Start Golfing Today: Debunking 3 Common Myths About the Game

I'm convinced that golf is the greatest game ever played.

Not only can it be enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels, but it's both relaxing and a challenging workout. In many cases, it's become the meeting room for business deals, the sport where lifelong friendships can be developed, and a great escape from the busyness of life.

The problem is, if you've never played before, golf appears to be incredibly expensive to get started, intimidating, and confusing. The good news is...it really doesn't have to be. I hope to show you that these common beliefs are, in fact, myths. With a little coaching, it can actually be very affordable, relaxing, and simple.

Myth 1: "Golf costs too much money."

A brand new set of golf clubs can cost well over $2,000 not including other essentials like a bag, balls, glove, shoes, etc. The truth is that there hasn't been much change in equipment technology in recent decades. It's very easy to find a really great set of used golf clubs that will perform well for around $500.

After the initial investment of equipment, golf still requires some money to play each time; this comes in the form of a greens fee at a public course. But this cost is nothing compared to a stereotypical country club membership that can costs an arm and a leg. There are plenty of affordable places to play on a regular basis.

Myth 2: "It'll be embarrassing."

The truth in this statement is that there are ways of practicing and playing in isolation before going in public where people tend to feel judged. One of the great things about the indoor lessons that we offer at Eric Peyton Golf is that they are completely solo. No one needs to see your swing until your ready to unveil it to the world. Our goal is to help new golfers love the game and that comes from feeling comfortable playing it.

Myth 3: "I don't have the time to play."

People often think of golf as an entire day commitment. On the professional tour, they play a full 18-hole round which will last 4-5 hours. That's always an option, but many of us don't have the flexibility to leave other responsibilities behind for that long. The good news is that it's common to only play 9-holes at a time (approx. 2 hours), play a par 3 or "executive" course (1-2 hours), or even rent time in a golf simulator (1 hour).

This may still seem like a big time commitment for some, but taking some time to escape, relax, and have fun actually makes us more productive when we plug back in to other work. It's a healthy thing to do, both physically and mentally.

So, now is a great time to start playing the game that millions of people all over the world love. If you're interested in picking up a new healthy habit, I would encourage you to click the 'Contact' tab above and request a lesson to get started. If you're brand new to the game, we'll even help you assemble a great set of used clubs. Simply type "I need clubs" in the message box before submitting.

Hope to see you on the course soon!