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jnin

Starting to play golf...on a budget!

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Hi there,

I've recently fancied giving golfing a go.  I live in an area with a number of clubs.  Problem is, I've never played properly before, and my experience extends to a few pitch and putt greens...!  I was wondering whether you could advise me on what steps I should take.  I have found a course with a driving range and practice putting green - should I go there and give things a try?  I am a student and so, funds are fairly limited, but I'm very keen to get started - will my limited funds be a barrier?

Secondly, I obviously don't own any clubs.  Is there a bare minimum amount I could purchase before going along to the range (assuming this is a good step to take) to practice?  I.e. 3 wood and putter perhaps?

Apologies that my circumstances are fairly limiting, but I would like to give this a go.  There is no guarantee that I would end up pursuing it very seriously in the long term, and so I think it's important that I don't splurge too much.

Any advice welcomed :)

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I am not sure what level you are in your schooling but if it is on the university level you may want to talk to someone in the athletic department. Every school that I have attended had classes or semi-organized clubs that would introduce you to many new opportunities without having to spend much money if any. Students, by and large, are all on limited budgets so maybe inquire with the school first.

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My advice? Look for garage sales. You can probably find a decent beginner set in its entirety for $50.

Then just start hitting the range until you're comfortable hitting a ball consistently. The obvious suggestion would be lessons, but they're pricey...so I'd recommend just watching instructional videos and seeing what works for you.

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Originally Posted by Slice of Life

My advice? Look for garage sales. You can probably find a decent beginner set in its entirety for $50.

Then just start hitting the range until you're comfortable hitting a ball consistently. The obvious suggestion would be lessons, but they're pricey...so I'd recommend just watching instructional videos and seeing what works for you.

Yes, garage sales or craigslist are great for a cheap beginner set to see if you like it.

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I would also say Craigslist. I've always recommended them to beginners looking to spend less than $200
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Play twilight and super twilights. Especially in summer. I play once a week , usually Sunday nights after 6. 15 bucks cart and gps.
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THanks for all your replies!  I went to play a par 3 course yesterday and borrowed some clubs - it was fun, but I REALLY need to work on my swing!!  I was thinking of going again but buying 2 clubs to take with me.  Obviously I'll need a putter, but what else would kind of iron would you recommend that would be versatile enough to use on the fairway and rough?  Please excuse me if that is a daft question!

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I'm not sure if you've tried this, but call the courses near your area and see if they offer a student discount.  I golf a par 3 course and it's $6 after 6 Monday-Friday, perfect for my budget.

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