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Provisional Ball in Golf: When To Use & How It Speeds Play

According to the USGA, you can hit a provisional ball if your shot lands near the out-of-bounds line and you cannot see where it ended. This saves you from returning to your original position to hit another shot, but you will incur a penalty stroke. I have hit thousands of provisionals during my 30 years on the golf course, and I welcome the practice for speeding up play. Although the concept is simple, several rules are attached to the practice. At the end of this post answer this rules question, you will know when you can play a provisional, how

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Why Is Golf So Hard? 10 Reasons & How To Address Them

Unlike many other sports, golf is challenging because it tests players physically, technically, mentally, and emotionally. This unique combination of demands means mastering golf requires time, patience, and often a sense of humor. Throughout my years of playing and teaching golf, I’ve become accustomed to how golfers vent their frustration. It’s often comical, like when a playing partner at Winter Park Golf Course hit a thin, knee-high shot on the par three. As he threw his club and dropped his head in disgust, he missed seeing his ball miraculously roll into the hole for an ace! Below, you’ll find lessons

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How To Become A Caddy: 6 Steps To A Career in Golf

To become a caddy, you must not only master the mechanics of golf but also build a professional network, and more. Here’s how to become a caddy: Master Course Management Volunteer Get Certified Network Apply for Professional Caddy Jobs Continuing Learning That’s right, it’s not as simple as just submitting a resume. I’ve employed many caddies in my day, so I am happy to report that this job is fantastic — if you know what you’re doing. Here are the 7 steps you can start today to get a job as a professional caddy. This isn’t just a general list.

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Average Golf Club Distances: Charts for All Skill Levels

Interested in knowing how far you should be able to hit a ball with a specific club? We found out. Here are some estimated golf club distances a newer golfer could aim for: Driver: 225 yards 3 Wood: 205 yards 5 Wood: 190 yards 4 Iron: 175 yards 5 Iron: 165 yards 6 Iron: 155 yards 7 Iron: 145 yards 8 Iron: 135 yards 9 Iron: 125 yards PW: 120 yards SW: 90 yards Your distances will vary, and I advise clients to hit the range with all of your clubs to find your exact distances. Read on because you

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Types of Golf Clubs: Beginner’s Guide + Photos

The types of golf clubs include drivers, woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters. For beginners, it is worth knowing their pros and cons, too. It can be confusing to remember all of the golf club names initially. There is quite a bit to remember about each type of club, but we have compiled a comprehensive guide for you all here. Each section will go through the basics of each golf club, the names of golf clubs with pictures, and their uses – hopefully, it will be educational for you. I know when I was building my first set of golf

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How To Stop Topping The Golf Ball

To stop topping the ball, you get longer clubs, place the ball further back, or work on how your clubhead impacts your ball (so it’s not too high). As a PGA Professional and instructor, I’ve noticed that newer players commonly top the ball, but better players are not immune to occasionally topping a shot. In this article, I will cover a few tips to help you if you have contact issues and are topping the golf ball. I will give three drills I use with my students to improve ball contact. These drills include videos demonstrating a couple of them.

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14 Golf Exercises For Seniors To Make You More Mobile

Golf exercises for seniors can significantly extend their playing years, focusing on increasing mobility and preventing injury.  Here are the 5 best exercises for older golfers: Cable Golf Shot – Best Resistance Training Shoulder Scaption – Best Exercise with Resistance Bands Sitting Hip Stretches – Best Golf Stretch Ankle Rotations Low Lunge Stretch Incorporating exercises that mimic golf swings, like airplane twists and arm circles, is particularly beneficial before rounds and training sessions.  These 14 exercises can help you build a full-body workout for seniors to keep your body and score in tune.  Editor’s Note: I’m a NASM-certified personal trainer

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How To Compress A Golf Ball: 5 Easy Steps

The key to compressing a golf ball is in your lower body movements. You’ll want to initiate your downswing with your hips, often called a “hip bump” or slide. To do this, push off with your right foot as you finish your backswing, causing a leftward ‘slide’ of the hip. Although you won’t want to miss the step-by-step process below, including drills, and the slight differences when hitting irons and drivers. I don’t think compressing the golf ball is just about adding power; it’s about technique, timing, and understanding the mechanics. I’ve seen seasoned golfers struggle, and new golfers figure

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7 Best Low Compression Golf Balls: Pros & Cons of Using Them

The Bridgestone e12 Contacts are your best bet for low-compression balls since the weird dimple design helps with accuracy. Plus, they help your short-game spin, a place to drop some strokes easily. But they’re not for everyone. Here are my top 3 low compression golf ball picks: Low compression golf balls are great for beginners because they can significantly enhance your distance. They are engineered to compress more easily upon impact, translating to greater distance — especially beneficial if your swing speed isn’t quite Tour-level yet. One of our writers, Matt Callcott-Stevens, loves low-compression golf balls like the Srixon Q-Star

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Defeating The Duck Hook Golf Shot: Causes, Fixes, Drills

A golf duck hook shot sees the ball fly low off the clubface before viciously curving to the left for right-handers. Naturally, the ball flies to the right side of the hole if you are left-handed. The reduced energy transfer and sidespin, coupled with ball speed drop-off, see your ball travel further sideways than forwards. This results in losing distance, accuracy, and consistency on full shots. Read on because if you don’t understand what causes a duck hook and how to stop it, you may never reach your potential. After reading this guide, you will possess the diagnosis and cure

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