Five common golf myths that simply aren’t true: Equipment, gear and more


Golf is an incredibly popular participation sport with millions of players worldwide, and many hold opinions or views on the sport that are false.

Here, we look at five common golfing myths that get peddled all around the world.

Pro equipment is the best equipment

There is nothing wrong with an aspirational purchase when it comes to your bag and other equipment.

However, mimicking the pros isn’t always the ideal pathway to your best game.

It also doesn’t help that many of the modern professionals who are at the top of their game are freak athletes, and you risk injury trying to use equipment in the same way.

Clothes aren’t important

We aren’t trying to dictate what clothing you have to wear, although some clubs very much will.

However, players should consider that equipment that is made for golfing can actually give you a performance edge.

This goes beyond clubs, shoes and gloves, and extends to the shirts and slacks or shorts that you wear on course. Modern golf apparel is made to be more flexible and comfortable. The materials being utilised enable unhindered golf strokes. Moreover, golf polos are not untucked when you raise your arms above your head since their sleeves are cut.

A correctly fitted set of golf clothes may significantly enhance your golfing experience, even if it only results in a slight improvement in performance.

You shouldn’t play a full round unless you’re good

For the beginner, 18 holes can really bring home the reality that golf is a sport.

The average golfer cannot crack 100, and infamously, players who have to put in triple figures swing numbers might start to lose their drive somewhere on the back nine, if not the front.

There is nothing wrong with shooting a few holes and going home, it’s your own time, after all, but playing a full round and even a few extra holes can help you improve your game.

The driving range is not good practice

It’s erroneously thought that driving ranges are harmful for your swing, and you might encounter that guy who loudly decries their use.

This is just untrue. The driving range offers an excellent, regulated setting for refining your game without holding a tee box hostage on course.

While it certainly cannot replace actual on-course experience, when utilised properly it is an excellent tool for any golfer’s training regimen.

You should always keep your feet still

Keep your feet still and your eye on the ball has the air of solid golfing advice, but actually, neither of these things are essential.

There is no need for you to break out the Happy Gilmore running drive, but an obsession with keeping your feet still can inhibit the transfer of weight that is essential for a good swing.

Your weight shifts and moves between your feet when you swing the golf club. If you observe any professional golfer, you’ll notice that they frequently lift their heels off the ground, which can facilitate a more fluid swing.