Bad News for New Golfers: The Game Of Golf Is Only For Experts! – So How Will You Ever Succeed?

When I first read this guest post by Scott Seifferlein of The Highlands Golf Academy  I wanted to say, “Hey, wait a minute! I’m no golf pro but I love the game. What about me? Can’t I play golf?”

Scott’s take on how to feel successful at golf, even if you’re not an expert, is “out of the box” good thinking for a lot of beginning golfers. Read on, and see if you don’t agree.

. . . . .

New Golfer Guide To Matching Your Game To The Golf Course

Dear New Golfer,

Here is the bad news: The game of golf is designed for expert players only. I will say it again. Expert Players Only. The courses are designed for expert players and the rules are designed for expert players. The tee-boxes are placed at a distance from the green designed for expert players. Even the so called “Ladies” or “Forward Tees” are designed for very good golfers. No new or in-experienced golfers should be playing from these tee boxes.

This poor design job by the golf industry prevents the game from growing. Most new golfers quit the game within 3 weeks of starting. They are exposed to expert rules, expert tee-boxes, expert golf hole designs. It takes them 7 swings to get to the green and then they are told to pick up their ball before they even get to finish because they are “holding up play.”

The Game of Golf should be played with a score of bogey or better on every hole. The best way to train your game is from the green backwards. This is opposite of how most new golfers are exposed to the game.

Here is the Good News: By learning from the green backwards you will be provided with some early success. Seeing the ball go in the hole is very important. You will become a great scoring golfer by focusing on the part of the game that accounts for more than 60% of all swings.

If you cannot reach the green in two strokes or less you are starting from a tee-box that is too far away. Move your starting point closer to the hole by following this system.

Scott Seifferlein’s New Golfer Tee-Box System: When starting the game of golf you should start at the 50 yard marker. The 50 yard marker on every hole will represent the “tee-box”. Let this be your tee-box until you are able to consistently get the ball onto the green in 2 swings or less and score 5 or better. In my golf camps I will require that the new golfer accomplish this 3 times in a row before they can “graduate” to the 75 yard marker. I then repeat this process until they graduate to the 100 yard marker. I continue this process with a 25 yard graduation each time they score 5 or better three times in a row. This strategy of…matching your game to the golf course will be less intimidating and keep you excited to “earn” your way back to the expert tee-boxes. You will be surprised at how quickly you graduate when this tee-box system is put in place.

Scott Seifferlein’s RULES FOR NEW GOLFERS

1. You do not have to tee-off from the designated tee-off area. Make it an option to tee off at the 50 yard marker and graduate 25 yards each time your game improves to a score of 5 or better.

2. You must hit all full shots off a tee. And, yes, that means from the fairway.

3. Clubs to use are 7 or 9-wood (once you have graduated beyond 100 yards), 7-iron, 8-iron, 9-iron, pitching wedge, sand wedge, and putter. All other clubs are for decorative purposes only.

If you choose not to use the above three rules and choose to tee-off from the “expert” tee-boxes. Apply rules 4, 5, and 6 as necessary.

4. You do not have to finish a hole. Yeah, that’s right!

5. If a hole looks too difficult, SKIP IT!

6. Your score is not in relation to par, score is in relation to hitting good shots.

For example, your goal on a specific hole may be to hit one good shot.

Your Partner in Golf Success, Scott Seifferlein
PGA Golf Guru
The Highlands Golf Academy

P.S. Hey new golfer! You are about to embark on an incredible journey. Most new golfers quit the game within their first three weeks of trying. This is because of all the bad ways they are introduced to the game and all the “golf myths” they are told. The game becomes intimidating and not fun.

The truth is…There is a better way! 2 things:

1. Follow the above rules.

2. Invest in the “Seven Golf Myths That are Destroying Your Game” E-Book at

P.P.S. Get your FREE Report on Stopping Your Slice In Four Swings Gorilla Guaranteed! This FREE report covers the four most common slicing factors and how to know if you are doing one of them. Plus how to correct these errors! Pass it along to your favorite slicer!

Are you a beginning golfer or do you play with one? What do you think about Scott’s rule: Play from the green, not the tees?

Similar articles you might enjoy.

  4 comments for “Bad News for New Golfers: The Game Of Golf Is Only For Experts! – So How Will You Ever Succeed?

  1. dries van vuuren
    April 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    All the guys who lying a egg on new golfers, so your guys was experts from the beginning. Give the new guys also a brake and they also paid for the game. I agree for the guys who love the game and not just to get the day go past.

  2. June 4, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Pat, you’re preaching to the choir, so to speak, here. I haven’t given a full swing lesson in over 8 years. Just let me have them for 90 minutes before you put another club in their hands.

    I tell all my students, amateur and tour pro alike, the putter is the #1 club in your bag. I tell the amateurs, “this is the only surface on the golf course where you can meet or beat the touring golf professional.

    You’re on the right track, keep teaching the game backwards.

  3. Pat
    June 3, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Thanks Imtrespasz for your comment. I think playing backwards from the green to about 100 yards out makes a lot of sense for a beginner. Wish someone had told me this method when I was first starting to play. Would have built my confidence a lot sooner!

  4. lmtrespasz
    June 3, 2010 at 8:08 am

    This is a great article. I have been implementing these strategies in my teaching of new golfers for many years. I preach a steady stream of “treat yourself as you would a 7 year old and make it as easy and rewarding as you can.”
    Glad more teachers are on the same wave length.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.