Hey My name is Scott Ferguson,
In my college days, I spent most of my time painting and binge-watching movies. However, I always had an impeccable taste for sports of all kinds. First, it was baseball and later on, I was pretty hooked to the NFL and the NHL. But I kept moving from one sport to another. If you can allow me to be a tad bit dramatic, I’d say I didn’t quite find my calling.
That changed one day.
I was working as a colorist in a decent internship. I was young and without a care in the world. Money didn’t matter to me, I just wanted to experience something worth experiencing. And one of the days when I was working on a special but torn canvas painting that an auctioneer needed to be repaired, I happened to listen in on the conversation my boss was having with him.
It was about golf. The way they used the golf lingo and the kind of calm, natural, but elegant sport they made it sound like really struck a few chords inside me.
I knew I had to try it. It seemed complicated. Too complicated, to be honest. And that’s precisely how I find others seeing golf: unnaturally complex to even begin playing.
But I learned from the internet, from books, and from friends I made through that auctioneer. Let’s cut to the chase. Fast-forward a good six months time and I knew this was the one game I was never going to lose my interest in, simply because it felt like going back home when I went playing if that makes any sense. Also, it was because I was actually playing it and not just watching.
So, I thought, why not help others who might be in need of knowledge, tactical information, gear reviews, and so on? And that’s how I opened up this website, my brainchild where I put all the information that’s piled up in my head.
All the knowledge, stats, and data that I’ve gathered and the experience I’ve accumulated is too much. But I try my best to articulate my opinions, thoughts, and information to shape them into data that everyone can comprehend and digest.
The game seemed to be pretty confusing when I started. There are tons of rules, so many different gears that you can use, and of course, the gigantic variety of clubs to choose from for each of your shots (each player can carry up to 14 different clubs, though mostly we don’t use that many). And on top of that, as if it wasn’t enough to send anyone willing to take up the club on a sharp u-turn from golf, it has its own language. Hazards, bump-and-runs, sand traps, birdies, bogeys, pots, pins, and so on. Sure, some are pretty easy to understand like a flagstick or an obstacle but others aren’t.
But catching up to the lingo is pretty easy. With a little bit of practice, I was able to recall most of the confusing terms and their meanings within a few short months. It all depends on how much time you spend playing golf and learning about it online as well as from certain books.
I truly recommend you go through the Rules of Golf once before you head onto any game. Sure, if it’s a practice game or a casual, friendly match – then there’s no need. But sooner or later, you’re going to need to understand the rules so that others can play on an equal footing with you, or simply so that others don’t mock you for your lack of rulebook understanding. The game has been perfected over so many years and it’s only fair that every player tries to give it their best when it comes to understanding the very rules and core concepts that keep the game functional and enjoyable.
In my experience, I’ve found golf to be a game where you always keep learning. There’s always a new way to play a shot and always a new kind of style that you can follow to beat your competitor.
When you’re a beginner, things are slightly different. For example, making your shot straighter by increasing the loft is a good tactic. These mechanics will start making more and more sense as you practice.
You see, you’ll start to feel how the club’s impact on the ball is going to play out. It’s like an instinct that improves more as you hit more balls. Also, you’ll be facing several different kinds of terrains and slowly, you’ll begin to understand how the ball moves, rolls, flies, and reaches its destination on all of those different terrains.
It’s not rocket science, but it’s not easy either. There’s an inherent difficulty involved in golfing that increases the likelihood of new players giving up. But remember – only practice makes perfect and even the best golfers around the globe were beginners at one point.
Whether you have state-of-the-art equipment right now or not, it doesn’t matter. What matters is having the initiative.
Oh, and I almost forgot. The one true successful mantra in golf is patience. If you’re playing for social reasons and your friends aren’t exactly the patient type, then you run the risk of compromising your gameplay just to make sure they don’t get bored. That’s not how golf is supposed to be.
Be patient and stay in the company that shares that nature.
This couldn’t be more true if you’re planning on seriously playing golf and not for just spending some time or having a few laughs with your friends. You might need to ask yourself why you’re thinking of being a professional or a serious golfer. You’ll be putting a lot of time and money into your golfing and that’s why you need an answer.
Serious players often have a plan charted according to which they fixate on their practice hours, friendly games, tournament targets, personal short-term aims, and more. So, if you’re serious about golf and sure about being serious, it’s better to read up all the top-level instructions, do some digging for what will work best for you in the equipment department, and chart a solid plan.
Good luck golfing!