UF women win golf tourney

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The Florida women’s golf team won its 17th SunTrust Invitational title Monday after shooting a final-round 293 (+13) at the Mark Bostick Golf Course.

It’s the seventh time in the last 12 years that the Gators have emerged victorious at its home tournament and is the first team title Florida has earned since the 2010 Central District Invitational.

“I was pleased with how poised we stayed for the entire round,” UF coach Jan Dowling said. “We shot a 10-over on the front and a two-over on the back. We settled in and we didn’t let the bad stuff bother us.

“One of our goals this year was to win this tournament, but we did a good job of throwing expectations out the window when we went to tee it up.”

The Gators won the tournament with a cumulative total of 865 (+25), outpacing second-place Florida State by an 18-stroke margin in a field that included four top-25 teams according to the Feb. 23 edition of the Golf World/NGCA coaches’ poll and four others that received votes.

The 865 is the second-lowest team score in the history of the invitational and the 18-stroke margin of victory is the third largest for Florida in this event.

Three Gators completed the event with identical scores of 217 (+7) that left them in a tie for seventh: Evan Jensen, Isabelle Lendl and Mia Piccio.

“I struggled a little bit but to get the win is all that matters,” Jensen said.

The Gators are off for 24 days until concluding the regular season at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens, Ga. from April 1-3.

Australia's Kristie Smith won New Zealand Women's Open golf tournament

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Australia's Kristie Smith has won the New Zealand Women's Open golf tournament at Pegasus near Christchurch.

Smith's four under final round of 68 left her 12 under for the tournment, three clear of the overnight leader Giulia Sergas of Italy and the American Tiffany Joh, who move up five places.

The 13-year-old North Shore amateur Lydia Ko moved up four to finish five shots behind Smith in a share of fourth with England's Melissa Reid,

The defending champion Laura Davies finished with a five over final round of 77 to cdrop five places, slipping to a three way share of seventh.

FGCU in fourth after first round in Jacksonville

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The Florida Gulf Coast University women's golf team is in fourth place after the first round of the Jacksonville University Classic at Hidden Hills Country Club on Sunday.

The Eagles had a 313 total, two better than Mercer and ahead of another fellow Atlantic Sun school USC Upstate, which is in sixth at 337. Jacksonville leads with a 298, followed by Miami and defending champion Daytona State at 299 and 310, respectively.

FGCU sophomore Briana Carlson is tied for 10th overall after a 76. Junior Fabienne Haremza and freshman Meghan Van Etten each had 77s, and are tied for 12th. Katerina Toomalatai and Lina Elmsater had an 83 and 84 respectively.

Jacksonville’s Kristin Boettcher and Miami’s Maria Ronderos sit atop the leaderboard following 72s.

The second round will be Monday, with the final round Tuesday.

Seniors help ASU Men's Golf To Sixth Place After Two Rounds

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The Arizona State men's golf team is in sixth place entering the third round of the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii following a 6-under par 278 in round two. The Sun Devils are 10 strokes behind the leader at 15-under par 561 (279-282).

Seniors Jesper Kennegard (67-71) and Scott Pinckney (70-68) are tied for ninth place among all competitors at 6-under par 138. Pinckney, playing as an individual, tied the team-low with a 4-under par 68, while Kennegard shot a 1-under par 71.

Senior Oscar Zetterwall sits one stroke back at 5-under par 139 (71-68) after moving up 17 spots into a tie for 14th with a 4-under par 68 in the second round.

Junior Philip Francis recorded a 1-over par 73 and is tied for 30th at 2-under par 142 (69-73), followed by senior James Byrne, who improved to 49th after shooting a 2-under par 70 and is at an even par 144 (74-70). Senior Thomas Buran carded a 2-over par 74 and is tied for 66th with a 2-over par 146 (72-74).

Oklahoma State is in first place at 25-under par 551 (278-273) and leads second-place UCLA (285-273) by seven strokes. Texas Tech is in third at 17-under par 559 (284-275), followed by Georgia Tech (278-282) and Texas (282-278) in a tie for fourth at 16-under par 560.

How to Improve the Spine Angle in Your Golf Swing

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A common golf swing fault is a change in the spine angle during the phases of the golf swing. This single movement causes a chain reaction of compensations that alter the mechanics of your golf swing immensely. The result is usually inconsistency and a myriad of poor golf shots. Leading to frustration on the golf course and high scores.

The question that arises in my mind about this swing fault is; how can the amateur golfer improve their spine angle in the golf swing? The result would be an end to changes that oh so often hamper golfers of every level. Speaking with PGA Teaching professional Christopher Smith on this subject allowed me to get to one of the roots of this common swing fault.

According to Christopher Smith the changing of the spine angle is a common fault of the 1000's of golfers he works with every year. A common spine angle change Christopher indicated to me was immediately at the beginning of the back swing. Often he views golfers who stand up during their back swing. This obviously changes their spine angle and not to mention posture. Resulting in a chain reaction of compensations in the golf swing.

Once Christopher demonstrated this common spine angle changed I immediately knew one of the "fixes" for it. Observation of Christopher performing this specific spine angle change of standing up during the back swing told me one important thing. This so-called swing fault of standing up may be better categorized as a flexibility fault.

Yes, a flexibility fault as I like to call it is when a golfer's lack of flexibility impedes them from performing the mechanics of the golf swing correctly. Flexibility faults are often misdiagnosed as swing faults. As a result, the golfer dubiously works on fixing their golf swing with no avail. They continue to struggle with standing up during their back swing and never fix it or understand why it is happening. The reason is they are trying "fix" the problem with the incorrect medicine.

The correct medicine would be the implementation of golf flexibility exercises. This type of fix would allow the golfer in such a situation to perform the mechanics of the swing correctly without limitations in their body getting in the way. Sounds pretty simple when you map out in such a way.

Now getting back to the spine angle problem Christopher Smith was discussing. The standing up during the backswing can partly be described as a flexibility fault. In such a situation this is telling me the golfer has some flexibility issues limiting their ability to maintain the correct posture during the back swing. In such a situation (i.e. standing up during the backswing) we can pinpoint the flexibility fault to hip region of the body.

The hips need to be flexible and mobile to allow the golfer to maintain a fixed spine angle and rotate around it during the golf swing. If the hips are tight and inflexible the ability to do this will be compromised as in the example of standing up during the back swing.

Now looking specifically at the spine angle change of standing up we can even pin point to a greater extent the exact muscles in the hips causing this "flexibility fault". Usually with a golfer that stands up during the backswing I find they have tight hip flexors. Hip flexors are muscles that run across the front part of the hip on both legs. These muscles when tight (i.e. inflexible) "pull" the hips underneath your spine. Making it almost impossible to maintain the spine angle set in the address position. Once you begin the back swing and suffer from "tight" hip flexors. These muscles will "pull your hips" underneath your spine, causing you to stand up. The end result is a change in your spine angle and a series of compensations in the golf swing to follow.

How do we fix this flexibility fault, get those tight hip flexors mobile, and improve your golf swing? Simply by adding a series of golf fitness flexibility exercises to your golf swing improvement program. These types of exercises take just a few minutes a day to perform. They will alleviate the tightness in your hips and in the long run improve your golf swing.

Simple yet very effective golf fitness flexibility exercises I like to use for tight hip flexors are the kneeling hip flexor stretch, standing quadriceps, and spider. All three of these golf fitness flexibility exercise focus on the hip flexors. Over time these flexibility exercises will lengthen (i.e. stretch) those tight hip flexors. Allowing you greater mobility in the hips and eliminate one of the reasons for standing up in the back swing.

So remember, it is necessary to maintain a fixed spine angle during the golf swing. If you do not a whole series of compensations will occur. The end result will be an inconsistent golf swing. One such reason for a change in your spine angle may be standing up during the back swing. This swing fault is often a flexibility fault resulting from tight hips. The implementation of golf fitness flexibility exercises in a short amount of time can fix this flexibility fault and stop you from standing up during the back swing. Resulting in a more consistent golf swing. Keep in mind the connection between your body and the golf swing, and realize it is the body swinging the golf club.






Shop Online for Great Deals and Discounts on Some of Your Favorite Golf Clubs and Golf Equipment

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There is no doubt about it; golf can be an expensive sport. One great way to keep your game the same but save some cash is to shop online for all of your golf clubs. While it can be really tempting to splurge at your local golf shop, you should hold out and even consider knockoff golf clubs or clone golf clubs. Many of these golf clubs work just as well as the real thing, but they can be up to a quarter of the price. Golf is a great game, but if you are looking for a way to make it more affordable, you can definitely do that by considering where and when you are buying golf clubs.

Shop Online

When you shop online you'll find that you can find discount golf clubs in just about every brand. The great thing about this is that you don't have to settle for knockoff golf clubs, but you get them at discount prices so that they are a bit more affordable. You may have to wait a bit longer than you want for new golf club sets, but in the end the money you save will be worth it. The money you save on discount golf clubs will allow you at some point to pay for custom golf clubs!

Don't just shop online, shop around online. You'd be surprised to see the differences in the price of golf clubs at one website compared to the other. Many times a website will offer great savings or discount prices while another is offering just 1-2% off the original retail price. If you can save even $50 more, that is worth it, and money that you can put in your piggy bank for your future custom golf clubs!

Be in the Know

Another great thing about shopping online is that you will usually know when the new lines of golf clubs will be released. This will tip you off as to when you can save some money on last season's golf clubs. Golf clubs are like anything else, they are updated from time to time, but there is nothing wrong with the past models. The past models is where you can save the money you want to save. When the new line comes out, you can save up to 50% off of the original retail price! You just can't beat that, especially because these are brand name golf clubs we're talking about, not knockoff golf clubs.

Next Best Thing

If you want to buy golf clubs right now and you don't want to wait for a sale but you don't want to pay for those really pretty clubs you've been looking at, clone golf clubs are the way to go. For most of the well-known brands there are clones that can be purchased for just a portion of the retail price. Size, weight, and feel of clone golf clubs truly can be compared to the real deal and can be so much alike that most golfers have a hard time telling the difference between the real thing and the clone. Clone golf clubs aren't cheap, but they are a lot more affordable and are just for people that want their golf addiction to be a bit more affordable!

It's important to remember that golf clubs do not have to break the bank. You can buy golf clubs online for a portion of the price that you may pay in your local pro shop. If you hold off and control your impulses you can save yourself a lot of money, and have just as much fun out there on the green.






Golf - The Top Courses

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All golfers love to play golf on the nicest courses they can. There is nothing like playing on manicured greens, lush low-cut fairways and amongst beautiful trees, flowers and water. It makes for a memorable experience to say the least.

With that said, let's take things to the highest level and look at what Golf Magazine claims are the top five golf courses in the world.

1. Pine Valley Golf Club

Pine Valley Golf Club is located in Pine Valley, NJ USA and is consistently ranked number one year after year. The golf course is massive in size. You can literally play every hole and never know that anyone else is even on the course.

Pine Valley is also known as one of the toughest golf courses to play anywhere. It's extremely private and next to impossible to get to play a round on. Pine Valley has been around for many years and has been ranked number one by Golf Magazine ever since 1991. No other golf course in the world offers more in the way of privacy and beauty.

2. Cypress Point Golf Club

Cypress Point Golf Club is located in Pebble Beach, CA USA. Sitting off the Monterrey Peninsula, this golf course is one of the most beautiful you could ever find. You will have a visual experience that you'll never forget with the cypress trees and the waters of the Pacific Ocean just off the fairway.

The 16th hole at Cypress Point has always been called one of the most beautiful par threes anywhere in the world. Anyone can play at Cypress Point since it is not a private golf club.

3. St. Andrews Golf Club

St. Andrews Golf Club is where golf got its start. Located in Fife, Scotland, this course is the oldest golf course in the world. What St. Andrews lacks in visual appeal, it more than makes up for in historical appeal.

St. Andrews is also famous for the 17th hole called the "road hole". The course started in the 12th century and is also known as a "Royal and Ancient" golf club. It simply doesn't get any better than playing a round of golf on the world's oldest golf course.

4. Augusta National Golf Club

Coming in at number four is Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA USA. Home to the Masters PGA Golf Tournament, this course is famous for its beautiful manicured grounds, trees and flowers.

Every hole on the golf course is named after a flower. Although this golf course is world famous and arguably one of the most beautiful in the world, the chances of you ever getting to play a round of golf there are slim to none. Augusta National is ultra-private with less than 500 members total.

5. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club

Rounding out the top five is Shinnecock Hills located in Southampton, NY USA. Built in the 1800s, Shinnecock Hills was originally a 12-hole golf course before being turned into an 18-hole course in 1895. Shinnecock Hills Golf Club is known for its undulating, very fast greens, as well as its tight, tree lined fairways.

Playing on one of these top five golf courses may only be a fantasy for just about every golfer, be we can always dream.






Golf Fitness Exercises to Help Your Short Game

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The connection between golf fitness exercises and the short game often times goes unnoticed. It is usually thought golf fitness exercises help us generate more clubhead speed, add more distance to our drives, hit longer iron shots, and play more consistently from the fairway. In this mix of benefits the short game is often lost when discussing golf fitness. Believe it or not golf fitness exercises can benefit your short game in a big way.

The idea of golf fitness exercises and their benefit to short game play came into focus during a conversation with PGA Teaching professional Christopher Smith. Christopher is a great instructor; he works with Nike Golf, is rated as a top instructor in the Pacific Northwest, and was recently featured in Golf Digest Magazine. Not to long ago Christopher and I filmed a couple of golf instruction videos together. One of the videos was on the short game.

The video we filmed was not your "typical" short game video. Where we instructed you to place your feet here, clubface in this position, hands forward of the ball, etc, etc. It was a much better approach in the video and discussed concepts of the short game. Christopher presented ways to think about short game shots, and processes to improve your short game.

One area he touched upon was how finite of an athletic action chipping and pitching are in the big picture. For example, the muscular strength in the hands, forearms, and wrists are integral parts of the short game. In addition so are the motor skills of the nerves and muscles coordinating the movements involved in such golf shots.

Christopher's question to me in the video was in relation to these exact topics. He flat out asked me:

"Sean, are there golf fitness exercises that can help in the short game? I find as an instructor, physical limitations are showing up in some of my student's short game. This is limiting their ability to perform chips, pitches, and most shots from 100 yards in. What are your thoughts?"

I told Christopher there are absolutely golf fitness exercises that can benefit any golfer's short game. I first discussed the hands, wrists, and forearms. To perform chip shots and pitches the hands, wrists, and forearms come into play. In order to execute such shots consistently and correctly a level of strength is needed within these muscles. If the muscles within these parts of the body are weak and lack endurance, the ability to set the hands where they need to be, and hold the clubface in the correct position can be compromised.

I said the easiest way to correct this problem on a physical level is to implement a series of golf fitness exercises for the hands, wrists, and forearms. These exercises will increase the muscular strength and endurance in these body parts. The end result will be an improvement in their short game on a physical level.

The second problem area indicated by Christopher with his student's short game centered upon the finite motor skills of these shots. These types of shots require a very high level of motor control. Motor control is centered upon the interaction of the brain, nerves, and muscles. It is essentially your brain telling your body what to do, how to do it, and in what order. This is a result of your brain coordinating movements of your muscles through the nervous system. The execution of your brain "telling your body what to do" can be either efficient or inefficient.

If your brain, nervous system, and muscles are operating efficiently, the execution of finite motor control movements such as short game shots are easy. On the other hand, if your brain telling your nerves, and consequently your muscles what to do is inefficient. The execution of finite motor control movements, again such as short game shots will be more difficult.

I told Christopher motor control is the second area in which golf fitness exercises can be of benefit to the short game. The types of golf fitness exercise beneficial to the short game are balance exercises. Balance exercises are a type of golf fitness exercises.

These types of golf fitness exercises incorporate your brain, nerves, and muscles. They have many benefits when it comes to the golf swing. Outside the benefit of creating higher levels of muscular strength and endurance, these exercises assist in motor control.

Let me explain, we understand motor control is the interaction of your brain, nerves, and muscles. The interaction can either be efficient or inefficient. Efficient motor control is good, especially for finite muscular activities such as short game shots. Golf fitness balance exercises "challenge" your nervous and muscular system interaction. Over time as these two systems are "challenged" through exercise they become more efficient. Essentially they operate together more efficiently. Resulting in higher levels of motor control and the ability to execute finite motor skills (i.e. short game golf shots).

So lets summarize this discussion between Christopher Smith and myself. Golf fitness exercises are often overlooked as a benefit to short game shots. The reality is different than many individuals think. Golf fitness exercises can assist the golfer's short game on a physical level. It does this in two ways; golf fitness exercises increase the strength in the muscles involved in short game shots. Secondly, the short game is a finite motor control activity. Golf fitness balance exercises can improve a golfer's motor control abilities, allowing them to execute finite activities such as short game shots with greater ease. Bottom line, golf fitness exercises can benefit every aspect of the golf swing and the amateur's golf game.

Sean Cochran






Golf in Florida

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Golf: Truly the sport of a lifetime and very gentle on your body.

Florida, well known as vacation Mecca, is blessed by Mother Nature with a large coastal line, luxurious interior lands, year-round subtropical temperatures and annual sunshine.

Golfers visiting St. Augustine, in St. Johns County and Ponte Vedra Beach can tee off at the scenic and challenging golf courses of Florida. Playing golf in Florida offers exciting challenges to all golfers.

Playing golf in the beautiful landscape of Florida is a nice way to keep your body in shape and your mind at peace. Golf is a game of discipline, balance, and touch. A walk along the golf course burns off your calories, fill your lungs with fresh air and ameliorate your cardiovascular system to live life king size.

Carrying clubs provide strength to your hands and back, predominantly the upper part of body. And of course hitting the ball recuperates your hand to eye coordination.

Golf can be played with as many friends as you like. You can visit between each hole while you are waiting others to finish their holes and in mean time you can even discuss your matters with friends. Or if you get pleasure playing by yourself, you can enjoy open air, at your own pace.

Golf in Florida is well known because of its world-renowned golf courses including: The Players Championship, TPC Stadium Course at Sawgrass, the Radisson Ponce de Leon Golf, The Slammer and The Squire championship course and Donald Ross-designed course. Some public and semi private golf courses are also there, where you can go and enjoy golf.

Some well known golf courses of Florida:

Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach is located along Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the internationally recognized golf courses.

With 99 holes to access and an official hotel "Marriott at Sawgrass Resort", TPC is the highly esteemed golf courses of USA. Designed by Pete Dye Sawgrass, this stadium course ranks seventh among "United States Best Resort Courses" according to Golf Digest. The seventeenth hole of Sawgrass Stadium also known as "Island Hole" is recognized worldwide.

If you are at Marriott Sawgrass Resort you can also visit these two nearby private golf courses.

Ponce de Leon Golf Course:

This historical golf course was opened in 1916 and various golf legends had played here for pretty long time. Ponce de Leon is featured with practice bunker, putting green, pro shop and 9 hole pitch. This is a par-72 18-hole golf course.

The Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club:

This golf course is one of the newest courses in Florida with par 71 and 18-holes. A restaurant, pro shop and driving range are other facilities available in Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club.

Enjoy golf in Florida.






Golf Carts, Not Just For the Golf Course Anymore!

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Golf carts have a wide range of uses. Sure, the most obvious is for the golf course. But where else might you use a golf cart. Surprisingly almost anywhere short distances of travel are needed. Below, I'll talk about such instances where the use of a golf cart would be ideal.

On the golf course, golf carts are the primary means of transportation aside from walking. Golf carts are convenient and easy to use by everyone. The use of the golf cart makes traveling across the golf course quick and painless. Typically, most golf courses use electric powered golf carts as opposed to gas powered golf carts. Several factors influence this decision, but more than likely they choose electric due to its quiet use.

There are many large corporations that look to golf carts in order to help move people across large sites where businesses are located. For example, so much time can be saved by using a golf cart to travel across the worksite as opposed to walking by foot. If the need to go back and forth the workplace frequently, the amount of time saved by using the golf cart could be worth alot of money to the company compared to someone always walking.

Many security companies use golf carts to patrol the grounds of a company that they are securing. The golf cart makes it easy to cover alot of ground in a little time. The quietness of the electric golf cart also is a bonus in that it may be quiet enought to catch suspecting crooks off guard.

Golf carts have also been known to have a use on the home front, especially if you own alot of land. Sure, if you own a lot of land, you may have a tractor, or other large piece of machinery. Would anyone of them be as efficient as an electric golf cart? Chances are they are not, especially with the current gas prices.

As noted above, there are many uses for golf carts aside from the golf course. Whether you are at the golf course, workplace, or even the homefront, the golf cart could be of use to you.






Golf Basics - Build Your Foundation First

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More and more people every year get bitten by the golf bug. Golf's popularity continues to rise year after year. With more and more people becoming interested in golf, more and more people are taking their first steps in wanting to learn how to play the game.

And the great thing is - it is people of all age groups, genders, race and social strata. I have really been enjoying working with every type of golfer.

The first aspect of the game of golf that I talk with about a person or group of people that are just beginning to take up the game is that learning to play golf is going to take some time and much patience. In fact, the patience part never goes away in this great game!

The second aspect (or at least real close to it) that I speak with beginning golfers about is practice; and the amount you spend with quality practice time will get you to the point in your game you want to be.

Everyone has different ambitions and expectations as to how far they want to take their game. Whether it's just a spouse who wants to learn enough of the game and the golf swing to enjoy an afternoon with their significant other, or someone who one day wishes to play competitively, the game of golf can accommodate. But, it's fundamentals and practice that will get you to your goal.

At its core of the game of golf is the golf swing. Your golf swing. How you start out learning the mechanics of the golf swing is crucial. Don't skip the basics! Learn some fundamentals before you even begin to tackle the swing.

The grip, the stance, the setup to the ball, and your posture, is the foundation from which you must learn the golf swing. If you don't spend the time early on ingraining these aspects into your physical psyche, you'll not (if ever) consistently strike the golf ball. So, make sure when you are working with your instructor, you don't just start whacking at balls. Make sure you build the proper foundation with the aforementioned elements.

When you do progress to actually swinging the club, I like to have people start with middle iron (usually a 6 or 7 iron). In my opinion, the middle iron is the best club to begin learning the golf swing. With a six iron, for example, the ball placement is in the middle of your stance. This means that as you progress to higher and lower irons you will have a benchmark to work from. Also down the road, if you swing begins to trouble you, I usually suggest that you get back to your basic neutral position club of the six iron and get your rhythm and timing back.

If you are just beginning, you must understand that the longer the shaft on the club, the longer it is going to take you to consistently and accurately hit the golf ball. It's just the physics. I see way too many beginners want to rush to justice and hit the driver and they never learn the proper swing. Always learn, tune, and groove your swing with a middle iron. Then work to keep that mindset as you climb the ladder of your clubs.

From you middle iron placement your longer shafted clubs will find your ball placement more toward your front foot's instep; while your shorter irons will have the ball work more toward the back foot's instep.

But before you do any of this, make sure you start with your foundation. Make sure that when you speak with your teaching professional you let them know that you want to spend time with and make sure you understand the concepts of the grip, stance, alignment, and posture. This will ensure that you don't build a house of cards with your golf swing that will always be tumbling apart.

Once you get past your first couple of lessons of working on the foundations, don't forget them. Always, always, always, be cognizant of your grip, stance, alignment, and posture even as you begin developing your golf swing. Be sure to incorporate a quick check of these before you engage your swing.

And finally, we come full circle. Be patient with yourself and spend time practicing. If you do, you'll realize the wonderful rewards that the game of golf returns in a much sooner fashion.






Golf - Buying The Right Clubs

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One of the biggest areas that most new golfers have problems with is buying the right set of golf clubs. Too many times someone will just go to a mass retailer like Wal-Mart and simply pick a set of golf clubs off the shelf. Buying the right set of golf clubs for you and your game, is the single most important thing you can ever do for your golf game. It will affect your golf game more than any other decision you will make.

Consider that whatever type of golf clubs you purchase now, you'll be using them for many years to come. Golf clubs are really an investment and an expensive one at that. So it only makes sense to approach it like that and make the best investment decision you can. What should you look for and not look for, before purchasing any set of golf clubs?

Mass Marketed Clubs

This is the easiest way to purchase golf clubs, but it is also the one of the worst. Think about it for a moment. Mass marketed golf clubs are made for the average golfer. Are you average? Are you of average height, weight, etc.? In addition, most every mass retailer will carry only 3-4 different brands of golf clubs. The selection is extremely limited. If you're a left-handed golfer the choices are even fewer, if they even carry left-handed golf clubs at all.

Get Fitted Professionally

I would highly recommend that you go to a golf retail store, or your local golf club professional and be custom fit. When you have your golf clubs custom fit for you rather than buying a set of mass marketed golf clubs you are helping your golf game tremendously. These golf clubs will be designed for your height, your swing and your style of play. In most all cases, it doesn't cost anything extra to be custom fit.

Take your time with this. Look around at all the different manufacturers of golf clubs. Try swinging various clubs until you find the set that feels comfortable to you. Most every large golf retail store has an indoor hitting facility. And the local golf pro shop will let you go out on the driving range to hit a few golf balls with any clubs.

Find the right golf club for you. Does the grip feel right? If not, have them changed. Is the club too heavy? Look for something lighter. Is the shaft too loose for your swing? Look for golf clubs with a steel shaft for better control. It is all of these little things that make choosing the right set of golf clubs so important. Everyone is different and what works for one may not work for another.

Buying a good set of custom fitted golf clubs should be taken seriously. It is a significant investment and one that will have a great impact on your golf game. Take your time with choosing your new golf clubs. The ultimate goal in purchasing new clubs is to better enjoy your golf game. And you will have much more fun out on the golf course with your new clubs by choosing the set that is right for you.






Golf Balls

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The golf ball roots are harbored on the Eastern Coast in Scotland, where golf balls were first made of hardwood like Beech and Boxroot. In 1618, the next type of golf ball, the featherie ball, came into existence. This golf ball was manufactured using wet cowhide sphere stuffed with goose feathers.

The feathers dried as the leather shrunk to create a compact and hardened golf ball. This time-consuming process made this golf ball too expensive. This golf ball was the standard for over three centuries to be replaced with the Gutta Percha ball in 1848.

Rev. Dr. Robert Adams discovered the Gutta Percha "Gutty" golf ball, which was created using the dried sap of the Sapodialla tree and which had a rubber-like feel to be formed into ball shapes by heating and shaping while hot. It was by accident that improperly smoothed gutty balls had a truer flight than the smooth counterpart. Then came the rubber ball, which changed the face of golf to the way we know it.

The rubber ball was invented in 1898, and had a solid rubber core with high tension rubber thread wrapped around it, to be covered with a Gutta Percha cover. The golf balls had a multitude of outer designs for better airflow, giving way to the first dimple pattern in 1908. Dimples are used in a golf ball as a formal and symmetrical way of creating the turbulence in the boundary layer of the golf balls that nicks and cuts did. Nowadays, golf players use not only new golf balls but also used golf balls. Used golf balls are divided into different categories according to usage.

The standard weight and size for the golf ball was established in 1930, in Britain and in 1932, in America. Both organizations had different specifications until 1990, when the standard was set. The weight of the golf ball should not be more than 1.620 ounces avoirdupois (45.93 grams), and the diameter should not be less than 1.680 inches. Golf balls are put under different tests to maintain their standards. Different companies that manufacture golf balls also imprint their logos on the ball, and to decide which golf ball to buy, it is always better to go by your gut feeling after going through numerous golf ball reviews.






Used Golf Balls

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Used golf balls are also called recycled golf balls, experienced golf balls, reclaimed golf balls, or discount golf balls. The benefit of a used golf ball is of course, its price. They are usually found at a savings of sixty to eighty percent off the retail price. There are different types of used golf balls that are graded according to the usage of the golf ball.

The mint-quality used golf balls have the experience and feel of a ball that has been hit only once. This type of used golf ball is commonly known as a one hitter or one-hit wonder. These balls have a consistent color and glossy shine and perform as they would right out of the box. Next is the grade-A quality used golf ball; these are balls that just missed mint status, but still look like a new golf ball. These balls are perfect for any handicap level golfer as they perform just like you would expect from the golf brand of choice. There may be small player pen marks and very, very minor surface scratches on the golf ball. The next grade is the grade-B used golf balls that are shiny white with a small mark or fading in the printing and minor scuffing from the first owner. The balls are near perfect for play and are best for the high handicap or beginning golfer or for a golf course that has lots of hazards.

Next in line is the grade-C used golf ball that is great for practice or for that long shot over the water hazard. There may be moderate-sized play pen marks and small to moderate scuffs or scratches on them. However, they are clean and playable with signs of usage. There are also golf ball companies that supply refinished golf balls that are processed by stripping, stamping, painting, or clear-coating the golf ball. Like used golf balls, these golf balls are not endorsed by the original manufacturer, and so are not in their warranty. There are also premium used golf balls for those who enjoy driving the golf ball out of range. These are usually called range golf balls.






Golf Training Impact - Are Golf Impact Indicators Any Good?

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Golf Training aid suppliers must love the emergence of programs such as the golf channel that highlight the many flaws in our golf game! It is almost becoming a fashion accessory to have the latest golf training aid. The latest one on the market which is a golf impact indicator is golfdust. There are may other golf training aids on the market but how accurate are they? Golf accuracy is hard to measure as so many golf players are at different skill levels.

Indeed it could be true that many golfers are unable to improve much even using techniques such as golfdust and golf impact indicators. You still need to put in the hours and dedication to your golf game and golf dust training will enhance this practice providing you learn from your mistakes!

The golf training aid business is booming with many golf impact indicators and training aids being endorsed by professionals. However it is probably wise to consult your club professional first as they will have a better idea of the golf equipment that will suit your handicap.

As in life, golf training aids come in all shapes and sizes! You can pick up putting training aids, driving training aids, pitching training aids and a golf impact indicator. Remember that everyone has their own technique so not all golf equipment will suit your game.

With practice and the correct mindset there is no doubt that golf training aids will improve your golf game. Once you have improved your game why not enjoy a golfing holiday in the sun and impress your golfing partners!