Play Golf the Right Way

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You’re the rookie. You’re the one that is going to slow everything down. Let’s make sure that you don’t commit a faux pas while you’re on the course. Most of the rules in relation to behavior on the course are common sense, but we all know that common sense isn’t all that common. Some rules are more loosely or tightly applied depending on the course that you play. If it’s a lower cost municipal course, your tee shirt might be ok but you should call and check, but if you’re playing at a semi-private, private or resort style course, men need to dress the part with a collared golf shirt, neatly pressed slacks or shorts and golf shoes and women can wear the same with these additional options-sleeveless collared shirts but not tank tops and we can wear a skirt or dress (pretty much only the kind made specifically for golf) in addition to slacks, shorts or capris.

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Quick Tops to Play Golf

Quick Tips to Play Golf

I bet that as a kid you were taught to “Always leave a place as good or better than you found it”. This is really important on the golf course. So, make sure that you minimize the impact you have on the links (another word for golf course), by doing the following:

  • Replace any divots which are chunks of grass that your club removes when it hits from the tee box (the area from which you hit your first shot -on a tee), the fairway which is the main long section of the course or the green, which is the area of very short turf around the hole).
  • Raking sand bunkers after you leave them because your footprints will make it more difficult for the next unlucky soul whose ball lands in the sand. Just hope your ball doesn’t land in one of these sand traps-because hitting your ball out of this cursed area of sand is difficult. Just fyi, you will be using a special club called a sand wedge.
  • Take your garbage with you, including broken tees.

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Golf Essentials

Golf Essentials

Since you are a rookie and will probably consistently hit over par (the number of strokes (swings) recommended on each hole), other groups of golfers will be faster than your group and become impatient if they have to wait to play the hole you are on. What your twosome, threesome or foursome needs to do is to allow the group behind you to play through. Basically, they take cuts and your group has to wait on them. If the tee times are really filled and there are a lot of groups playing, you may have to pick up your ball and move on when it’s taking you too long, or perhaps, drop your ball on the green and putt with the rest of your group. Your score is not too relevant when you are first learning. And yes, if you are keeping score, you have to count the whiffs (when you swing and miss the ball) in your score.

Make sure you’re always aware of where you are in relation to everyone else and their golf ball. You don’t want to get hit or hit someone else and you don’t want to be an obstacle between a player and the hole. If your ball is in the path of someone else’s ball on the putting green, pick up your ball and place a ball marker on the spot. A ball marker is a real thing or you can just use a coin. When you’re on the green (the putting area near the hole), make sure that you don’t walk on the grass that is between anyone’s ball and the hole. The flattening of the grass from your footprint can change the speed and/or direction of the ball when it is putted and result in one very unhappy player (If you do this, I hope it’s not your boss that you are playing with if he/she misses their putt).

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10 Things Beginners Need To Know

10 Things Beginners Need To Know

Except at the very beginning at the tee, you, as the rookie, will probably be behind the other players. If you hit a ball that seems to be headed in someone’s direction, you should yell “Fore”, but don’t over use the phrase; don’t cry wolf. I’ve actually never heard anyone yell it. You can count on the fact that you are going to Whiff, Slice (the ball you just hit goes left then way right) or Hook ( the ball goes right then way left) and just expect everyone to tell you how to fix your swing. Your best bet would be to take some lessons from a Pro. Golf can be a humbling sport.

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History of Golf Clothing

History of Golf Clothing

Don’t worry too much about what golf clubs to buy yet. The Pro Shop at the golf course will likely have rentals and you can get a good feel of what you like and don’t like. You can pay anywhere from $200 for a beginner’s set of clubs from a reputable brand or up to $600 for just one club; a driver (used to hit the ball off the tee at the start of each hole). It also might make sense to start with a used set found at garage sales or on Ebay. Many new golf sets don’t include a driver, since this club and your putter are the clubs that you will most likely want to choose separately. Buying a new set of clubs, a driver, sand wedge and a putter, a bag, balls, and appropriate clothes and shoes will put you back several hundred bucks, so used is not a bad way to go.

Clubs that are called woods are not likely to be made of wood anymore (they used to be made out of persimmon wood) but will probably be made of titanium or other very light metals. The woods are distinct because of their longer shaft and bulbous head. They are used to hit the longest distances. Irons will comprise the rest of your bag, including your sand wedge and putter. Irons are mostly used for medium distances.

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History of Golf Fashion

History of Golf Fashion

What we’ve written here has been pulled from our experiences, some awesome infographics and a little help from the internet. They are generalizations and the most basic of information that is meant to help you through the learning curve for this game that we love. There is so much more information that you will need to learn. After we talk a bit about equipment and the mechanics of the swing, we’ve devoted the rest of the golf Infographics to information that you might find interesting in your quest to become the next Annika Sorenstam or Tiger Woods.

Since you have a basic understanding of the rules and niceties of the game, we’ll get into the swing of things, LOL! We’ll talk about stance and swing, a little physics and we’ll emphasize a few times that if you’re serious about playing the game, you need lessons from a pro. There’s such value in having someone analyze your body position and your swing before you practice wrong so much that it becomes difficult to correct.

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