What skills do you need to play golf successfully? You need to make solid swings, of course, and you need to be able to make putts. Also, you need to have the ability to focus on the task at hand even when feeling nervous or anxious. To put even more on your plate, you can add club selection to this list. Whether playing virtual golf or the real thing, choosing the right golf club for the shot you face is a valuable—and required—skill.