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It is very difficult to explain as your English background needs to be very good.
Here is the information you needed:
It’s firstly important to separate out the cases of “going”:
“going” used as part of a progressive tense of “go” with the actual notion of movement vs “going” when part of the periphrastic future construction “going to…”, bearing in mind that a present progressive can actually indicate a future action (as in “I’m going to Canada”, just as “I’m seeing Dave tomorrow” also implies a future action with the verb “see”)
“going to” where “to” is a regular preposition vs “to” as a complementiser (i.e. introducing an infinitive);
Then, parallel to these different uses of “go”, you need to take account of the following differences:
“go golfing” tends to indicate something of an ‘active’ participation in an event, and usually one where you make a ‘trip’ to a particular place to carry out the activity then come back;
“go to golf/chess club/rugby practice etc” tends to imply going along to an ‘organized event’ that happens on a regular basis. So saying “go to shopping” doesn’t usually make sense, because it implies that there is an organized ‘event’ called “shopping” that you go to regularly, and that’s not usually the case with shopping.
I think the combination of these dichotomies between them explain your sentences.
I know it’s going to confuse you more, but grammatical rules are used in each sentence, many don’t know understand the reason but still speak and write correctly.
Lastly, the use of words and grammar in American English is much different than British English, which could be another reason you may have some difficulties.
I hope this helps a bit more, rather than more confusion.