Assessing Your Level of Commitment Before Starting Playing Golf
When you are going to get started playing golf, it is easy to get excited and jump in with both feet. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but before you go spending too much money, you want to think about your level of commitment to the game so you can play how you are going to get started. The level of commitment you are going to give to golf can help determine how much money you are going to spend, how much gear you are going to buy, etc.
Use the following points you identify how much time you are going to give to golf, and then you can make decisions based on that information.
- How much time do you have available? If your everyday schedule is already pretty busy, you might not be able to fit golf in as often as you would like. Think about when you will be able to play rounds of golf, and when you will be able to practice. If you have plenty of free time for both practicing and rounds of golf, you should be able to be as dedicated to golf as you choose. However, if your time is scarce, it might be that you are only able to commit to the game on a limited basis at first.
- How much do you want to spend? Golf is a great hobby, but it isn’t cheap. You will need to buy clubs, balls, shoes, a bag, and more – in addition to paying for greens fees and range balls. You don’t have to buy the best of everything to get started, but you are still looking at a modest investment to get yourself going in the game. Decide how much you are going to be able to spend on golf on a monthly basis and use that amount to determine how much you can afford to play.
- Do you have other hobbies? For people with many other hobbies that they like to engage in, golf might only be a hobby that is enjoyed once-in-a-while. That is fine, but keep it in mind when deciding how much to invest in your game. If you are going to be a golfer that only will play a few rounds of golf per year, don’t go overboard in investing in high-end gear that won’t be used very often.