Part A - All About How to Get Started in Golf (continued)
In addition to clubs you may need other items. Like how about balls? Most golf courses and
practice facilities sell inexpensive balls or used balls that are fine for beginners. You may
lose a lot of balls at first -- out of bounds, in people's yards, water hazards, forests, etc.
Golf balls come in different types for different types of players. The price is more important
than the quality of the ball initially, but if you want to focus on one variable choose the
hard golf balls, one or two-piece balls with a hard cover. These balls are more durable
and actually go slightly farther than the other types of balls. Many golf courses or practice
facilities sell used golf balls, which are usually much less expensive than new balls and work
just fine. Note: It is unacceptable to use range balls
on the golf course.
You may need tees (available from any golf shop or sporting goods store, cheap -- and you'll
probably find some as you play and practice). You will need a bag
to carry your clubs. Tip: If you plan to do much walking/carrying you might want to
consider getting the lightest, most durable bag you can find. Golf shoes are optional
for beginners, as are gloves in my opinion. If you play in an area where the ground is
usually wet or slippery golf shoes will help. And if sweaty hands or blisters are a big
factor for you a glove will help. But there is benefit to be had from practicing with
tennis shoes and without a glove -- namely feel.
What other equipment might you need? Hats, sunscreen,
ball markers (a coin is also fine),
ball mark repair tool (a tee also works fine),
a towel for cleaning your ball, clubs, hands, etc. (you probably already have towels).
The list can be ridiculous, but I've covered the
essentials here. The more you like having little accessories and accoutrements the more
you might go out and get all the myriad things that are available. As you become more experienced
you will settle on what things you actually use and need.