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Golf lessons for the beginner

Golf is increasing in popularity all the time, both as a spectator sport and a leisure activity. While, starting to play has never been easier, becoming an accomplished golfer takes time and practice. However, taking a few golf lessons can give the beginner a head start by helping them develop the skills and techniques to improve their game.

There are a number of options available to beginners looking for golf lessons. The first of these is to enrol on a short course with a golf school. These schools, many of them residential, provide intensive tuition over a number of days with an experienced and qualified professional. While there are schools in the UK, it's also possible to combine lessons with a holiday abroad, in places such as Portugal and Spain. While these schools benefit from allowing golfers to focus on their game, they can be an expensive option, especially if meals and accommodation are a factor. For a flavour of what these courses are all about check out golfschool.co.uk.

Many local clubs and driving ranges provide one-to-one tuition for beginners. These lessons can either focus on a specific part of the game (i.e the swing), or give more general tuition. Cost of golf tuition varies from club to club, and lessons are often restricted to members. Check with individual clubs for prices and policies.

While individual tuition can be expensive, it's possible to save money through group lessons. These group lessons  are normally run over a set period and each weekly lesson will look at a specific part of the game. Places such as World of Golf (worldofgolf.co.uk) offer these lessons in various parts of the country and often run promotions to attract new golfers.

While face-to-face tuition is the most obvious option for golf lessons, it's also possible to brush up on techniques through instructional DVDs. These allow learners to receive tuition from the comfort of their home, and can be the cheapest option for those on a budget. Golfing DVDs are available to buy through general retailers, such as Amazon, as well as through specialised golf shops, like American Golf. Have a look at the reviews online, or chat to a member of staff in a shop, if you're unsure which DVD will be the most useful.

Whichever method you decide on, golf lessons will undoubtedly enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the game. Even once you've become adept at swinging a club, the learning needn't stop there either. Lessons are available for improvers, intermediates and advanced golf players too. With the right tuition and a willingness to learn, you could soon find yourself well on the way to a lower handicap.

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