What not to tell a beginner!

The things you should and shouldn’t say to your friends who are trying out golf ……

Thought this might be relevant as the new season approaches us in 2019! With an amazing win for Tiger at The Masters we expect the range to be busy!

If you’re a decent player and have a friend that’s picking up the game, you’re probably giving them mini lessons every time you’re at the range or course together. We love seeing golf infused with new blood, but we’re guessing you’re not a professional teacher. Which means, you could ultimately be doing more harm than good when it comes to your friend’s swing.

The worst thing you can say to a beginner golfer is rattle off all of these clichés:

  • Keep your head down
  • Keep your eye on the ball
  • Straighten your left arm
  • Keep your head still
  • Pause at the top
  • Swing slower

They create tension and are terrible swing thoughts when it comes to improvement. For some justification below is an example of a tour player breaking these cliches! Instead, we should tell beginners to make big swings and to use a tee anywhere they want.

Oh, and one more important thing: Don’t keep score.


  • Keep your head down – FALSE – Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, David Duval and Annika Sorenstam don’t.
  • Keep your eye on the ball – FALSE – as above!
  • Straighten your left arm – FALSE – Jordan Spieth, Jason Day don’t!
  • Keep your head still – FALSE- Ben Hogan, Rory Mcilroy have all done okay with some head movement no?
  • Pause at the top – FALSE – Have you seen how quick Tiger Woods changes direction?! The faster you can do this the more power you generate!
  • Swing slower – FALSE – Fred Couples, Ernie Els have long been known to have amazing tempos. They swing smooth whilst having amazing clubhead speed. Swinging slower doesn’t equal good tempo or more control. It is simply slower.