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I've never played golf in a group before, what should I expect?
First things first, expect to be nervous and uncomfortable. It's a feeling we all experience at every level of the game. The better we can equip ourselves for these emotions, the easier it will be to overcome them.
Realise that the added pressure and expectation you now feel is self-inflicted. All of your playing partners want you to play well so don't worry about playing poorly. The vast majority of golfers have more bad rounds than good anyway.
Expect to be distracted by thinking more about who's watching you play than the actual shot at hand. The better we can equip ourselves for these scenarios, the more you will learn to enjoy them.
Learn to enjoy the new atmosphere. Keep things in perspective, realise that you're playing a round of golf with a few new faces and you are going to enjoy the challenge of the day.
If you have the reputation as the fastest playing member of your group, you'll make friends quickly on the golf course.
GOLFNET GURU TIP: Bring a friend! Pairing up will make it more fun and less daunting.
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