Whether you’ve never held a golf club before or tried to take a few swings here and there, having the desire to play the game is a start, and taking the time to properly learn how to play is essential as a beginner.
Your mental state is especially important when playing golf; the pace of the game—walking the fairway, setting up your shot and watching your opponents take theirs—guarantees ample time to reflect on each and every move you make.
Golf isn’t usually thought of as a dangerous sport. It is, though, a game that requires strength, physical control, flexibility and skill. Taking some preventive measures to avoid getting hurt—especially in your back, elbows and shoulders—is worth the extra time.