You may not know it, but every time you step out onto the green, freshly cut grass of your favorite golf course, you’re participating in an ancient ritual that has, in one form or another, been part of Western Civilization since the Roman Empire. The Romans played a game called paganica with a bent stick and a stuffed leather ball that any golfer would recognize as the parent of their sport.
When you’re trying with all your might to make it to the green, it can feel like you’re on display for the whole world to see — that pressure can get further amplified when you actually get there. There’s a reason that golfers call the green “the dance floor” — poor putting on the dance floor can be just as uncomfortable as having two left feet in a ballroom.
Shots involving water hazards may be some of the most intimidating shots in golf, but the hardest are those you have to make around trees. When dealing with trees, you have basically two options: you can go over the top or you can go under the lowest branches, or for the more advanced golfers you can play shots around the tree. When it comes to trees, these are the best golf tips for beginners that we’ve got.
Arizona’s one of the best places in the United States for golf, but it’s not just because of the year-round warm weather — the scenery in Arizona is breathtaking and the abundance of land has allowed a golf course designer’s wonderland to spring up in the middle of the desert. If you’re headed to Arizona, don’t forget to pack your clubs for a few rounds at some of Arizona’s best golf courses.
If you’re a casual weekend golfer, you probably learned the game the way most weekend golfers do – you tagged along with friends who enjoyed it, were told “Just do what we do,” and off you went. This is a time-honored indoctrination into the world of golf, but when it’s just a bunch of friends hacking away once a week, one aspect that’s often underemphasized is the importance of common courtesy on the course.
Even the best drivers, irons and putters aren’t worth much if you can’t figure out just how far your ball has left to travel. Old fashioned golfers still pace out their shots, measuring the hole they’re playing by stepping it out — but this practice is both cumbersome and slow, especially when other players are waiting for their turn to tee off. Today’s golfers have other ways of measuring their shots, including the use of laser rangefinders.
The Cleveland Classic 290 driver has been compared to a wrecking ball on a stick for its sheer power and solid sound. If you’ve been playing a springy faced modern club for any amount of time, this club will take some getting used to, but the penetrating ball flight and surprisingly forgiving face may make you want to trade in your adjustable driver for something a little sexier.
No matter how good your putter is, there are going to be days when you just can’t find the cup. When those days stretch into weeks, you may start thinking about replacing your club with a different model, or just giving up putting all together. Never fear, fellow golfer, sometimes all you really need in these situations is a new putting grip.
Use your iPhone to help improve your golf game! Here’s our list of the best golf swing analyzer apps for iOS, available through iTunes.
Scotty Cameron putters might cost a bit more than the competition, but the extra cost buys more than a name—they can take your short game to another level.