A Learning Guide for Golf Beginners

Searching for lessons often misses one step, and that is “how to search.”  Golf tips for beginners should include a guide to what to look for.

As a beginner, you are looking for a basic and fundamentally strong approach. An instructor who spits out instruction fast and in response to what you do could easily overload you and create frustration.  You do need to learn to keep your left arm (for a right handed golfer) straight, you do need to keep your head down and avoid looking up during your swing and you also need to swing and not chop.

None of them have any meaning to a beginner, and the relative importance and sequence of events is completely lost.

A great question a beginner can ask is about the sequence of events. What must be learned first and what could be left for last. An experienced instructor could make a modification to match the individual needs. However, the reasoning behind that modification should be clear to both.

Great coaches in anything have a simple approach the build strong fundamentals and has a step by step logical progression the provides a beginner a clear path to mastery.  They could also recognize when a detour is needed to shore up a weakness.

The fundamentals include foot position, hip position, back swing and forward swing and the grip.  One instructor may begin with the grip and go to foot position, and anther may begin with foot position and go to the grip.

The goal of these instructions is to complete the first phase that is to have an understanding of the causes that results in a simple, accurate swing.

Clear understanding of cause and effect relationship helps the beginner golfer to recognize the value of each step and the priority. He or she can then connect which imbalance in which area is causing an alteration from the simple and effective swing.

Random instructions and tips do not establish clear mental connection that exists in motions of the body and the beautiful and accurate flight of the golf ball.