Golf for Beginners

Golf for Beginners!

              Muskoka is blessed to have some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Ontario let alone the Country. This scenery happens to lend itself to the design of some of the most stunning golf courses in all of the Country. In this blog we are going to explore what it takes to start golfing!


              The right equipment for any sporting endeavour can always be beneficial however, emptying out the bank account to get started isn’t always the best course of action. Instead, focus on finding the sort of equipment that will allow you to develop basic skills with minimal expense.

              The average golfer carries 14 clubs in their bag however, when first learning this is not necessary. Start with a driver, a putter, a sand wedge, and add to those a 6 iron, 8 iron, a pitching wedge, and a fairway wood or hybrid. These clubs are all the easiest to get airborne and provide the most forgiveness. Also, finding a titanium driver or putter online is also recommended due to the amount of money that can be saved.

              If you are a beginner looking to purchase your own set of clubs go to a large golf store or driving range and ask to try a 6 iron with a regular flex shaft and a stiff flex shaft, one of the two should feel easier to control. This is the flex of shaft you should start with for all you clubs. Once you are serious about the game with increasing skills, a club fitting will enable you to get the most out of your equipment.

              Unless you are a strong and well-coordinated athlete experienced with stick and ball sports go for woods that have more loft. The extra loft generally means it will be easier to get the ball in the air and also can reduce sidespin so shots stay straighter. Look at drivers with at least 10 degrees of loft and fairway woods that start at 17 degrees.

              As a rule for beginners you're better off with hybrids instead of 3-, 4-, and 5-irons. Also, irons with wider soles (the bottom part of an iron) will counter act the tendency for the club to stick in the ground when you hit behind the ball. Irons with more weight concentrated in the sole, will lower the iron's center of gravity and this will help shots launch higher and stop quicker. Generally, a more forgiving iron will feature a sole that measures about the width of two fingers (from front edge to back).



              Choosing the right ball is important for playing golf at a high level. However beginners should buy balls on a sliding scale based on how many you lose in a round. If you’ve never played before or lose two sleeves or more a round, buy balls that cost around $20 a dozen. If you can’t decide on a brand try putting a few balls to see how they feel coming off you putter face. When you cut the number of lost balls back to maybe three to five balls a round, buy balls that cost less than $30 a dozen. Only if you are losing less than a sleeve a round should you consider the $40 a dozen balls.

Learning to Play

              The most challenging part about golf can be getting started. The bad news about starting out is that you don’t know much about golf. The good news? You don’t know much about golf. Many of the bad habits that could be learnt have probably not made their way into your muscle memory. Nothing beats starting out with some positive direction. Don’t just seek advice when you’re struggling. It is just as important to know what you’re doing right as what you’re doing wrong. Your golf buddies might have a good tip for you, but it’s better to seek out a PGA professional since they’re the ones trained to teach the game to someone like yourself.

               One of the biggest factors in improving is finding an instructor you trust. Of course you want your teacher to be knowledgeable and committed to helping you, but equally important is finding a good fit personality wise. If you're laid back, you might like an instructor with a low key approach. If you are creative you might work better with someone who teaches feels and images instead of angles and positions. The whole point is, that you want to be comfortable and enjoy your experience. You will always learn best when you ask questions you think are stupid, and when you are not afraid to fail.


               Golf is hard, it tends to wrestle with your mental state at times, if this is the case go back to the basics! There is a lot of information about golf around and this information can cause you to overthink while playing the game. Over thinking can cause tension so monitor your stress level, always make an effort to have a smooth takeaway away from the ball. Nothing ruins chances faster than a jerky snatched takeaway.

               We at HRC insurance hope that you have learnt a little bit about the wonderful game of golf and hopefully you get out and try it sometime soon in beautiful Muskoka!

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Born under the name George Hutcheson, Hutcheson, Reynolds & Caswell Ltd. began providing insurance policies in Muskoka since the early 1900s. Bernard Reynolds joined the firm in the 1940s and purchased the firm from George Hutcheson in 1967. Finally, in 1980, David Caswell joined the company's ranks to complete Hutcheson, Reynolds and Caswell. We have grown along with our name and provide the same dedication to superior customer service and top-notch insurance coverage that George Hutcheson was famous for over 100 years ago.