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Golf for Beginners

Golf for Beginners aims to provide information for golf newbies. Often, beginning golfers have no one to ask about, for example, the handicap system. Or simpler questions, such as, "How much is golf going to cost me?" Golf for Beginners aims to help.
  1. FAQs (16)
  2. Find an Instructor
  3. Golf Dictionary (104)
  4. Golf Etiquette
  5. Rules of Golf

Golf for Beginners FAQ - Questions Asked by Golf Beginners
The Golf for Beginners FAQ helps those interested in becoming golfers answer questions that are sure to come up.

Golf Rules at a Glance
Here is an introduction to the Rules of Golf that can give beginners in the game a quick glance and the key elements of the rules.

Meet the Golf Course
What are the different pieces that go into a golf course? If you're new to the game, here's an introduction to the golf course and the important elements that make it what it is.

Golf Scorecard - How to Mark A Golf Scorecard
If you're a beginner, you might be unsure of some of the different ways to mark the golf scorecard. Here's a rundown of 10 of the most common methods for marking the scorecard.

Ten Basics of Rules and Etiquette for Your First Round of Golf
Your first round of golf can be intimidating. Here are ten basics of rules and etiquette that can help you feel more comfortable for your first round.

Learning Proper Golf Etiquette
Etiquette is about more than just manners. It's also about safety on the golf course, and taking care of the course itself. Get some pointers on proper golf course behavior.

How to Repair Ball Marks
Learn the right way to repair ball marks on golf greens, and why it is important for golfers to do so.

How to Tend the Flagstick
Unsure how to tend the flagstick for your fellow golfers? Here's a primer that explains the proper method and etiquette for attending the pin.

Golf Course Safety - Simple Safety Guidelines for Golfers
Are there dangers on a golf course? Yes, but following these simple safety guidelines makes those dangers extremely unlikely.

Before You Buy Your First Golf Clubs
Here are some things to keep in mind when you start shopping for your very first set of golf clubs.

Meet the Golf Clubs
Beginning golfers sometimes aren't sure which golf clubs do what, or why. Here, the About.com Golf Guides tries to help beginners understand the different types of golf clubs and their uses.

How to Clean Your Golf Clubs
Regularly cleaning your golf clubs can help them last longer. Cleaning out the grooves in the faces of irons can help you hit the ball better.

How to Repair Divots
Repairing your divots on the golf course is an important step in keeping the golf course healthy. Here's the right way to repair divots.

How to Rake Sand Bunkers
Learn the right technique for raking sand bunkers to make sure you're leaving them in good shape for following golfers.

How to Clean Golf Club Grips
Cleaning your grips regularly will help them last longer, and also help you keep a better hold on the handle of the golf club.

How to Attach Your Golf Bag to the Golf Cart
If you are a first-time golfer, or a beginning golfer using a golf cart for the first time, this tutorial explains how to secure your golf bag to the golf cart.

Basics of Golf Tips
The Basics of Golf section of our free online golf tips is great for the Golf for Beginners page because it covers such things as the proper setup, alignment, posture and grips.

How to Use a Golf Course Ball Washer
Ballwashers sit beside the tee boxes and most golf courses. If it's your first time to a course that uses ballwashers, here are instructions for using one.

Match Play Primer - An Introduction to Match Play in Golf
Need an introduction to golf match play? This Match Play Primer, from the About.com Golf Guide, includes information about rules, competition formats, strategy and more on match play.

How to Play Stableford or Modified Stableford Competitions
Are you unsure of how a Stableford Competition or Modified Stableford Competition is played? This introduction to Stableford from the About.com Golf Guide should help.

Golf FAQs
These FAQs cover golf rules, equipment questions, historical questions about golf and much more.

Before You Buy Golf Lessons
Some tips on shopping around for a good golf instructor to get the most out of your golf lessons.

Top 10 Golf Tournament Formats
What is a "scramble"? How about "alternate shot"? Learn about the most popular formats for corporate outings, charity tournaments and golf association events.

Most Popular Golf Betting Games and Side Bets
Do you know an Arnie from a Barkie? What's a Nassau? How about Bingo Bango Bongo? Learn about the most popular golf betting games and side bets.

Before You Buy Used Golf Clubs
Get some tips that will help you choose a good set of used clubs that will get you started in golf.

How to Mark a Golf Ball on the Putting Green
There is a proper way to use a ballmarker to mark a golf ball on the putting green before lifting it. Here is a description of that method, along...

Marking the Golf Ball - How Do You ID Your Golf Ball
How do you mark your golf ball for identication purposes? Something simple, or in some manner that carries special significance?

Pin Sheets - How to Read Golf Pin Sheets
Pin Sheets - How to Read Golf Pin Sheets

What Do Golf Lessons Look Like?
Many beginners are intimidated by the idea of taking lessons, mostly because they aren't sure what's involved. Here's a look at what golfers might encounter when we sign up for lessons with a teaching pro.

Golf Video: How-To's and More Beginner Clips
Watch golf video from About.com, including instructional clips and how-to videos about the game, with plenty available specifically for beginners.

Top 7 Golf Balls for Absolute Beginners
An absolute beginner can start with top-of-the-line balls - but why? The technology that makes those ball expensive will be lost on beginners.

Meet the Irons
Beginning golfers sometimes aren't sure which golf clubs do what, or why. Here, the About.com Golf Guides helps beginners understand irons, from the 3-iron to the pitching wedge.

Which Clubs Should You Carry in Your Golf Bag?
Which golf clubs should you carry in your bag? That depends on your skill level. Here's a look.

Which Set of Tees Should You Play From on the Golf Course?
How do you know which set of tees to play from on a golf course? That's the subject of this Beginners FAQ.

How High Should the Golf Ball Be Teed?
How high should a golfer tee up his golf ball? The depends on the club being used. Read these recommendations.

What Do the Numbers on a Golf Ball Mean?
Almost all golf balls come with at least one number printed on them. What do these numbers mean? Here is an explanation of the golf ball numbers you might encounter.

Tee It Forward: PGA, USGA Want You to Play the Right Tees
What is one of the biggest contributors to frustration for new golfers? Playing from the wrong set of tees. The Tee It Forward initiative aims to change that.

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