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To play golf, the first thing you need is a set of clubs. I will echo iandotkelly; used clubs are the beginner's best friend. People get rid of clubs all the time, either because they bought new ones or because they've had enough and are giving up the game. Look for local garage sales, check bulletin boards at local public courses, take a look at the 'List ...


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You are correct that this has to do with aerodynamics, more specifically drag and air friction. This article goes over all of the specifics. Ultimately, it boils down to less drag on the ball, allowing it to fly farther. The exact details and an explanation of the difference between a smooth sphere and a dimpled ball are included in the linked article. The ...


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The par for a hole is primarily based on the length of the hole, but other factors can also affect its value; most noticeably the type of terrain and any potential obstacles (water, hills, buildings etc). Wikipedia article for Par The USGA lays out the following guidelines for par computation; To quote their advice on par computation; Yardages for ...


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The number one cause of slicing, irrespective of the exact aspect of the swing that is lacking, is a "grip it and rip it" mentality to your swing. This generally causes a number of timing and posture issues that open the clubface, bring the swing out of line, etc etc. So, the number one thing to do is slow it down. You can send the ball MUCH farther than you ...


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The first thing you must understand is that a 210-yard drive that flies in the direction you want it to go is much preferred over a drive that would have gone 300 yards had it not taken that huge right turn in mid air and sailed out of bounds. A "grip it and rip it" mentality will be far more detrimental to your score than a shorter drive distance. Second, ...


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This would come under Rule 18 - Ball at rest moved by outside agency Essentially there is no penalty to the player, and the ball should be replaced. Note that you need to be sure it was an outside agency that moved the ball - neither wind nor water count.


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The competition is played hole by hole. If a player shoots a birdie or better he wins that hole and marks it with a +. If a player shoots a bogey or worse he loses the hole and marks it down with a -. A player halves the hole if they shoot par and this is marked with a 0. The lost holes are subtracted from the won holes to give a final score. Example... ...


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Having fairly recently taken up the sport myself, I feel your discomfort. Equipment: I cannot stress this enough. Buy second-hand equipment. It really doesn't matter if it looks beat up, you can get some very good deals and as a beginner you don't need to spend a fortune before you even decide that you like the sport. I ignored this advice and bought a ...


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This usually happens when the ball is very close (just a few inches) and the player is almost guaranteed (99+%) to make it. In non-professional play, players will sometimes just pick up the ball without tapping it in, but in professional play the ball must go into the cup, no matter how close it is. As gbianchi says in the comments, the player who is ...


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I am not sure this QA is the best place to address your swing problem. But I will share some common themes I found when I was trying to correct a similar issue with my swing a few years ago. I was putting all of my strength into getting the club off my shoulder and by the time I was striking the ball the club head was already slowing down. This was ...


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Specifically to the Olympic Club, the first 6 holes of that course are a bear. Hole 1 is a long par-4 (520 yards; that would normally be par-5 territory except this one's downhill). The fairway moves slightly right, so tour players either have to skim the trees on the right side or hit a slight fade to avoid ending up in the rough on the left side for a ...


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The only reason wind typically causes a delay in a golf tournament is because the ball cannot sit still on the green. Professional tournament greens are so fast, once the wind gets over about 25 MPH, the wind can actually cause the ball to move. From a rules standpoint, the problem is if the ball is moved by the wind, it must be played as it lies. In ...


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There are balls for every level of player--literally hundreds of different models to choose from. You should never spend $50 on a dozen of Pro V1's if you are having to ask which ball is right for you. If you are not regularly shooting in the low 90's or below, that is a waste of money. The best way to find out which ball is best for you is to get fitted. ...


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Some internet sleuthing led me to this article from 2010 wherein the author has listed cases where being struck by a golf ball led to a fatality. The author's research has provided 8 instances of death by a golf ball over a roughly 17 year period. What is important to note is that all these deaths seem to involve amateur golfers or the unfortunate victims ...


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The location is determined several years in advance (we already know the location of 2019 US Open) by USGA Championship Committee using a lot of criteria. First of all, obviously, is the quality (and difficulty) of the course. The location should also move around to different parts of the country (2011: Maryland, 2012: California, 2013: Pennsylvania, 2014: ...


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One more thing I might add to edmastermind29's great answer is choke up on your club slightly to account for when you dig into the sand (the ball will be higher in relation to your feet). This will help to prevent you from catching too much sand and either leaving it in the bunker, or ending up short of where you're trying to hit it. Also note it's one of ...


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Based on the original question and the following comments, here are some suggestions: As mentioned by gbianchi, try clubs at an actual golf range. Simulators can be poorly calibrated for one, but also users may feel pressured to swing harder because the distance is displayed for all observers to see. Search for free 'demo days' hosted at your local driving ...


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I have exactly the same problem. My teachers said that's because I want to do one of two things: See where it will land before I even hit it. Trying to hit harder to get more distance. I have two drills that my teacher make me do, I think it depends exactly on the error you have. Put your head (your forehead) againts a wall. Then practice your swing ...


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Rangefinders can be a valuable tool but to get the greatest benefit it is important to do some homework before setting onto the course. A rangefinder provides accurate distances to objects on the golf course but unless you know how far you hit each club then there is little benefit in having the greater accuracy. To get the most use out of a rangefinder it ...


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Somewhat. First off, the USGA sets guidelines for par rating by hole length. It's only one factor in determining a hole's par (and thus course par), and most courses have to stay at around a par-72, but a course made up primarily of holes with lengths at the upper limit of their par rating is going to require using longer clubs (lower lofts, woods instead of ...


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In my experience, the only reason for a handicap in a social game of golf is for betting purposes. If Player A is 10 shots better than Player B then they may decide to bet on the final score with Player B getting a 10 shot handicap. It can be done a number of ways: Player A could give Player B 5 shots per side (this is most common from my experience) ...


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According to the USGA: "Par" is the score that a scratch golfer would be expected to make for a typical hole. Par means expert play under ordinary conditions, allowing two strokes on the putting green. Par is not a significant factor in either the USGA Handicap System or USGA Course Rating System. (See Section 16.) Thus, par is not the average score of ...


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The Satsuki golf course in Sano, Japan. It's 964 yards long and is par 7. More info here Gunsan Country Club has a 1098 yards hole also par 7. More info here and picture below


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