If you’re trying to map out a plan to get GOOD at golf as fast as possible, then there are some things to consider.
We answer the most important questions along with four important takeaways to get you on the right track to getting good at golf…fast.
If all the stars align perfectly, one can seemingly get “good” at golf in 2-3 years. In most people’s circumstances, it could take 5-6 years to make all the huge adjustments in your golf game to really become good and compete with lower handicap golfers.
How Long Does it Take The Average Person to Get Good at Golf?
There’s a lot of variance involved with this question, and simply answering it with a standard “well it depends” just isn’t enough to cover it all.
Several factors come into play like:
- How old are you?
- Do you have an athletic background?
- How much time do you have to practice each week?
- Do you have proper golf course/driving range access to really work on your game?
- Do you have a group to play with to be able to push your game to greater heights?
How to Get Good at Golf at Any Age
I’d say the best age range to get good at golf falls in the range between 25-45. Healthline states that “the brain doesn’t fully develop until the age of 25 and men usually achieve peak muscle mass somewhere between the age of 20 and 30.”
Now, obviously learning to get good at golf at an early age is the best possible option because, in the end, accumulating repetitions is crucial to learning…well…anything really.
However, with this comes growing pains and adjusting to the changes in the body.
How long does it take an athletic person to get good at golf?
It takes an athletic person less time to find his/her golf swing than it would a non-athletic person.
I grew up playing baseball and the fundamentals in the baseball swing definitely translate over to the golf swing.
This includes generating power with the lower body, rotation of the hips and allowing the shoulders and hands to follow suit.
Although, you will find that hockey players typically become better golfers than any other sporting background.
Simply because the swinging motion of the hockey stick is closely related to the motion of a golf club more than any other movement in sports.
How long does it take a non-athletic person to get good at golf?
While having an athletic background may be more ideal to finding a golf swing, this does not discount people from learning golf with a non-athletic background.
While a non-athletic person may not be able to generate as much power as a more athletic person—he/she can still learn the fundamentals of the golf swing, and even play better than tons of athletic people playing golf by simply playing well in other areas of golf that have nothing to do with bombing it off the tee.
How Many Days A Week Does It Take To Improve Golf?
Do you have 7 days a week to play golf?
That’s perfect 🙂
99% of the population does not fall into the category of being able to practice golf every day.
So, for those of us that have a job, family or other obligations—we have to manage our time carefully around getting enough practice in on a weekly basis to get good at golf.
If you are picking up golf for the first time ever, at least try and get 2-3 days of practice in a week.
The driving range is better suited for you than actually playing golf, because you are picking up the fundamentals first and not really worrying about shooting a score.
If you have been playing golf for several years and have finally decided to start honing in on things to make you a better golfer—try and practice at least 1-2 times a week while mixing in a round as well.
How Long Does It Take A Beginner To Get Good At Golf?
Ahhh here we are again…setting EXPECTATIONS.
Answering the question of “What is GOOD in golf?” could be done in about a million different ways.
If a 2 handicap golfer shoots a 79 on an easy course—he/she would not consider this to be a “good” day on the golf course.
Now, if a 9 handicapper shoots a 79 on that same course—this would definitely be considered as a “good” day on the course.
But it’s not always about shooting a certain score to qualify as a good day of golf.
If someone strikes the ball well and hits 10-12 greens, but has 36 putts and shoots 81, then while that may seem like a bad day I wouldn’t consider this bad at all.
Remembering swing thoughts/mechanics that led to hitting that many greens is imperative to getting good at golf for beginners, because the putts will eventually fall.
So, the best way to sum this up for a beginner setting expectations is 1-2 years.
This means practicing the short game, working on swing mechanics and playing with a group of golfers that will push you to become good at golf.
Can You Learn Golf By Yourself?
You sure can, but it’s not going to be easy.
If you really want to learn golf by yourself, you need to commit to 3 things:
How Many Lessons Does It Take To Get Good At Golf?
Almost every golf site out there seems to believe that to get good at golf, the magic number of golf lessons is 3.
I’m not saying this isn’t true, but it really depends how quickly you understand your instructor and more importantly how easy it becomes for you to implement what you learn into your everyday golf game.
It’s a bit easier to swing on a driving range over-and-over and groove something magical, but what happens when you get backed up on a Saturday morning and you haven’t hit a driver in 30 minutes, and the time comes for you to pop one in front of tens-of-thousands of other golfers(not really definitely more like 3-4 golfers).
You have to rely on your mechanics to push through and consistently hit solid golf shots.
So, ideally you could take 2-3 lessons from one golf professional, and 2-3 lessons from another coach.
You never know what one coach might say, or recommend, that unlocks something in your swing that some other pro may not have even noticed.
How Do You Get Good At Golf Fast?
Quit your job.
Can’t quit your job?
Then using your time wisely with a good practice routine may be the next best thing to get good at golf fast.
What Is The Fastest Way To Get Better At Golf?
Working on your short game is the fastest way to get good at golf.
A great short game can both enhance a great ball striking round and turn a 78 into a 72, and also save a bad ball striking round where you hit 5 greens and still manage to break 80.
Play With Better Golfers
This part is arguably the most important thing I mention in this entire article.
If you don’t play with better golfers that push you to become better then you will struggle to reach any goals you may have for becoming a better golfer.
It’ll hurt in the beginning, and you most certainly WILL LOSE MONEY, but with that pain brings the scars of grinding on your golf game.
Are Golf Lessons Worth It for Beginners?
Golf lessons are definitely worth it for beginners, and can only expedite the process of you becoming the [good] golfer you strive to be.
How Many Hours A Day Should You Practice Golf?
A minimum of one hour is great, and if you actually play golf this also counts obviously.
Playing 9 holes of golf doesn’t really take that long if you are playing by yourself.
In a perfect world, 2-3 hours a day working on your game can work wonders.
How Often Should I Practice My Golf Swing?
You should probably be practicing at least once a day, but if you can’t find the time on one day then try and make up for it the next day and treat yourself to a double practice session.
4 Takeaways to Get at Golf Fast (In order of importance)
Ok I’ve rambled long enough, so I’ll leave you with FOUR things to take away and get you playing good golf…fast.
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