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Too Old To Learn Golf? Never! Start Now

When you watch The Masters and see all those young guys playing, you might be tempted to think that you’re just too old to learn how to play golf. Don’t listen to that voice in your head! In my opinion, you’re never too old to learn to play golf. As long as you can swing a club, then you’re able to not only learn the game but get good enough at it to have some fun out there.

Personally, I did not really get familiar with the game until I was almost 40 years old. But here’s what I’ve learned – golf is one of those rare things that you can learn just as easily when you 88 years old as when you are 8 years old. How many other sports can you say the same thing about? Once I got more familiarized with it, I suddenly understood why golf is so popular among retirees. Plus, if you use a Sunday bag, then you end up with lightweight gear that won’t hurt that aging back.

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Benefits of Learning Golf When You’re Older

If you still have some concerns about taking up the sport at your age, then let me share a few reasons why I think you can be a golfer. And before you know it, you’ll be ready to tee up with the rest of them!

Plenty Of Courses Around The World

Are you retired and planning on doing some traveling now that you have more time? Why not cross some items off that bucket list and experience some of the best golf courses that the world has to offer at the same time! For instances, you can take the wife to the Bahamas and take in some amazing oceans views at the Ocean Club Golf Course located at the posh One & Only Ocean Club resort. Or soak up some history on a trip to Scotland, where you can get in a few rounds at the Old Course at St. Andrews, which can been used by golfers since the 15th century. And that’s just two options among many.

You Only Need One Lesson To Get Started

Think it takes a long time to learn how to play golf? Nope. Just one session with an instructor will give you all the basics that you need to set off on your own. Sure, you could spend more time working on your technique with a pro, but it’s not necessary. You can practice the game on your own at home or actually on the course.

It’s A Social Sport

One of the nice things about golfing is that it is a great way to socialize with friends and family (or even new acquaintances) in a relaxing environment. You get in a little exercise, lots of conversation and some good weather (at least most of the time!).

You Don’t Need Any Special ‘Old Guy’ Equipment

Being older doesn’t mean that you’ll need anything special in order to be able to play the game. Just like any other golfer, you’ll need a set of clubs but they don’t make special ones for older people. Instead, you just need to get fitted for your clubs like any one else who is starting to play. A pro will give an evaluation to ensure that you get clubs that are proper for your height and strength level and that’s it. Typically a fitting will cost you somewhere between $50 and $80, but if you’re buying your clubs then that cost is usually taken off your purchase price.

Courses Expect Inexperienced Players

When you’re new to the sport, it’s common to worry about being an annoyance to other golfers and the staff at your local course. The truth is that everyone is a beginner at some point and they expect to see beginners hitting their first few rounds. To ease your mind, you can call ahead to let them know that you’re inexperienced and ask when their slow times are so that you won’t feel rushed. You’ll find that they’re happy to give you that information and will welcome you once you arrive.

So, don’t be hesitant to try this game just because you fear that you might be too old for it. So what if you’re not as strong as you were in your 20’s! With good form and technique, you can probably play a better game at your age than that strong 20-year-old.

Adam Jenkins
 

I’m certainly no expert on the game of golf, but I am someone who knows what it’s like to start out completely overwhelmed. From one beginner to the next, here's to a better golf game!

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