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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.
The UroClub is a fake golf club designed to help the golfer relieve himself when no cover is available. Page 2.
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.
Golfer Wines
Golfer wines? Yes, multiple professional golfers have their own wine labels, and those wines might make an unexpected gift for someone who loves both golf and wine. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
Blingo Ballmarks products - including ballmarkers - are featured in the Golf Gifts for the Golfer Who Has Everything guide.
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.
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.
What Does MDF in Golf Scores Mean?
The acronym MDF sometimes appears in golf tournament scores - but what does it mean? Here's an explanation of MDF's meaning and why it is used.
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.
Arnold Palmer Indoor Golf Game
The Arnold Palmer Indoor Golf Game is kitschy fun for the Arnie fan or classic game collector. Page 4.
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.
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 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.
Do you know what compression is in golf? It's a term applied to golf balls. Read the definition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
The Top 7 Golf Balls for Absolute Beginners
An absolute beginner can start with top-of-the-line balls - but why? The technology that makes those ball expensive will be lost on beginners.
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 Calculate your Golf Handicap
Here's an explation of the formula used to calculate a USGA Handicap Index in golf.
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.
These Free Golf Instruction Videos Will Improve...
Watch dozens of golf instruction videos covering various lesson topics, all free and registration not required.
The RoboCup Ball Return Robot is for use on real putting greens, not in carpeted living rooms and offices. Page 5.
How Golfer Cristie Kerr Struggled to Reach the...
Learn more about golfer Cristie Kerr with this biography. The profile includes personal details about Kerr, along with key facts about her accomplishments and the development of her golf career.
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.
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.
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.
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?
My ball landed in divot hole in fairway; can I...
Your drive down the fairway comes to rest in a divot hole. Darn the luck! Do you get to move the ball without penalty? This Golf Rules FAQ answers that question.
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.
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.
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.
What is a Bogey in Golf?
Do you know what a bogey is in golf? Read this definition of the scoring term.
How to Keep Score in Golf: Simple Intro for...
From the Beginners FAQ, the About Golf Guide answers the questions,
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'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.
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.
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.
A Left-Handed Complement: Lefties with the Most...
Left-handed golfers are a scarce breed. Only a handful of left-handers have won PGA Tour tournaments. Here's the list of lefties with the most PGA Tour victories.
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.
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?
Learn What a Ball Marker Is In Golf ... and...
Here is a definition of the term ball marker from the About.com Golf Glossary.
What Are Golf Handicaps, Anyway?
Get an overview of the USGA Handicap System and how golf handicaps help the game of golf.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Amazing but True: The PGA Tour Golfer Who Hit a...
In 1992, a journeyman golfer named Carl Cooper blasted a 787-yard drive during a PGA Tour tournament, the Texas Open. Read how it happened.
What 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.
Big Daddy Driver
The Big Daddy Driver can help golfers get out of the rough - by cutting it down to size. Page 6.
How Many Clubs Are You Allowed to Carry in Your...
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How Do You Score an Eagle in Golf?
A definition of the golf term
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 Play a Four Ball Golf Match
A definition of the golf term
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Tiger Woods' Net Worth Is HOW MUCH?
Reality check: There are some wild estimates of Tiger Woods' net worth out there. Here's a more realistic look at Woods' income, expenses and worth.
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.
Scent of a Golfer
There are fragrances named after golfers? Yes, and there's even one designed by a golfer. Check out these golfer fragrances for an offbeat gift idea. Page 7.
Aussie! Aussie! These are the 10 Best...
Who are the best Aussie golfers ever? Here is our ranking of the Top 10 Australians in golf history. The golfer at No. 1 might surprise you.
Should the Rake Be Placed Inside or Outside the...
Where do you leave the rake after you've played from a bunker? This entry in our Golf Rules FAQ addresses that question.
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?
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 Tend the Flagstick in Golf
Unsure how to tend the pin for your fellow golfers? Here's a primer that explains the proper method and etiquette for attending the flagstick.
Why Tiger Woods' Yacht is Called 'Privacy' and...
Learn more about Tiger Woods' yacht named Privacy, including its size and cost.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is the Greensomes Format in Golf?
A definition of the golf term Greensomes
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.
System 36
How is the System 36 handicapping formula used for golf tournaments? Here is the definition of System 36.
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.
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.
Better Ball
What is a Better Ball tournament in golf? Read this definition for an explanation of the competition format.
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.
Has Any Golfer Ever Had a Hole-in-One on a Par-5?
Has any golfer scored a hole-in-one on a par-5 hole? That question is answered in this FAQ entry.
How 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.
What are the Different Meanings of 'Golf Club'?
There are several different meanings of the term Golf Club. Find out what the primary usages are, a definition of each, and resources for further explantion for each usage of the term.
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.
Golf Rules FAQ: What are Winter Rules...
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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.
Golf Course Handicap Calculator
Determine your course handicap using this free calculator for golfers.
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.
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.
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.
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 You Need to Know about Golf Legend Seve...
Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros was a legend for his creativity on the course. It helped him win five majors. Learn more about him.
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.
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.
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.
Find out what the term 'par' means in golf
What does the term par mean in golf? Here is the definition.
What's the Penalty for Hitting Your Golf Ball...
Rule 27 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
What is Tiger Woods' Real Name?
What is Tiger Woods' name - his real, full name, his given name at birth? Here is the answer from the Tiger Woods FAQ.
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.
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.
Golf Rules in Plain English: A Quick Introducti...
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.
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.
Questions and Answers about the USGA Golf...
This Golf Handicap FAQ answers frequently asked questions about golf handicaps.
What's the Official Rule When Your Golf Ball...
Rule 26 from the Official Rules of Golf, courtesy of the United States Golf Association.
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.
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.
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?
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.
7 Oldest Winners in the History of the PGA Tour
Who are the oldest golfers to win on the PGA Tour? Here's the list, starting with Sam Snead, 52 years, 10 months, 8 days, 1965 Greater Greensboro Open.
What You Need to Know About Lydia Ko
Golfer Lydia Ko is a young phenom in the sport, setting records in her early teens. Read about her background and her achievements to date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not Your Ordinary Golf Trophies
Some of the most famous trophies and golf are gleaming cups and other traditional-looking hardward. But not all. Some are unusual, unorthodox - and perhaps even ugly. Here is a lighthearted look at some of the out-of-the-ordinary trophies in the world of professional golf.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn the Basics of Good Golf Etiquette
Brush up on golf etiquette to help keep the game enjoyable.
My Ball Struck Overhead Power Lines - Do I Get...
Your perfectly struck golf shot looks beautiful ... until it strikes overhead power lines crossing the line of play. What's the ruling? Do you get to replay it, or is it simply rub of the green?
Irish Four Ball
How do you play the golf tournament format known as Irish Four Ball? Here's the answer.
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.
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