Be Par for the Course in Preparation

Be Par for the Course in Preparation

Beginning to play golf can be slightly overwhelming because unlike sports such as running, you need a fair amount of gear. Follow these tips for equipment and you’ll be ready to get out on the green like a pro.


Before you go to the golf course for the first time, check the website for its dress code. Some courses do not have a policy, but larger ones will turn you away if you are not dressed appropriately. To be safe, wear shorts or pants in a neutral color with a belt. Your shirt can be short- or long-sleeved as long as it has a collar. The material does not matter, so if you live in a hot or humid climate, you can wear a moisture-wicking fabric. Various shoes are allowed, including ones that have spikes, but check the policy for your golf course. The golf course management will not thank you for wearing soccer cleats that tear up the green. Most experienced players wear a glove on their opposite hand, but you do not have to. Finally, you may want a hat since most courses have very little shade.

Clubs and Balls

You can have up to 14 clubs with you as you play, but there is no need to have so many in your early days. For your first rounds, take a putter, a driver, a wood club and a few irons. Talk to a friend or family member who is a seasoned golfer about which models are right for you. As you continue to advance in your skill, you can add clubs to your bag. Don’t forget to bring lots of balls. Some tournaments restrict how many kinds of balls you can use, but if you are playing for fun, there is no limit. You don’t want to end early or spend hours fishing through the weeds in a pond because you didn’t bring enough balls.

Other Essentials

Golf is a sport that can take several hours, so be prepared for an afternoon or morning in the sun. Bring plenty of water and hydrate beforehand since you will be standing for a long time. Eat full, healthy meals before you go to ensure that you have enough energy to get through the day. Don’t forget sunscreen if you burn easily.

Follow this checklist before you pack up for your next round of golf, and all you’ll have to worry about is avoiding bogeys.

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