In the Beginning (Giving Golf a Try)

So we've all been in this situation or at least I hope we have, when that one friend wants to give Golf a try. First off, introducing new people to the game is awesome.  You start to refer back to the things that you wish you did when you first took that dive.  But most of the time it doesn't  matter what advice you give, they always seem to show up with expensive clubs and dressed like Tiger Woods on day one. Even though your advice was to snag a starter set and two dozen top flights a start is a start. We all know once the Golf bug bites its hard not to scratch that itch. 

I'd like to share "A Way" I've introduced the game of golf to many friends throughout my Military Career. One thing I've noticed about these guys (Soldiers) is the amount of patience they have, which the game does require. Soldiers love to hunt, fish, work on cars, craft wood and metal. All of these different hobbies require patience. I attest that's why Golf is very popular in the Military Community. Because of this trait, the introduction is really easy. From the beginning you should let your buddy know that score doesn't matter and practice facilities will become your best friend. There is nothing worse than jumping on the 1st tee box and he or she can't hit the ball out of their own shadow. And let's not even talk about pace of play. So take them to the driving and chipping range, have a few putting competitions on the green and show them some golf etiquette,  all while getting some practice in yourself. Once you've established a strong foundation it's time to hit the course. 

Now, you're probably not gonna have a full group of beginners but a mix of established golfers and guys who can play. So finding balance while keeping the interest of the group is key. There are a lot of variables that come into play like what course you're playing, number of golfers and if the group is open minded enough to try something different besides stroke play. But if the situation presents itself here are a few cool formats that might take care of everyone's competitive fix.

Below is one of my favorite formats that I believe fully supports the FNG's intro to the most gratifying yet demoralizing game ever invented.  


“Ryder Cup Six”

You'll need a 4 ball to play this format and then break it down to two man teams.

  1. For the first six holes you and your partner will play better ball (Both Players on the team play own ball, best score counts for team)
  2. For the second set of six holes you and your partner will play captain's choice scramble( Both Players on the team Drive and then the best shot is chosen, that will continue till the ball is holed)
  3. And for the last set of six holes you'll play alternate shot( Both players get to tee off and then start the alternate shot play from whoever's drive you chosen)

You can play this game in any fashion, meaning it can be used in stroke play, match play or skins and handicaps can be set. The only drawback is that the good players in the group won't be able to post that score for handicap.  The Pace of play is fairly fast as well. 


If you'd Like to see other great formats click the Link below. 

https://www.golfalot.com/instruction/formats.aspx

Thanks for the read, now let's Go Play some Golf.


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