Golf

How To Improve Your Putting At Home

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If you love to golf and do not have the time or the money to take as many professional lessons as you would like, putting mats can make a big difference in lowering your golf scores. Even if you could afford to take professional lessons and had the time to golf every day, a putting mat at home or at the office will stll sharpen your golfing skills.

Putting mats help golfers who want to improve their game because putts can be half the number of shots on your score card. Go back and look at the score cards for your best scoring rounds. Chances are that you averaged less than two putts per hole, and probably less than 30 putts total for the round.

Home putting greens come in various sizes, slopes and curves, with some as long fifteen feet in length. There can be as many as three or four holes cut into one end for the cups. The cup size used on many putting mats is 1/4" smaller than regulation size and will sharpen your aim. When you are out on a regular golf course you get the great feeling of looking at a cup than acutally appears larger. Most putting mats will simulate putting on a well-groomed green. Most can be used both indoors and out.

James Braid: More Than Just a Golfer

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Most, if not all golfers recognise the name of James Braid. After all, Braid is perhaps one of the pioneers of the game we know today. However, Braid was more than just an excellent golfer of his time; he was also a supreme golf course architect and across the UK, there are some 200 golf courses which bear the Braid hallmark – either by design or redesign.

Braid was born in the Fife coastal town of Earlsferry on February 6th 1870 and despite his parents having no interest in the game, he began playing golf from around age four. Using golf clubs he had reconditioned, Braid learned his trade on the Elie links course and in his youth trained as a carpenter and joiner before later working as a clubmaker. He enjoyed some success as an amateur before turning professional in 1896.

Discount Golf Tee Times

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Golf is a great sport. You'll keep fit, get fresh air and be social all at the same time. No wonder golf is so popular. Many people travel and play golf on different courses all over the world. How about some golf in Spain? Sweden? What about Singapore? You can play golf all over the world. No matter where you travel, there will be a golf course nearby.

So how do you find the golf courses and make your reservation for a tee time? The easiest way would be to find the course and book your discount tee time online. It can be a jungle out there on the web. Most golf courses operates with reservation by email. That means you might have to wait several days to get a confirmation of your tee time reservation. And if they are fully booked, you have to start searching for another golf course in that area...and send them a mail. Sounds familiar? Well those days are gone.

Untangling Your Swing

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As a golf instructor you’re always dispensing advice. Sometimes when giving golf lessons or offering golf tips, you emphasize key positions in an effort to help a player eliminate a swing flaw. Players then obsess about achieving these positions and focus almost exclusively on achieving them during their swings. They also start thinking about specific body parts and where they should be. As a result, their swings get jerky and off balance. And they become a tangled mess of adjustments and re-routing.

Three swing flaws that often tend to entangle players of all golf handicaps are the following:

* Sweeping the club back behind you
* Swing becomes too upright
* Arms collapse at the top of the swing

Golf Swing - Chipping With A 3-Wood

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The last thing you need with a chip shot is leaving it short. Ideally, you want to get the ball close to the hole or sink it, if you’re lucky enough. Getting it close or sinking it isn’t so easy on long chip shots. That’s when knowing how to chip with a 3-wood comes in handy. It’s ideal for chips where you want to add more heft and loft to a shot than an iron can give you, and still get the ball close.

Consider using a 3-wood in the following four situations:

* The ball rests on hard, firm dry ground and short grass
* The green is above the ball and you have to chip up
* No bunkers or really long patches of grass block your way
* You have an opening to the green over which to roll the ball

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