How to play golf

Playing golf is pretty easy. All you need to do is get the ball in the hole in as fewer golf shots as possible. When you start playing golf as a beginner you may get a little overwhelmed with all the information. But don’t worry almost everyone feels the same way when they start playing.

A golf course consists of 18 holes. Every hole you play will require you to get the ball in the hole either in three, four or five shots. If you get the ball in the hole in the required number of shots it is called a par. However as a beginner you are not expected to get the ball in the hole in the required number of shots all the time and so you get a handicap.

A handicap quite simply is extra hits than the required shots for par. So a 24 handicap has an extra 24 hits of the ball per round. So if the course par is 72, if you are playing to a 24 handicap that would mean your par is to try and finish playing 18 holes in 96 shots.

I have found in my experience that depending on the country you play in the course difficulty can be very different. For example if you play courses in colder countries like the UK the courses are usually easy but the weather makes them difficult to play. Most of my experience has been in the warm sunny climate of South Africa where the weather is great all year round and the course design makes the holes difficult to play.

Don’t over think the game. Just enjoy yourself. If you play the percentage game you will win. As soon as you start to gamble and hit the ball too hard the chances of making a mistake are much greater.

http://www.golferslittlehelper.com

I’ve launched a golf website – www.golferslittlehelper.com

I have been busy over the last week or so putting together a golf website for golf beginners.  Being such a lover of the game I find it quite rewarding helping out the golf newbies.

I suppose offering some help to the weekend hackers or weekday skivers will be good for any golfer looking for a few quick tips to shave off a few strokes during their golf round.   I must admit sorting out the social media and backdoor analytics of a new website is as addictive as Candy Crush and getting to the next level.

My favourite page so far is http://golferslittlehelper.com/Golf_Clubs.html but maybe you would prefer the golf jokes –http://golferslittlehelper.com/Golfhumour.html

All my golf buddies please do me a favour and have a quick look and send me some feedback. Any feedback (good or bad) will be much appreciated. The site is changing daily so send me your favourite golf joke or the best golf tip you ever heard as I am on the prowl for content.  My golfing email is – jonno@golferslittlehelper.com