Call on a golf pro

It makes sense to pay for some professional help early on — unless you are lucky enough to have a friend who will give you expert advice for free.

All golf courses have professionals, whose job is to give tuition to players at all levels. Go to a golf club near you (check the Internet for locations) and talk to the 'pro': you don't usually have to be a member to have lessons.

The advantage of doing this is that you will learn how to do the basics — the stance, grip, posture, alignment and swing. These are the absolute essentials of golf, and it's worth knowing how to do these properly right from the outset; otherwise you will develop some bad habits that can be hard to correct later.

You may find a series of, say, six lessons will be all you need to get started.

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