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#1: Beginning Golf - Some Questions

Posted on 2006-06-01 17:24:44 by Jason T

Hi all,

I've been thinking of taking up golf. I played a few rounds 20 odd years
ago, and was absolutely hopeless (never had a lesson). This time round I'd
like to learn properly, and maybe work towards getting a handicap (without
joining a hugely expensive club).

Should I think about picking up a starter set of clubs for a couple of
hundred quid, or should I wait till I've had some lessons and get some
advice on what to get?

I'm in Islington, London. Any suggestions/recommendations on where I could
learn? Is it worth considering a residential place like like
golfschool.co.uk and doing a 2, 3 or 5 day intensive thing?

Any thoughts welcome.

Thanks,

Jason.

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#2: Re: Beginning Golf - Some Questions

Posted on 2006-06-01 18:16:32 by Ian

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&gt; Hi all,
&gt;
&gt; I've been thinking of taking up golf. I played a few rounds 20 odd years
&gt; ago, and was absolutely hopeless (never had a lesson). This time round I'd
&gt; like to learn properly, and maybe work towards getting a handicap (without
&gt; joining a hugely expensive club).
&gt;
&gt; Should I think about picking up a starter set of clubs for a couple of
&gt; hundred quid, or should I wait till I've had some lessons and get some
&gt; advice on what to get?
&gt;
&gt; I'm in Islington, London. Any suggestions/recommendations on where I could
&gt; learn? Is it worth considering a residential place like like
&gt; golfschool.co.uk and doing a 2, 3 or 5 day intensive thing?
&gt;
&gt; Any thoughts welcome.
&gt;
&gt; Thanks,
&gt;
&gt; Jason.

Jason,

My best advice would be to book a lesson/course of lessons with a local pro
at either a course or a driving range. If at a course, look at the
possibility of lessons at a club you may like to join.

Make sure the pro knows you are a new starter with no equipment. Sould have
clubs he/she can teach you with, possibly lend an iron to learn with, and
should also have some second hand equipment that is perfectly fine to play
with.

Most driving ranges have a mixed bag of clubs that you can rent for a
nominal fee each time you take to the range for a practice session.

Good luck,

Ian

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#3: Re: Beginning Golf - Some Questions

Posted on 2006-06-01 18:49:27 by Crispin Roche

On Thu, 1 Jun 2006 16:24:44 +0100, &quot;Jason T&quot; &lt;<a href="mailto:jason&#64;nospamplease.com" target="_blank">jason&#64;nospamplease.com</a>&gt;
wrote:

&gt;Hi all,
&gt;
&gt;I've been thinking of taking up golf. I played a few rounds 20 odd years
&gt;ago, and was absolutely hopeless (never had a lesson). This time round I'd
&gt;like to learn properly, and maybe work towards getting a handicap (without
&gt;joining a hugely expensive club).
&gt;
&gt;Should I think about picking up a starter set of clubs for a couple of
&gt;hundred quid, or should I wait till I've had some lessons and get some
&gt;advice on what to get?
&gt;
&gt;I'm in Islington, London. Any suggestions/recommendations on where I could
&gt;learn? Is it worth considering a residential place like like
&gt;golfschool.co.uk and doing a 2, 3 or 5 day intensive thing?
&gt;
&gt;Any thoughts welcome.
&gt;

Pop up the Piccadilly line to Oakwood and see the pros at the driving
range at Trent Park. The balls are a bit ropey but the pros are very
good with beginners.

Crispin Roche

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#4: Re: Beginning Golf - Some Questions

Posted on 2006-06-02 00:20:02 by JC

&quot;Jason T&quot; wrote in message

&gt; I've been thinking of taking up golf. I played a few rounds 20 odd years
&gt; ago, and was absolutely hopeless (never had a lesson). This time round I'd
&gt; like to learn properly, and maybe work towards getting a handicap (without
&gt; joining a hugely expensive club).

Hi Jason, I suggest playing a few rounds first to see if you enjoy it before
taking lessons. Although well worth the cost they are expensive and would be
a waste of money if you stop playing. If you are enjoying it then by all
means take the lessons before you pick up too many bad habits.

&gt; Should I think about picking up a starter set of clubs for a couple of
&gt; hundred quid, or should I wait till I've had some lessons and get some
&gt; advice on what to get?

I'd go for second hand quality clubs as opposed to new starter clubs. If
possible the best solution would be to borrow some for a while. &lt;dons
Del-boy cap and sheepskin jacket&gt; This could be your lucky day, if you check
out the &quot;Posting clubs&quot; thread I've some Callaways I'll be selling within
the next fortnight. Mail me if interested (Watch the spam trap in my email
addy) &lt;removes jacket and cap&gt;

As for the residential courses. I suppose everyone's different but it
wouldn't suit me personally. I took a course of half hour golf lessons which
were long enough. You can only concentrate for so long and coupled with the
pressure you'll feel then its plenty.

HTH ... John

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#5: Re: Beginning Golf - Some Questions

Posted on 2006-06-02 01:46:29 by david s-a

Jason T wrote:

&gt; I'm in Islington, London. Any suggestions/recommendations on where I could
&gt; learn? Is it worth considering a residential place like like
&gt; golfschool.co.uk and doing a 2, 3 or 5 day intensive thing?
&gt;


I would thoroughly recommend a residential course structured precisely
for beginners......this is where they 'stick to the knitting', so to
say! The longer the better. Anything else and they are usually only
interested in your hourly fee!

The golfschool on the website you refer to looks like a wonderful
opportunity to attend a properly structured course, aimed directly at
beginners. The facilities appear to be fantastic.....and the golf course
itself looks appealing, as is the accomodation. I note there is 4 hours
tuition per day which will take you through the full gamut of the game,
preferably over the 5 day version. There is so much to learn in this
short time, 'on the tee', long game, short game, bunker play, chipping,
pitching, putting, rules, etiquette, tradition, etc etc.....and believe
me, you will need every minute of it. The golf course itself is
presumably available for friendly practice rounds as well.

I note the pro-shop rents club sets, and they may do you a deal with new
fitted clubs that suit during or at the end of your course. You usually
only have this sort of opportunity once in a lifetime to really get into
the game...make friendships with persons of like abilities that will
last you for ever.

I did this sort of thing here in Oz, many many years ago...and have
never looked back.....except I did go back a few times for short
refresher courses. One of the most enjoyable experiences of my life.

Definitely go for it!

cheers
David

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#6: Re: Beginning Golf - Some Questions

Posted on 2006-06-12 22:13:50 by pinkgolfer

Jason T wrote:
&gt; Hi all,
&gt;
&gt; I've been thinking of taking up golf. I played a few rounds 20 odd years
&gt; ago, and was absolutely hopeless (never had a lesson). This time round I'd
&gt; like to learn properly, and maybe work towards getting a handicap (without
&gt; joining a hugely expensive club).
&gt;
&gt; Should I think about picking up a starter set of clubs for a couple of
&gt; hundred quid, or should I wait till I've had some lessons and get some
&gt; advice on what to get?
&gt;
&gt; I'm in Islington, London. Any suggestions/recommendations on where I could
&gt; learn? Is it worth considering a residential place like like
&gt; golfschool.co.uk and doing a 2, 3 or 5 day intensive thing?
&gt;
&gt; Any thoughts welcome.
&gt;
&gt; Thanks,
&gt;
&gt; Jason.

Hi Jason

I started playing golf around 9 months ago now. At first I just tried
to find my own way but then decided I needed lessons as well.
I found that it was best to have 1 lesson per week rather than a
intensive course, because this gave me time inbetween to practise and
then I could also give feedback to my golf coach and we could then work
on new problems and faults.
I also think its best to buy the very best clubs you can because I am
now on my second set and in the end its cost me a lot more, plus then
you can get used to the clubs much better.
Hope my sugestions help.

Jules

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#7: Re: Beginning Golf - Some Questions

Posted on 2006-06-13 10:07:42 by John Laird

pinkgolfer wrote:

&gt; I also think its best to buy the very best clubs you can because I am
&gt; now on my second set and in the end its cost me a lot more, plus then
&gt; you can get used to the clubs much better.

I have to take issue with you there. It's certainly worth avoiding the
very cheapest clubs which will generally be poor quality, not well
matched, have horrible grips, etc. But just considering irons, for
example, there are no end of decent sets around the =A3299 mark.
However, wander into a shop with the attitude that &quot;only the very best
will do&quot; and they will happily point you at stuff twice that price.
Which will be an utter waste of money.

My clubs, in total, cost me about =A3450. Some people pay that for a
just a driver ;-)

--=20
John

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#8: Re: beginning golf

Posted on 2006-07-11 23:22:20 by shore29

Smile Irma... life goes by very fast.
Barry

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&gt; shore29 wrote:
&gt;&gt; check out my blog at www.anybodycangolf.com. there are funny comments
&gt;&gt; from my wife and i with movies and more.
&gt;&gt;
&gt;&gt; barry
&gt;
&gt; Do you really have to spam every golf NG with mindless drivel about your
&gt; private life?
&gt; Irma
&gt;

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#9: Re: beginning golf

Posted on 2006-07-12 00:47:03 by peter kook

shore29 wrote:
&gt; Smile Irma... life goes by very fast.
&gt; Barry

I bet 5 hours on a round of golf helps to give a sense of life slowing
down , with the potential danger of losing the will to live I would imagine.

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