The 4-1-1 on Playing Like a Pro…Golf Swing Basics Part I

The secret to becoming good at golfing is all in your swing. Once you learn how to swing, you’re on your way to honing your golfing skills. If you’re new to the game you’ll need to know some basic golf strokes and tips to improve your swing. Here are a few basic pointers to get you started: * Watch your grip: For a novice, the golf grip is the most important part of learning the game. Until you master your grip you won’t be able to improve your swing. In a nutshell…your grip could make or break the game. There are three kinds of grips; the interlocking, the overlapping and the baseball grip. If you’re a beginner try starting with the overlapping grip with your little finger on right your hand on top of the index finger on your left arm and you grasp the club tightly. Practice makes perfect. If you do this enough times eventually you’ll be hitting some great shots. * Adopt the right posture: You have to have the right golf posture if you are going to make it happen in this sport. The best swing position is to have your weight equally balanced. Allow your hang your arms naturally so that you have enough room to move your shoulders while you bend slightly from the hips. This will ensure a good golf swing. * Your Swing: First and foremost: you need to have the right club before you can get into your...

Golf Balls

There are a large assortment of golf balls on the market. Most golf balls are designed to achieve particular tasks. Some golf balls are made to help golfers accomplish greater distances off the tee. Others are designed to spin and are constructed of softer material. Either way, these designs have helped many pro golfers attain a high degree of precision shots. If you’re gun-ho about golfing you need to know and understand golf balls because you’ll need to choose the correct ball for your game. If you want a golf ball that can help you achieve better distance you’ll want a hard golf ball. Using a hard ball can actually help you achieve an extra 20 yards. But hard balls may not the best choice to use on the green because they’re hard to control. Another kind of golf ball is made to allow golfers maximum control over each shot by reducing ball spinning when it’s struck. A ball of this nature helps golfer’s battle hooks and slices. Another kind of ball is where the ball spins more than normal. This type of golf ball is the preferred choice by pro golfers. Professionals also can combine the spinning characteristics of the ball to cause the ball to halt in a tight space on the green, or to cause the ball to go in the path they want it to go. How are golf balls made? Golf balls are typically constructed of one piece, two pieces, three pieces or four pieces. One-piece balls are usually used by beginning golfers, and occasionally on driving ranges. These balls have a soft feel...

Purchasing Golf Balls

The most popular balls are two-piece balls. They offer a firmer feel, more shot distance and sturdiness. The only thing is that two-pieced balls aren’t as easy to control as softer balls. Three-piece balls are softer than one- or two-piece balls and have more spinning action. This gives advanced golfers more control over the placement of their ball. Three-piece balls give the most feel and control when compared to the other common golf balls. Four-piece golf balls display characteristics comparable to three-piece balls, but offer more feel and control. Still, four-piece balls are rather uncommon. What’s on the outside? Golf balls may look alike, but even the outside covers of golf balls are diverse and play a role in performance. Something to think about: soft covers may offer more feel, but are not as resilient to scrapes and scuffs as hard covered balls. Now…the dimples- most golf balls have between 300 and 500 dimples, which influence the way the ball travels through the air. Balls with more dimples incline to fly lower to the ground than balls with less, larger dimples, which cause the ball to fly higher in the air. Cost If you’re a beginner you’ll need to know that a pack of golf balls aren’t cheap. If you’re just starting out you’ll probably lose more balls than you’ll buy. Another option for beginners is to scoop up any balls you can find. Balls usually end up in the water, so try looking in a lake or a pond on a golf...

The Attire of a Golf Caddie

The necessary attire for a golf caddie can vary. Public clubs with caddie courses for teenagers typically allow for a range of choices. Professional caddies must follow to the rules of the United States Golf Association, the PGA Tour or the rules of the golf club where they work. Most teenage caddies (programs at private golf clubs) are required to wear appropriate golf attire. Appropriate attire can be defined as a collared golf shirt, Bermuda-length golf shorts or long pants and either running or tennis or golf shoes with soft spikes. Larger clubs may insist both men and to wear specifically designed golf shirts made for that club. Caddie programs for teenagers at public courses in the United States are few and far between, but those that offer them usually have a dress code. The United States Golf Association and other organizations running amateur golf competitions frequently allow players to employ personal caddies. Organizations have a dress code, typically linked to the caddie clothes requirement of the club hosting the event. Caddies on the PGA or LPGA tours have particular clothing requirements. Collared golf shirts, appropriate-length shorts or long golf pants, belts and athletic shoes are the required attire. Some tournaments want caddies to wear bibs, typically with the logo of the tournament, covering the chest and back. In more recent years, “novelty” caddie programs have materialized at courses mostly at resort destinations like Las Vegas. Courses are hiring young women to caddie for male players and requiring them to wear short-shorts or golf skirts, and bathing suit or halter...

Golfing …Starting Young Can Teach Positive Values

Is your child interested in playing golf? Did you know that a child learning the game can be taught core values that will help him/her throughout life? Here’s a few core values your child can learn as he/she is learning the game: * Integrity: Learning to golf means also learning the art of composure and etiquette. Your child will be learning to stick to standard conduct expected of them on the golf course. They will learn responsibility, honesty, and become more independent. * Good Sportsmanship: Your child will learn the rules of good sportsmanship; whether they win or lose. Even though the game may be competitive, it’s good to learn to be respectful at all times, and how to be a good sport if they lose the game. * Being Honest: Golf is different than other sports in that the players can call penalties on themselves and even call their own score. This is one game they are expected to play honestly. * Gaining Confidence: Confidence can be defined as a feeling you have when you feel self-assured. By staying positive a golf player can actually improve on his/her golfing skills. Staying focused and keeping it positive will certainly help the game. * Responsibility: The game of golf teaches responsibility-the golfer needs to keep score, rake bunkers, repair ball marks on the course, fix divots, and keep up with the game. If your child is first starting out this will teach him tons of...