The Game of GolfGolf is a game that almost anyone can play. Age, sex, even skill level makes little difference because of the handicap system employed in the game of golf. The popularity of golf has increased tremendously over the past forty five years, giving us champions like Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, and Tiger Woods, and world-renowned courses like Pinehurst, Augusta National and the Blue Monster at Doral.
Why has golf become so popular? Partly because of the media coverage that golf gets nowadays and partly because it's the most enjoyable game on earth with a huge range of benefits associated with it. For instance, it's the opportunity to be outside, to get a good whole body workout, network with friends or business colleagues at a leisurely pace, and to play a game that you can never perfect.
Your scorecard, over time, shows your improvement, which keeps you playing again and again. Even just one good shot in a round of golf can all the encouragement a new golfer needs to keep his interest and enthusiasm alive.
Here is a very basic lesson in golf for the person who has no clue about the game.
Golf is played on an eighteen-hole golf course, each hole has its "par", which is the number of tee shots (drives), fairway shots, chips (short hits as you approach the green), and putts that a good golf player should take to finish the hole.
The par number is based on the length and difficulty of the hole. Pars range from 3 to 6. If you get the golf ball in the hole in five shots on a par five hole, you "made par." If it took you six shots, it's called a bogie, if you made it in four, it's a birdie.
There are usually "hazards" of some sort on all the holes. Bodies of water, sand traps, and trees are strategically placed to make the hole more challenging. Beginner golfers should seek to find courses to play that are easier to play, with fewer hazards. However, the hazards are usually placed placed to catch the better golfers out, not the new golfers, the hazards close to the greens are the ones beginner golfers really need to watch out for.
Each player keeps their own score, marking the number of total number of shots for each hole. At the end, each person adds their scores, the lowest number is the winner. Remember, golf is a game of honor, and although cheating is relatively easy, it is frowned upon and you will make few friends by not being honest.
It is important for beginner golfers to not take themselves too seriously. It takes a long time to get good at this game, even though the professionals make it look so easy.
Take a lesson or two at the onset, it will help you develop a proper swing and help you get off to a good start. You are looking for a consistent golf swing that produces a straight shot. Most golfers have difficulty with this, mainly because of a lack of the correct technique and because they try too hard. Golf is game of control and good technique.
Remember that golf is just a game. Have fun and look at the big picture, you're outside and you're not at work!
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