Activities Sports & Athletics Golf Basics: Tips on the Fundamentals of the Game Share PINTEREST Email Print Leanna Rathkelly/Photographer's Choice/Getty Images Sports & Athletics Golf Basics History Gear Golf Courses Famous Golfers Golf Tournaments Baseball Basketball Bicycling Billiards Bodybuilding Bowling Boxing Car Racing Cheerleading Cricket Extreme Sports Football Gymnastics Ice Hockey Martial Arts Professional Wrestling Skateboarding Skating Paintball Soccer Swimming & Diving Table Tennis Tennis Track & Field Volleyball Other Activities Learn More By Brent Kelley Brent Kelley is an award-winning sports journalist and golf expert with over 30 years in print and online journalism. our editorial process Brent Kelley Updated October 20, 2018 These tips on golf basics are great not only for beginners but for golfers of all skill levels who need a refresher on the fundamentals such as the grip and the set-up position. By the way, don't forget that one of the most basic of golf basics is this: practice! You'd be surprised how many people think they can get better at golf simply by playing every once in a while. You should always keep the focus on enjoying the game, but if you also want to become good at golf, making time to practice is a must. But before we get to the tips about golf basics that you can read or watch here, you may want to do more offline reading and watching later. So here is a recommendation: Best Golf Instruction Books for Beginners: Seven of our favorite how-to books for absolute beginners. Now, on to the tips about golf basics ... The Grip: Holding Onto Your Clubs So many other problems with a golfer's swing can be helped simply by improving his or her grip. A good swing starts with knowing the proper way to place your hands on the handle of the golf club. 3 most common ways of gripping the clubHow to place the club in the lead-hand (top hand) gripHow to place the club in the trailing-hand (bottom hand) gripHow tightly should you hold the club? The Setup: Taking Your Stance Along with the grip, the setup position - how you stand as you prepare to swing at the golf ball - is one of the most fundamental of the golf basics. The proper golf setup position, step by stepWhy the setup is so important Swing Basics Balance and rhythm in the swingHit down, dammit! Understanding why hitting down makes the ball go upDrill: How to use a golf bag to work on swing plane ... and More Golf Basics The correct way to warm up before the round, and how it can improve your scoreSome ball-flight basicsGolf etiquetteThe Rules of Golf 17 Quick Tips for Beginners and High-HandicappersHere are 17 short, quick tips on subjects such as preparing for the round, hitting it farther, swing faults and fixes, shots around the green and the mental game. For more golf basics, see our Golf Beginners FAQ, which goes over non-instructional basics of the game such as scorekeeping, on-course expectations, the before-and-after of a round of golf, and more.