Fun facts about golf you might not know

As fanatics of the sport, we should know some of its interesting history and fun facts about this unique game. Golf is one of the oldest sports and its past is rich and varied and we enjoy it today very much. So, hope you relish the following compiled of truths, pieces of evidence, and more about golfing.

  • Approximately around the year 1457, modern-day golf was invented in Scotland. The golf we know, the one of South Florida, came much later.
  • Did you know that many of people think that GOLF means “Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden” That’s mistaken! In fact, the 23% of professional golfers are women.
  • Some people are not convinced of Golf as a sport because they believe that doesn’t require much effort like others activities. But, did you know if you play 18 holes you can walk at least 8 miles? In fact, you can burn a good number of calories if you carry your clubs during an hour of play.
  • How many dimples has a golf ball? Between 350 and 450 to be exact.
  • The first golf course is located in Scotland. Apparently, this place has more than 400 years old.
  • And the biggest course is placed in Massachusetts with 7612 kilometers.
  • One of the biggest players of all time, Tiger Woods, made his first hole when he was only 8 years old. He has won 77 tournaments and he’s still on the game as you might see recently.
  • The countries that possess more courses of golf are: Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, and Canada.
  • In 1811 was the first tournament for women’s at Musselburgh.
  • Play golf in a warm climate is always better, why? The ball travels much faster when is hot.
  • The chance to make two holes in one in just one round is approximately 67 million to 1. Crazy, right?
  • No player in the history has won the four grand slam tournaments in the same year. Only one player has been closer to this achievement and that is, Tiger Woods, winning the four tournaments over two years.
  • At the Satsuki course golf in Japan, you can find the longest golf hole in the world.
  • In 1457 when the sport was invented, the King James II has to banned it because the sport was a distraction for the military personnel. He wanted them to pursue archery as that activity where much suited to their profession.
  • Golf is related to other two sports: Chole from Belgium and Kolven from Holland.
  • The first international tournament of golf was in Edinburg in 1682.
  • By 1900 in the US there were more than 1000 golf clubs.
  • There are so many famous people that are fanatic of this export. For example, Celine Dion owns a course in Canada.
  • Coby Orr is the youngest golfer to ever make a hole in one by 1975. He was only 5 years old and he made a historic shot that remain alive.

 

Dos and don’ts: Beginner to golf

Golf is a great game but can be intimidating if you’re starting. Nothing is impossible if you have the right disposition and will to do what you want. So, if golfing is your dream, keep reading, and we’ll tell you a great list of the most important dos and don’ts for getting started. Go on, take your club!

Don’t start on a golf course. If you’re a beginner, go to a practice range, and you’ll feel more comfortable. It is the perfect place, and you can stay all the time you need. Remember, no one is judging you, don’t worry about anyone. All the big players were beginners too. Focus on your goal and do your best.

Do find yourself a professional teacher. Don’t let your practice in someone who doesn’t know the game. You need to learn the proper swing foundation, so go and find the best teacher.

Don’t take too much time thinking how to hit. You may want to do the perfect shot, but that will take some time. Practice your swims first and them, you can think about the absolute hit.

Do give yourself time and if you need it, go back to basics. Starting golf can be overwhelming, there’s a lot of information, and you can feel confused. If you find yourself burned from too much thinking, take your time and just go back to basics. Check your ball, your posture and make your swing. Overthinking can be self-defeating so be aware of your stress level and remember: You’re starting!

Don’t spend much money on your firsts clubs. The right equipment is vital, but if you’re starting, you don’t need to buy the most expensive ones. Find the clubs will help you to develop your skills without spending too much. You’ll have plenty of time before you chase the latest products, prepare yourself first.

Do take your time to investigate and learn basic rules and etiquette. If you want to do something, put your best and do proper research about it. Be the best!

Don’t forget to dress appropriately. Looking right will give you some game. Also, will provide you with a professional aspect. Go for it!

Do play quickly. Be ready to hit when it’s your turn. If it goes wrong, don’t worry, you’ll have many more opportunities.

Don’t pick up other balls. If you can’t see your ball, don’t even think about picking up another, you might ruin someone else’s game. Mark your ball so you can recognize it.

Do meet people. Golf is a social sport and if you receive an invitation to join a group, say yes! It’s great to meet people, and you’ll feel part of that world.

Don’t let a bad shot discourage you. Golf is a hard sport that requires patience and too much practice. With some time, you’ll see that every lousy hit worth the effort. Everything will be well, and you might surprise by what a good golfer you turned.

 

Golfing Tips: Four Putting Grips To Try Out

A putter is a golf club that is designed to putt and typically has a mallet-like, flat-faced head. When it comes to using putters, there are several gripping methods and styles that you could use to send your ball flying home. With that being said, it is worth noting that putting is, without a doubt, one of the most individual strokes in golf.

While there’s no wrong or right way to hold your putter, it is vital that you find a grip that feels natural to you – one that feels comfortable. And while some of these grips may feel a bit awkward, and some are quite ugly, the important thing is that they get the work done. After all, what you are after is points, right! And the good thing is that there won’t be any pictures on your scorecard.

To help you improve your stroke, here is a look at some of the most common putting grips available and how to hold them.

The Reverse Overlap Grip

This is one of the most common putting grips and is used by many professional PGA Tour players. To apply this grip, use your left to hold the putter grip and rest your right hand just beneath it around the putter’s grip. Lift your left hand’s index finger and wrap it around your right hand’s fingers to link both hands.

The important thing to remember when using this grip is to ensure that your left thumb rests flat at the top of your putter’s grip. This is why putter grips are never round – your left thumb provides the extra support needed to keep the putter’s face square when hitting the ball.

For right-handed players, the right hand tends to be more dominant when putting and serves as a piston during strokes. The left hand is what controls the direction of the putter’s face.

The Vardon Overlap Grip

Also known as the Overlapping Grip, the Vardon Overlap is also quite popular amongst professional golfers. The grip is named after Harry Vardon, responsible for popularizing the grip. Under this option, your right hand’s (which is the non-dominant hand as it is placed lower on the golf club) little finger should be placed between your middle and index finger of the left hand (which is the dominant hand.) Make sure your left thumb fits perfectly along the lifeline of your right hand.

The Left Below Right Grip

This grip is quite unconventional considering that it requires the player (right-handed) to place their left hand below the right one. Both your hands are then linked by wrapping your right hand’s index finger over the fingers of the left one. This grip is a great one considering that keeping the club’s face square and lining up is easier since the left hand is much closer to the putter’s head. However, it is worth noting that it will take some time to get used to this grip considering that the right hand is now a distance away from the putter’s head.

The Pencil/Claw Grip

The Pencil/Claw Grip is, undoubtedly, one of the more unusual putting grips. Under this option, your bottom hand’s fingers are at the top of the club’s grip instead of at the bottom. Your hand is held in place by wrapping your right thumb underneath and around the grip. The form your thumb and fingers make is reminiscent of a lobster’s claw or pincer, hence the name. The left hand holds the grip normally. This putting grip style forces your left hand to lead, eliminating that feeling like your wrists are breaking down when stroking. However, you need to be careful not to misalign your elbow as this will misalign your forearms too! When this happens, you won’t be able to hit parallel to your target.

So, what do you think? Which grip do you prefer? We’d like to hear from you, so be sure to leave us a comment. Happy putting!