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How far should you hit your golf clubs? This chart shows typical distances, along with tips for learning your yardages.
What is the role of shaft flex in a golf club and golf swing? Understanding shaft flex can help improve your game.
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.
With a minimum of five rounds played, this Golf Handicap Calculator tells you what your USGA Handicap Index would be.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find out how to play dozens and dozens of golf tournament formats, and check the definitions of various side bets and golf betting games.
What do golf scoring terms such as birdie and bogey, eagle and par, mean? Here is the answer from the Golf Beginners FAQ.
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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.
In the mood for a laugh? Browse through a collection of one-liners and other short funnies about the game of golf.
What factors should you consider before buying your first set of golf clubs? The About.com Golf Guide has some suggestions.
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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.
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.
How do you keep score in match play? What do the different scores mean? Find out with this primer on match play scoring.
What are the most popular golf tournament formats, and what are their rules? Here are 10 of the most common types of competition formats.
The acronym 'MDF' sometimes appears in golf tournament scores - but what does it mean? Here's an explanation of what the term means and why it is used.
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.
Here's an explation of the formula used to calculate a USGA Handicap Index in golf.
View the list of major winners in golf, listed both by year and by tournament.
Watch dozens of golf instruction videos covering various lesson topics, all free and registration not required.
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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.
From the Beginners FAQ, the About Golf Guide answers the questions,
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Get these free tips for diagnosing the cause of your slice on the golf course, and fixing the problems so you can stop slicing.
Here are the three most common types of golf grips, the best ways to hold the golf club during the swing.
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.
Best ball is a type of competition format in golf. How do you play it? Read this definition of the game.
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 shamble golf tournament, and how is one played? Read this definition of the format for an explanation.
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How do you know which set of tees to play from on a golf course? That's the subject of this Beginners FAQ.
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.
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This biographical profile of golfer Francis Ouimet includes personal and career details, including the story of his legendary US Open victory.
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 is the lowest score ever posted in an 18-hole round of golf? Here is a look at that question.
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?
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.
Information on the 2015 Masters golf tournament, including dates and qualifying criteria.
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.
Determine your course handicap using this free calculator for golfers.
This step-by-step guides shows the proper way to place your trailing hand (lower hand) on the golf grip, in the best power position.
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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.
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?
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Cleaning your golf clubs is an important chore that needs to be performed every so often to help keep your clubs in good shape.
What is slope rating in golf, how does it function and what is its purpose? This entry in the Handicaps FAQ answers those questions.
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.
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.
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.
The Golf for Beginners FAQ helps those interested in becoming golfers answer questions that are sure to come up.
How do you know which golf club to hit from different distances if you are new to the game? Here are some ideas.
Has any golfer scored a hole-in-one on a par-5 hole? That question is answered in this FAQ entry.
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.
Match play is a very different game of golf from stroke play. How do the rules differ? Find out in this primer.
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.
Do you know what a bogey is in golf? Read this definition of the scoring term.
What do the golf terms 'skins' and 'skins game' mean? Here is an explanation of the terms from the About.com Golf Glossary.
Which golf clubs should you carry in your bag? That depends on your skill level. Here's a look.
Do you know what an Ambrose competition is in golf? It's a variation on a scramble involving handicaps. Read the explanation.
A definition of the golf term 'Callaway Systm' (or 'Callaway Scoring System') from the About.com Golf Glossary.
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.
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.
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Not sure how to play a Florida Scramble golf tournament? Read this explanation of the format.
What is a Better Ball tournament in golf? Read this definition for an explanation of the competition format.
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.
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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.
This list runs down 10 common injuries, from back pain to bone fracture, with links to more information, including symptoms and possible treatments.
The Game Golf stats tracking system aims to help golfers improve through powerful analytical tools. Here is a review of how well it works.
What is the Chapman System in golf? It's a golf tournament format, and here's how to play it.
This article on PGA Tour qualifying outlines the only ways a golfer can earn a PGA Tour card to become a tour member.
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.
What does the term par mean in golf? Here is the definition.
Rule 27 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
What is a golf course marshal, and what is the marshal's role? Read the explanation here.
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.
When and where are golf's major championships scheduled in coming years? Check out the dates and locations of future majors.
Check out a gallery of LPGA golfer Sandra Gal posing for glamour shots: Dressed up for nights out, parties, photo shoots and a swimsuit shoot.
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.
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.
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?
Need an introduction to golf match play? This Match Play Primer, from the About.com Golf Guide, includes information about rules, competition formats, strategy and more on match play.
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.
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.
Who are the greatest women golfers of all time? The About.com Golf Guide counts down the Top 50 Female Golfers of All-Time.
If you struggle with chip shots in golf, learning the 6-8-10 Formula is a great tip for improving your chipping.
Looking for some free online golf games? Here are a few suggestions for the best free online golf games out there on the Web.
Find out which golfers make up the Class of 2015 for the World Golf Hall of Fame, their qualifications, and who they beat out to win election.
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.
Check out the list of conforming and non-conforming drivers to see if your big stick is legal to use in a golf tournament.
How high should a golfer tee up his golf ball? The depends on the club being used. Read these recommendations.
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.
Do you know how the Peoria System works for scoring golf tournaments? You will after reading this explanation.
The term dormie is used in golf when the competition format is match play. What does it mean? Read the definition and examples.
What happens when you use golf clubs with the wrong shaft flex? Here are some of the effects.
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.
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.
A question newcomers to golf often have is: How long does it take to play a round of golf? Here's a look at that question.
How much does it cost to join Augusta National Golf Club? How do you apply for Augusta National membership? Find out here.
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.
How do cast irons and forged irons compare? This FAQ explains the differences between the two methods of manufacturing golf clubs.
Read this definition of the golf wagering format known as calcutta, which can be used in other sporting events as well.
Unsure what the penalty is for a certain infraction during a round of golf? This page lists some of the most common infractions and what the penalties are.
Rule 26 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
Aerification of golf course greens might be an annoyance to golfers for a couple weeks, but it's a necessary and highly beneficial practice for the greens.
What is a 2-Person Best Ball tournament in golf? Don't be confused by the different names - a 2-Person Best Ball format is very simple.
Here's a look at the 915 family of woods from Titleist, led by the 915D2 and 915D3 drivers, and featuring a sole slot called an Active Recoil Channel.
Tiger Woods' clubs and equipment are detailed in this FAQ. What's in Tiger's bag? Find out here.
This Golf Handicap FAQ answers frequently asked questions about golf handicaps.
Do you know what a draw is in golf? It's a term that describes a specific shot shape. Read the definition.
How is the System 36 handicapping formula used for golf tournaments? Here is the definition of System 36.
Golfer Sandra Gal poses in a bikini in this image from the Wilhelmina 7 photo shoot. Page 6.
Get these free tips for diagnosing the cause of your hook on the golf course, and fixing the problems so you can stop hooking the ball.
Master clubmaker Dennis Mack provides a step-by-step primer on choosing a new or replacement shaft for your golf clubs.
Do you know how to count a Green In Regulation, or GIR, in golf? Read this definition of the term to find out.
The word mulligan has a meaning in the game of golf, but why is that word the one used? What is the origin of the golf meaning of mulligan? Find the answer to that question.
Find out where and when the 2015 US Open golf tournament takes place, along with qualifying criteria.
These free golf tips include both articles and videos, and focus on the basics, including such fundamentals as grip, stance and elements of the swing.
What is the Captain's Choice format in golf? It's a scramble game that is a popular tournament format. Read the definition.
What are the odds of making a hole-in-one in golf? Read this Golf FAQ to find out.
What is the fairway on a golf course? Here is a definition of the term from the Golf Glossary.
Sandra Gal and Vicky Hurst sport party dresses during a reception at the 2010 HSBC Women's Champions tournament. Page 7.
The term 'albatross' is sometimes used in golf, but what does it mean? Read the definition from the About.com Golf Glossary.
The Nassau is one of the most popular golf tournament formats and golf bets. It's essentially three tournaments (or bets) in one.
Brush up on golf etiquette to help keep the game enjoyable.
Are you preparing to replace your old golf clubs with new ones? Here are a few things to keep in mind before you buy new golf clubs.
From the Golf History FAQ, the About Golf Guide addresses the question,
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.
Do golf courses have dress codes? If so, what is it, and what happens if you don't meet it?
Read a recap of the 1913 U.S. Open golf tournament and view the list of final scores.
Why is the golf hole 4.25 inches in diameter? Our golf history FAQ contains the answer to this frequently asked question.
How are the US Open pairings determined each year? Read this FAQ for an explanation of how USGA officials decide on the golf tournament groupings.
Is playing golf good exercise? A scientific study puts that question to rest for good with conclusions about calories burned and miles walked playing golf.
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.
Take a look at Tiger Woods' house and estate in Jupiter Island, Florida, and read about its features, price and its extensive backyard golf practice facility.
If you are struggling getting your irons up in the air, these checkpoints will help you address the problem.
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Do you need to know the definition of a term related to golf courses? Check out this glossary of golf course terms.