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I'm completely new to playing. What would you suggest my first step be after getting equipment? Go to the driving range? Go to the ractice greens, or just go give it a try on the course after reading about the basics?

Definitely go the driving range and the putting green. Golf is one of the most difficult sports to learn and it can be very frustrating. Going out on the course too soon can be very discouraging for most. Viewing the instruction category "Getting Started" will take you through all the bare bones basics of the various golf shots as you want to feel comfortable and fairly consistent before you take it to the links. "Getting Started" is also a great introduction to the most common rules and breaches of etiquette so it will keep you from embarrassing yourself and offending other golfers.

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