The king of swing

Get expert advice before you take the fairways for the first time.

The experts agree that lessons are the wisest initial investment in golf but what else do you need to buy to get started?

Most coaches will let you try out clubs and advise on the most suitable, as one size doesn’t fit all.

Once you’ve decided to buy your own clubs, it’s suggested that you start with a few – a putter and two or three easy-to-play metals (or woods) – and go from there.

Dress codes at clubs are not as strict as they used to be but, as a general rule, players are required to wear golf shoes, with soft spikes preferred, and socks, long trousers or tailored shorts and golf shirts with a collar and roll neck.

Pro-golf shops are a good place to go for advice.