The Continuing Debate-Is Golf a Sport? Part I

If you ask people what they think about golf- the general population will concur it’s a game for old folks or rich people who have nothing else to do in their spare time. While there may have been some truth to this at one time, nowadays golf has become popular all around the world for people of all ages. To many the game of golf may seem nothing more than a boring past time. Many people will still argue that gold isn’t a sport. But just because it isn’t like football, soccer, and basketball doesn’t discredit the fact that it’s indeed a sport. Here are some palpable reasons why golf should be considered a sport. * Difficulty: Golf may appear simple from the average onlooker, but it’s one of the most complex sports to date. There are many factors account for every single shot, that no matter how much experience you have, no two shots will ever be exactly alike. Before even getting into the difficulty of the swing, you must first measure the distance, wind, elevation change, firmness of the ground, pin placement and, depending on what shot it is, shape/slope of the fairway or green. Here’s the thing…all this must be accomplished within 40 seconds of getting to your ball, because taking any longer could result in a penalty. After this, a flawless synchronization of movements is necessary to swing the club 100 miles an hour, only to hit a small ball with a smaller...

Get Fit…Play Golf Part II

* Balance does the body good: One of the most formidable kinds of exercise that you can achieve from golfing is an increase in body balance. A good amount of balance is difficult to achieve, but it’s very important for many reasons. Number one reason- people who display a great sense of balance often have a strong core. Your abdominal muscles, as well as the muscles of the lower back and even the buttocks are your “core”. These muscles team up together to help prevent back pain, and falls. Playing golf gives you the perfect opportunity to work on your balance. * Concentration skills: There’s no doubt that golf is a great way to keep your body fine-tuned. However, recent research has discovered, this is not the only kind of exercise that your body needs. If you plan on living a long and happy life. You’ll need to exercise your brain as well. Exercising the brain prevents brain degeneration which results in loss of memory. I bet you didn’t realize that the game of golf is also a brain game. Golfing forces you to recollect numbers, images, and even specific tips and techniques. It stands to reason that golf is a great way to exercise both body and mind. Now that you’ve read all the benefits of playing golf, if you’re looking for something new to try and want to stay in shape-there’s no better time than now to start learning and staying fit from the inside...

Get Fit…Play Golf Part I

Golfing is more often perceived as a passive sport that doesn’t require much physical activity. The real truth is that golf integrates cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and even balance and coordination. With all of these combined benefits, one thing’s for sure-you’ll be in great shape if you start playing golf. So just how will you benefit from playing the game? Here’s how: * Walking: did you know there’s plenty of cardiovascular activity that is involved in the sport? Here’s the deal-most golf courses cover multiple acres of hilly ground. So this means you’ll be doing tons of walking and greatly improving your cardiovascular system. Cardiovascular exercise is typically thought of as biking, swimming or jogging. But here’s a heads up- when you walk during your game, you’re bound to get the same types of cardiovascular benefits. * High amounts of Strength Training: Another reason why you should think “golf” is because of the huge amounts of strength training that occurs during the game. Swinging a golf club isn’t difficult, but add the hills and valleys and soon you’ll be working out your quadriceps and hamstrings, which make up the muscles of the lower body. If you don’t have a caddie be prepared to lift your golf bag from the car to the course, and lug it around the course all day. This will get your upper body toned and fit. Stay tuned for part II to learn more on how you can get fir from playing...

Golf Rules….The Basics Part III

* Lost Ball: If you lose your ball you have 5 minutes to look for it. 1 stroke penalty and distance. If you can’t locate your ball and chose not to play a provisional you’ll need to go back and take the drop on the site of the last stroke 3. * Ball out of bounds: -You can’t take drop from where it went if it’s out of bounds. You need to go back to the location of the last stroke. If you think you lost your ball but find it within 5 minutes and it’s not out of bounds, then you must play that ball and not a provisional. * Water hazard: Safety first…don’t touch ground/ water (2 stroke penalty). -Yellow Stakes / yellow lines * Lateral hazard: Examples include water, marsh, trees, bushes, sensitive areas. Look for red stakes/red lines. There’s a 2 stroke penalty of you ground the club. * Dropping your ball: At shoulder height stretch your arm horizontally. Two attempts are allowed. After two tries then place your ball closest to where it last hit the ground. Bunker * -Enter low side * No touching or testing the sand, * do not ground club (2 stroke penalty) * Loose obstructions: cannot be moved (2 stroke penalty) * Some local rules will allow stones to be removed * Movable obstructions can be removed Green * Once on the green, you can mark your ball * There is no penalty if ball or marker is moved accidently while marking, picking up or replacing. * Player who is farthest away goes first * Loose obstructions can be...

Golf Rules…the Basics Part II

* Immovable obstructions: Play the ball as it lies-no bending or breaking anything off. If you do it’s a 2 stroke penalty. * Loose obstructions: Here’s what you can move with no penalty: Leaves, twigs, stones, grass cuttings or other natural objects. You can only remove sand or loose soil if you’re on the green. 1 stroke penalty. * Movable impediments: Bottles, cans, signs, stakes (yellow, red, blue) are permitted to be removed with no penalty. If your ball happens to move you can place it back without a penalty. Removing out of bounds posts will cost you a 2 stroke penalty. * Immovable obstructions: If Roads, paths with an artificial surface or other fixed, artificial objects interfere with the balls lie, your position, or swing you qualify for free relief. Take your relief at the closet point where you’re able to stand or swing. If they interfere with your line of play then there’s no relief. * Unusual ground conditions: Examples of unusual ground conditions include; ground under repair, casual water, etc. If you’re ball is lying in or you have to swing in these conditions you qualify for a free relief. Go the closest place where the ball isn’t in the area and drop 1 club-length. * Unplayable Lie: If a ball is in a particularly bad position, the player can announce an unplayable lie. If you hit a provisional, if you find your original ball must be used even if it’s...