The most common problem with new golfers is that the pick up poor techniques early on in their learning. This actually leads to a poor knowledge of the golf swing mechanics and a wayward shot.
Many articles and books tend to skip over some key points that are crucial to new golfers, even though they are so easy to find on the Internet. The most important beginners golf instruction is to practice as often as possible.
All new players need to find themselves a club that is right for them. If the players are young, they tend to borrow their parents clubs. This is not an ideal way for young golfers to learn how to play golf. A club that is not sized correctly to your height can get you into the habit of bad swings.
The first thing new players should do is watch some experienced golfers play a few rounds first. New golfers usually don’t know how to enter and leave a sand trap, and they are also unsure of why there is a rake sitting there, or that they are violating rules by ground their clubs.
A beginner should also get a more experienced player to demonstrate and show them through the fundamentals of a golf swing. Learning this by yourself can be very tough, it can be a lot of guesswork and there is plenty of room for error. An experienced player will be able to help you set up properly, explain the whole swing procedure and critique your swing.
A lot of beginners actually complete the backswing way too promptly, wrongly thinking that this will improve their shot.
If you want to bring your club back correctly, you need to allow your shoulders to turn and let your hips follow. Your hips also need to start the backswing, and not your hands.
Something else to confuse you, not every type of shot needs you to completely follow through. You should always calculate how much of a follow through you should use depending on the shot you are taking.
It is natural instinct to watch the ball as you strike it. You must resist the urge to do this as it will effect your shot by stopping you from fully following through with the shot.
Beginner golfers should realise that practice makes perfect. It's the only truy way to improve your golf game. To really perfect your golf swing, you will need to practice with all your clubs. This can become a mind-numbing thing to do but it will vastly advance your playing ability.