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What golf club set is ideal for a beginner? [on hold]

I have always loved watching golf and recently have started playing with a friend. I've hit about 200 drives/irons down a range and have played 9 holes on a course using borrowed clubs, and am now ...
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Golf Glove Rules

Is it legal to wear a golf glove that has some of the "fingers" missing (cut off)? The idea for doing this comes from reading Hogan's book "Five Lessons". Hogan talks about the muscles that are ...
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Does “Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green” objectify tee-to-green performance?

In short, "Strokes Gained" is a value of a golfer's performance compared to the average performance of other golfers. In 2011, the PGA Tour announced Strokes Gained: Putting. For example, the ...
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What is the point of keeping track of pars?

In a golf tournament the winner is the player who completes the tournament while taking the fewest strokes. It doesn't matter whether he shoots a five under or a five over, as long as he has taken ...
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benefits of a blade vs. mallet putter

What are the main differences between a blade vs. mallet putters?
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How can I choose a type of golf ball to play with?

Personally, I order Titleist Pro V1s and V1xs from eBay. They are great golf balls, in my opinion, without the cost of buying them out-of-the-box (MSRP: $62 USD). I'm not an expert golfer, but I have ...
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In golf, does the club shaft increase clubhead speed through shaft flex?

In golf, does the club shaft increase clubhead speed through shaft flex (shaft kick)? On the downswing, the shaft has a tendency to flex from backwards to forwards. While the shaft is in the process ...
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In golf, what is the relationship of shaft flex with accuracy?

In golf, what is the relationship of shaft flex with accuracy, with NO regard to distance? Most sources seem to talk about shaft flex as being a balancing act with distance. I am trying to separate ...
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Is there any official animal name to describe “five under par”?

I know -4 is condor and -5 is very rare, is there any animal name to describe -5 if it really happened?
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is ball movement count if the golf is affected by wild animals?

For instance, if a squirrel picks away the golf, is it count for movement or just remain the original position?
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Last day of Fedex Cup 2015 playoff's at East Lake on 27 September

Is it certain that the FedexCup is finished on Sunday 27 September 2015 at East Lake or could it be a play off on Monday? Can't find any reference on the Internet.
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Can i take a preferred lie on the wrong fairway?

My ball went on the wrong fairway. I intended to take a preferred lie but my playing partner said that I would be penalised a shot as I was not allowed preferred lie on the wrong fairway.
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Wind delay at the British Open

Currently, the British Open is in the midst of a Wind Delay. Why is wind a reason enough to cause a delay at any golf course? Wind is not a dangerous condition like lightning. Heavy rain, I could ...
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How does handicapping work in “social” games of golf?

In a professional tournament, of course, there is no handicapping; the best (lowest) score wins. But among amateurs playing "socially," a comparison of handicaps sometimes comes into play. Suppose ...
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What is the name and origin of this golf format?

All players of a foursome tee-off. All four players hit their second shot from the location of the best drive. The group continues playing from the location of whoever has the best shot. However, at ...
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Does anyone else modify their golf grip on a per shot basis?

I've found myself modifying my thumb position of my left hand (I swing right) to achieve a fade or a draw. I think this technically creates a slightly stronger / weaker grip. If I put my thumb on the ...
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Why are those 3 holes at the Masters golf tournament called “Amen Corner”?

Is it true that the 3 holes that comprise "Amen Corner" at the Masters golf tournament are so named because it's the most difficult stretch of the golf course and players have to pray to survive it?
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What are golf cups made of?

I have two young nieces who like to play with the putting green equipment in their back yard. I want to make sure that they're not handling anything nasty, and in particular I want to ensure that the ...
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How many rounds of golf does the average golfer play?

I'm looking for statistics that give me a sense of how many rounds of golf the average golfer plays, but am unable to find this so I'm wondering if any golfers here can anecdotally give me a sense of ...
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Handicap is tee-based or just man/woman?

I am ultra-beginner to golf and trying to develop a mobile application around it. I am trying get along with golf game and scoring rules, I have few doubts so posting away my first of series of ...
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What are the benefits of a golf club fitting?

I am looking for a set of new golf clubs and get them fitted to me. I am looking at the TaylorMade Burner Plus iron set, with a steel, stiff-flexed shaft (my driver swing speed averages 115 mph and ...
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What are the rules around a tap-in in golf?

I notice golf players often miss a long putt by a small amount so that there's only a few inches remaining. In this situation they perform what I believe is called a "tap-in" and are allowed to take ...
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“Lower score than you actually shot will disqualify you” in Golf? What does this mean?

This answer here mentions this rule: "Lower score than you actually shot will disqualify you". I have friends who boost by their 20, 30 and 40 handicaps but their performance with me is far ...
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How does a golfer's follow through affect a golf ball's flight?

Tiger Woods has promoted swinging with a high follow-through and a "fuller finish" to hit a high shot. Here's a video example of Woods hitting a full shot from the fairway. Also, he abbreviates his ...
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Eyes in the contact point during follow-through?

This video (8min53s) mentions that eyes are always at the contact point even during the follow-through, I understand this so that the video generalises the observation to all ball games. I instructed ...
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Hand pain in the first lumbrical muscle due to golf, why?

Let's investigate the pain in the first lumbrical due to repetitive golf swings with backswing where the support hand experience the pain. It can be repetitive injury, too weak muscles or poor ...
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Golf: spin direction resulting from striking out of the toe

If a golf club strikes the ball out of the centre of the club face with the club path on the target line through impact, and the face square to target, the ball will move towards the target with no ...
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Does “made cut, did not finish” also count as a “missed cut?”

At the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open, Tiger Woods finished with a result of "MDF" or "made cut, did not finish." This is the first time in his career he has had a MDF. A missed cut (MC) is the result ...
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In Golf, can you choose to play down the 'wrong' fairway?

I am an occasional (and fairly terrible) golfer. I played a round the other day and was confronted with an odd situation. I sliced a ball through some trees and onto the adjacent fairway. I still had ...
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When should I use a longer tee vs a shorter tee?

I know that different sizes are sold but when should I be using a taller vs. shorter tee. Is there an appropriate time or is it just preference?
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Does anyone have any experience with a mouthpiece for golf?

I recently read the following article: A MOUTHPIECE FOR GOLF. Sounds silly, but clenching your teeth can hurt your game. **Is there any evidence to suggest that such a product may be helpful? I ...
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Championship golf courses with a par-3 18th hole

I cannot ever remember seeing a PGA championship course with a par-3 18th hole. For sake of discussion, let's limit to courses that have been the site of a Major Championship or WGC championship ...
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How counter-productive would having two coaches be?

My golf game is coming along nicely, largely in part to having a great coach but I have the problem that, currently, I am working 300 miles from home so I can't book in any lessons. There are, ...
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What is the motivation behind tweaking a clubhead's loft?

In a video to build Sergio Garcia's driver, the equipment builder takes a clubhead with a stock loft of 10 degrees and tweaks it to have a final clubhead loft of 8.5 degrees. What is the motivation ...
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Sharpening Grooves

Is there a DIY method to sharpening the grooves of your wedges? Up until now, my method has been to buy new wedges every other year. This gets expensive and frustrating. Especially with the new groove ...
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Best career record vs par

I read a USA Today article that talked about how Tiger Woods is nearly 2000 under par* for his career. I've tried searching, but how does this compare to others all-time? Obviously this is a rolling ...
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Does course length correlate to the difficulty of golf courses?

Golf courses have been lengthened in recent years to contain a group of longer-hitting golfers Driving distance in 2012: Longest average: 315.5 yards Averages over 300 yards: 21 Driving distance ...
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Is it possible to get full data on every golf round played by pro? [closed]

For example, is there a place to find scores (total strokes + amount under or over par) for every round a golfer has played as part of a pro tournament?
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Is it worthwhile to change your golf swing?

Tiger Woods has made headlines for changing his golf swing multiple times in his professional career. As a pro, Woods has changed his golf swing three times under Butch Harmon, Hank Haney, and most ...
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What is the proper etiquette when a playing partner is searching for his/her golf ball?

Suppose I hit a drive in the middle of the fairway, and my playing partner hits a drive considerably shorter into elements (forest, brush, etc.) in which finding and identifying the playing partner's ...
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What factors do I need to take into consideration for reading greens?

Question What factors, beyond slopes (left, right, up/downhill), do I need to take into consideration for reading greens? Background I chipped in from off the green for my first birdie in my life ...
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Benefits of rangefinders in golf

While I'm on the course, if I'm not on the tee or close to the green, I seek yard markers or stakes and estimate (by roughly stepping off or eyeing-out) how many yards I have for a given shot. For ...
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What advantages do long and belly putters have over traditional putters?

There has been controversy regarding anchored (belly, long, non-traditional, etc.) putters, to the point that the governing bodies of golf - the USGA, the R&A, etc. - are considering banning them ...
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Why are there dimples on the surface of golf balls and how do they function?

I'm not a big golfer, but many people in my family play the sport, so I'm constantly surrounded by golf equipment and lingo. I've always wondered why the golf balls being used have "dimples" on the ...
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Hitting it fat with a raised left foot at impact

There are a number of websites giving advice about causes of fat shots. However, I am experiencing a very bizarre "bug" in my golf swing: I keep lifting my left knee so that I end up on my left toes ...
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How to hit a high draw?

My natural shot is a fade. I don't have a problem hitting (or feeling) a high, normal, or low fade. However, I have no feel, but I can hit a draw. With a 5-iron, I can hit a low draw and chase it ...
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What is a 'Bogey Competition'?

I see in my golf diary there's a "Bogey" Competition to be held next weekend. What's a Bogey competition?
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Relief from cart path on a hill

I sent this question to the USGA, based on a situation from my last round; we'll see what they say in about a month (if that), but I thought I'd let you guys have a try as I'll be playing the same ...
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Improving driving

I am enjoying my golf, hitting a straight ball (usually around 210yrd drive) - but I am always slightly intimidated / put off by the guys in some of the competitions that can hit a drive 75-100 yards ...
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How does golf technology compensate for the “groove rule” for golf clubs?

Question Can V-grooves replicate the performance of U-grooves via golf technology? In other words: How does golf technology compensate for the "groove rule" for golf clubs? Information The United ...