue to play, regular lessons can help you fine-tune your skills and take your game to the next level!

Pro tip: Shorter, more frequent lessons can be a better learning experience than one long lesson every month.

Golf is an outdoor sport, but it may surprise you to know that there is much about the game that you can learn and practice indoors!

You can sign up for lessons at a driving range, on a course, or even in an indoor virtual experience that gives you real-time and in-depth stats on your swing and ball flight.

InClubGolf in depth virtual golf training screen at their Lake Nona location in Orlando, FL

Now, as promised, let’s take a look at some of the best golf tips for beginners.

The Complete List of Golf Tips for Beginners 

We’ve covered the basics, and now you’re getting excited about getting on the course and are even considering lessons…but wait!–read these important golf tips for beginners first:

Best Golf Balls for Beginners

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Not all golf equipment is created equal, but when it comes to buying golf balls for the first time there are several affordable and beginner-friendly options.

The primary attribute you should look for when buying balls is to look for brands you can trust. Titleist, Wilson, and Callaway all have great value options for new golfers.

Best Golf Clubs for Beginners

Golf clubs beginners can use in an indoor golf training facility.

The best golf clubs for beginners are the ones new golfers already have access to.

Does your friend or neighbor have an old golf club collecting dust in their garage? Ask to borrow it!

You don’t need to splurge on a brand-new set of golf clubs to get started. There will be plenty of time to do that after you master the basics. There are several rental or second-hand options available online.

For starters, aim to have these 6 types of clubs in your repertoire:

  • Driver
    • For advancing the ball and hitting it off the tea. Think long-distance shots.
  • Fairway
    • A wooden club that’s great for distance shots or gaining more control off a tight tee.
  • Hybrid
    • A combination of a fairway wood and iron club, this club is great for accuracy and loft.
  • Iron
    • For shorter shots such as the teeing ground on shorter holes, hitting the ball from the fairway or rough, and extracting the ball from hazards. Lengths can vary depending on intended usage.
  • Pitching or sand wedge
    • For shorter shots and chipping the ball while it’s in the sand.
  • Putter
    • Great for gently rolling the ball across the green and into the hole.

Best Golf Attire for Beginners

You want to make sure you’re dressed comfortably. Always check the weather and dress accordingly before you head out.

In general, here are some basic golf attire items you may already have in your closet:

  • Collared polo shirt
  • Tennis shoes or golf shoes (AVOID SHOES WITH SLIPPERY SOLES
  • Shorts, slacks, or athletic skirts (for women)
  • A hat or visor
  • Belt 
  • Socks

Feel free to inject your own style into your attire. The pros do it, and so can you!

Best Golf Swing for Beginners

Man swinging golf club

While there are many intricacies associated with a golf swing, here are the basic 6 steps you need to know:

  1. Stance: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Position your feet so that your front foot is slightly ahead of the ball with your knees bent.
  2. Club positioning: The middle of the club face should reach the ball. Keep your arms straight, but relaxed– not locked out.
  3. Alignment: Your feet and shoulders should be square, aligned to the target, and not directly pointing at the ball.
  4. Grip: Place your hands on the club so that your right hand is over the left along the grip. The club should rest in your palm. Make sure your grip is relaxed.
  5. Swing!: When you swing, it should feel as if the shaft of the club is lagging. Right before you make impact with the ball, lock your front arm.
  6. Follow through: Hold onto the club and keep your eyes on the ball the entire time as you swing, rotating your chest, and following through.

Remember: It’s not about how hard you swing the ball! Start with mild force until you perfect your form.

Golf Chipping Tips for Beginners

Golf Chipping

While a great pitching wedge club will help your chip, the secret is your form:

  • Keep your grip and shoulders loose
  • Keep your sternum ahead of the ball
  • Place your feet close together
  • Swing the club with your shoulders and wrist

Hire a Coach…

If trying to understand proper swinging and chipping form is giving you a headache, then you need to hire a coach.

An experienced golf instructor can give you personalized lessons no matter your skill level. These professionals are passionate about the game and want to help you succeed!

Next: Scoring. 

Golf Scoring: What’s a Birdie Anyways?

There are many differences between golf and football.

Apart from the physical contact and the size and shape of the ball… scoring is one of the major differences.

In golf, whoever gets the lowest score wins. 

That might sound strange to you if you’ve never golfed, but let us break it down for you.

In golf, your goal is to hit the ball into the hole. How many hits it takes you to place the ball in the hole are called strokes. Your goal is to get the lowest number of strokes possible. 

At the end of the hole, you’ll write down your score. So, if it took you 7 strokes to get the ball in the home, your score on this hole would be 7.

Now, that we understand the objective of the game, let’s learn some of the lingo.

Golf Lingo 101: Words to Know Before You Go!

Golfers talking to one another on the golf course - Golf lingo among friends

Want to show up to the course sounding like a seasoned pro?

Check out some of the most popular golf scoring terms below!

Handicap: The number of strokes it takes for a golfer to complete each round. Example: “He has a low handicap, averaging 8-10!”

Par: A par is written on each hole of a golfer’s scorecard and represents the average number of strokes it should take for a player to finish the hole. Example: “Every golf hole has a par assigned to it.”

Birdie: A score of one under par, or completing the course in fewer strokes than normal. Example: “She had a great day on the course and shot a birdie on hole 13. The course was par 72 and she shot 71!”

Eagle: The name for a score of two par under a single hole. Example: “He scored an eagle, which is better than a birdie.”

Bogey: A score of one over par. Example: “She scored a bogey on a 7 par hole, so her score was 8.”

Double Bogey: A score of two over par. Example: “The par for the hole was 6, and I scored a double bogey, or 8.”

Ace: Also known as a hole-in-one, this impressive score is given when a golfer successfully scores in the first stroke. Example: “He recorded an ace on his first try. Beginners luck!”

While this isn’t a complete list of all the golf terms that exist (there are hundreds!), the more you play, the more you’ll learn the lingo, improve your skills, and become an experienced golfer.

Level Up Your Golf Game With InClubGolf

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If you’ve taken anything away from these golf tips for beginners, it should be that playing golf should be fun, NOT intimidating or overwhelming. 

At InClubGolf, we help beginners and seasoned players level up their golf game with personalized lessons at our Lake Nona (Orlando, FL) and Newtown, PA locations.

Meet with one of our knowledgeable instructors who is passionate about golf and helping new players like you learn the game. Each in-person lesson includes a virtual experience to help you improve your golf swing with real-time and in-depth stats.

Ready to join a vibrant community of golfers? Schedule your introductory lesson today!


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