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Dressed to Play: Golf

Golf Beginner Guide Cropped

You don’t have to be dressed head to toe in the latest golf-specific clothing and shoes to play the game. At minimum, all you need are athletic shoes, comfortable shorts, pants, or a skirt and a shirt (some clubs may require a collared shirt and sleeves for men). As you begin to play more and improve, you will likely want to build up your golf-specific clothing. Here is how to start. 

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Golf Shirt

Boys should wear a collared polo while girls have more style options in regards to tops, including sleeveless options. 

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Golf Pants, Shorts or Skirts 

Comfortable slacks or pants or golf skirts over jeans are preferred. 

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Golf Shoes 

At first, athletic sneakers may be okay, but as you progress, golf shoes with soft spikes provide more performance. 

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Athletic socks with cushion for walking. 

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Golf Glove 

A glove provides a tackier grip on the club and can also protect your hand from blisters. 

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Golf Hat 

It’s usually sunny when you play golf. A hat can protect your face from the sun and also keep sweat off your eyes. 

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Golf Bag 

A bag that accommodates your clubs, balls, tee, and any other accessories. They usually have two shoulder straps for comfortable walking. 

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Water Bottle 

Bring enough hydration on the course with you to last your whole round, or confirm water is available on the course. 

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Golf Push Cart 

Junior golfers may carry their bag or use a push cart, which has three wheels and keeps the weight of equipment off a player’s back. Most golf courses have push carts for rent or bring your own. 

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Distance Measuring Device 

Once your golf game improves to the point where you have consistency in how far you hit your respective clubs, a distance measuring device will come in handy to tell you how far away you are. Many courses also mark sprinkler heads on the course with yardage to the center of the green or install 100, 150 and 200-yard plates in the fairway. Smartphone golf apps also offer GPS capability.

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