The toughest part of playing golf is learning how to swing. It is important to decide what level of golf you choose to play; either just for fun, or to enter tournaments and win money. For those who just play for fun, the advanced techniques may be unnecessary; for those that chose to play in tournaments every aspect of the game should be learned and mastered. It all begins with a swing and a putt, so choose your plan for action and set goals for how good you want to become.

Whether one is playing for fun, or to participate in tournaments; the learning methods are still the same. The fundamentals of the game should be learned first, one should learn how to hit the golf ball accurately and consistently before attempting any advanced methods of play. The game begins with the golfer's swing, which in turn is affected by the golfer's posture and body movements. A beginning golfer must first learn the stance and the dynamics of playing golf to begin playing correctly.

The direction the golf ball travels, and the distance it travels is directly influenced by the position and movement of the golfer's body and golf clubs. The golfer's back should be straight and angle slightly towards the golf ball, while the golfer's knees are slightly bent and loose. When swinging a golf club it is important to be relaxed, as any tension may affect the golf swing. The golf swing is powered by the torque a person generates when rotating one's body that is positioned correctly. The person's upper torso should rotate backwards at the start of the swing and rotate around to complete the swing. The golfer should remain focused on the ball until the person's upper torso pivots enough to turn the person's head, which should remain focused on the golf ball.

The golf club should be held relaxed, but not to the point that the club flies out of the person's hands when swinging. While swing the golfer should remember several things in order to hit the ball in the correct manner. The golf club should follow a specific plane, which would form a straight line. The head of the golf club should be angled correctly to impact the golf ball on the middle of the face on the club head. Failure to hit the golf in the middle of the club face will result in the ball flying sharply to the left or the right, and is caused by imperfections in the golfer's swing.

The distance the golf ball travels is achieved through centrifugal force, which relies on speed instead of power. The common misconception made by beginning golfer's is that power influences the distance the golf ball travels; however, it is speed and speed alone that affects the distance the golf ball travels. Centrifugal force is created by a circular motion of the golf club head, which must remain in a uniform circular motion. The circular motion of the golf club head gives the golf club head a certain amount of acceleration, which is transferred to the golf ball upon impact causing the golf ball to fly at the same rate of acceleration. In theory, the faster the golf club is swung, the further the golf ball will travel because the increased amount of acceleration present in the golf club head is transferred to the ball. A golfer's body also contributes to the centrifugal force, and may decrease the amount of force by creating tension in one's body. Many golfers make the mistake of swinging with complete power, which causes high levels of tension in the golfer's body that decrease the speed of the club when the golfer releases the tension.

The face of the golf club should be facing towards the golfer's target area throughout the entire swing and the golf ball should be placed correctly amongst the golfer's feet. Depending on the height of the club, the golfer's feet should be placed accordingly. For drivers, the ball should be close to the inside of the golfer's left foot; while chipping irons range from the middle of the golfer's feet to closer to the golfer's right foot.