Golf Checklist

Preparation

  • These are a definite must from either a professional, or a semi-professional player.
  • Going to a course gets your body in the habit of working out,and your body knows it.
  • These are great for working on these really long shots. Most have a putting green to work on your short game as well.
  • Get it personally fitted. Wrong sizes can lead to blisters or worse.
  • If you're planning on golfing a lot, save yourself a lot of money on fees, and join annually.
  • At the very minimum, do some stretching beforehand; your whole body is involved in this particular sport.

Equipment

  • Be sure to get the right mix: three woods, eight irons, one sand wedge and one putter.
  • Ensure that all of your clubs will fit in it, and so will all other necessary items that you want.
  • Use these to set balls up to drive down the fairway.
  • For your clubs to keep them clean and dry.
  • Use this to repair divots that are made when driving your ball down the fairway.
  • Either pull or electric, use these to get around the course more easily.

Things to Take

  • Who really wants to get a sunburn?
  • Bug bites are not necessary, so prevent as many of them as possible.
  • Walking around in the heat requires you to stay hydrated, so carry some water with you.
  • Whether you choose granola bars, or some type of protein bars, take a bit of food with you to keep your energy level up.
  • Just in case something happens to you, or your partner, you'll have your phone to use.

Clothing to Wear

  • Whether these are floppy, like a fishing hat, or stiff, be sure to have one that can be worn to shade your eyes so you can see what you're doing.
  • Typically, golf shorts are worn long - a bit above the knees, sometimes in the middle of the knee.
  • Most golfers have their own personal styles that they like, but many golf courses do tend to have a dress code insisting on collars at the very least.
  • Dress pants are required by golf courses typically during a tournament, but not always.
  • Golf shoes have cleats similar to a baseball shoe on them - and ensuring that they fit correctly is very important so that they don't work against the player during the game.

Safety

  • Pay attention to it, and if there's bad weather coming, be sure to consider that when getting ready to play your game.
  • Staying in a group will always make things safer for any player, especially if playing on an unfamiliar course.
  • Keeping that handy water bottle or vitamin drink nearby will keep your body from reacting badly to excessive heat.

Golfing is a very popular sport now, and with scandal in the air concerning golfing greats such as Tiger Woods, golf is in the news more than ever. It's always been a 'gentleman's sport, with more interest building in it every day.  Learning to golf safely is not hard, but there are a few things to know.   Common sense is really the name of the game - but you can still have fun and be safe, too! Safety starts with lessons that teach proper methods on how to swing, golf etiquette, and much more.  Picking out the proper sized clubs is also a significant safety factor - for both you and the people around you. By taking these steps, you will be able to be safe, have fun and learn a great game!

Tips

Lessons can keep you from throwing out your back or spraining your wrist as well.  Weather and safety tie together when golfing; thunderstorms with lightning don't mix well with a metal shaft on a golf club.  Don't be silly and golf in the rain! Give it up, and call it a day, instead. You can always sit in the clubhouse and have a nice hot cup of tea and watch the other silly folk putting away in the downpour.  Choosing the golf course to play on is not always simple.  Ask around, though, and find out what other golfers in the area think of different golf courses. For example, are they safer? While some courses may be strictly on a professional level, others may not be so hard and even a novice can take a try, if you are up for a good challenge. Keeping an open mind will allow those challenges to happen on occasion. But also remember that challenges require good common sense and safety.  Water traps are neat to play around,but if you're not careful, dangerous for you, too. Pay attention to what you're doing.  As your skills improve, your safety awareness will also. In the meantime, be vigilant. Pay attention to the weather.  Ensure that your clubs are the right size, and that all of your equipment is in good working order.