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How Far Are You Supposed to Hit Each of Your...
How far should you hit your golf clubs? This chart shows typical distances, along with tips for learning your yardages.
Talkin' 'Bout Shaft: Understanding Golf Club...
What is the role of shaft flex in a golf club and golf swing? Understanding shaft flex can help improve your game.
2016 Masters Golf Tournament
Find out the dates of the 2016 Masters Tournament, qualifying criteria and more info about the golf major.
Golf Handicap Calculator
With a minimum of five rounds played, this Golf Handicap Calculator tells you what your USGA Handicap Index would be.
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.
Ouch! This is the Cut Rule at The Masters Golf...
What is The Masters cut rule - the tournament policy on how many golfers make the cut? Here is the answer.
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
Here's a look at good ball position in a proper golf setup, including whether you should move the ball up in your stance depending on the club. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 Great Golfers Who Suddenly Lost Their Games
The history of golf includes multiple examples of major winners who one day were on top of the tour and the next - poof! - their games were gone.
How to Play a Four Ball Golf Match
A definition of the golf term
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.
Does the Masters Champion Get to Keep the Green...
The Masters champion receives the traditional Green Jacket for winning the golf tournament - but does he get to keep it? Let's find out.
How To Calculate your Golf Handicap
Here's an explation of the formula used to calculate a USGA Handicap Index in golf.
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.
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 to Grip Your Golf Club
Here is a step-by-step guide to the correct way for golfers to take their grip of the club, starting with the lead (or top) hand.
How to 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.
Understanding Your Golf Clubs: All About Irons
Beginning golfers sometimes aren't sure which golf clubs do what, or why. Here, the About.com Golf Guides helps beginners understand irons, from the 3-iron to the pitching wedge.
What 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Young Maestros: These are the Youngest Winners...
The youngest winner of The Masters broke records when he won in 1997. The second-youngest did the same thing in 2015. Here are the youngest maestros.
Sandra Gal Glamour Shots
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.
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.
3 Ways to Grip Your Golf Club
Here are the three most common types of golf grips, the best ways to hold the golf club during the swing.
How Much Does It Cost to Join Augusta National?
How much does it cost to join Augusta National Golf Club? How do you apply for Augusta National membership? Find out here.
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 Clean Golf Clubs Step-By-Step
Put your irons into a bucket of warm, soapy water, to start the cleaning process on golf clubs.
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 to Keep Score in Golf: Simple Intro for...
From the Beginners FAQ, the About Golf Guide answers the questions,
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 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.
What is the Greensomes Format in Golf?
A definition of the golf term Greensomes
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.
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.
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.
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 Many Clubs Are You Allowed to Carry in Your...
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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.
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.
What is a Bogey in Golf?
Do you know what a bogey is in golf? Read this definition of the scoring term.
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.
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.
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 Do You Score an Eagle in Golf?
A definition of the golf term
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.
Sandra Gal in a Bikini
Golfer Sandra Gal poses in a bikini in this image from the Wilhelmina 7 photo shoot. Page 6.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
What's the Penalty for Hitting Your Golf Ball...
Rule 27 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
Sandra Gal and Vicky Hurst, Part I
Sandra Gal and Vicky Hurst sport party dresses during a reception at the 2010 HSBC Women's Champions tournament. Page 7.
Do You Know What an Albatross Is In Golf?...
The term albatross is sometimes used in golf, but what does it mean? It refers to a specific score on a hole; here's the definition.
What 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
These Free Golf Instruction Videos Will Improve...
Watch dozens of golf instruction videos covering various lesson topics, all free and registration not required.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Want 2016 Masters Tickets? Start Planning - and...
Want to attend the 2016 Masters? Better start planning now, including developing a savings plan for what will probably be very expensive tickets.
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 Course Handicap Calculator
Determine your course handicap using this free calculator for golfers.
Sandra Gal LPGA Golfer
The above image of Sandra Gal was taken in 2008 during a photo shoot prior to the Safeway International
More than 30 Masterful Tournament Records at...
View the tournament records for The Masters, lists of bests and worsts, first and mosts from the major championship played annually at Augusta National.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Better Ball
What is a Better Ball tournament in golf? Read this definition for an explanation of the competition format.
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.
Get Ready for the 2015 US Open with Dates,...
Find out where and when the 2015 US Open golf tournament takes place, along with qualifying criteria.
Sandra Gal Black Dress
Golfer Sandra Gal wears a black dress in this posed photo. . Page 9.
What Is a Handicap Index in Golf?
A definition of the golf term.
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.
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.
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's the Official Rule When Your Golf Ball...
Rule 26 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
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.
What You Need to Know About Golfer 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.
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?
Explaining the Callaway Scoring System
A definition of the golf term 'Callaway Systm' (or 'Callaway Scoring System') from the About.com Golf Glossary.
Out of Bounds - Definition from the Rules of Golf
: Definitions from the Official Rules of Golf appear courtesy of the USGA. Out of Bounds: "Out of bounds"
Sandra Gal at the Mojo 6 Party
Sandra Gal wears a backless dress and strikes a pose on the red carpet at the Mojo 6 launch party in 2010. Page 10.
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.
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.
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.
Sandra Gal and Vicky Hurst II
Sandra Gal and Vicky Hurst show off their party attire at a Mojo 6 kickoff even in 2010. Page 11.
At the Founders Cup
Sandra Gal poses during a photo shoot prior to the 2012 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. Page 12.
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.
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.
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.
What is a Slice in Golf?
Do you know what a slice is in golf? Find out what this type of shot means, its causes and what you can do about it.
Find out what the term 'par' means in golf
What does the term par mean in golf? Here is the definition.
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.
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.
Questions and Answers about the USGA Golf...
This Golf Handicap FAQ answers frequently asked questions about golf handicaps.
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.
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.
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.
Net Score
What does net score mean in golf? Find out by reading this explanation from the About.com Golf Glossary.
How Winners of The Big Break Used Their Tour...
How have winners of The Big Break golf television series fared in the tournament appearances they've made as a result of the show? Here are the scores.
Golf Rules FAQ: What are Winter Rules...
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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.
How to Get a Golf Handicap Index
How does a golfer go about getting a USGA golf handicap index? Read this FAQ on the subject for the answer.
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 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.
What You Need to Know About 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.
The Big Break: Your Guide to the Golf Channel...
Look back at the history of The Big Break television show on the Golf Channel to view all winners and cast members in series history
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.
Elin Nordegren Pictures
Check out this photo gallery of Elin Nordegren pictures showing the wife of professional golfer Tiger Woods.
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.
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.
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.
Up and Down
What does the term 'up and down' mean when used by golfers? Read this definition of the phrase for an explanation.
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.
What is Adjusted Gross Score in Golf?
Adjusted Gross Score is part of the USGA Handicap System. If you carry a USGA handicap, you need to know what it is.
Wire-to-Wire Act: Jordan Spieth Wins with Ease...
Find out how Jordan Spieth became the 2015 Masters champion with a quick tournament recap, and view all the final scores.
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.
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 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.
Sara Brown
This photo gallery of Big Break contestant Sara Brown also includes biographical information about the golfer.
Find out how long different par golf holes...
What are the par lengths, or guidelines for yardages of golf holes? Par-3, par-4 and par-5 holes should each be within certain distance ranges.
What'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.
From Chucky 3 Sticks to The Walking 1-Iron:...
The best nicknames in golf history include some you'll recognize and some surprises. We count them down here, starting with Aquaman.
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 to Play a Florida Scramble Golf Tournament
Not sure how to play a Florida Scramble golf tournament? Read this explanation of the format.
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.
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.
Be a Considerate Golfer and Learn How to Repair...
Repairing your divots on the golf course is an important step in keeping the golf course healthy. Here's the right way to repair divots.
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.
Captain's Choice
What is the Captain's Choice format in golf? It's a scramble game that is a popular tournament format. Read the definition.

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