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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.
2015 Masters Golf Tournament
Information on the 2015 Masters golf tournament, including dates and qualifying criteria.
How to Get Tickets to the Masters Golf Tournament
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.
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.
Golf Handicap Calculator
With a minimum of five rounds played, this Golf Handicap Calculator tells you what your USGA Handicap Index would be.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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 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.
How to Clean Golf Clubs
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 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.
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.
How To Calculate your Golf Handicap
Here's an explation of the formula used to calculate a USGA Handicap Index in golf.
How Many Clubs Are You Allowed to Carry in Your...
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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.
Which Golf Clubs Should You Carry in Your Bag?
Which golf clubs should you carry in your bag? That depends on your skill level.
Mashie Niblick
: The "mashie niblick" was the historical golf club, wooden-shafted and used primarily before the 20th
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.
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.
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 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.
Why is the Golf Hole Size 4.25 Inches in...
Why is the golf hole 4.25 inches in diameter? Our golf history FAQ contains the answer to this frequently asked question.
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 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.
How to Play a Four Ball Golf Match
: Four Ball is a match pitting two teams of two players (a total of four balls being played, hence the
2014 Masters Golf Tournament
View a recap and the final scores from Bubba Watson's second Green Jacket win at the 2014 Masters.
Greensomes
: Greensomes, also known as Scotch Foursomes , is a competition format that is a variation of foursomes
Hitting Down and Chipping: How to Improve Your...
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.
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.
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.
Golf Demo Days Locator
Looking for a golf demo days event in your area? You can search manufacturers' demo days schedules from this article by the About Golf Guide.
2014 US Open Golf Tournament
Find out where and when the 2014 US Open golf tournament takes place, along with qualifying criteria.
Big Brands Release New and Updated Golf Balls...
New golf balls by TaylorMade, Callaway, Bridgestone and Titleist reached retail outlets in early 2014; here is a look at those models.
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.
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.
Betting on Golf and Golf Betting Games
Find out how to play dozens and dozens of golf tournament formats, and check the definitions of various side bets and golf betting games.
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 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.
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.
Types of Golf Grips: Three Best Ways to Hold...
Here are the three most common types of golf grips, the best ways to hold the golf club during the swing.
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.
The 787-Yard Drive on the PGA Tour
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.
Golf One-Liners and Other Short 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 Decide Which Brand of 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 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.
Fewest Putts in a PGA Tour Tournament
Which golfers have taken the fewest putts in a PGA Tour tournament over 72 holes? Check out the recordholders for this stat.
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 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.
Sexy Golfers: Glamour Shots Photo Galleries
Check out these photo galleries of sexy golfer - pros from the LPGA and PGA tours. Photos are of the glamour shot variety: all dressed up (or down), posing for a photoshoot or out on the town.
How to Keep Score in Golf
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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 to Know Which Tees You Should be Hitting...
How do you know which set of tees to play from on a golf course? That's the subject of this Beginners FAQ.
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 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.
Learn the 6-8-10 Method to Improve Your Results...
If you struggle with chip shots in golf, learning the 6-8-10 Formula is a great tip for improving your chipping.
Low Trajectory? Focus on Impact Position
If you are struggling getting your irons up in the air, these checkpoints will help you address the problem.
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.
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.
These Free Golf Instruction Videos Could Help...
Watch dozens of golf instruction videos covering various lesson topics, all free and registration not required.
PGA Tour Qualifying
This article on PGA Tour qualifying outlines the only ways a golfer can earn a PGA Tour card to become a tour member.
Achieve Consistent Distances on Pitch Shots...
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.
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.
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.
Before You Buy New Golf Clubs
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.
Top 50 Female 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. This is No. 5 to 1. Page 10.
Meet the Golf Clubs
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 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 Guide should help.
Golf Warm Up Routine
Warming up for your round of golf is an essential part of playing a good round of golf. Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself to play better golf.
What's the Ruling When One Golf Ball Collides...
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.
Michelle Wie - Out and About
Michelle Wie strikes a pose during a players party prior to the 2009 Evian Masters. Page 14.
Tips for Juniors Who Want to Play College Golf
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 Do the Numbers on a Golf Ball Mean?
Almost all golf balls come with at least one number printed on them, and some have several numbers on them. What do these numbers mean? Here is an explanation of the golf ball numbers you might encounter.
Foursomes
: Foursomes is a competition format in which teams are comprised of two players each, and the players
What are the Differences Between Graphite and...
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.
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.
Fewest Putts in One Round on PGA Tour
Find out the PGA Tour record for fewest putts taken in one round on tour.
Knowing Your Basic Golf Terms: What is a Birdie?
: "Birdie" is the term for scoring 1-under par on any individual golf hole. Par , remember, is the expected
Fun on The Golf Course: How to Play Bingo Bango...
: Bingo Bango Bongo is a points-based game that can be played by any number of players, from two up.
What's the Official Rule When Your Golf Ball...
Rule 26 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
Golf Jokes
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.
Golf Course Handicap Calculator
Determine your course handicap using this free calculator for golfers.
How High Should the Ball Be Teed?
How high should a golfer tee up his golf ball? The depends on the club being used and shot being played. Read these recommendations.
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?
10 Injuries Most Commonly Suffered by Golfers
What are the most common injuries suffered by golfers? This list runs down 10 of them, and you can find out more about them - such as symptoms and possible treatments - by clicking through.
What You Need to Know about the Malaysian Open...
The Maybank Malaysian Open golf tournament is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. View the list of past winners, find the tourney dates and course, and read about the event's history.
What's the Penalty for Hitting Your Golf Ball...
Rule 27 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
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?
Golf Irons - Reviews and News Index
Looking for reviews or news about golf irons? Check the Golf Irons page from the About.com Golf Guide for the latest info.
Ball Flight Tip Sheets
Here are some possible causes of a pull shot in golf, and how to address them. Page 4.
How Do I 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.
A Do It Yourself Approach to Putter Fitting
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.
How Tall is Women's Pro Golfer Michelle Wie
How tall is golfer Michelle Wie? Here's the answer to the question about her height.
Augusta National Golf Club
Learn more about one of the most famous golf courses in the world, Augusta National Golf Club, including its history, address and details about course landmarks and membership.
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 Masters Champions Get to Keep the Green...
The Masters champion receives the traditional Green Jacket for winning ... but does he get to keep it?
Masters Champions, Scores and Recaps Since 1934
Who are the winners of The Masters? View the list of Masters champions, and also find the final scores and recaps of every Masters golf tournament ever played.
Texas Scramble
: Texas Scramble is a competition format that is a basic scramble with a slight twist. Scrambles involve
Men's Pro Golfers with Most Wins in Majors
See which male golfers have won the most major championship titles, including professional and amateur.
Common Penalties under the Rules of 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.
Mishit Tip Sheets
Get some quick tips for diagnosing and correcting top shots in golf.
Michelle Wie Glamour Shots
Check out this gallery of Michelle Wie Glamour Shots, images of the LPGA golf star posing for photo shoots or dressed up and out on the town.
Putting Tips
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.
Before You Buy Used Golf Clubs
Are you interested in purchasing used golf clubs? Here are some tips for making sure you get the best deal - and the best clubs.
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.
Tiger Woods Yacht: What's the name, size and...
Learn more about Tiger Woods' yacht named Privacy, including its size and cost.
Guess What? Golf Is Good For 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.
Elin Nordgren's Twin Sister
Elin Nordegren and her twin sister in the gallery of a golf tournament in 2003. Page 2.
How Do I Establish a Golf Handicap?
How does a golfer go about getting a USGA golf handicap index? Read this FAQ on the subject for the answer.
On the Menu: The Champions Dinner at The Masters
What have Masters winners served at the annual Champions Dinner? Here is a look at the menus for the meal through the years.
How the Rules for Golf Match Play Differ from...
Match play is a very different game of golf from stroke play. How do the rules differ? Find out in this primer.
Golf Rules FAQ: What are Winter Rules...
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Golf Beginners FAQ: Do I Need to Wear a Glove?
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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.
Good Balance and Rhythm in Golf Swing Help You...
Balance and rhythm, or tempo, are necessary for a great golf swing. Here is how you should be balanced in four key swing positions.
Is There an Industry-Wide Standard Length for...
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.
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.
Draw
: A "draw" is a flight path of the ball in which the ball curves gently right-to-left for a right-handed
Explaining the Callaway Scoring System
A definition of the golf term 'Callaway Systm' (or 'Callaway Scoring System') from the About.com Golf Glossary.
The John Daly Drink: Recipes, and Why the...
Read about the John Daly drink, including recipe variations, the origins of the cocktail, and why it's named after the golfer.
Green in Regulation (GIR)
: "Green in regulation," often abbreviated GIR, is a statistical category on the pro tours, as well as
Golf Drivers - Reviews and News Index
Looking for reviews or news about golf drivers? Check the Golf Drivers page from the About.com Golf Guide for the latest info.
Do Golf Courses Have Dress Codes?
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Golf Tips: The Wedges
Shape up your wedge play with these golf tips about chipping, pitching and bunker shots. Tips include free videos, tutorials and articles.
List of Non-Conforming Drivers
Check out the list of non-conforming drivers to see if your big stick is legal.
Custom Clubfitting Helps Your Clubs Help Your...
A custom clubfitting should be on your list of things to do if you are considering buying new golf clubs.
Why Are Masters Champions Presented with a...
The winner of The Masters is presented with a Green Jacket. But why? How did the tradition of the Green Jacket get started? Read this FAQ on the topic.
How to understand match play scorekeeping and...
How do you keep score in match play? What do the different scores mean? Find out with this primer on match play scoring.
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.
What Are the Masters Qualifications, the...
What are the Masters qualifications, the various ways golfers can qualify to play in the major championship? Here is the list of qualifying criteria.
Chapman System
: "Chapman System" is the name of a 2-person team competition format named after Dick Chapman, a great
Three Keys for Recreational Golfers to Add More...
What at the keys for recreational golfers who want to add power? Swing mechanics, golf strength and equipment each play roles.
How Can I Qualify to Play in the U.S. Open?
Want to know how to qualify to play in the US Open golf tournament? This FAQ explains the process.
Stretching and Driving Range Routine Before...
Continue your warmup before teeing off by doing some simple stretching and by taking the right approach on the driving range. The head to the first tee. Page 2.
Sand Shots - Three Keys to Successful Sand Play
Golf instructor Marty Fleckman discusses the three keys to successful play from greenside bunkers.
Nassau
The Nassau is one of the most popular golf tournament formats and golf bets. It's essentially three tournaments (or bets) in one.
The Masters Records
View the tournament records for The Masters, lists of bests and worsts, first and mosts from the major championship played annually at Augusta National.
Women's Golf Clubs - News and Reviews
Looking for information about women's golf clubs? This section of the About.com Golf Guide provides the latest news and reviews.
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.
Tips about Tipping at Golf Courses
Who should you tip at a golf course, and what is the appropriate amount for a gratuity? Here are some guidelines from the About.com Golf Guide.
Golf Rules at a Glance
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.
Free Golf Tips
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 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.
Why is 'Amen Corner' Called That, and Who Came...
Amen Corner is a famous part of Augusta National Golf Club. Why is it called that, and who came up with the name?

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