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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 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. ...


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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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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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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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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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This is going to sound simpleton, but I too read all of the correct and exacting information – just like above – and even with pro lessons and the rest I could not get rid of my slice for many years. I solved it though! Learn how to hook the ball. No kidding. Learn how to snap your wrists over at impact such that with a bucket of balls you can ...


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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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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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In 2004, Ben Curtis was endorsed by Reebok to wear NFL apparel. His wearing of NFL apparel did not correlate with a "notable season" or "deep playoff run," but rather, the city he was playing in that given week. Curtis will wear the logo of the NFL team associated with the city where the PGA Tour is playing.


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In Ireland we call this format V-Par because you are completing against (versus) par. It is essentially the same as playing match play against par on every hole. Like in match play there are only three outcomes for each hole, (Win, Halve, Loss). Unlike match play you must play all 18 holes even if you are for example 3 up with 2 holes left. So if you beat ...


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You're confusing a few things, which is natural. First off, understand that there are two officially-sanctioned ways to score golf in individual play; stroke play and match play. In stroke play, every stroke you take is added up to your final score, allowing you to compete against any number of people including your own past scores. Most rounds of golf are ...


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My pro would not advocate changing the grip in terms to produce different shots intentionally as the inconsistency of a changing grip at a low amateur level would outweigh any benefits. However, we have recently been working on grip and can certainly confirm that certain hand positions can very much prevent a full range of motions which would make it easier/...


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This is not permitted, under Rule 14-3. The rule states that a glove must "consist of a fitted covering of the hand with a separate sheath or opening for each digit (fingers and thumb)", and also must not have "features, other than visual aids, designed to assist the player in placing his hands in a consistent and/or specific position on the grip".


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Statistics are not always based on the rules of the game, so any answer you get really depends on the interpretation of the individual keeping the statistic or the system used to measure the statistic. The PGA Tour counts hitting the green from your tee-shot as a Fairway hit. Reference the bottom of the table on the below link you will see: The ...


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