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How to Be a Gentle Player on the Golf Course

Since golf is not a gender-specific game, I will use the term “gentle player” to describe the gentleman or gentlewoman who plays on the golf course. While golf etiquette has been discussed countless number of times in many different sources, it’s well- worth repeating, rehashing and reviewing as the game continues to attract younger players to the course.

Keeping Your Golf Form in the Winter

When the snows come and the green expanse of golf courses gets blanketed in white, recreational golfers often have to take a forced hibernation together with their clubs. Unfortunately, their form hibernates to the point of forgetfulness as well, such that by the time spring comes, they’ve already forgotten the basics of correct stance, grip and swing and have to start from square one all over again.

A Golfer’s Diet

One of the most overlooked aspects of a golfer’s preparation for a great game is his diet. While golf may not require lots of running, it is a game of endurance, nonetheless. It is also a sport that requires a great deal of mental thinking. Both the physical and mental rigors of the sport require fuel which can only come from food.

How to Avoid Back Pain While Playing Golf

Back pain seems to be a common complaint among golfers that you’d think it naturally comes with the territory. It can get so severe in some golfers that even the most ardent players of the sport have to retire their golf clubs earlier than they like to. Sometimes, however, pain in the lower back can be traced to postural problems or errors of form and are actually preventable.

Tips for the Tee-Off

As soon as you’ve done your preliminary stretches, a golf game starts with a tee-off. How well you tee-off dictates the rest of your game. Getting the ball into your desired position in the green with an excellent tee-off shot lowers your score and puts you on the right track to winning a match.

Balance and Golf

Learning how to balance is key to a successful stance and swing in your golf game. In fact, any successful drive, chip or putt largely depends on a golfer’s ability to stay balanced throughout the entire movement.

Play Golf Safely

The wide expanse of green might look safe enough. But one peaceful and relaxing round can turn into a nightmare if certain safety measures aren’t followed. You might think it’s extremely unlikely, but accidents have occurred when players’ and/or spectators’ heads got hit by a ball in flight or when someone standing behind a player got whacked by a swinging golf club. Deaths have even been reported in some cases involving golf carts.

The Essence of Golf

True golf enthusiasts will often tell you that a game of golf is addictive. This can be difficult to believe at first, but one round on the golf course is enough to convince the staunchest skeptic and turn him into another ardent believer.

How to Repair Divots

Iron shots on the fairway will almost always result in a turf that is scraped up, leaving a scar where grass had once been. This is because irons are meant to dig into the soil even after it has hit the ball. Both the turf that is scraped and the corresponding scar is called a “divot.” Golf etiquette requires that players who make divots with their shots must repair them, unless you are certain that your golf course requires you to leave divots alone.

Just Hit the Ball!

One of the most common complaints about golf is its slow pace. There is no time limit save for the dictates of etiquette as to when players can take their shots. Golfers are allowed to study the placement of the ball and analyze their possible swings and other factors such as wind direction and how the condition of the turf might affect their shot before they can finally decide to hit.

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