Here's the secret to making it less painful:
Learn golf "backwards" -- that is, from green to tee. From short game to long game. From ground to air. From short club to long.
Most golfers do the opposite. They start -- and often end -- with full shots. Our approach eases novices into the shots they find hardest. What's the thing that most amateurs struggle with? Getting the ball in the air. So, master the shots along the ground first and "takeoff" won't be such an obstacle. It will come naturally.
This progression also takes you from the shortest club in your bag to the longest (unless you use a long putter). Why? Because the shorter the club the easier it is to control. So why would you start golf by picking up the club that is hardest to manage? You wouldn't.
One more reason it works. Good players get more aggressive as they get closer to the green. Think of the Red Zone on a football field -- the 20 yards leading to the end zone and the yards farthest from one's own goal. This is where teams feel they can be most daring. Golf is like that too. But poor players tend to do just the opposite. You want to get very good at short shots so that you can be more aggressive.
Take the pain out of learning. Learn from green to tee. Here are eight tips to get you started ... in the right direction.
-- Bob Carney