questionsany advice for a beginning golfer?

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keep your head down and eyes on the ball.

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Don't spend a lot on a first set of clubs. Also, when just starting out, spending a lot on balls is a waste of money. A lot of the top end tour type balls like the pro v1 are made for pros who can shape their shot and have great control. For someone just starting out, that is bad. It will make your bad shots worse. I would just buy like second grade balls or cheap balls. I like the 'Noodle" or the Titliest DT SOLO or any ball that is made to be soft and get distance is best for a beginner.

Also, one more piece of advice. It's just a game. Unless you play and practice every day, you will never be able to play like the pros. When you learn to accept that, is when you will stop breaking clubs and cursing the game out.

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Don't even start. You don't have the time and you don't have the money.

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@nortonsark and @kamikazeken answered this correctly. If you are the least bit competitive golf is like crack cocaine. Take up walking instead...you get the same benefits without the cursing.

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Buy an OK driver and go to the driving range. All the fun of hitting the hell outa a ball, none of the frustration of having to find it in the middle of the woods and get it in the tiny hole.

On clubs I would just go and buy a inexpensive set and get your feet wet. If you enjoy yourself and figure out your game you can then buy a set of clubs that more fits your game. Go out and buy a starter set that usually has 3 woods and a full set of irons, then pick out a run of the mill putter that you can hit straight with and go and play. And agree with the cheap balls...to start you want to hit the ball consistently and not hook or slice. Once you get that down and start learning how to curve the ball the high end balls can be of use...but you just want it to go straight to start and a cheap ball will do that just as well.

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@raider9924: There's some good advice here. Anyone think a "101" series on getting into various sports on sport.woot would be helpful?

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I agree with the comments about buying inexpensive clubs to start. You can get an entry- to mid-level set (driver, woods, irons) for $200-300 at most sporting goods stores. Golf is one of those sports that's all about technique, not equipment. I've seen guys on the course who can hit the ball further off the tee with their wooden driver from the '70s than guys with $500 Callaways.

Until you establish good form, remember that making contact with the ball is more important than strength. At first, let the natural pendulum motion of your swing power the ball. It won't go as far, but it's more likely to stay straight than if you try to rip every shot. When you want to take out your aggressions and muscle the ball, go to the driving range. Practice with your irons at the range, too. It's tempting to spend all day trying to crank the ball as far as you can, but the tee shot is only the first stroke of each hole. The tough part is getting under the ball just right when it's on the ground.

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Keep playing and don't get discouraged. It can be a very frustrating game at times but you can always improve as long as you stick with it.

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Thanks for all the tips everyone! Maybe one day I'll actually be able to make par. But I do like the driving range idea- you get to hit the ball as hard as you can and not have to go look for it afterwards!

@inkycatz: That could be helpful. Maybe have a sidebar or a link on the sport.woot page to some helpful tips for the sport whose product is being sold that day.

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Take a couple beginners lessons from a club pro. They can get you acclimated to the game and help you get the basics down with your swing.

And as everyone else said, don't spend a lot on the clubs.