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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.
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.
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.
Golf Handicap Calculator
With a minimum of five rounds played, this Golf Handicap Calculator tells you what your USGA Handicap Index would be.
6 Longest Sudden-Death Playoffs in PGA Tour...
Some sudden-death playoffs end quickly at PGA Tour golf tournaments, but a few have gone on for quite many holes. Find out which golfers hold the tour record for longest sudden-death playoffs.
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.
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.
Get Ready for the 2015 Masters: Dates, Facts...
Information on the 2015 Masters golf tournament, including dates and qualifying criteria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
These Free Golf Instruction Videos Will Improve...
Watch dozens of golf instruction videos covering various lesson topics, all free and registration not required.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Play a Four Ball Golf Match
A definition of the golf term
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.
Albatross
The term 'albatross' is sometimes used in golf, but what does it mean? Read the definition from the About.com Golf Glossary.
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.
How to Keep Score in Golf
From the Beginners FAQ, the About Golf Guide answers the questions,
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Have Winners if 'The Big Break' Done as Pro...
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What is the Greensomes Format in Golf?
A definition of the golf term Greensomes
How To Calculate your Golf Handicap
Here's an explation of the formula used to calculate a USGA Handicap Index in golf.
What is a Bogey in Golf?
Do you know what a bogey is in golf? Read this definition of the scoring term.
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 Many Clubs Are You Allowed to Carry in Your...
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
"The Big Break": Your Guide to the Golf Channel...
Look back at the history of The Big Break on the Golf Channel to view all winners and cast members.
Golf Course Handicap Calculator
Determine your course handicap using this free calculator for golfers.
Best Big Break Golfers: Top 5 Big Break Alums
Who are the best golfers to come out of the Golf Channel series The Big Break? Here is a ranking of the Top 5 Big Break alums.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Mark Your Scorecard in Golf
Basic stroke play is the easiest format of golf when marking the scorecard.
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.
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.
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.
Golf Rules FAQ: What are Winter Rules...
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Better Ball
What is a Better Ball tournament in golf? Read this definition for an explanation of the competition format.
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.
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.
Find out what the term 'par' means in golf
What does the term par mean in golf? Here is the definition.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Men's Pro Golfers with Most Wins in Majors
See which male golfers have won the most major championship titles, including professional and amateur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lee Trevino
Learn more about golfer Lee Trevino with this profile, which includes biographical details as well as facts about Trevino's golf achievements.
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.
10 Great Instructional DVDs for Golfers
What are the best golf instructional video tapes and DVDs available to golfers? Here is a list of recommended titles.
These are the 10 Greatest Irish Golfers of...
Who are the best-ever golfers from the island of Ireland? We rank the Top 10 Irish golfers of all-time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sara Brown
This photo gallery of Big Break contestant Sara Brown also includes biographical information about the golfer.
Glamour Shot Photo Galleries of Pro Golfers
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.
What You Need to Know about Golfer Bernhard...
Learn more about golfer Bernhard Langer with this biographical profile, which includes information about his major championships and details about his golf career.
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.
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.
Major Winners in Golf
View the list of major winners in golf, listed both by year and by tournament.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are Redan Holes in Golf and Why Are They...
What is a Redan Hole? It's a specific type of hole on a golf course. Learn what architectural features redan holes have, and why they are called redans.
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 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.
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.
Golf Irons in the News
Links to reviews and news about golf irons
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.
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.
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.
Why is the Golf Hole So Small?
Why is the golf hole 4.25 inches in diameter? Our golf history FAQ contains the answer to this frequently asked question.
Nassau
The Nassau is one of the most popular golf tournament formats and golf bets. It's essentially three tournaments (or bets) in one.
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
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.
Green Fee
The term 'green fee' or 'greens fee' comes from golf, but what does it mean? Read the definition from the About Golf Glossary.
Profiles of Famous Golfers - Men
Learn more about some of the most famous male golfers from throughout the history of golf.
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.
Explaining the Callaway Scoring System
A definition of the golf term 'Callaway Systm' (or 'Callaway Scoring System') from the About.com Golf Glossary.
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.
System 36
How is the System 36 handicapping formula used for golf tournaments? Here is the definition of System 36.
Spoon
: The spoon was the wooden-shafted club in (primarily) pre-20th Century golf history that is most equivalent
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.
Handicap
A definition of the golf term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Beginners FAQ
From the Beginners FAQ, the About Golf Guide answers the question,
Double Eagle
What is a double eagle in golf? Here is an explanation of the term and what it takes to record one of these rare feats.
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.
Top 10 Australian Golfers of All-Time
Who are the best Aussie golfers ever? We rank the Top 10 Australians in golf history.
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.
Up and Down
What does the term 'up and down' mean when used by golfers? Read this definition of the phrase for an explanation.
What is a Links Course in Golf?
From the Golf History FAQ, the About Golf Guide addresses the question,
Foursomes
A definition of the golf term.
Can Tiger Woods' Net Worth Be Calculated?
How much is Tiger Woods' net worth? Find the answer in this FAQ from About.com Golf.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Is the Origin of the Word "Mulligan" in...
The word mulligan has a meaning in the game of golf, but why is that word the one used? What is the origin of the golf meaning of mulligan? Find the answer to that question.
Irish Four Ball
How do you play the golf tournament format known as Irish Four Ball? Here's the answer.
Shoot Out
: Shoot Out is a golf tournament format with a field of 19 players. On each hole, one player is eliminated
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