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Golf: Most Popular Articles

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Golf Club Distances (How Far Should You Hit...
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.
Golf Handicap Calculator
With a minimum of five rounds played, this Golf Handicap Calculator tells you what your USGA Handicap Index would be.
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.
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.
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.
How the FedEx Cup Series Works on the PGA Tour
The FedEx Cup is a seasonlong points chase on the PGA Tour. Here is some information about how it works and what the points list determines.
These Free Golf Instruction Videos Could Help...
Watch dozens of golf instruction videos covering various lesson topics, all free and registration not required.
How To Calculate your Golf Handicap
Here's an explation of the formula used to calculate a USGA Handicap Index in golf.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
How to Play a Four Ball Golf Match
A definition of the golf term
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Keep Score in Golf
From the Beginners FAQ, the About Golf Guide answers the questions,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Clean Golf Clubs Step-By-Step
Cleaning your golf clubs is an important chore that needs to be performed every so often to help keep your clubs in good shape.
2015 Masters Golf Tournament
Information on the 2015 Masters golf tournament, including dates and qualifying criteria.
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.
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 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.
How Many Clubs Are You Allowed to Carry in Your...
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What is the Greensomes Format in Golf?
A definition of the golf term Greensomes
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.
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.
Golf Course Handicap Calculator
Determine your course handicap using this free calculator for golfers.
How High Should a Golfer Tee Up the Ball?
How high should a golfer tee up his golf ball? The depends on the club being used. Read these recommendations.
Explaining the Callaway Scoring System
A definition of the golf term 'Callaway Systm' (or 'Callaway Scoring System') from the About.com Golf Glossary.
Which Set of Tees Should You Play From on the...
How do you know which set of tees to play from on a golf course? That's the subject of this Beginners FAQ.
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.
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?
What's the Penalty for Hitting Your Golf Ball...
Rule 27 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
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.
Find out what the term 'par' means in golf
What does the term par mean in golf? Here is the definition.
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 Mark Your Scorecard in Golf
Basic stroke play is the easiest format of golf when marking the scorecard.
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.
How Do You Score an Eagle in Golf?
A definition of the golf term
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Do the Web.com Tour Finals Get You Into the...
The Web.com Tour Finals, beginning in 2013, becomes the primary path to earning PGA Tour membership. Find out which golfers get to play in the Finals, how the series works and how many golfers earn tour cards.
Foursomes
A definition of the golf term.
How to Fix Your Golf Hook Once and For All
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.
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.
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.
What is a Bogey in Golf?
Do you know what a bogey is in golf? Read this definition of the scoring term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
Provisional Ball
What is a provisional ball in golf? Read the definition of this term, which golfers sometimes use when they fear a lost ball.
Tips to Help Golfers Make More Putts
Need help making more putts on the greens? Check out this collection of putting tips for golfers who need help getting the ball into the hole.
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.
Aerification is a Necessary and Highly...
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.
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.
Paula Creamer Glamour Shots
Check out this photo gallery of Paula Creamer Glamour Shots, pictures of Paula from LPGA photo shoots or out on the town.
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.
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.
Do Golf Courses Have Dress Codes?
Do golf courses have dress codes? If so, what is it, and what happens if you don't meet it?
How to Play a Florida Scramble Golf Tournament
Not sure how to play a Florida Scramble golf tournament? Read this explanation of the format.
What's the Official Rule When Your Golf Ball...
Rule 26 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
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.
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.
What Is a Handicap Index in Golf?
A definition of the golf term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Biography of Legendary Golfer Bobby Jones, a...
This Bobby Jones biography includes personal facts about the legendary golfer, plus highlights from his career on the golf course.
What Does MDF in Golf Scores Mean?
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.
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.
How to Place Your Trailing Hand on the Golf Grip
Visualize the three segments of each finger on your trailing (lower) hand as a prelude to a proper golf grip. Page 2.
What is the Ryder Cup Format?
What is the Ryder Cup format? Here is an explanation of the schedule of play and format used in the Ryder Cup.
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.
Understanding Match Play Scoring in Golf
How do you keep score in match play? What do the different scores mean? Find out with this primer on match play scoring.
10 Common Penalties in Golf
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.
What is Calcutta Wagering in Golf?
Read this definition of the golf wagering format known as calcutta, which can be used in other sporting events as well.
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.
Golf Basics: Tips on the Fundamentals of the Game
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.
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 Many Miles Do You Walk or Calories Do You...
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.
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.
What is Tiger Woods' House and Practice...
More info about Tiger Woods' Jupiter Island house, including some details about rooms and amenities, along with its sinking problem.
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.
Find Out if Your Golf Driver is Conforming or...
Check out the list of conforming and non-conforming drivers to see if your big stick is legal to use in a golf tournament.
Get to Know Rule 16 (The Putting Green) from...
Read Rule 16, which covers the putting green, from the Official Rules of Golf.
Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk is a golfer known for a quirky swing but consistently good results throughout his career. This biographical profile includes details about him and his career, such as wins, majors and trivia.
8 Things You Should Do Before You Buy New Golf...
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.
Better Ball
What is a Better Ball tournament in golf? Read this definition for an explanation of the competition format.
How the Rules Match Play and Stroke Play Differ...
Match play is a very different game of golf from stroke play. How do the rules differ? Find out in this primer.
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.
Rules of Golf: What Happens When a Ball at Rest...
Rule 18 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
Who Are All the Golfers Who've Been Ryder Cup...
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.
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.
How the 2-Person Best Ball Golf Format Works
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.
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.
Questions and Answers about the USGA Golf...
This Golf Handicap FAQ answers frequently asked questions about golf handicaps.
How to Read Pin Sheets in Golf
What do the numbers and lines mean on golf pin sheets? How do you read pin sheets to glean the information they contain? Here are examples and explanations for golfers.
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?
How Long Does It Take to Play a Round of Golf?
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.
2015 US Open Golf Tournament
Find out where and when the 2015 US Open golf tournament takes place, along with qualifying criteria.
Handicap
A definition of the golf term.
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.
Do You Need a Glove to Play Golf?
Do you have to wear a glove in order to play golf? No, but doing so will probably help your grip on the club. Read this FAQ on the topic.
Can Tiger Woods' Net Worth Be Calculated?
How much is Tiger Woods' net worth? Find the answer in this FAQ from About.com Golf.
Ryder Cup Quiz - History and Records
This Ryder Cup trivia quiz focuses on the competition's history and records, some bests and some worsts.
Top 10 Irish Golfers of All-Time
Who are the best-ever golfers from the island of Ireland? We rank the Top 10 Irish golfers of all-time.
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.
All About 7-Time Major Championship Winning...
Learn more about golfer Karrie Webb with this profile, which includes biographical details along with facts, figures and trivia about her golf career.
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.
6 Steps to a Full, Great Golf Warm-Up Routine
Warming up for your round of golf is an essential part of playing a good round of golf. Here are six steps toward a full, great warm-up routine.
What is a Links Course in Golf?
From the Golf History FAQ, the About Golf Guide addresses the question,
Why Tiger Woods' Yacht is Called 'Privacy' and...
Learn more about Tiger Woods' yacht named Privacy, including its size and cost.
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.
Get a Primer on Match Play Golf
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.
Golf Tips to Improve Your Wedge Play
Shape up your wedge play with these golf tips about chipping, pitching and bunker shots. Tips include free videos, tutorials and articles.
Callaway System
A definition of the golf term
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.
What is a Fade Shot in Golf?
A definition of the golf term
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.
Want to Learn to Golf? You've Come to the Right...
Get some quick tips for diagnosing and correcting thin shots in golf.
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