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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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A mouthpiece for golf. Does anyone have any experience with this?

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 ...
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How long should I expect a golf glove to last before wearing out?

I currently play with a Nike DuraFeel golf glove on my leading hand. It's practical, it works, and it fits "like a glove" (as in perfectly; not too tight but nothing to spare). Sometimes I'll glove ...
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How is The location of the US Open determined?

I know that there are several locations that have hosted the US Open many times. How is the location determined? Are there criteria that a course must meet to be considered?
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How do I get distance out of a fairway bunker?

I'm a long-time watcher and a short-time player of golf. Whilst only a beginner, I am actually fairly good at getting out of greenside bunkers. I open the club face, I aim an inch behind the ball ...
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How can I get started in golf?

I've never played any golf before, outside of a small bit of putt-putt. It looks like it might be fun, and I think I'd like to get started. I have some friends that play, and to hear them talk, ...
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What makes US Open golf courses difficult?

The scores at the 2012 US Open seem pretty bad, after the first round only five players were under par. Looking at the previous major tournament, The Masters in April, there were 28 players under par ...
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Managing split tees in golf

This week at golf's US Open, groups are teeing off the 1st and 9th holes. This is because the 9th tee is closer to the clubhouse than the 10th tee (i.e. logistics). Split tees usually have groups tee ...
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Couldn't stop hooking my driver - suggestions?

As of yesterday, I had zeroed in on the driver I wanted for Father's Day; the Callaway Diablo Octane. My local store has an indoor driving range with computerized shot analysis. So, I picked the demo ...
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Drills to prevent standing up on the downswing

After a few years off, I'm getting an interest in golf again. My main problem, after getting a few basic pointers correcting my stance and backswing from a clubfitter I was working with to find the ...
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What are the benefits of interlocking the fingers on club grip?

When holding my clubs, I have always adopted a "baseball bat" style grip. I've played like this for a few years and haven't had any noticeable issues. However, a lot of players, both pro and ...
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How can I avoid slicing with my driver?

I am having a problem when I am hitting with my driver off the tee. I tend to slice the ball almost every time! Because of that I just use an iron instead which usually go pretty straight and is more ...
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How to decide the “Par” for each hole

How is the "average number of strokes" decided for each hole? While watching golf competitions, the majority of players are far below the par. Shouldn't it then be adapted? If 90% of players are ...