The male to female ratio on the golf course – traditionally weighted towards males – is improving. It’s great to see golf becoming more accessible, as clubs do all they can to make everyone – no matter their age, gender, ethnicity or ability feel included. Find out how to make people with disabilities feel included in golf.
In 2021, the number of female golfers increased by 34% (1.4 million to 1.6 million), and female avid golfers (who played more than 52 times) more than doubled from 149,000 to 339,000 (England Golf).
If you’re thinking about getting into golf, we’ve pulled together a few tips to help you make the most of your golf experience.
If you want to get into golf, but you’re not sure where to begin, then why not search for your nearest driving range or golf club online?
Searching on Google or Facebook will yield the best results, as you can see a facility’s website, Facebook page and any reviews. Using phrases such as “women’s golf lessons near me” “golf clubs near me” or “women’s beginner golf lessons,” is a great place to start.
If you know of any local golf clubs or driving ranges in your area, then why not check out their website or give them a call to find out more? From asking about the club’s amenities, to lesson times and other events, you can find out more information and dip your toe in the water.
You’ve done a quick Google search, had a look at some reviews on their Google My Business profile, and now you want to ask the range or club some questions. But what should you ask? Remember, there’s no such thing as a silly question. Here are a few questions you should ask:
Do you have a timetable of golf lessons and sessions?
What sessions do you offer and what are the time and dates?
How much does it cost?
Do you offer taster sessions and how much do they cost? Some clubs will offer free taster sessions, others may charge a nominal fee.
What is included in a session? They will generally give you an opportunity to sample a couple of different aspects of the game – i.e. putting and hitting some iron shots.
How long are the sessions and what’s included? If it’s a programme of sessions over a prolonged period of time, there will be a specific focus on each area of the game. For example, week one could be all about putting, week two might be chipping, week three might be iron shots.
How much does a membership cost?
What is the format of the offer you have available?
Is it a taster session or series of coaching on a weekly basis or an academy, is there a social element after?
What level of experience is your offer tailored for?
Are there others currently signed up to this offer?
When do I need to confirm my attendance? You might be able to turn up on the day or you might need to pre book your place.
Do I need to bring any equipment with me? The majority of golf clubs will provide all the equipment you will need to take part. But don’t let that put you off bringing any of your own! Bring it along and you can get some advice on whether it is suitable or not for your game and golf swing.
Do we all meet at the start of the session or do we get there a little earlier?
Golf fashion is becoming really popular, so much so that according to TZR, Golfcore is replacing Tenniscore this year.
However, that doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. You should dress for the weather and wear comfortable clothing that has a bit of stretch.
Usually, gym leggings, a t-shirt and jumper will suffice. Flat soled, supportive trainers or shoes are a must, as you’ll be on your feet for a long time.
As with any sport, there’s a lot of jargon that comes with golf. If you hear a word or phrase and you’re not sure about what it means, just ask! If you’re having lessons, your teacher will explain any golfing terms. Don’t worry, you’re not expected to know everything, and you’re here to have fun. If in doubt, check out our ultimate golfing glossary.
What makes golf such a great sport is the community it brings and friendships that come with it. Golf is a really social sport – you can really get to know people during your time on the course.
It’s a great opportunity to network, build friendships or just take the time to have some focused time to yourself! If you find an opportunity then why not tell a friend or family member? Most importantly this is your leisure time so make sure you have fun!
iGolf is specifically designed for golfers of all abilities who are non-club members or are new to the game, providing them with access to an official Handicap Index.
Through the My EG app, iGolf is an easy-to-use platform that enables players to track their performances, view their playing record and see how their game stacks up against their friends.
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