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NEWS | April 3, 2014

Clinic helps players connect with lifetime sport

By Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

For individuals who are looking for a new way to spend time with friends or trying to find a new hobby, their local pro shop may have the solution.

Installation golf clubs around the Air Force are offering the Get Golf Ready initiative, which introduces new players of all ages to golf at a beginner-level environment.

"Get Golf Ready was specifically designed to introduce new players to golf in a whole new way," said Chris Bowles, Air Force Golf Program. "Our goal is to provide players a comfortable atmosphere while learning about golf at a minimal cost. Players learn everything they need to know to step onto the golf course with confidence."

The clinic introduces the basic fundamentals of golf, including the rules of the game, the role of each club and how to care for the course, in five lessons.

During the first clinic, players learn about the history of golf, proper etiquette on and off the course and how to dress. Instructors educate players how to navigate around the golf course, how to properly address the ball, how to grip and take aim with their club while learning about the specific purpose for each club. Players will conclude the day with an introduction to putting.

"Putting is an easy way to introduce the game with minimal intimidation factors," Bowles explained. "This is an easy way to help new players feel comfortable with their surroundings and build rapport with fellow classmates."

The second and third clinics are tailored to inform players about the importance of irons and wedges. Instructors also teach players healthy stretching habits, warm up routines and how to care for the course by repairing divots and raking bunkers.

During the fourth clinic, players will learn to use a driver, where to tee off and which tee marker to use. Instructors will also instruct players how to operate the golf cart and where to safely stand during play.

During the final clinic, players will learn how to keep score and more about the basic rules of golf. Instructors will teach players to navigate from hole to hole and to provide tips for playing in outings.

"This program is designed to help people develop early and long-term interest and enjoyment in the game," said Bowles. "In addition, it is a companion class to our junior golf program. We hope to prepare parents and their children to participate in golf as a family activity."

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