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7 Benefits of Taking Golf Lessons

Did you know that more than 37 million people played golf in 2021? The National Golf Foundation estimates that more than 25 million people played on a golf course while more than 12 million went to a driving range, simulator, or golf entertainment venue.

Are you looking to become part of this group by taking up golf yourself? Learning a new sport might seem intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Here's how golf lessons from the right instructor could have you keeping up with your office colleagues or friend group sooner than you think.

1. Golf Lessons Build Confidence

Are you worried you'll have to yell "Fore!" every time you swing the club? Make your first mistakes while learning golf under the watchful eye of your instructor instead of in front of other players.

Get the basics down during your lessons before you start golfing for real, and you'll be mentally prepared when it's time to walk up to the tee for your first real swing.

2. Learn the Rules

If you hit the ball out of bounds, what are your options?

No one is going to expect you to have the PGA Tour's rulebook memorized, but most golfing partners will expect that you know the basics. A round or two with your golf instructor will teach you the proper way to react in different situations.

3. Learn the Unwritten Rules

Keep quiet during the other player's backswing. Put your divot back into place after every swing.

Every golf course has a lot of written rules to follow, but there are also unwritten rules or etiquette you'll be expected to know if you want to get invited back to play with the same group again.

4. Build Your Bag Correctly

What's the difference between a five-iron vs. a six-iron? Do you need one of every possible club in your bag at the start or should you focus on certain clubs to start? 

Should you build your bag differently if there's rain in the forecast and the greens will be wet? Your golf lessons pro will have all the answers.

5. Learn the Little Things From a Pro

You might think you have a pretty good swing already, but a pro instructor might think differently. Maybe your posture isn't perfect or your grip could use an adjustment.

Even if you already know the basics of golf, getting lessons from an expert could help you make a small adjustment that results in a big difference on your scorecard. 

6. Regular Practice Makes Perfect

Playing golf regularly is important for a new golfer, and lessons from a pro will guarantee that you get out there at least once a week. Consistency is the path to excellence in any sport, and regular practice will help you with golf as well.

7. Avoid or Correct Bad Habits

Learning golf from a professional from the get-go is also a good idea because your instructor can help you avoid developing a bad habit from the start.

If you naturally have a slice with your swing, for example, you can correct this immediately instead of allowing it to affect your play for years.

Contact a Local Club About Golf Lessons Today

Hiring a pro instructor to help you early on in your golf journey is a great way to learn the rules of the game and the etiquette of the course.

The pros at The Links at Spruce Creek South can help beginning golfers get started or help those with experience get to the next level. Contact us today to book your first lesson.