The best place to teach a new golfer how to play the game is right by the hole. They need to learn the most essential skill first. Give them a putter and help them figure out how to get the ball in the cup. There’s not much point in taking full swings until some putting ability is developed. This may sound counterintuitive, but it isn’t. Putting is often seen as the odd part of golf, but it’s actually the more foundational portion of the game. Getting the ball in the hole is the object of golf and that’s achieved with the flat stick. When someone learns this first, it changes how they see the larger game. So many golfers never figure out how to finish a hole and that makes the game less enjoyable. Teach someone how to become a putter and they’ll grow into a golfer. Start with what matters most.
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