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Golf Beginner's Guide

Everything you need to know about taking up golf from the editors of Golf Digest

GETTING STARTED: EQUIPMENT | LEARNING TO PLAY | BASIC SHOTS | WHERE TO PLAY | ETIQUETTE | RULES | FITNESS | STYLE | OUTINGS

We get it. Golf can seem terribly complicated to the uninitiated. So many rules, so many different kinds of clubs. And then there's the lingo: birdies, bogeys, bump-and-runs. At Golf Digest, this may be the language we speak every day, but we also know it's a language that can scare prospective golfers off before they ever pick up a club.

That's where this online beginner's guide comes in. To those who know nothing about golf, our goal is to shepherd you through this uncertainty. What kind of clubs do you need? How do you practice? When do you know that you're ready for the golf course? The way we see it, the only dumb questions about getting started in golf are the ones you're afraid to ask, or worse, the ones for which you can't find an answer. The whole point of this guide is to make sure that last part is no longer a problem.

-- Sam Weinman

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Part 1: What you need to know about clubs

No doubt, the right equipment always helps, but it's not as if you'll need to empty your savings account to get started. Instead, focus on finding the sort of equipment that will allow you to develop your imperfect skills with minimal expense. There'll be plenty of time to go after the latest, hot products on the market (and when you do, make sure you start your search with one of our top 100 clubfitters), but at the beginning, make learning -- and not buying -- your priority.

-- Mike Stachura, Senior Editor of Equipment
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