Welcome to the world of golf! Women are thriving in this sport more than ever before. And here’s how you can get in on the action.

Gone are the days of golf being reserved for the rich and elite. Today, golf is a game that welcomes players of all ages, genders, and abilities. And amidst a flurry of activity forcing the sport to become more accessible and inclusive, women are finally having the moment they deserve in the world of golf.

And whether you're a total beginner or have dabbled with the game in the past, there really has never been a better time to get into golf.

As part of Women and Girls Golf Week 2023, here’s our guide to help you on your path to becoming a confident golfer.

1. Embrace the culture

Golf is more than just a sport; it's a culture with unique traditions and etiquette. Respect, patience, and good sportsmanship are the cornerstones of the game. There’s nothing quite like it, and that’s what makes this such a good sport. It’s why people get bitten by the bug and remain in the game for years.

Embrace it, and welcome the camaraderie and friendly atmosphere that golf courses offer – they’re wonderful places to meet new friends and socialise.

2. Book a lesson (or two)

While you may be eager to grab a club and start swinging, taking a lesson from a golf professional is a wise investment. A pro can teach you the basics of grip, stance, and posture, ensuring you start on the right foot. They will help you build a solid foundation, making your golfing experience more enjoyable and productive in the long run.

3. Dress for success

If you’re new to the game, you might be worried about what to wear. Don’t be.

If you’re planning on going to the driving range, wear whatever you feel comfortable in. And if you’re heading to the course, don’t let dress codes deter you. Firstly, you’ll more than likely have plenty in your wardrobe you can wear already. And if you would like to treat yourself, there are plenty of high-value, high-performing pieces from that high street that you’ll look good wearing.

4. Choose the right equipment

Golf clubs come in various styles and sizes, which can be overwhelming for a beginner. Don't rush into purchasing a full set straight away. Start with a few essential clubs, like a driver, a putter, a 7-iron, and a wedge. As you gain more experience, you can gradually expand your set.

5. Join an academy or women’s coaching programme

Playing golf with other women or new golfers can be a fantastic experience. Golf academies and women's golf clinics offer a supportive and inclusive environment, perfect for making friends and learning together. It's an excellent way to build confidence too.

6. Practice regularly

As with any sport, practice is the key to improvement. Visit the driving range to work on your swing and spend time on the putting green to refine your short game. Be patient with yourself, as progress might seem slow at first. Remember that every golfer, regardless of skill level, faces challenges on the course.

7. Learn the rules (gradually)

Golf has a set of rules and etiquettes, and while it's good to familiarise yourself with them, you don't have to learn everything at once. As you start playing, focus on the basics and gradually expand your knowledge of the rules.

The key thing to remember is that even people who play golf all the time will confess to not knowing every single rule. So ask questions, learn as you go, and be kind to yourself.

8. Stay positive and have fun

Golf can be a humbling sport, even for seasoned players. Don't get discouraged by bad shots or a high score; it happens to everyone. Instead, stay positive and focus on the joy of being outdoors, the thrill of a well-executed shot, and the pleasure of spending time with friends on the course.

Embrace the journey, celebrate your achievements, and remember that every golfer, no matter their level, is continually learning and growing.

And remember: The only shots people care about are their own. If you’re having a bad day on the course, no one will mind.