Are you always in the Hazard?

How many times have you been playing golf and had a heated conversation about the rules regarding a hazard? Its time to know the various definitions…

Ground Under Repair (GUR). Usually marked by a ‘GUR’ sign. You can remove your ball and place at the nearest point of relief without penalty.

Casual Water. This is surface water clearly where your ball lies or within your stances. You can move the ball to the nearest point of relief without penalty. Establish nearest point of relief and drop the ball within one club length. If in a bunker you can incur a one shot penalty by removing the ball from the bunker or take relief without penalty by finding a suitable place in bunker which avoids the casual water.

Water Hazard (yellow stakes). If the ball is still playable as perhaps in a dry ditch you can play it without penalty but can not ground the club. If ‘in the drink’ you can drop the ball in line with the last point of access and the hole and incur a one shot penalty.

Water Hazard (red stakes). Red stakes indicates a lateral hazard which runs in the direction of the hole. You may play the ball but again without grounding the club. If you deem unplayable, you must agree point of entry and drop the ball no more than two club lengths away. A one shot penalty is incurred.

Ground staff cuttings and clippings. Drop within one club length and do so without penalty.

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5 Tips on Golf Psychology

Probably the greatest amateur to ever play our wonderful game, Bobby Jones, once famously said: “Golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course… the space between your ears.”

Compared with all other sports Golf has got to be right up there as one of the most challenging mentally. That’s why most, if not all, the top players on the European and US tours employ the services of a sports psychologist to assist them with their mental preparation and conduct on the course in the middle of a round. Us amateurs can use some of the simple mental strategies to keep our golf game in check and push us close to our best golf, they are:

  1. Stay in the present. Don’t be put off by counting scorecards or thinking of what your going to do on each hole after the one you are about to play. If you focus fully on the job in hand you will see that you play better golf and your scores tumble.
  2. Every shot is a new opportunity. You only objective in golf is to put the little whit ball in the whole in as fewer shots as possible. Assess the shot you have in front of you and review the risk and reward of taking on the dream one in a thousand shot or play the safe score reducing steady eddie shot.
  3. The past is the past. Golf is a game fully of ups and downs and each shot played has now been given over to history where it should stay. You cant change anything and whether it was the best shot you’ve ever done or the worse score ever played it will not help the next shot you have to play. Leave it there, clear the mind and move on.
  4. Never give up. However difficult or poorly you are playing never ever give up. Always play the next shot as well as you can.
  5. Positivity. Keep positive throughout the whole round and always re-confirm positive imagery and attitude.

Whats in your Golf Bag?

Fundamentally there are some important questions that need to be answered when choosing the right golf bag. Golf comes with a enormous amount of extra equipment, most you will need on the rare occasion, others you will need every single time you play and having the correct bag to house all this stuff is makes life and your round of golf a lot easier!

You need to prioritise what you will take out on the course with you and the decision of bag and/or trolley will come naturally. The contents of a bag usually includes:

  • Clubs – the right set for your game and the course you are playing.
  • Balls – how many and what type.
  • Gloves – how many and what type.
  • Food and drink.
  • Clothing – wet/cold weather suit, over-trousers and appropriate shoes.
  • Bag cover and umbrella.
  • Other extras – suntan lotion, lip cream, sunglasses, wet and dry towels.

Do what the professional’s do and use the bag as an assistant to your round of golf. Make sure you have everything you need and use the appropriate bag and/or trolley to ensure that carrying or pulling will not hinder your round of golf through fatigue and tiredness.

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Etiquette On The Green

Its important to know how to behaviour when on the green, here’s some tips which will help…

  1. Stand well away from and to the side of players who are about to take their putt. Stay out of their line of sight to avoid being accused of gaining advantage through the feedback from their putt.
  2. Bags, Trolleys and buggies should be kept well away from greens.
  3. Try to avoid scuffing green with golf shoes.
  4. Never walk on the putting line of another player. If in doubt ask and mark your ball.
  5. If tending the flag, release it from its support prior to the shot being taken to avoid any penalty shots occurring.
  6. Be quiet and still when others are taking their putt.

These simple etiquette rules of thumb will keep you in good stead if you are new to the game and a good reminder to those who have been playing a while and forgotten. You know who you are!

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Components of Golf Fitness

Golf fitness is made up of aerobic endurance, nutrition, muscular strength and flexibility.

Aerobic Endurance is your ability to continue for long periods of physical activity. Its what most would say is your ‘fitness’ level. If you are out of breathe climbing the stairs then you are probably not as fit as you should be. However if you running around and not braking sweat you are likely to be in good shape and more than capable of enduring a competitive round of golf.

Nutrition is all about what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat it. Most would say golf is just a leisurely walk round a field but that they would be wrong. A competitive round of golf can use vital levels of energy you have gained from the food intake. It is important to keep yourself well hydrated and keep topping up you fuel source whilst playing. Although a fairly excused subject in the world of golf, nutrition is a key component when trying to be the best golfer you can.

Muscular strength is all about power. You only have to see how far Rory Mcllroy hits the ball to know how spending hours in the gym pumping iron (excuse the pun) can benefit your golf game. Want to hit those 300+ yard drivers? Hit the gym and engage a Personal Trainer to really focus on key areas of the golf swing.

Flexibility can be incorporated into the gym sessions lifting thse weights. A flexible, freely moving body can only help the golf swing. The swing uses most parts of the body so its vitally important to keep yourself in shape and feeling good!

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Take that divot and trust the loft

Most golfers have a natural tendency to try and help the ball into the air by holding back through impact and attempting to lift the ball. A golf club, in particular an iron, is designed with loft to do all the work required to get the ball up and on a good flight path.

As you feel more comfortable with using the club to lift the ball, move your weight towards the target on the downswing. This will drive the club through the ball and should, if executed correctly, leave a nice, healthy divot behind after impact.

A divot will be a good feedback indicator that you have set the ball in the right position in your stances and found a greater angle of attack than usual. By committing to the shot with positive imagery and excellent execution you should leave a divot.

Always remember to repair your divots by using a divot tool, which you can buy from any golf course or golf equipment supplier.

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Good and Bad Lies

Each and every time you get an opportunity to practice the game of golf you must test yourself and improve on your capabilities. This can not be more said than with chipping from good and bad lies.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of going to a professional golf tournament on practice day you will see each and every pro doing exactly this – testing their abilities and finding out what the particular golf course has in store for them on the big day. On the practice green you will find the pro’s spreading the balls around the green and not hitting ball after ball from a perfect lie just of the green. This provides vital feedback and quality practice. Some will even create terrible lies to really test their ability.

You should add this to your practice sessions as its very unlikely you will ever get that perfect lie on the course when playing with friends or in the local club competition. Practice should be enjoyable but it should also have purpose and provide you with continuing challenges so you are constantly pushing yourself to be a better golf.

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Grip – Common Errors

The grip is a vitally important element of the golf swing. Regardless of your golfing standard, you should take time to improve your grip. There are two common errors that can creep into your golf game undetected – Strong Grip and Weak Grip.

Strong Grip

A strong grip is when you look down at you hands on the club at address and see you the ‘V’ between your index finger and thumb on you right hand (if a right handed player, left if a left handed player) is pointing right of your right shoulder. In addition you will be able to see three knuckles on your left hand. This grip will tend to cause a hook and close the club face at impact.

Weak Grip

With a weak grip, the opposite hands with the ‘V’ of the index finger and thumb pointing towards your left shoulder and you will only be able to see one knuckle. This grip will tend to cause a slice and open the club face at impact.

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5 Factors to a Good Address Position

  1. STANCE. How your weight is balanced at address is important. It will be different for all types of shots.
  2. GRIP. Holding the club so your hands work in partnership to keep the club on plain with powerful, fluid movement.
  3. BALL POSITION. Where you place the ball in your stance will affect the angle the club strikes the ball. Getting this spot on ensures improved flight and control/striking of the golf ball.
  4. ALIGNMENT. Ensuring you are aligned with the direction you wish to send the ball is vitally important. It will give feedback and will help you take the club back on the right path.
  5. POSTURE. Much like ball position, the angle of your back will assist in the consistency of quality strikes time after time.

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5 changes to the PGA Tour 2019 schedule

Below are the 5 changes to the PGA Tour schedule that you should know about

  1. The PGA Championship will be played in May
  2. Two tournaments will be played in Michigan and Minnesota
  3. The FedEx playoffs will play finish in August and not September
  4. The RBC Canadian Open will be played in early June
  5. The Houston Open and Greenbrier move to the Autumn

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