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The game of golf is so simple it's almost primitive.  On the most basic level, golf involves using a club to hit a ball into a hole.  So, how can such a simple game be so intimidating to newcomers?

There really is a lot for beginners to learn before the can look and feel confident on the golf course.  Golf is game of lines, and requires the ability to comprehend where you are going to hit the ball.  To hit the ball properly, golfers need to know how to stand, and they must be skilled in swinging the club.  A good golfer also needs to know how to putt.  

This really is a lot to comprehend, so it's best to start with the basics. Golf is all about hitting the ball correctly in order for it to reach its destination, and then sinking the ball into the hole.  In order to win the hole, this must be done in fewer swings than anyone else.  Your score will increase with every hit. Remember, the person with the lowest score wins.

Most professionals and advanced golf players will offer the same nuggets of wisdom on golf for beginners.  Know how to stand, where to stand, where your feet should be, and how to hold your golf club.  It's important to remember that if one technique doesn't work, it's perfectly acceptable to try another. While every person has his or her own tricks for hitting the ball with skill and precision, you will not be able to perfectly and successfully mimic every little movement.  

Despite the best advice and most educated instruction, the best way that you can learn is to get out there and golf whenever you have a free moment.  While you may not feel too confident when you look at your scorecard, the only way to get better is to get back out there and keep working on it.  Golf for beginners is all about practice.  

Both long and short swings must be practiced.  The long swings are those that carry your ball from the tee off to the green.  These can also be a couple of hundred yards to the next green.  Short swings, on the other hand, are those that you'll make when putting the ball.  When you're on the green, which can be up to ten or fifteen feet wide, you'll need to hit the ball softly and with as much precision as possible.  Remember that certain environmental factors including the slope of the land, the wind and even the direction of the grass blades may affect your shot.  The strength of your short swing will also affect your putt.  Practice for every scenario, and you'll be ready for anything on the green.

Understanding motion is an important aspect of golf for beginners.  Watch the motion of those who are playing the hole ahead of you.  Study how the ball moves as it's hit down the fairway, and watch the motion of the golf ball as it bounces and then rolls across the grass. You can see how the ball takes action, and how that action can change without notice.  With this information, you may find yourself drawn to hitting the ball a little differently, altering the motion of the ball and moving it more efficiently to the green.

Golf for beginners does not need to be a daunting affair.  Take the time to learn the basics, and then practice, practice, practice.  Before long, you'll find yourself offering advice to newcomers on the course.
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