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How Far Are You Supposed to Hit Each of Your...
How far should you hit your golf clubs? This chart shows typical distances, along with tips for learning your yardages.
Talkin' 'Bout Shaft: Understanding Golf Club...
What is the role of shaft flex in a golf club and golf swing? Understanding shaft flex can help improve your game.
Get Ready for the 2015 Masters: Dates, Players,...
Find out when the 2015 Masters takes place, which golfers have qualified, and more information about the first golf major championship of the year.
Should Golfers Use Clubs With Steel or Graphite...
What's best for your golf game - steel shafts or graphite shafts? This comparison looks at the pros and cons of each type of shaft.
Getting a Great Golf Stance, Step-by-Step
Learn how to achieve a great golf setup position with this step-by-step guide to the stance that includes alignment, ball position, posture, balance and more.
Golf Handicap Calculator
With a minimum of five rounds played, this Golf Handicap Calculator tells you what your USGA Handicap Index would be.
Want to Laugh? Try these Golf Funnies
In the mood for a laugh? Browse through a collection of one-liners and other short funnies about the game of golf.
Know Your Golf Scoring Terms: Birdies, Bogeys...
What do golf scoring terms such as birdie and bogey, eagle and par, mean? Here is the answer from the Golf Beginners FAQ.
Who Are Golf's Greatest 25 Players of All Time?
Who are the best golfers of all-time? Here is a ranking of the Top 25 men in the history of golf.
What is a Scramble Tournament in Golf and How...
A scramble is a type of golf tournament that is commonly used for club tournaments, charity outings and so on. Here's an overview of how the format works.
Understanding Your Golf Clubs: What Are Wedges?
Beginning golfers sometimes aren't sure which golf clubs do what, or why. Here, the About.com Golf Guides tries to help beginners understand wedges, including sand wedges, gap wedges and lob wedges.
Knowing Your Basic Golf Terms: What is a Birdie?
Do you know what a birdie is in golf? Here is an explanation of this scoring term, with examples.
Here's How You Can Get Tickets to the Masters...
So you want tickets to The Masters golf tournament? You'll need a lot of luck and a lot of cash to get those Masters tickets.
Is Golf an Acronym for Gentleman Only, Ladies...
Does the word golf stand for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden? That's a popular myth, and it's not true. Find out the real origins of the word golf.
These Free Golf Instruction Videos Will Improve...
Watch dozens of golf instruction videos covering various lesson topics, all free and registration not required.
What the Letters on a Golf Club Shaft Mean
On most golf shafts, one of the letters from among L, A, R, S and X appears on the shaft. This flex code is common around the world. What do these letters mean?
How to Decide on Which Brand Golf Clubs to Buy...
You're a beginning golfer who wants to buy a nice set of clubs from a major brand, but you're not sure how to choose between brands. Here are some suggestions for deciding.
What Does it Mean to Be a Scratch Golfer?
What is a scratch golfer? There is an official definition as part of the handicap system, and there is also a general usage of the term. Read the definitions of both for an explanation of the term's meaning.
From Chucky 3 Sticks to The Walking 1-Iron:...
The best nicknames in golf history include some you'll recognize and some surprises. We count them down here, starting with Aquaman.
Tips to Get Better at Golf
Does your golf game need a little help? These videos, tutorials and lessons offer golf tips for golfers seeking to improve their swing and score.
How to Grip Your Golf Club
Here is a step-by-step guide to the correct way for golfers to take their grip of the club, starting with the lead (or top) hand.
How to Play a Four Ball Golf Match
A definition of the golf term
How to Keep Score in Golf: Simple Intro for...
From the Beginners FAQ, the About Golf Guide answers the questions,
6 Great Golfers Who Suddenly Lost Their Games
The history of golf includes multiple examples of major winners who one day were on top of the tour and the next - poof! - their games were gone.
Understanding Swingweight in Golf Clubs
What is swingweight in a golf club, and is it something every golfer needs to be concerned with? The About.com Golf Guide examines swingweight.
Understanding Basic and Advanced Rules of Golf
Check out Golf Rules in both short, plain-English form or the full, in-depth rules, plus rulings on confusing situations, and pose your questions to experts.
What Are the Most Popular Golf Tournament...
What are the most popular golf tournament formats, and what are their rules? Here are 10 of the most common types of competition formats.
Strengthen Your Hip Muscles and Improve Your...
Here are exercises that golfers can do to strengthen hip muscles for a better weight shift during the swing.
Do You Know What an Albatross Is In Golf?...
The term albatross is sometimes used in golf, but what does it mean? It refers to a specific score on a hole; here's the definition.
What You Should Know Before Buying Your First...
What factors should you consider before buying your first set of golf clubs? The About.com Golf Guide has some suggestions.
Know When and Where Golf's Major Tournaments...
When and where are golf's major championships scheduled in coming years? Check out the dates and locations of future majors.
How To Calculate your Golf Handicap
Here's an explation of the formula used to calculate a USGA Handicap Index in golf.
How Do You Score an Eagle in Golf?
A definition of the golf term
What is a Bogey in Golf?
Do you know what a bogey is in golf? Read this definition of the scoring term.
Here's How You Play the Texas Scramble Golf...
Texas Scramble is a type of golf tournament or competition format that is a variation on a basic scramble. Here's how to play it.
24 Hilarious Jokes About Golf
Need a good laugh? Check out this collection of golf jokes from About.com, which includes both longer jokes and stories plus one-liners and other quips.
Understanding Your Golf Clubs: All About Irons
Beginning golfers sometimes aren't sure which golf clubs do what, or why. Here, the About.com Golf Guides helps beginners understand irons, from the 3-iron to the pitching wedge.
What Golf Golf Demo Days Are and How to Find Them
Looking for a golf demo days event in your area? You can search manufacturers' demo days schedules from this article by the About.com Golf Expert.
2016 Masters Golf Tournament
Find out the dates of the 2016 Masters Tournament, qualifying criteria and more info about the golf major.
50 Best Women Golfers of All Time
Who are the greatest women golfers of all time? The About.com Golf Guide counts down the Top 50 Female Golfers of All-Time.
Forged Irons vs. Cast Irons: What's the...
How do cast irons and forged irons compare? This FAQ explains the differences between the two methods of manufacturing golf clubs.
Get Ready for the 2015 US Open with Dates,...
Find out where and when the 2015 US Open golf tournament takes place, along with qualifying criteria.
What is the Greensomes Format in Golf?
A definition of the golf term Greensomes
More than 150 Years of British Open Winners
Look at the list of winners through the years, going back to 1860, of the British Open Golf Championship. Click on any year to view the scores for that tournament and read a championship summary.
3 Ways to Grip Your Golf Club
Here are the three most common types of golf grips, the best ways to hold the golf club during the swing.
How to Clean Golf Clubs Step-By-Step
Put your irons into a bucket of warm, soapy water, to start the cleaning process on golf clubs.
How Many Clubs Are You Allowed to Carry in Your...
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Francis Ouimet
This biographical profile of golfer Francis Ouimet includes personal and career details, including the story of his legendary US Open victory.
How to Mark Your Scorecard in Golf
If you're a beginner, you might be unsure of some of the different ways to mark the golf scorecard. Here's a rundown of 10 of the most common methods for marking the scorecard.
What the Colored Stakes and Lines on a Golf...
What do the different colored stakes and lines on a golf course signify? Find out what red, yellow and white stakes or lines mean on a golf course.
Why Torque Is Important When Choosing the Right...
The torque measurement of a golf shaft is often imprinted on the shaft, and is sometimes a consideration in choosing a shaft. But what is torque, and how important is it?
Golf Betting Games and Tournament Formats...
Find out how to play dozens and dozens of golf tournament formats, and check the definitions of various side bets and golf betting games.
Golf's Hogan's Alley: What Is It? Where Is It?...
What are certain golf courses and golf holes nicknamed Hogan's Alley? This entry in the About.com Golf History FAQ explains.
Here's How to Decide Which Tees (Yardages) To...
How do you know which set of tees (which yardages) to play from on a golf course? Here's how to decide which teeing grounds to use.
Are Balance and Rhythm the Keys to Being Longer...
Balance and rhythm, or tempo, are necessary for a great golf swing. Here is how you should be balanced in four key swing positions.
3 Big Things We Learned in Golf This Week:...
What did we learn about golf on the pro tours for the week that ended Feb. 1? Three big things: Tiger's a no, Rory's a go and, well, Lydia Ko.
The Lowest Score Ever Recorded For 18 Holes of...
What is the lowest score ever posted in an 18-hole round of golf? Here is a look at that question.
Amy Alcott
Learn more about golfer Amy Alcott, a major force and major championship winner on the LPGA Tour from the late 1970s into the 1990s.
How is a Shamble Golf Tournament Played?
What is a shamble golf tournament, and how is one played? Read this definition of the format for an explanation.
Oldest PGA Tour Winners
Who are the oldest golfers to win on the PGA Tour? Here's the list, starting with Sam Snead, 52 years, 10 months, 8 days, 1965 Greater Greensboro Open.
Amazing but True: The PGA Tour Golfer Who Hit a...
In 1992, a journeyman golfer named Carl Cooper blasted a 787-yard drive during a PGA Tour tournament, the Texas Open. Read how it happened.
When and Where Did Golf Begin?
What are the origins of golf? When and where did the game begin? Those questions are tackled in this article from the Golf History FAQ.
Double Eagle
What is a double eagle in golf? Here is an explanation of the term and what it takes to record one of these rare feats.
Most Common Questions Beginning Golfers Ask
The Golf for Beginners FAQ helps those interested in becoming golfers answer questions that are sure to come up.
How to Choose a New Shaft for Your Golf Clubs
Master clubmaker Dennis Mack provides a step-by-step primer on choosing a new or replacement shaft for your golf clubs.
How You Can Become a Member of Augusta...
How much does it cost to join Augusta National Golf Club? How do you apply for Augusta National membership? Find out here.
Enjoy an Arnold Palmer Drink: How to Make One,...
Have you ever enjoyed an Arnold Palmer drink? Find out how to make this tea-and-lemonade mocktail, and why it's named after the famous golfer.
Alphabetical Golf Glossary of Advanced and...
Need a detailed, in-depth definition of a golf term? Check out this extensive Golf Glossary, which includes hundreds of explanations of common and uncommon words used by golfers.
Sara Brown
This photo gallery of Big Break contestant Sara Brown also includes biographical information about the golfer.
10 Rules For Your First Round of Golf
Playing your first round of golf can be intimidating. Will you know how to act on a golf course? Will you be unsure of yourself and the rules? Here's a quick primer - 10 basics of rules of etiquette - that will make your first round of golf go easier.
Correct Grip Pressure
How tight should you hold the golf club? Using the correct grip pressure can help you hit better golf shots. Here is how tightly to hold the grip.
How to Become a Member of the PGA Tour
This article on PGA Tour qualifying outlines the only ways a golfer can earn a PGA Tour card to become a tour member.
Captain, My Captain! All the Ryder Cup Leaders,...
Which golfers have served as Ryder Cup captains throughout the history of the matches? Here is the full list of European and American captains, plus the records for most wins, losses and times served as captain.
How to Fix a Slice in Golf
Get these free tips for diagnosing the cause of your slice on the golf course, and fixing the problems so you can stop slicing.
Why Do Golfers Yell 'Fore'?
Why do golfers yell 'fore' when they hit errant shots? To warn those ahead. But why 'fore' - what is the origin of that term and its golf usage?
Has Any Golfer Ever Had a Hole-in-One on a Par-5?
Has any golfer scored a hole-in-one on a par-5 hole? That question is answered in this FAQ entry.
How Do Golfers Qualify for the Masters?
What are the various ways golfers can qualify to play in the major championship? Here is the list of criteria.
Which Golf Clubs Should You Carry in Your Bag?
Which golf clubs should you carry in your bag? That depends on your skill level. Here's a look.
What is a Stableford Competition in Golf?
Are you unsure of how a Stableford Competition or Modified Stableford Competition is played? This introductions to Stableford from the About.com Golf expert should help.
What Are The Various Types of Golf Clubs and...
Beginning golfers sometimes aren't sure which golf clubs do what, or why. Here, the About.com Golf Guides tries to help beginners understand the different types of golf clubs and their uses.
Golf Course Handicap Calculator
Determine your course handicap using this free calculator for golfers.
What is Slope Rating in Golf?
What is slope rating in golf, how does it function and what is its purpose? This entry in the Handicaps FAQ answers those questions.
Most Popular Golf Betting Games and Side Bets
What are the most popular golf betting games and side bets? And how are they played? Here are 10 of most common gambling games, plus info on many more.
Know Your Golf Clubs: Understanding Woods
Beginning golfers sometimes aren't sure which golf clubs do what, or why. Here, the About.com Golf Guides tries to help beginners understand woods - drivers and fairway woods.
What Happens When You Use Golf Clubs With the...
What happens when you use golf clubs with the wrong shaft flex? Here are some of the effects.
How the 6-8-10 Method Can Improve a Golfer's...
If you struggle with chip shots in golf, learning the 6-8-10 Formula is a great tip for improving your chipping.
Why is the Golf Hole So Small?
Why is the golf hole 4.25 inches in diameter? Our golf history FAQ contains the answer to this frequently asked question.
How to Play a Best Ball Golf Tournament
Best ball is a type of competition format in golf. How do you play it? Read this definition of the game.
All the PGA Tour Records Golf Fans Should Know
Find out who holds the most important PGA Tour records with this run through the tour recordbook.
Tee Up the Rich History of Riviera Country Club
Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles is a PGA Tour and major championship venue. Learn about the course, its history, and lots of interesting facts and trivia.
Up and Down
What does the term 'up and down' mean when used by golfers? Read this definition of the phrase for an explanation.
Find out what the term 'par' means in golf
What does the term par mean in golf? Here is the definition.
Which Golfers Have Scored the Record 59 For 18...
What is the record for lowest round of golf shot on the PGA Tour? Here are the golfer who've shot 59 in a PGA Tour tournament.
Who is Tiger Woods' Mother?
Kultida (Tida) Punsawad was born in 1944 in Thailand. Her ancestry is a mix of Thai, Chinese and Dutch, and she was raised Buddhist.
Do You Know What the Numbers on a Golf Ball Mean?
Almost all golf balls come with at least one number printed on them. What do these numbers mean? Here is an explanation of the golf ball numbers you might encounter.
1913 US Open Golf Tournament Results and Scores
Read a recap of the 1913 U.S. Open golf tournament and view the list of final scores.
What is Tiger Woods' House and Practice...
Tiger Woods' first house was in the exclusive community of Isleworth in Windermere, Fla., and is now owned by golfer Bubba Watson.
Golfers With the Most Career Wins on the PGA Tour
Who has the most career wins on the PGA Tour? Here's a list of all players who have 15 or more career wins on the PGA Tour.
How Golfers Can Get the Most Out of an...
Are there things you should be doing to get the most out of your oversized driver? Yes - here are four keys to hitting a 460cc driver.
Differences Between Graphite and Steel Golf Clubs
The main differences between graphite and steel golf shafts revolve around weight, but there are also other factors to consider when choosing the type of shaft.
How Equitable Stroke Control Affects a Golfer's...
Equitable Stroke Control in golf is part of the USGA Handicap System and sets a per-hole maximum score that golfers can turn in for handicap purposes. Read the details and view the allowable scores.
Explaining the Callaway Scoring System
A definition of the golf term 'Callaway Systm' (or 'Callaway Scoring System') from the About.com Golf Glossary.
How to Hit Your Pitches Consistently in Golf
If you have trouble consistently hitting pitch shots to different distances, the 7-8-9 Method is a pitching drill that can improve your accuracy.
3 Big Tips for Junior Golfers Who Want to Play...
What does it take to play college golf? What kind of scores does a junior golfer need, what kind of resume should he or she prepare? This article takes a look at those questions.
These are the 10 Greatest Irish Golfers of...
Who are the best-ever golfers from the island of Ireland? We rank the Top 10 Irish golfers of all-time.
The PGA Tour Cut Rule, Explained
What is the PGA Tour cut rule - how many golfers make or miss the cut at pro golf tournaments? Here is the answer.
What is a Links Course in Golf?
From the Golf History FAQ, the About Golf Guide addresses the question,
What do the Numbers on the "Handicap" Row of...
: What do the Numbers on the "Handicap" Row of the Scorecard Represent? : Most golf scorecards contain
What is the Industry Standard for Golf Club...
Is there a standard length for golf clubs? This article answers that question and provides details on the lengths most manufacturers uses for their clubs.
Men's Pro Golfers with Most Wins in Majors
See which male golfers have won the most major championship titles, including professional and amateur.
How Do You Know Which Golf Club to Hit?
How do you know which golf club to hit from different distances if you are new to the game? Here are some ideas.
Common Questions Answered About Golf Club Shafts
You have questions about golf shafts, we have answers. Check out this FAQ if you're not sure you understand the technology of shafts or the role they play in the performance of golf clubs.
Here's How to Play the Foursomes Format in Golf
Foursomes is a competition format in golf. Do you know how to play it? Read this explanation of the game.
The Only Par-4 Ace in PGA Tour Happened in an...
The first and so far only hole-in-one on a par-4 hole in PGA Tour history happened in 2001 in a very unusual way.
How to Regrip Golf Clubs Step-by-Step
This step-by-step guide from one of Europe's best clubfitters shows you how to re-grip your golf clubs.
He Said WHAT? Golfer Lee Trevino's Best (and...
Lee Trevino was long one of the most-quotable golfers in the sport. Want proof? Check out this sampling of his best (and funniest) sayings.
When Golf Balls Collide: Do You Know the Ruling?
What's the ruling in golf when one player's ball collides with another player's golf ball? Read this FAQ to find the answer and the ruling.
Profiles of Famous Golfers - Men
Learn more about some of the most famous male golfers from throughout the history of golf.
Why Tiger Woods' Yacht is Called 'Privacy' and...
Learn more about Tiger Woods' yacht named Privacy, including its size and cost.
Why Do Some Golfers Add Lead Tape to Their...
Lead tape is available to golfers who want to add the tape to their clubheads. Why do some golfers do this, and what is the effect?
Free Online Golf Games Worth Checking Out
Looking for some free online golf games? Here are a few suggestions for the best free online golf games out there on the Web.
What is a Draw Shot in Golf?
Do you know what a draw is in golf? It's a term that describes a specific shot shape. Read the definition.
The DIY Way to Make Sure Your Putter Fits
If you have the do-it-yourself spirit, but also need a new putter and aren't sure what shaft length to request, here's a self-serve version of putter fitting that might help.
Best South African Golfers
Who are the best golfers from South Africa? Here is a ranking of the all-time greatest South African golfers.
How Should Golfers Workout and Tone Up?
Golfers can benefit from workouts, and benefit the most from golf exercises - those that are geared specifically to muscles used in the golf swing.
How Do Golfers Qualify for the U.S. Open
Want to know how to qualify to play in the US Open golf tournament? This FAQ explains the process.
How to Play a Skins Game in Golf
What do the golf terms 'skins' and 'skins game' mean? Here is an explanation of the terms from the About.com Golf Glossary.
What the Shank? The Most Dreaded Mis-Hit in Golf
Do you know what a shank is in golf, or what it means to be shanking the ball? Read the definition.
Barranca
A definition of the golf term
Tips For Golfers to Improve Their Chipping Game
Chips shots are made more difficult by golfers who try to hit up rather than hitting down. Instead, shorten your backswing and accelerate through the chip.
Wolf
Wolf is the name of a betting game or points game played by golfers within a group of four. Read this defintion to learn how the game works.
Do You Know How to Play an Ambrose Competition...
Do you know what an Ambrose competition is in golf? It's a variation on a scramble involving handicaps. Read the explanation.
How to Hit Down on the Golf Ball and Why You...
If you want a golf ball to go up when you hit irons, your must strike the ball with a descending blow. In other words: Hit down on the ball.
Find Out If Your Golf Driver is Legal Under the...
Check out the list of conforming and non-conforming drivers to see if your big stick is legal to use in a golf tournament.
Vijay Singh
This biographical profile of golfer Vijay Singh includes personal details as well as information about his pro golf career, including wins and majors plus awards and honors.
Get the Latest News on Golf Drivers
Looking for reviews or news about golf drivers? Check the Golf Drivers page from the About.com Golf Guide for the latest info.
4 Tips to Get a Higher Trajectory on Your Golf...
If you are struggling getting your irons up in the air, these checkpoints will help you address the problem.
Iron and Driver Swing Tips for Golfers
Need help with your driver or iron play? Check out these free tips for the full swing, or long game, to find help with drivers and irons.
How to Play the Chapman System Golf Format
What is the Chapman System in golf? It's a golf tournament format, and here's how to play it.
Find out how long different par golf holes...
What are the par lengths, or guidelines for yardages of golf holes? Par-3, par-4 and par-5 holes should each be within certain distance ranges.
What Is a Handicap Index in Golf?
A definition of the golf term.
Largest Sudden-Death Playoffs
What is the record for most players in one sudden-death playoff on the PGA Tour? Here's the answer.
10 Injuries Most Commonly Suffered by Golfers
This list runs down 10 common injuries, from back pain to bone fracture, with links to more information, including symptoms and possible treatments.
How to Use the Peoria System in Golf
Do you know how the Peoria System works for scoring golf tournaments? You will after reading this explanation.
Better Ball
What is a Better Ball tournament in golf? Read this definition for an explanation of the competition format.
What is a Slice in Golf?
Do you know what a slice is in golf? Find out what this type of shot means, its causes and what you can do about it.
What Clubs Would You Find in Tiger Woods' Golf...
Tiger Woods' clubs and equipment are detailed in this FAQ. What's in Tiger's bag? Find out here.
How to Claim a Green in Regulation (GIR) in Golf
Do you know how to count a Green In Regulation, or GIR, in golf? Read this definition of the term to find out.
Learn the Rules of Golf with These Handy Articles
Here is an introduction to the Rules of Golf that can give beginners in the game a quick glance and the key elements, in easy-to-understand points.

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