Happy National Golf Day!

The 10 Most Important Improvements In Golf Over The Last 40 Years

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Over the last 40 years some of the most important improvement and inventions in the world of golf have been made. Golf its’ self has seen more improvements to it’s equipment than any other sport. With the result of these improvements came some of golf’s greatest course have added length and difficulty in order to not be left behind.

Some improvements we feel have changed the game the most over the last 40 years have been listed bellow. These improvements include the golf ball, the 60 degree wedge, metal woods, graphite shafts, square grooves,, hybrids, long putters (belly putters), carry bags with stands, better golf shoes, and soft spikes.

The golf ball

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Let’s just start with, in many people’s mind, the most significant change of all – the golf ball. In the 1970s and 80s, the ball of choice for most professionals was the balata covered ball. This ball had a rubber core filled with liquid. It was wrapped in rubber bands and had a soft “balata” cover. At the time, this golf ball was top of the line. Most of today’s golf balls have a one-piece core with a more durable cover.

How do these two different balls compare to each other? The balata ball tended to produce more spin and had a softer feel around the greens, which many tour players prefer. However, the liquid filled core surrounded by rubber bands, coupled with the softer cover did not produce the kind of distance the one-piece of today produces. Also, because the balata cover was much softer, it was not nearly as durable as today’s balls of choice. Manufacturers have found ways to make today’s balls more durable while still producing sufficient spin rates.

However, the biggest difference is distance. Today’s golf balls travel much further than those of years past. This aspect of the ball is the most significant upgrade, and the most controversial. None other than Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer are on record saying the ball goes too far now, rendering some of our greatest golf courses obsolete.

The 60 Degree Wedge

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Seve Ballesteros once said the most significant innovation to the game of golf is the 60 degree wedge. Coming from one of golf’s most talented magicians, that’s quite a statement. The 60 degree wedge has allowed players to hit shots around the green that, in years past, were close to or impossible to hit. Firm, fast greens (like those seen in the U.S. Open) have probably contributed to the use of the 60 degree wedge more than any other factor in golf. The ability to hit higher, softer pitch shots around the green have made this club almost a must for tour players.

Metal woods

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In the late 1970s, metal woods made their way onto the scene. The immediate difference these clubs made was an increase in distance off the tee. A firmer hitting area with more of a trampoline effect quickly made persimmon woods a thing of the past. Metal woods also proved to be more durable and required less maintenance such as replacing the insert of a persimmon wood, which would eventually wear out.

If there is a negative to the invention of metal woods, it is the fact that those beautiful, hand-made persimmon woods of the past aren’t produced anymore. Many feel the persimmon woods were a work of art, much like a classic car.

Graphite shafts

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Many consider the shaft the “heart” of the golf club. Throughout the history of golf, the shaft, more than any other part of the club, has undergone the biggest transformation. Going from hickory to steel is still the biggest step up in shaft technology.

Even though most golfers still play with steel shafts in their irons, graphite shafts in drivers and fairway woods have become the norm. Graphite shafts are lighter than steel, increasing club head speed and distance. Like the ball, but to a lesser extent, graphite shafts are responsible for much of the increase in distance off the tee.

Square grooves

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Controlling the golf ball around the greens and out of high rough has become a priority for tour players over the years. Square grooves, compared to U-grooves and V-grooves, produce much more spin. Many believe square grooves have contributed to a lack of shot-making by today’s tour players compared to the greats of years past. Just this year, square grooves have been banned on the P.G.A. Tour, much to the delight of many older players and purists of the game. Imagination and shot-making should now play bigger roles in golf like they did in years past.

Hybrids

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How many of you carry a 1, 2, 3 or even 4 iron in your bag now? The hybrid is one of those improvements to equipment that we can ask ourselves, “Why didn’t someone invent this years ago?” Hitting a long iron has always been a challenge for most golfers. Hybrids have made this a much easier proposition. With a little more “meat” behind the clubface and a lower center of gravity, getting the ball in the air with a less lofted club has become much easier. For most golfers, long irons have been relegated to “alignment club” status.

Long putters (belly putters)

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Long putters, also known as belly putters, might be the most controversial of all the innovations to our game. If you ask a golf purist about the long putter, you might want to find a chair and get ready for an earful on why it is a cancer to the game. If you ask someone who has the yips, you might want to find a chair and get ready for an earful on why this putter is so great. The purist, Tom Watson, will tell you that you shouldn’t be able to anchor your club to your body as a way to deal with a balky putting stroke. If you ask a “user”, Bruce Lietzke, he might tell you it added over 10 years to his career because of the improvement in his putting.

If something is outlawed on the P.G.A. Tour in the near future, it will probably be the long putter (belly putter). Only time will tell whether that happens or not. We would hate to see all of the great players whose career would have been cut short if not for the long putter. However, we can see the argument for both sides.

Carry bags with stands

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In the late 1980s, PING introduced the carry bag with a two legged stand that unfolds as you put your bag down. At first glance, this new contraption looked foreign and awkward. Because a bag with a stand made it easier to keep your bag, clubs and towel dry in morning dew or rainy conditions, this quickly became a standard piece of equipment for golfers who prefer to walk. Not having to bend down to pick up your bag also made this carry bag an instant hit for people looking to avoid a sore back. You would be hard pressed to find a carry bag today without a stand.

Better golf shoes

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Like many areas of fashion, golf shoes have changed dramatically over the years. The look of certain shoes tends to come full circle like we often see with pants and shirts. However, comfort and durability have been the biggest improvements in golf shoes over the last few years. Most golf shoes today are not only very comfortable, but also waterproof. More people than ever are playing golf and many of those players are walkers. Keeping your feet happy while playing golf is a must.

Soft spikes

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Soft spikes have made a big difference in keeping putting surfaces smooth over the last several years. In years past, metal spikes added an unwanted bumpiness to greens making them more difficult to putt. Soft spikes, made of plastic, have drastically reduced the amount of spike marks on greens, thus making for a smoother putting surface.

Looking back, all of these improvements and innovations have made the game better in one way or another. It can be argued that some of them lean against the spirit of the game. However, make no mistake about it, technology and innovation in equipment play a bigger role in golf than in any other sport. With competition for millions of dollars between equipment companies and golfers always wanting that extra edge, don’t expect equipment manufacturers to slow down their efforts in finding the next big innovation or improvement. This constant effort to come up with the next big idea is as much a part of the history of the game as the gutta-percha ball and the hickory shaft.

Tips for Warming Up Before Teeing Off

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Typically, golfers tend to have their own fitness routine before setting up for the first tee. Some warm up with a couple practice swings, while others do brief arm or leg stretches that barely heat up the muscles.

We’re all guilty of the one minute warm-up routine, but it’s important to remember that warm-ups and stretches are essential to helping you play your best and avoid injuries. So, before you step foot on the green, you need to mentally and physically prepare yourself for the course ahead.

To help you get your muscles moving, your mind focused, and your short game perfected, here are a few easy-to-follow warm-up and exercises tips to help you prepare for your best golf game yet.

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Begin by simple relaxing and unwinding, although golf is a great exercise that reduces stress and tension in the body you need to relax and refocus your thoughts away from the day. Whether you’re sitting in the locker room or in your car before the first round begins, give yourself at least 10-15 minutes to unwind from the day. Meditation is great for golf preparation. It allows your mind to settle down and helps you release muscle tension.

Try to arrive at the course early to ensure you’re not rushing. The more time you give yourself to mentally prepare, the better you’ll play.

 

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After you settle down mentally, make sure you don’t forget to how crucial stretching is in order to ensuring peak performance. It provides you with more flexibility, a wider range of motion, and decreases your chances of injury from pulled muscles.

Click here to try some of these quick and easy stretches to get your arms and legs moving.

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Now that you’ve stretched your body and you’re feeling more limber, it’s time to head over to the putting green for—you guessed it—more warm-ups.

Putting comprises over 40 percent of golf, and the putting stroke, itself, is the slowest and most precise of all strokes in the game. By spending time warming up on the green first, you’ll prepare for the speed of the greens and also start the day with a smooth, deliberate tempo.

Try to spend the first five minutes putting to a tee or a coin from twenty feet away. Then increase to thirty feet, then forty feet—using a variety of angles. After this warm up, spend another five minutes or so rolling putts to a tee or coin from ten feet away, then move closer to three feet. Finally, spend a few minutes hitting 6-12 inch putts. This warm up should only take you about 15-20 minutes to complete, but it’s well worth the effort, and you’ll quickly see how well your short game improves.

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Now that you’ve mastered your short game, take 10-15 minutes to practice teeing off with your driver. This is always a fun warm up and helps you lengthen your range of motion.

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Finally, remember that the best way to practice your warm-ups is with a positive attitude. Be thankful you have the opportunity to golf, and remind yourself to have fun regardless of how you shoot. A positive attitude goes a long way in this sport, and it will encourage your fellow golfers to do the same.

How to Survive Allergy Season

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Playing golf and sneezing, not the best combination! Airborne allergies are not easy to avoid but playing smart and taking the right medications can help relieve your symptoms.

 

An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system treats an allergen as a dangerous invader. When the body encounters the allergen, the immune system produces large amounts of an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). The next time the body makes contact with that allergen, IgE attaches itself to tissue and blood cells, which release chemicals such as histamine. These cause inflammation, which results in the all-too-familiar symptoms of seasonal allergies.The most common allergy can be to ragweed.

 

Luckily, the arsenal of available allergy medications is growing fast. Nasal steroids such as fluticasone propianate (Flonase) and antihistamines like Allegra and Claritin now have fewer side effects. Eye drop Zaditor is said to offer 12-hour relief from itching, and there’s also Omnaris, a corticosteroid nasal spray that suppresses the immune response. If all else fails, consider allergy shots, which decrease your body’s sensitivity to a specific allergen.

 

As many have already discovered, susceptibility to pollen may depend on where you play. Pollination starts earlier the farther south you go; trees kick off the allergy season, followed by grasses and weeds. (Those three are the allergens that afflict golfers most.) A quick tip to keep in mind is the time of day you play for example, grass pollen is highest in the afternoon; ­pollen-counting websites such as ­pollen.com can help you adjust your tee time accordingly. And take medications an hour or two before the round.

COMMON POLLEN PRODUCERS:

March–June TREES: Oak, elm, maple, alder, birch, juniper, olive, hickory, pecan, sycamore and walnut.

April–September GRASSES: Bermuda, Johnson, Kentucky bluegrass, Timothy, redtop, orchard and sweet vernal.

August–October WEEDS: Ragweed, sagebrush, curly dock, pigweed, plantain, sheep sorrel and lamb’s-quarters.

How To Play a Scramble

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Golf is not an easy sport, we all know that, thankfully, if you don’t feel ready enough to play in a tournament, there are“Scramble” competitions that welcome all levels of golfer! They’re built around teams and set up to take the pressure off the individual player. If you hit a poor shot, you can discard it and use one of your teammates’ shots instead. The Scramble is a very popular competition format at golf courses across the world, because it’s collaborative, fun and fast. Here’s how it works.

The Basic Scramble

The main premise of a Scramble is that you’re constantly choosing the best shot hit by your team and then everybody on the team plays the next shot from there. So in a four-player-team scramble, all four players tee off, and the team chooses the shot they like the best (typically, the shot that went the farthest and is in a good position in the fairway). The spot where that ball has come to rest is now the place from which all four players hit their second shot. (Most scrambles allow players to place their ball within a club length of where the “best” shot had stopped.)

After every team member hits their second shot, you go through the same routine: the ball in the best position for the third shot is selected, and everyone hits again from that point. All four players hit again, and this process continues until the hole is finished (even on the green). The team’s score on the hole is the total of each “best” shot.

The Step-Aside Scramble

To mix things up and prevent a team’s ability to choose the same player’s shot every time, your tournament committee might opt to stage a “Step-Aside Scramble.” For this popular version of the format, the player whose ball was chosen on the last shot must step aside (not hit) on the next shot. So no player’s shot can ever be used back to back on the same hole.

The Step-Aside Scramble moves faster than the regular Scramble because only three players are hitting from each position.

Tip

If you are selecting a scramble team, try to include at least one player who can hit good tee shots with the driver. Good tee shots will put your team in a good position for its second shot. Having a player who has good short-game skills also helps, especially putting.

Adorable Snacks for Spring!

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Spring is here!  Swimsuits and sprinklers and bonfires and s’mores, long days of playing outside. What better way to celebrate it than with adorable little bug snacks for the kids! I guarantee kids will love these and absolutely gobble them up. All super easy, healthy and fun to make too!

1. Caterpillar on Stick 

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To start off we have this adorible catipilar which takes less than 10 minutes to prepare!

What to do:

1. thread some grapes and a cherry tomato on a wooden skewer .
2. Dab some peanut butter and stick the candy eyes (royal icing and choco chips work too)
3. Using a toothpick prick 2 tiny holes on top and fix in pieces of parsley/ cilantro stalks to make the feelers.
4. Finally use a food marker to make the mouth. 

2. Bees Oreo Pops

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Looks harder than it really is to make!

You will need:

  • Oreos
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Yellow candy melts
  • Dark chocolate
  • Wilton candy eyeballs
  • Half almonds
  • Piping bag

To start off, attach lollipop sticks between the oreo’s.

Melt the yellow candy melts and dip the Oreo’s. Carefully insert half the almonds on the sides between the two Oreo cookies. do not push too hard, otherwise the cookie might fall apart. Allow the chocolate coating to harden completely before proceeding.

bijen oreo pops 4a.jpgMelt dark chocolate in a piping bag, cut the tip off and create a ‘head’ on the oreo like the picture above. If your chocolate is thicker (like me), lubricate it with a knife into a nice smooth layer. Place the eyes on the head. Now you only have to make the stripes, do this with the piping bag.

3. Butterfly Cupcakes

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Yet again, a super easy recipe that looks like it took you all day!

What you need:

Cupcakes (your favorite flavor)

White/vanilla frosting

Mini M&Ms

Small twist pretzels

Red rope candy (like Twizler Pull & Peel)

What to do:

1. Frost the top of a cupcake with the white frosting. Arrange a line of mini M&Ms in a straight line down the center of the cupcake to create the body of the butterfly. I recommend selecting one color for the head, and alternating other colors for the body.

2. Carefully snap the bottom loop section off of two pretzels to create the wings. Place the pretzels on either side of the M&Ms, angled up and slightly outwards.

3. Finally, use a pair of kitchen shears to cut rope candy strands into strands about 1/4 inch long and place two pieces above the head to make the antennae.

4. Repeat the decoration process with all of the cupcakes. Serve immediately, or place in the refrigerator to store; enjoy!

4. Ladybug Pretzels 

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Warning! Once you start making these you won’t stop! They are Absolutely the cutest things ever!!

What you need:

What to do:

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  1. Melt the Red Candy Melts according to the bag instructions, once melted, completely cover the pretzels with the chocolate

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2. Set to cool off, preferably on wax paper on a jelly roll pan. Stick these in the refrigerator to harden, takes about 5 min.

3.While those are cooling off, get your black Candy Melts ready

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4. Next, dip the tip of the pretzel in the chocolate, lay them on the wax paper and add the eyes.

5. Use a squeeze bottle or a piping bag or even a ziplock bag to do the polka dots on the backs of the ladybugs with the same black Candy Melts

6. Set to cool and enjoy!

 

5. Orea Dirt Cups 

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What you need:

  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (4 oz) chocolate instant pudding
  • 1 – 8 oz container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package (16 0z) Oreos (crushed into crumbs)
  • Gummy Worms
  • 10 plastic cups (8 oz. size)

How to do it:

  1. Pour the milk into a mixing bowl and add the pudding mix.
  2. Beat with a wire whisk until well blended (about 2 minutes)
  3. Let pudding stand for five minutes.
  4. Stir whipped topping into the pudding very gently until it is all the same color.
  5. Place about 1 Tablespoon of the crushed cookies into the bottom of each cup.
  6. Then add a 2 Tablespoons of pudding to each cup.
  7. Then repeat another layer of cookies, then pudding, and then cookies.
  8. Finish up by adding 2 gummy worms cut in half to the top of each of the cups. (Personally I’d wait for this step till ready to serve)
  9. Put cups into the refrigerator for about one hour to chill them.

How to Speak ‘Golf’

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Playing golf basically requires learning a new language and keeping all the quirky terms straight is not easy. Here’s a great cheat sheet that will help you get through a round of golf with out looking confused when your partner suggests you take a mulligan.

Ace: A hole-in-one. Hitting the ball into the hole in one stroke.

Albatross: A score of three less than par—as you can imagine, a very rare occurrence. You’ll also hear “double eagle.” It’s the same thing as an albatross.

Apron: The shorter grass directly in front of the green.

All square: When the score is tied in match play.

Away: The ball that’s farthest away from the hole, as in “you’re away.” The player farthest away typically hits first.

Back tees: The farthest set of tees from the hole on each hole, also referred to as “the tips.”

Ball marker: A coin-sized object, typically round, used to mark the position of a player’s ball on the green.

Ball mark: A small indentation on the surface of a green resulting from the impact of a golf ball.

Beach: Slang term for a bunker.

Best ball: A format of play typically used in tournaments, in which the team score for each hole is the “best score” of at least one of the players in a foursome. 

Birdie: A score of one less than par.

Bite: A ball with lots of backspin is said to “bite,” since it stays pretty close to where it landed or even spins back toward the player. Sometimes a player will shout (pray) for a ball to bite if it looks like it’s going past the hole. (A humorous way of doing this is to shout, “Grow teeth!” 

Bogey: A score of one over par.

 

Bunker: A concave area containing sand or the like, considered a hazard.

 

Chipping: A low-trajectory, short golf shot typically made from just off the green. 

Cup: The four-inch deep, 4.5-inch wide hole on the green. 

Dance floor: Slang term for the green.

Deep: A flagstick or hole that is located toward the back of the green.

Divot: The small chunk of turf that is dislodged when a clubhead strikes the ground as a player hits the ball. 

Divot repair tool: A small metal or plastic tool with a prong(s), used to repair ball marks on the green. 

Double bogey: A score of two over par. Generally shortened to “a double.”

Drained: Slang term for having sunk a putt. 

Draw: A golf shot in which the ball gradually moves right to left (for a right-handed golfer).

Drive: The first shot taken at the teeing ground at each hole — even if you don’t hit it with a driver. 

Driver: The longest club (and the one with the biggest head), used for tee shots as it’s designed to hit the ball the farthest.

Duff: A bad shot.

Duck hook: When a right-handed player strikes the ball such that it curves sharply from right to left and stays low to the ground.

Eagle: A score of two under par. 

Etiquette: The rules governing a golfer’s behavior.

Executive course: A golf course that is shorter and has a lower par than regular golf courses. Consisting of mostly par 3 holes, it is designed to be played quickly by skilled golfers and to be welcoming for beginner golfers and juniors.

Fade: A golf shot in which the ball gradually moves left to right (for a right-handed golfer). Sometimes called “a cut shot.”

Fairway: The center, short-mown portion of a golf hole in between the teeing ground and the green.

Fat: A shot in which the club hits the ground (more so than intended) prior to striking the ball. Sometimes also called “thick” or “chunked.”

First tee: Where a round of golf play begins

Flyer: A ball, usually hit from the rough, that goes much farther than intended.

Fly the green: A shot that goes over the green.

Fore: A warning shouted when the ball is heading toward a person.

Forward tees: The teeing ground located closest to the green.

Fringe: The short grass surrounding the green that is kept slightly longer than the grass on the green.

Get up: A phrase shouted at a ball that looks like it’s going to land short of the target. If it looks like it’s going to land in a difficult spot (perhaps water or a bunker), you’d say “get over.”

Gimme: A putt that is so close to the hole that it’s assumed that the player will make it. You can only have a “gimme” in casual, non-tournament play or in match play. An old-fashioned term for this is “in the leather,” a reference to the ball being closer to the hole than the length of a putter from the putter’s face to the bottom of its grip.

Green Fee: The cost to play a round of golf. (This usually includes the cost of the golf cart rental and practice balls.)

Grounding: Setting the heel of the golf club on the ground, however briefly.

Handicap: A numerical representation of a golfer’s playing ability.

Honors: The right to tee off first based on having the best score on the last hole or being furthest away from the hole.

Hook: When a right-handed player strikes the ball such that it curves sharply from right to left.

Hot: A shot that goes faster or farther than intended.

Lie: The position or location of the golf ball while in play. 

Lip: The edge of the hole. If your ball hits the lip but doesn’t go in the hole, then you have “lipped out.” 

Loft: The degree or angle of the face of the club.

Match play: A format of golf in which the goal is to win individual holes rather than tallying the total of all of the strokes.

Modified scramble: Also known as a shamble or Texas scramble, a golf format in which the players select the best shot off the tee, move all balls to that spot, and play individual stroke play for the rest of the hole. 

Mulligan: In casual play only, a “do-over” shot made to replace a poorly hit shot, taken without counting the stroke toward the score.

Nineteenth (19th) hole: A golf course’s restaurant or lounge.

OB: Out of bounds 

Out of bounds: The area outside the course where play is not allowed, most often marked by white stakes.

Pin: The flagstick standing inside the cup on the green. Also known as “the stick.”

Pitching: A high-trajectory golf shot made near the green, intended to land softly with a minimum amount of roll.

Playing through: What takes place when one group of golfers passes through another group of slower playing golfers, ending up ahead of the slower group.

Provisional ball: A second ball that is played in the event that the first ball is or may be lost or out of bounds. If the first ball is found and is playable, the provisional ball is picked up. If the first ball isn’t playable (if it’s lost or out of bounds), the provisional ball is played and penalty strokes apply. Hitting the provisional ball when in doubt about whether a shot went out of bounds often speeds up the pace of play.

Pull cart: Used by golfers who prefer to walk but don’t wish to carry their golf bags.

 Punching the greens: Aerating the greens by pulling small plugs (1/4″ – 3/4″ diameter) or using poking with small tines that leave the appearance of a pattern of “punched” holes in the turf.

Pure: A well-struck shot, often used as a verb. “She pured her shot!”

Putting: The golf stroke used to roll the ball on the green.

Ranger: The golf course staff member who provides player assistance on the golf course and who is responsible for keeping the overall pace of play.

Ready golf: Players hit when ready in order to speed up or maintain pace of play.

Regulation: When a player’s ball is on the green in one shot on a par 3 hole; 2 shots on a par 4; or 3 shots on a par 5 

Rough: The long grass bordering the fairway. On some courses, there is a “first cut” of shorter rough and a “second cut” of heavier, longer rough.

Sand bunker: A bunker filled with sand.

Sand trap: Slang for “sand bunker”. “Trap” is not defined in the “Rules of Golf.”

Sandy: Hitting the ball out of a sand bunker and hitting (usually putting) the ball into the cup on the very next shot

Scramble: Probably the most popular format for charity golf tournament play. Each player in the foursome hits, then the group selects the best shot. Each player hits from that spot and the process continues until the ball is holed out.

Shank: Be aware, this is a word you should *not* use on the golf course — it’s considered bad luck and is therefore a breach of etiquette. However, you should still know what it is: a very poor shot that hits the hosel of the clubhead and “squirts” errantly off to the side. It’s sometimes called a “lateral.”

Shotgun start: When golfers are sent to every hole so that play begins for everyone at the same time.

Sit: A term shouted at the ball to encourage it to stick very close to where it lands. This is similar to “bite.”

Skull: A mishit golf stroke in which contact is made above the equator of the ball, resulting in a line-drive trajectory.

Slice: When a right-handed player strikes the ball such that it curves sharply from left to right.

Smoked: A term describing a well-hit long shot, particularly a drive.

Snowman: A darkly humorous reference to scoring an 8 on a hole.

Solheim Cup: A biennial women’s golf tournament in which teams from Europe and the United States compete against each other. It is named after Karsten Solheim (Ping Golf).

Starter: A golf associate who provides golfers at the first tee with any special information they will need during play and maintains the appropriate amount of time between groups of players starting off the first tee

Sticks: When referred to in the plural, “sticks” means golf clubs (as opposed to the flagstick). For example, “I’m buying a new set of sticks this season.” A putter is sometimes colloquially called a “flat-stick,” due to its lack of loft.

Stroke play: A golf format in which the objective is to finish the game using the fewest total shots.

Sweet spot: The center of the clubface, which will produce the longest shot from a given club.

Tap-in: A very short putt.

Tee box: The area on a golf hole where the ball is first struck, also known as the “teeing ground.” Although you hear “tee box” a lot, “teeing ground” or “tee” are the preferred terms.

Tees: Pieces of golf equipment used to raise the ball on the teeing ground for a player’s first stroke on the hole. Usually made of wood, plastic or earth-friendly composite material.

Thin: A shot that strikes near the center of the ball, typically causing a low trajectory. Sometimes also called “skinny.”

The tips: The farthest teeing ground from the green, usually demarcated by blue, black or gold tee markers. Also called the “championship tees” or the “back tees.” 

The turn: The halfway point in a round of golf.

Up and down: Chipping or pitching the ball onto the green and putting it into the hole on the very next shot.

Woods: A type of golf club with a round head, usually made out of wood, metal or composite materials. The most common woods include the Driver, 3-wood and 5-wood.

Worm burner: A golf shot (not a putt) in which the ball never rises off the ground.

 

Yip: The inability to make short putts due to nervousness and lack of a smooth putting stroke.

Zone: When you’re playing well, you’re said to be “in the zone.” Sometimes described as “playing lights out.”

10 Yoga Posses For Golfers

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If you haven’t already noticed, golf is a sport that demands great flexibility, joint motion and great mental concentration. To make a mark in this game you have to find the correct balance between physically fit and a healthy mind. In order to ensure a healthy body, exercise is a must. A highly effective as well as popular forms of exercise is yoga. Helps avoid muscular and joint pains for a longer period of time. They offer a wide array of simple yet effective exercises which help the players to maintain their physical as well as mental health. Here is a list of ten yoga exercises that will help you to improve your fitness ensuring improved performances.

Revolved Crescent Lunge:

Revolved Crescent LungeForget about your muscular pain in hip area. In this form of exercise, you must first stand straight with joined foot. Now you have to lunge your right foot such that your right shin is perpendicular to the ground. After that you have to press your left leg straight balancing on the ball of the same leg. Bring your hands close to your chest, press your pumps together. Thereafter, twist your waist such that you can gradually view over your right shoulder. While doing so, you must keep your spine straight and long. Hold on to this position for few seconds and then release. Same should be repeated on the other side too.

Sitting Half Spinal Twist:

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For maintaining the balance between both sides of the body, this yoga posture plays a very significant role. In order to practice this pose one has to first sit straight on the ground. Your legs should be extended in front of you. Then slowly bend your left leg and place your foot on the ground crossing your right thigh. Place your left hand on the ground close to your back. Start inhaling and try to reach your right arm. Then exhale and twist to the left. Hold on to that position for few seconds. Repeat the same procedure either side as well.

Kneeling Balance:

Kneeling BalanceThis yoga pose will help to strengthen your inner strength, balance and coordination .To perform this pose you should at first put your knees exactly below your hip and arms below your shoulders. Keeping your back straight and naval intact, you must stretch out your left hand and simultaneously stretch out your right foot at the back and vice versa.

 

Tree Pose:

Tree Stand PoseThis is a very important pose that golfers must practice in order to improve mental focus, breathing mechanism and coordination. In this posture, one must at first stand up straight. Now placing the weight of the body on right foot bend your left foot and place it inside the right knee. Role your hands up straight and press the pumps. Start breathing and hold on that position for at least 30 second. Repeat the procedure on the other side as well.

Inverted Table Pose:

Inverted Table PoseThis pose is a very effective measure to strengthen the posterior spine of the golfers. Also this is a very popular yoga pose practiced by the golfers to improve their posture as well. Better the posture of the spine, better will be the movement which will enable the golfers to play better strokes.

Seated Forward Bent Pose:

Seated Forward Bent PoseThis pose plays a pivotal role in strengthening the hamstrings of golfers. Stronger the hamstrings, lesser will be the muscular sprains or injuries in the hips and waist portion. This ensures the players to play better strokes hence improving their efficiency.

Corpse Pose:

Corpse PoseThe most important pose or posture that aids the golfers to improve their concentration and mental strength is Corpse Pose. This pose also helps to relax and hence helps in preparing the strategy of the game ensuring success.

 

Crescent Lunge:

Crescent LungeIn order to succeed in golf, one must have a very strong hip bone and muscles. Crescent Lunge is very effective yoga pose which ensures strong hip posture and flexible waist. This enables the players to swing and play their shots very efficiently which ultimately ensures their win.

 

Down Dog Pose:

Down Dog PoseThis is yet another very important yoga pose for golf players. It is not difficult to perform and incurs very less time. It plays a very pivotal role in strengthening the back and waist portion of the body. Practicing this pose regularly helps the golfers to avoid back injuries.

 

Triangle Pose:

Triangle PoseTo become a successful golfer, it is very essential to be well aware of the space and extensions. Triangle pose aids the golfers to enhance their skill in accessing the space and its extensions. Not only that, it also helps to improve the body posture.

 

Golf Courses for a Girls Weekend

Golf is an amazing sport, it manages to be both competitive yet relaxing at the same time! Personally golf for me is an amazing stress reliever, besides vacations and speaking of which doesn’t a golf getaway with the girls sound like the perfect vacation? Unfortunately, search the web for “girls golf vacations” and you’ll mostly find special … “caddying” services for the guys. So here we’ve compiled some of the best destinations for ladies who love the links, as well as shopping, dining, spas and wine tastings. I mean just picture yourself on the perfect golf course: a weekend getaway comprised of master shots that land your ball on the fairway set in a beautiful location.

So leave the hubby (and the stroller) at home and have some girls-only time on the greens, followed by a hot-stone massage and a hot night on the town at one of these amazing locations!

 

1. Tampa: Babes in Golfland

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Tampa boasts white beaches and is where the original golf girl: Mildred “Babe” Zaharias was golf’s leading lady in the mid-20th century and a founding member of the LPGA.  In fact, for 7 years she owned and managed her own golf course, the Babe Zaharias Golf Course, which is now managed by the Tampa Sports Authority and, at $18 a round, great for babes on a budget.

Innisbrook Golf Resort’s renowned Copperhead and Island courses are as challenging as they are lovely, lush with cypresses, small lakes and native birds. Enjoy them with the “Innisbrook Your Way Golf & Spa Package,” including a luxury room, massage and pro-shop gift certificate. Or hone your swing at Saddlebrook Resort’s Arnold Palmer Golf Academy or the Women’s Executive Golf School’s classes at Emerald Greens.

 

2. Sea Island, Georgia

Not only does Sea Island have three of the nation’s top golf courses, Whichever course at Sea Island players choose to spend the day on, Peterson makes perfecting the game fun and engaging and says, “Similar to wine tastings, Sea Island gives you golf tastings — there’s something here for everyone.”

Off the green, Sea Island Resort offers high-end golf equipment, so players don’t have to bring their own; luxury accommodations; and the Cloister Spa and Fitness Center, with 65,000 square feet of pure luxury. Don’t miss the popular post-golf spot, the Oak Room, for happy hour or the Georgian Room for fine dining. Or sit seaside overlooking the dunes at the Atlantic.

3. Kapalua Bay, Maui, Hawaii

 

 

The location that kicks off the PGA TOUR each year with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is Kapalua Golf in Maui, Hawaii. The Bay Course sends golfers through towering palms and flowering hibiscus along Maui’s picturesque coast and has spectacular views of Oneloa Bay, especially at the fourth and fifth tees. (Warning: The fifth hole carry can be tricky.) The par-72 Bay Course is a standard regulation course, with the front nine featuring the Bay Express, a 1,400-yard layout perfect for beginners.

More experienced ladies can tee off at the challenging Plantation Course. A par-75 for ladies, this course up in the mountains, complete with panoramic views at every hole, highlights neighboring Hawaiian isles. An added plus to Plantation: There’s not one water hazard on the entire course, and there’s plenty of room to play the ball on the ground. No forced carry here!

Head over to Merriman’s Restaurant at the Kapalua Resort, a great space with a fire pit for wine and appetizers while overlooking the sea and picture-perfect sunsets. The Pineapple Grill, which is actually in the clubhouse at the Bay Course, is a more casual option and always offers award-winning food.

4. Carefree, Arizona

 

The Boulders Resort features the Golden Door Spa near Phoenix, Arizona, and has two 18-hole championship golf courses considered to be among the most challenging in the Southwest. Sitting adjacent to ancient boulders in the Painted Desert, the par-72 North Courseand the par-71 South Course are known for their rugged beauty and breathtaking desert panoramas. Designed by Jay Morrish, they boast a few of the industry’s highest accolades, including Golf Magazine’s Platinum Medal award, Golf Digest’s Top 25 U.S. Resorts, and Links’ Top Five Best of the West.

LPGA member Jean Ashley Crawford hosts the “Fore Ladies” golf program, designed just for women, which kicks off with margaritas and chips before moving players onto the course. The course’s signature hole  the No. 5 hole on the South Course is carved from the desert and flanked by a dramatic rock outcropping that shelters the green. The par-5 hole is challenging, as the fairway narrows towards the green. There is no margin for error — any slice, hook, or overshot will land in the desert rough.

Stop at Bogeys, both sports bar and restaurant, for casual fare for breakfast and lunch on site. Just a few miles away, hit the Zagat-ratedCafe Bink for their famed pulled-to-order mozzarella appetizer. Or have a girls’ afternoon tea at the English Rose Tea Room.

5. Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Customized women’s golf programs can be found at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The popular Golf Women’s Weekend in March includes instruction and wine tasting, with the whole weekend revolving around women and golf. Golfing Girls Boot Camp gives three hours in the morning of instruction. For ladies who want to spa one day, golf one day, kayak one day, etc., the Take It to the Course option offers 45 minutes on the driving range for improved technique, then 45 minutes on the course to hone what’s been learned.

The par-72 Osprey Point Course was rated by Golf Digest as one of their Top 50 Courses for Women. Fairways are wide open. There are a couple of challenges to keep things interesting, such as the No. 11 hole’s driving challenge, which means players have to hit balls over the water 80 yards. The No. 12 hole is a par-5 — chances are that a good drive will give players a chance at making a birdie. Lakes, trees, and wildlife abound at the scenic 18th hole, the signature hole.

Head to the Ocean Course and the Rider Cup Bar for fresh-squeezed juices while overlooking the ocean just 20 yards away. Take endless beach walks, hit the Sanctuary Spa for a post-golf treatment, and rent a bike for sunset rides around the island.

 

6. Courses in California

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With such varied Golden State pleasures — ocean, mountains, deserts, vineyards — girls may want to consider golf getaways in both No-Cal and So-Cal.

Just 40 minutes from San Francisco, along stunning Pacific cliffs, are the Half Moon Bay Golf Links and adjacent Ritz-Carlton. The Ocean Course’s famous par-4 18th hole offers end-to-end sea views. In between, catch up on gossip with Bay City landmarks, beach horseback riding, whale watching, and fennel-crusted sole at the Ritz’s oceanfront eatery Navio, followed by drinks under the stars at the patio fire pits.

In nearby Napa, the Bird Golf School offers ladies-only lessons at Hiddenbrooke Golf Clubfrom instructors like 1963 U.S. Open champion Mary Mills. Students enjoy Meritage Resort’s vineyards and Spa Terra, set in an underground cave.

In Southern California, find Bird Golf Schools for Women in Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Palm Springs — home also to La Quinta Resort’s Pete Dye-designed courses, nestled along the Santa Rosa Mountains. The compact Mountain Course challenges but gratifies female players. Try a “Hydrafacial” at Spa La Quinta and sample Mexican fare at Adobe. Pets are welcome, and teachers in your group save with “Relax and Recess” rates.

Ojai Resort, 90 minutes from Los Angeles shopping options features idyllic golf, Spanish Colonial design and Spa Ojai, 30,000 square feet of treatments from mediation to mud cleansing. Blend your own herbal creams at Artist’s Cottage & Apothecary, and pair brick-oven pizza with California wines at Jimmy’s Pub.

Say “Yes” to that Golf Invitation

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Many times when we get invited to play golf we often turn down the offer to play because we think we aren’t “good enough” to play in front of others. Here’s an important reality check: Over one-third of all U.S. women golfers score over 120 (and the guys are not that much better). They still enjoy the game, and so will you.

 

 

“It’s really not the golf that matters, truth be told. It’s the secret club. It’s the secret language. It’s being in the game, being where decisions are made. And that means being on the golf course.” —Leslie Andrews, “Nice Girls Who Play Golf Do Get The Corner Office,” Forbes, 2012

Whether you’ve played for 10 years or 10 weeks golf being unsure of your ability to play happens to all of us, but practice makes perfect and you should welcome every opportunity to play in corporate outings and casual games with friends.

Following these six tips will help you make the most of any golf outing and avoid being nervous!

 

1. Play in Your Comfort Zone

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It’s okay to feel like a beginner and announce it up front. Actually, it’s even better to describe yourself as an educated beginner. If you have trouble keeping up with your golf partners, be prepared to pick up your ball. Simply put it in your pocket and announce that you’ll put it back in play on the next hole. This is perfectly acceptable in casual golf games. And if you’re not finishing the hole, make yourself valuable by tending the flagstick when you get to the green. In some cases your partners may even give you some helpful pointers if you’re having trouble getting a swing down

2. Avoid Tournaments Where You Must Play & Count Every Stroke

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During the early stages of learning the game, it just doesn’t make sense to be a stickler about the rules – like counting every whiff and playing every bungled shot. So steer clear of these easily-avoided situations. Instead, look for tournaments with a scramble or best-ball format. Four-player team scrambles are very popular at corporate and charity golf events.

Here’s how a scramble works: Each foursome usually has players of varying abilities. Each player in the foursome tees off, and then everyone hits again from the spot where the best of the team’s tee shots landed (that’s often the shot of one of the strongest players in your team). This is repeated down the fairway until all four balls are on the green, and then until one gets in the hole. (You only count your team’s best shots from the tee into the cup.) If you’re a good putter, you can end up as the star of your team, even if you miss every tee shot and approach.

3. Learn Flawless Green Etiquette

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Every beginner golfer can be an expert on the green. Learn how to mark your ball, who putts first, when to pull the flag, where to walk, and where to stand while others are putting. If there is one single lesson that I recommend new golfers take before a corporate outing, my choice would be golf etiquette – especially on the green. Find a teacher or good friend and ask her or him to spend 30 minutes with you on etiquette – that’s all it should take for the basics.

 

4. Let Faster Golfers Play Through
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If you’re moving slower than the group behind you, let those faster players “play through” your group. Letting players through is simple when a faster group catches up to you on the next tee, but here’s how to do it in the fairway: After your group has teed off and reached their balls, move off to the sides of the fairway. Motion with a wave for the players behind you to hit their next shots. They will probably hit beyond where you are standing (that’s why they’ve been faster!), but keep your eye on their shots just in case they come close. (Don’t be surprised if the hot-shot golfers behind you don’t perform as well while playing through – everyone is watching and it makes them more nervous.)

After they’ve hit their next shots and are out of range, resume play. Most women play faster than male golfers. Nevertheless, women get a bad rap for slow play because we just don’t hit the ball as far. But since we hit it straighter, we spend less time looking for balls, and it more than evens up. The most important pace-of-play suggestions for women golfers are to take only one practice swing; walk very quickly between shots; and always think of your next shot as you’re moving along so that you’re ready to hit when you get to your ball.

 

5. Do Some Research on the Course You’re Playing

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The more you know about the course yore playing before you get there, the more confident you’ll be. Many golf facilities have websites, so look at those. Study the course’s online scorecard and learn the yardages from the forward tees.

Women generally play from forward tees that range anywhere from 4,800 yards to 5,900 yards for 18 holes. If the total yardage for 18 holes from the forward tees is longer than 5,400 yards, the course is probably more difficult than average courses. Most importantly, look at the “slope” and “course ratings” from the forward tees. Slope is most important. If the slope is higher than 124, the course will be more challenging than most. The challenge may be water or bunkers on the course, or the layout could be hilly or very wooded.

 

6. Be Prepared Beforehand

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Call the pro shop and ask these questions: Where will I park my car? Is there a place to drop my golf bag (called “bag drop”) and then park my car? Is there a women’s locker room (perhaps for changing from work to golf clothes)? Are cell phones permitted on the course? Are there restrooms on the course? Is there a dress code (some courses do not permit halter tops or short shorts)? Are there women’s rental clubs? I mention rental clubs because, even if you have a set of clubs, sometimes golf courses have the latest club models available as inexpensive rentals. This could be a great time to try out new equipment.

Craziest Golf Courses in the World

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If you think you’ve seen it all…think again! You might think the local country club is tough , but some of these courses although totally worth it…could get you killed!

Let us know in the comments if you or a friend have ever been to any of these awesome courses!

1. The Himalayan Golf Club in Nepal

The Himalayan Golf Club features stunning views of the Bijayapur river running through the middle of the course, and the Himalayan mountains all around it. When you’re building golf courses in the middle of Himalayan mountain ranges, you’re bound to be tight on space, so several of the holes actually share greens.

The Himalayan Golf Club in Nepal

2. Nullarbor Links in Australia

Nullarbor Links is the world’s longest golf course. Stretching across 850 miles, over 18 different towns and roadhouses along the Eyre Highway in Australia. The par 72 course features water hazards, sand traps, and poisonous snakes to keep an eye out for.

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3. The Lost City Golf Course in South Africa

The Lost City Golf Course in South Africa

4. The Legend Golf and Safari Resort

The Legend Golf Resort in Limpopo, South Africa is more than just a golf course. It’s also a wild game safari with lions, elephants, rhinos, and leopards just walking around the links like it’s no big deal. On top of that (literally), one hole features a tee box 400meters above the green on the edge of a cliff.

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5. Falsterbo Golf Club in Sweden

The Falsterbo Golf Club sits at the very end of the Falsterbo peninsula in Sweden and surrounding it by pristine are azure seas on all three sides. Needless to say, you’ll probably lose a few balls in a round!

6. Uummannaq Ice Golf Course in Greenland

Uummannaq Ice Golf Course in Greenland

7. Camp Bonifas in The DMZ of North Korea

8. Yas Links in Abu Dhabi

Yas Links in Abu Dhabi

9. Pacifico Golf Course at Four Seasons, Mexico (hole 3B)

Set amongst white sandy beaches and palm trees, this uniquely designed golf course is a true representation of a golfing paradise. With the dramatic Sierra Madre Mountains as your backdrop and gloriously hot weather. You can either play the standard third hole or attempt 3B which gives you the chance to swing at the world’s only natural island green, otherwise known as “Tail of the Whale”.

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10. Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, Idaho U.S (Hole 14)

This beautiful golf course and resort is located in the lakeside city of Coeur d’Alene in the state of Idaho. Cited as “America’s most beautiful resort golf course” by Golf Digest and with some of the most lavish rooms and facilities, Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Resort really does feel exclusive. Along this flawlessly manicured course, the hole to look out for is the 14th Par-3 hole where your target is the famous floating green. This signature floating hole is the world’s one and only moving green and it can only be accessed by boat.

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