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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.
How Far Should You Hit Each of Your Golf Clubs?
How far should you hit your golf clubs? This chart shows typical distances, along with tips for learning your yardages.
Find Out When the 2016 Masters Golf Tournament...
Here are the dates for the 2016 Masters Tournament, plus the qualifying criteria and more info about the golf major championship.
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.
Talkin' 'Bout Shaft: Understanding Golf Club...
What is the role of shaft flex in a golf club and golf swing? Here's how a basic understanding of shaft flex can help improve your game and score.
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.
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.
Date, Location and Qualifying Criteria for 2016...
Find out when and where the 2016 US Open golf tournament is played, how to get tickets and how golfers earn places in the field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What are 'X-Out' Golf Balls and are They...
Some golf balls are sold with their brand names X'ed out. These are known as x-out golf balls. Are they legal under the rules? What is their quality? Are they OK for beginners? Read this FAQ.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Golf Handicap Calculator
With a minimum of five rounds played, this Golf Handicap Calculator tells you what your USGA Handicap Index would be.
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.
Understanding Your Golf Clubs: What Are Wedges?
Beginning golfers sometimes aren't sure which golf clubs do what, or why. We to help beginners understand wedges, including sand wedges, gap wedges and lob wedges.
Explaining the Two Meanings of Marking the Ball...
Find out the meaning of the terms Mark the Ball and Marking the Golf Ball as they are used by golfers. The phrases can mean different things depending on how they are used.
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 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.
How To Calculate your Golf Handicap
Here's an explation of the formula used to calculate a USGA Handicap Index in golf.
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 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?
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.
Find Out When the 2017 Masters Golf Tournament...
Find the dates for the 2017 Masters Tournament, plus the qualifying criteria and more info for one of golf's major championships.
What Is a Double Eagle in Golf?
What is a double eagle in golf? Here is an explanation of the term plus examples of the scores required to record one of these rare feats.
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.
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.
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.
Match Play Formats
What are the most common match play formats in golf, and how are they played? Here's a tip sheet for beginners.
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.
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.
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.
60-Plus Years of PGA Player of the Year Winners
Get a rundown of all the players who have been named Player of the Year on the PGA Tour over the years, including the PGA of America's own award plus the PGA Tour's.
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.
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.
Next On the Tee: When and Where Golf's Future...
When and where are golf's major championships scheduled in coming years? Check out the dates and locations of future majors.
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.
How Many Clubs Are You Allowed to Carry in Your...
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How to Mark a Golf Ball on the Putting Green
There is a proper way to use a ballmarker to mark a golf ball on the putting green before lifting it. Here is a description of that method, along with reminders about rules and etiquette.
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.
How to Keep Score in Golf: Simple Intro for...
From the Beginners FAQ, the About Golf Guide answers the questions,
What Are Golf Handicaps, Anyway?
Get an overview of the USGA Handicap System and how golf handicaps help the game of golf.
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.
What's the Ruling? Sort Out Tricky Golf Rules...
This Golf Rules FAQ answers frequently asked questions about both common and uncommon situations encountered when playing golf.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
What is a Bogey in Golf? Here are Examples to...
Do you know what a bogey is in golf? Here's an explanation of the scoring term, with examples of specific scores, plus origins and other uses.
Paula Creamer Glamour Shots
Check out this photo gallery of Paula Creamer Glamour Shots, pictures of the golfer on the runway, on the red carpet or glammed up for photo shoots.
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.
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.
How Do You Score an Eagle in Golf?
Do you know what an eagle is in golf? Here's what it takes to score an eagle, with examples of various scores - plus some info on origins and related terms.
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.
How to Play a Four Ball Golf Match
A definition of the golf term
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.
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.
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 Moment of Inertia (MOI) in Golf?
MOI, is a property of physics that indicates the relative difference in how easy or difficult it will be to set any object in motion about a defined axis of rotation.
Meet Toulon Design and Its First-Ever Batch of...
The company named Toulon Design debuted in early 2016 with a lineup of five ultra-premium putters. Here's a look at the company and its products.
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.
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.
These Free Golf Instruction Videos Will Improve...
Watch dozens of golf instruction videos covering various lesson topics, all free and registration not required.
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.
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.
What's the Official Rule When Your Golf Ball...
Rule 26 from the Official Rules of Golf covers water hazards and lateral water hazards, including what happens when you hit your golf ball into one.
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.
Do You Know What It Means 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. We explain both.
Golf's Rule 27 Covers Lost Balls and Out of...
Rule 27 from the Official Rules of Golf covers what happens when you lose your golf ball or hit it out of bounds, plus playing provisional balls.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Why Tiger Woods' Yacht is Called 'Privacy' and...
Learn more about Tiger Woods' yacht named Privacy, including its size and cost.
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.
5 Basics About Sets of Golf Clubs
Learn more about golf sets, including which clubs they can include, how expensive they are, and some tips for beginners.
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.
Find out what the term 'par' means in golf
What does the term par mean in golf? Here is the definition.
Golf Course Handicap Calculator
Determine your course handicap using this free calculator for golfers.
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.
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.
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. Here are recommended tee heights based on club selection.
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.
Drinks On You! What Are a Golfer's Odds of...
A hole-in-one is pretty darn exciting, but what are the odds of it happening for you? Let's find out - including for some unusual types of aces.
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.
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.
Golf Rules FAQ: What are Winter Rules...
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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.
How to Place Your Trailing Hand on the Golf Grip
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.
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.
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 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 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.
How to Hit Your Pitches Consistently in Golf
The 7-8-9 golf drill is for pitch shots, and will help you learn your pitching distances and establish consistent results.
Golf Irons in the News
Links to reviews and news about golf irons
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.
What You Need to Know about Ball Markers and...
Do the Rules of Golf specifiy what types of objects can - or must - be used as ball markers on the putting green? And can you require your opponent to use a different one?
What You Need to Know About Stableford/Modified...
Stableford and Modified Stableford tournaments in golf count points rather than strokes. Here's an introduction to these formats and how they work.
23 Places the Symetra Tour Is Holding Golf...
When and where does the Symetra Tour stage golf tournaments in 2016? Check the weekly schedule for this development circuit that leads to the LPGA.
The Famous Male Golfers Every Fan Needs to Know
Which golfers in the history of the sport are on the must-know list? Check out these biographical profiles of the most famous men in the sport's history.
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.
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.
Pitch In to Keep Greens Great: The Right Way to...
Learn the right way to repair ball marks on golf greens, and why it is important for golfers to do so.
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.
What Is a Handicap Index in Golf?
A definition of the golf term.
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?
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.
Better Ball
What is a Better Ball tournament in golf? Read this definition for an explanation of the competition format.
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.
How You Can Use the Callaway System and Chart...
The Callaway System is a way to give a handicap to golfers with only one score. All you need is to know how to use it, plus this nifty chart.
Rules of Golf - Rule 28: Ball Unplayable
Rule 28 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
What is the Greensomes Format in Golf?
A definition of the golf term Greensomes
Why is the Golf Hole So Small?
The size of golf holes on putting greens is 4-and-a-quarter inches at every golf course in the world. But why? Here's how 4.25 became the standard size.
What are Tiger Woods' Current Endorsements?
What are Tiger Woods' endorsements - which companies have sponsorship deals with the golfer? Find out in this FAQ from About.com Golf.
What is Center of Gravity, and How Does It...
What is the center of gravity in golf clubs, and how does its position affect the flight of a struck golf ball? Read this FAQ for the answers.
96 Fun and Odd Slang Terms Used By Golfers and...
Golfers use many slang terms, but what do they mean? Here are definitions of some of the common and uncommon links lingo you'll hear at the golf course.
What is Tiger Woods' House and Practice...
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.
Is It a Penalty If You Accidentally Hit the...
You're standing next to your golf ball making practice swings when, whoops, you accidentally hit the ball. Is that a stroke? A penalty? What's the ruling? Find out with this Golf Rules FAQ entry.
Do Golf Rules Prohibit Changing Balls During a...
From the Golf Rules FAQ, the About.com Golf Guide answers a question about the One Ball Rule,
Take a Look At What's New On and Around Greens...
Titleist's 2016 models are coming to showrooms for golfers to want to test drive new Vokey wedges, Scotty Cameron Select putters or several golf balls.
Date, Location and Qualifying Criteria for 2017...
Find out when and where the 2017 US Open golf tournament is played, how to get tickets and how golfers earn places in the field.
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.
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 Basics of Good Golf Etiquette
Brush up on golf etiquette to help keep the game enjoyable.
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.
Get to Know Rule 16 (The Putting Green) from...
Read Rule 16, which covers the putting green, from the Official Rules of Golf.
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.
Explanation of 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.
Just Browsing: All the Golf Equipment News and...
Find the latest golf equipment reviews and golf equipment news from the About.com Golf Guide.
Golf Cart Rules and Etiquette
A collection of simple golf cart rules for the course, including some tips on good golf cart etiquette.
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.
What are the Odds of Making a Double Eagle?
What are the odds of making a double eagle, also known as an albatross, in golf? Find out with this FAQ.
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.
Golf Rules: What Makes a Ball Unplayable?
Can a golfer declare his golf ball unplayable anywhere on the course, and for any reason? Or must the ball be literally unplayable to invoke Rule 28?
Stimpmeter
What is a Stimpmeter in golf and how is it used? Read this definition for the answers, plus find out who its namesake is and other details.
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.
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 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.
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