Golf for Beginners: How to Get Started

January 29, 2024

When you start any sport for the first time, there is a lot to learn. Golf in particular is considered an intimidating sport to get started in. From a distance, it can appear as a sport that has an abundance of rules, dress codes, and expenses – and that’s before you’ve even hit a ball!

When you start any sport for the first time, there is a lot to learn. Golf in particular is considered an intimidating sport to get started in. From a distance, it can appear as a sport that has an abundance of rules, dress codes, and expenses – and that’s before you’ve even hit a ball!

But none of these points need to be a problem. Golf can be as beautiful and simple as you want it to be. It’s a game that allows you to take a break from daily life and build relationships with playing partners in beautiful settings.

Here is our guide to golf for beginners, and the key things you need to know to get started.

Nail the fundamentals

Golf Instructor showing young girl how to hold golf club

Firstly, here’s the most important thing you need to know; golf isn’t as hard as you think it is.

When you first get started, you could be overwhelmed by nailing your swing, an unfamiliar grip, and which moves to make. Coupled with other elements such as uneven lies, rough, bunker, and the rules and scoring systems, your head could be spinning!

The secret to golf for beginners is that you need to understand the basics first; posture, grip, and stance.

This sequence is an essential part of your pre-shot routine and will help you take a cleaner shot.

You need to:

  • Grip the club
  • Step into the golf ball with one leg and bow from your hips
  • And adjust your feet to around shoulder width apart and balance your weight.

And that’s it! Once you have perfected these elements, you will be able to start working on other technical parts of the game.

Our experienced PGA Golf Professional, Jason Boyd will help you learn the basics in no time – Book a Lesson Today!

You don’t need to hit the course right away.

Everyone needs to start somewhere – and sometimes, the best place isn’t on the course.

Starting at the driving range can help you get used to the motion of swinging the club, improve the accuracy of your aim, and build your confidence as you will be able to practice in relative privacy.

Putting Green at Montrose Golf Links in Angus Scotland

If you have the space, you could also set up a net in your garden to practice making contact with the ball.

Once you get to the point of committing to a shot after a couple of practice swings, you can make consistent contact with the ball, and you can get it airborne with a variety of clubs, you are ready for the course.

If you don’t feel quite ready to jump into a full 18-hole game, you can request to play nine holes or even six instead.

Try and play your first game with more experienced golfers, as they will be able to encourage you and teach you the ins and outs of etiquette as you go.

Understand the dress code

Women trying on a 1562 Montrose Golf Links Cap in the Pro Shop

All golf courses have their own dress code, both on the course and in their clubhouse.

At Montrose Golf Links, we kindly ask that you wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions, and refrain from wearing blue denim jeans, sports shorts, collarless shirts, football shirts, tracksuits or joggers.

Learn playing etiquette

It can take some time to get used to the etiquette that comes with playing golf, and a lot of it is learned on the course.

Two golfers demonstrating good playing etiquette at Montrose Golf Links

Here are a few basic points to keep in mind for your first game:

  • Stay silent while others are teeing off: Making noise will break another player’s attention, which can ruin their shot and add pressure to other strokes on that hole.
  • Shout “Fore!” if your shot heads towards other golfers.
  • Maintain pace with other players: try not to slow the game down as it can cause others to become frustrated.
  • Spend a maximum of three minutes searching for a lost ball: any longer will slow the game down significantly.

You don’t need to invest in a set of clubs right away

When you start going to the golf course, you will hear experienced golfers talking about the makeup of their bags and how they use 14 clubs.

When it comes to golf for beginners, you don’t need to splash out on a full set, or even a half set of clubs immediately.

According to Golf Digest, here are the six clubs that beginners should consider investing in:

  • A club to hit off the tee on par 4s and 5s
  • A Pitching Wedge
  • A 7-Iron
  • A Hybrid
  • A Sand Wedge
  • A Putter

It’s much easier than it used to be to find a beginner’s set of clubs. You can also hire equipment from the course when you get started.

The key is to find clubs that you are comfortable playing with, so you can build confidence and consistency.

Yellow and White Montrose Golf Links Balls

Other kit you should consider as an initial investment is:

  • A golf bag
  • 6-12 golf balls
  • A golf glove
  • Tees
  • A ball marker
  • A divot tool to repair marks on the green
  • A towel to keep your clubs clean

Take lessons to improve faster

You don’t need to take lessons as a golf beginner – but they will help you improve in ability and confidence much quicker.

Golf professional teaching a 1:1 with a male learner

A golf lesson is a two-way process. You know your game and ability level better than anyone, so you will be asked lots of questions to gauge an idea of your areas for improvement.

There is so much technology available to understand your swing, your patterns, and how your body works. Your instructor will tailor the lessons to your needs, teach you all of the shots, and ultimately, help you to enjoy the game.

You can also take lessons with a friend or as part of a group, which can help to keep costs down and take away any self-consciousness you might feel as a beginner.

Ready to start your journey? Learn to Play at Montrose Golf Links.


We hope you have found our guide to golf for beginners helpful!

Golf is so much more accessible these days compared to years gone by. It’s inclusive and fun, and there is no need to feel intimidated by any aspect of the game.

If you’re a brand-new golfer, we would love to welcome you to play at Montrose Golf Links.

We have reliable playing conditions throughout the year and two contrasting courses that are suitable for all playing abilities.

For those looking to learn, we also offer golf lessons with our head PGA professional, Jason Boyd for those who want to perfect their technique and hit the course with confidence.

So are you ready to start hitting the greens? Book Your Tee Time!