Complete Golf for Beginners Guide

From golf terminology and gear to lessons and drills, learn everything you need to get on the course and drop shots off your handicap!

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How To Play Golf – Complete Beginner’s Guide

At Golf Assessor we are passionate about helping beginner's get into the game.

But learning how to play golf is challenging!

Unlike some sports, like football or even tennis, golf has many more things going on.

There are the complexities of golf rules, etiquette and handicaps to get your head around, let alone the complicated landscape of learning to actually hit the ball, choose the right golf equipment and find a golf course that you can play at.

In this How To Play Golf guide we have simplified the learning process into three key sections.

Getting Started

In this section we cover all the basics in golf, including a brief snapshot of the history of golf, golf rules, golf etiquette, dress code, rules and handicaps.


This section provides practical beginner golf lessons to help you improve your game and drops shots off your handicap. If you are yearning to learn how to smash your drives long and straight, or are looking for effective putting drills to ensure you consistently see away those tricky 3-footers, then this section is for you!


This section is dedicated to golf equipment reviews. We cut through all the marketing spin to bring you straightforward and independent reviews that will ensure you make the right buying decision.

Getting Started with Golf

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Use the links below to navigate some of the most popular articles on getting started playing golf.

Golf Instruction

I’m sure you will agree with me when I say: learning to play golf is difficult!

Every beginner golfer has been through the tough patches of improving their game and trying to drop shots on their handicap.

There is a wealth of information on beginner golf lessons on the web. In our articles we have tried to simplify the golf tuition process into bite-sized practical lessons. We focus on the foundational lessons first and then have more detailed articles on nuanced skills, like shaping your ball flight and hitting flop shots.

We have searched wide and deep to find cool online beginner golf video lessons, which we have interspersed with our professional commentary and guidance.

It’s impossible to cover all the bases in an online guide, so if you feel we are missing any obvious lessons, just contact us and we will try create a new piece to answer your question.

Here are our most popular golf instruction articles: 

Beginner Golf Equipment

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As you start out in golf, finding the right equipment can be challenging.

Should you purchase a complete beginner’s set and then upgrade later as you improve?

What ball should you use?

Should you get a stand bag or a cart bag? If a cart bag, should you get a push cart or a pull cart?

Below are some of our most popular beginner guides to golf equipment.

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