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What Can I expect as a new golfer?

Do I need clubs for the 1st night?
Yes. However, if you don’t own your own set of clubs, rentals are available at all golf courses. Remember to check the “Classifieds” in the member’s lounge for any clubs for sale.

Do I have to have golf shoes?
No. Soft spiked golf shoes are preferred, but running shoes are acceptable.

Will I play with someone different every week?
It’s up to you! You can either sign up in a different foursome each week, or play with the same group or friends you joined with. We do ask you to vary your start time within a 15-30 minute window to give everyone a chance to get their preferred tee time.

Will I be put in a foursome if I join on my own?
Yes. we will tee you off with 3 other members the first week. Then you can sign up for your tee-off time for the following week when you come in for dinner. The captain will ensure every member is accompanied.

If I’m absent one week how do I get a tee-off time?
Simply go online in the member’s lounge and slot yourself into an available tee time. The pro shop for your league will have the tee-off sheet 48 hour prior to your league evening/morning. If you are within that time frame contact the pro shop directly to slot yourself in.

What do I do if I have to cancel a tee-off time?
Simply go online in the member’s lounge and take yourself off the tee sheet. You will see in the message box of your tee sheet if it has been sent to the pro shop. If it has, contact the pro shop for your league and ask them to take you off the tee sheet. This is part of golf etiquette.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or your captain.

General Golf Tips

  • Quality not quantity is the rule of thumb for practicing. When practicing take time between each shot to visualize and set up each shot with a target in mind. Focus on grip, stance, posture and alignment etc. Place the bucket of balls away from you so that you must step away from the hitting area to retrieve each ball this forces you to readdress each shot. A large bucket of balls should take 30-45 minutes to hit.
  • Most golfers carry a towel so that they can wipe dirt away from the club head. It is extremely important to ensure that the grips of your clubs are washed regularly. Most tour pros have their caddy wipe the grip after each shot! Grips collect bug spray, mustard, ketchup, sweat, sun block, fertilizer, dirt, and who knows what else. Grips should be scrubbed with hot water, Ajax and a stiff bristled brush at least once every ten games.
  • Don’t be intimidated by your equipment. Most golfers start out by using some old discarded stuff from the garage. Have someone qualified to take a look at your tools and have them shortened or lightened or re-gripped. Clubs that are not suited cause you to adjust your swing to suite the equipment, which hinders your improvement and causes years of swing problems. Take the time to have a club fitting done.
  • The rules of golf allow for unnatural objects such as benches, sprinkler heads, rakes, signs, cart paths etc. When your stance, ball or swing is affected by such an object, that you cannot move you may take a “free drop”. Simply find a spot not closer to the hole that allows you relief from the object, and then drop your ball within one club length of this spot.
  • A standard rule of thumb for “dropping” your ball under the rules is one club length for relief situations and two club lengths for penalty situations.
  • When preparing to hit a shot from a sand trap, keep in mind that it is a two stroke penalty if your club touches the sand before your swing begins. This means you cannot rest the club on the ground or let it touch the sand during a practice swing.
  • All golfers have been told to keep their head down. This tip is probably the biggest swing fault that a golfer could have. The more we try to keep our head down the more the body is forced to lift during the backswing. The correction would be to keep your head/chin up (through practicing proper posture) and eyes on the ball.
  • When setting up to the golf ball pay particular attention to the alignment of the body. The feet, hips, shoulders and arms should be parallel to your target line. This means that for a right handed golfer all body parts will point slightly left of the target. Or, slightly right of the target for left handed players.
  • During the backswing try to keep both feet as flat on the ground as possible. It is okay to allow the outside edge of the target ward foot to lift slightly. The trouble arises when the target ward heel is lifted off the ground. This applies to the backswing only. In the follow through the back heel must be fully off the ground.
  • During the entire golf swing the grip pressure should be kept constant. On a scale of one to ten grip pressure should be 4-6. Excessive grip pressure causes tension in the arms leading to a quick choppy type swing. Worn or slippery grips are a leading cause of grip tension.

 

 

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