Golf can be complicated at first look. There are too many technical rules, different types of clubs, and how do you exactly hit a small 1.68in (diameter) ball into a hole that’s hundreds of yards away? Here’s a quick guide for new initiates in this sport.
Scoring in Golf Winning in golf is based on the player who has the lowest score. Scoring in golf involves on how many strokes you take for every round. The number of strokes a golfer is expected to make in order to hit the hole is called a par. Scores are numbered in relation to the par, over or under-par. If you’re playing on a 4-par hole and used 5 strokes, then your score is 1-over or +1.
If you only used two strokes to hit the hole, that’s 2-under or an “eagle”. Golf Lingo The following are common golf terms that you’ll hear from pros and fellow golfers in the field. Ace – If you’ve hit the ball perfectly into the hole with a single swing. Loft or loft angle -during your training, you’ll hear more of this from your golf teacher. This is the angle that the club faces relative to the ground.
Different angles can determine the driver distance of your swing. Chip -Short range shot with distance of less than 40 yards. Bunker shot -Often done with a sand wedge to get your ball off bunker sand traps. Drive -Shots that drive your ball to the far areas of the green. Golf Clubs Price on golf clubs isn’t everything that makes a good swing. You have to know the right type of golf club to use on different situations. Irons will make up most of swing life on the field; it has different wedges intended for different distances and trajectories.
You’ll see letters engraved at the bottom of the club; Pitching Wedge “P” – Used for high trajectories to go about 80-120 yards, with bite landing or little rolling. Lob Wedge “L” – This can produce high arcs on short distances, ideal for going around obstacles or chip shots. Sand Wedge “S” – If you need a loft or arc a little below of what a lob wedge can give, sand wedges can get you off green side bunkers. Attack Wedge “A” – For lofts in between Lob and Sand wedge, use an attack/gap/utility wedge. Woods or drivers are clubs designed to give you the most distance. If you want to hit low loft but far distances, choose a 1-wood. For added arc, 2-wood and 3-wood clubs can give you slightly less distance than the first kind.
Advance or pro players may emphasize on driver customization to improve your game but before you jump into that, get to know first the basics and techniques of your swings. Club makers will base custom lengths and clubhead mass on the mechanics of a player’s swing. Putters on the other hand doesn’t emphasize on loft and distance, its intended for short strokes that will glides or roll the ball into a nearby hole. It’s designed for precision and advance control. Learn to Play Golf Take advantage of beginner lessons.
Although the main goal is to hit the ball into that hole, golf is not that easy to master. A pro can teach you how to swing correctly, techniques on rolling and golf ethics. Most of the time during a game, you’ll be throwing short shots towards the pole. Mastering techniques on creating perfect glide and low lofts can help with how you control the ball in the green. If you want to see how far you can hit, practice on the driving range. Start will short swings to warm up your muscles. Then work your way up drivers and wedges.