Ryan Galay: Learning to play golf isn’t as hard as it seems

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Learning to golf as an adult can be a daunting and frustrating endeavor for many people looking to pick up a club for the first time. Luckily, many of the golf clubs around offer opportunities to learn to golf in a fun setting with a group.

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Most golf clubs have a PGA of Canada Professional on staff to help introduce people to the game of golf and grow the game. Part of this job entails teaching people how to be better players, whether you are a first time golfer or an experienced golfer, your PGA of Canada Professional is there for you. Talk to your local Golf Professional about finding a lesson program, group lessons, or events that would be good for a beginner.

It is best to start by familiarizing yourself with difference aspects of golf so you are comfortable before heading out on the course. This starts with familiarizing yourself with your equipment and the golf course, and it also doesn’t hurt to learn some of the jargon that comes with the game.

If you aren’t comfortable speaking with your local professional, try reaching out to a friend who is an avid golfer, watch the golf channel, or go online to check out different resources. The golf channel and the internet are great resources to learn about the game of golf as well as other beginner’s issues and how they overcame them.

The last thing any new golfer should do before hitting the course is spend some time in the practice area. Most local courses have driving ranges and putting greens to practice your skills. These are a great way to get used to the equipment with no time constraints or pressure that can come with being on the golf course. Once you have familiarized yourself and feel comfortable going out on the course, it’s time to book a tee time.

As a new golfer it’s important to remember that most golf courses have league nights and tournaments that can be a great place to learn to golf with other new golfers. A lot of these tournaments play different types of golf games where you don’t have the pressure of hitting every shot.

A lot of beginner golfers enjoy playing a scramble, where as a group everyone hits and then picks up their ball and goes to the best shot of the group, you then hit again and repeat the process.

Finding the right fun league or group of friends can be a great experience for new golfers. It can also be a good reality check in that there are many golfers out there just like you who are learning as well!

Make sure to reach out to your local clubs or check their websites or Facebook pages to see what events they have that could be great for new golfers. Don’t forget if you are ever stuck or looking for advice in golf you can always reach out to your local PGA of Canada Professional.

— Ryan Galay 

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