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What exactly is golf? Objective Golf Clubs Golf Course
What exactly is golf? What is the objective? The main objective of golf is to manoeuvre the golf ball into each hole – using a variety of golf clubs, in the least amount of shots possible . Golfer Golf Club Golf Ball Golf Shots In the Hole!
What exactly is golf? Golf Clubs? The golf clubs provide the golfer with the tool to manoeuvre the ball into the cup / hole. There are a range of clubs of which specialise in certain situations. It is essential for the golfer to be inept in deciding which club best suites the situation and then utilising it. Putter Wedge Iron Driver
What exactly is golf? Technical Look Now you have seen the different types of club and their respective characteristics, it is time to take a look at a more detailed dissection. Grip made of a form of rubber Shaft made from aluminium Head mostly made from a stronger metal composite Golfer grasps this with both hands Power is generated here Makes contact with the ball
What exactly is golf? Situation Club Reason On the tee (the starting point) <ul><li>Driver </li></ul><ul><li>Iron </li></ul>To project the ball towards the hole and preferably on the fairway, in many cases to make the second shot available to ‘attack the green.’ On the fairway / Rough <ul><li>Wood </li></ul><ul><li>Iron </li></ul>To land the ball on the green (attack the green) so that you are in a position to putt. In the bunker <ul><li>Wedge </li></ul>To slice the ball out of the sand – preferably towards the hole, and making the ball ‘safe’ by finishing on more accommodating terrain. On the green <ul><li>Putter </li></ul>To project the ball towards the cup using a form of pushing motion.
What exactly is golf? The Course The golf course provides the infrastructure for the game to played. The course will be manipulated to provide the golfer with a variety of obstacles in order to increase the element of challenge. Course Infrastructure Fairway Rough Bunker Green Water Trees
What exactly is golf? Bunker Fairway Green Rough Flag/Cup Tee
Which club to pick? Guide Club Stats Buy Clubs
What club to use? Choosing the right club is essential to making an essential shot. A common misconception is that the harder you hit the ball the further it will travel. This isn't necessarily true! In fact, trying to hit the ball too hard will result in the golfer becoming off balance which will hinder the overall execution of the shot. Thus, it is recommended that you use e.g. a 4 iron instead of a 5 iron or a 5 wood instead of a 4 iron and so on. Which club to pick?
Wood or Iron? Woods are designed to go further than irons with the lower the number indicating the lower the ball flight. The lower the ball flight the further the ball goes but the harder it is to use so you have a dilemma shall I go for distance or control. As you get closer to the green a higher lofted club is used to elevate the ball into the air reducing the distance and enabling the ball to land softly on the green. Which club to pick?
Which club to pick? Club Type Male Distance (yards) Female Distance (yards) 1 wood 200 – 250 150 – 200 3 wood 180 – 230 125 – 180 5 wood 170 – 210 105 – 170 2 iron 170 – 210 105 – 170 3 iron 160 – 200 100 – 160 4 iron 150 – 185 90 – 150 5 iron 140 – 175 80 – 140 6 iron 130 – 165 70 – 130 7 iron 120 – 150 65 – 120 8 iron 110 – 140 60 – 110 9 iron 100 – 130 55 – 95 P wedge 90 – 120 50 – 80
Which club to pick? Direct Golf UK Click Golf American Golf Buy Online? Below are links to websites that will provide a full range of clubs available for you to buy. Online Golf
The golf swing Aim Place the sole of the club on the ground with the bottom front edge (the leading edge) at right angles to the intended target.
<ul><li>Gripping </li></ul><ul><li>Place the base of the little finger of the left hand down the club, the grip runs across the fingers to the middle joint in the first finger </li></ul><ul><li>Fold the palm over the grip then close the fingers. The thumb is held into the first finger and runs down the right centre of the grip. </li></ul><ul><li>Place the middle 2 joints of the middle 2 fingers of the right hand under the grip with the little finger held away. </li></ul><ul><li>The two fingers then hold the club then the palm is folded over the left hand. </li></ul><ul><li>The little finger of the right hand nestles into the gap formed by the first and second finger of the left hand. </li></ul>The golf swing
The golf swing Important! It is crucially important that the golfer makes his or her swing as controlled and smooth as possible. Without mastering such elements, the swing will likely result in a form of ‘miss-hit’ that will cause the ball to finish in an undesirable position.
The golf swing <ul><li>The Swing </li></ul><ul><li>Grip the club and position the club head centrally behind the ball </li></ul><ul><li>Position your legs shoulder length apart and at a comfortable distance behind the club itself – with your arms protruding in a forward position </li></ul><ul><li>Draw back the club 120º - 180º (while keeping your eyes on the ball) simultaneously transferring weight onto your back foot </li></ul><ul><li>Swing your arms (club) in a swift yet controlled manner so that the club head follows through the ball (hence making contact) with the club finishing about 180º in front of you </li></ul>
Putting Putting When the ball is on the green the golfer will need to use the ‘putter’ in order to manoeuvre the ball into the cup, thus allowing him/her to finish the hole and progress to the next hole. Green Ball Cup
Putting <ul><li>Making the Putt </li></ul><ul><li>Grip the putter using the technique as described in the golf swing section </li></ul><ul><li>Using the right angle method previously, aim towards the cup </li></ul><ul><li>Position the ‘blade’ of the putter in a centred position behind the ball </li></ul><ul><li>Draw back the putter 3 – 6 inches (depending on desired strength </li></ul><ul><li>Follow through the ball in a firm yet controlled manner to project the ball towards the hole </li></ul>
Golfer Insights ‘ Never try and hit the ball out of its skin’ ‘ When striking the ball, always keep your eye on the ball and not where it goes’ ‘ Try not to get too worked up when you hit a bad shot. Instead, concentrate on making your next shot a good one’
equipment.com/club_pics “ Putting” > “Guide” > Putter Blade Image www.golfdigest.com “ The golf swing” > “The Swing” > Tiled Image/s All information provided – tacit, images, videos and interviews respectively, originate from credible sources (such as Tiger Woods) and my own knowledge from five years of experience, and should therefore be trusted. www.liafin.co.za “ The golf swing” > “Grip and Aim” > Stance Image z.about.com/d/hotels “ What exactly is golf” > “Golf course” > Course Image z.about.com/d/golf www.midlothian.gov.uk/images www.pinemeadowgolf.com/images www.discount-golf-clubs-and-equipment.com/club_pics “ What exactly is golf” > “Golf Clubs” > Club Images Reference/s Item
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