Golf seems like an expensive and complicated hobby. The sport also has its jargon that makes the novice intimidated. These complicated matters can be straightened out by knowing the basics.
First, let us understand the aim of this sport. The primary objective of golf is to strike the ball with your chosen golf club and shoot it to the holes around the course in chronological order. The number of holes in a golf course could either be 9 or 18.
Now, let’s learn the basic jargons that you hear in golf. It is easy once you hear it often. Here is the list of the commonly used terms in golf.
- Birdie – It means your score is one point below par.
- Bogey – It means your score is one point above par.
- Bump and Run – It means that the player hit the ball to a slope to slow down its speed and let the ball roll towards the hole.
- Bunker – It is a hazard consist of sand, grass, or both.
- Caddie – It is a person hired to carry your clubs. But they do more than carrying bags. They can offer you good advice on your golf game, too.
- Chip and Run – This is a low-running shot where the ball is on the ground more.
- Double Bogey – This means that your score is two points higher than the par.
- Double Eagle – This means that your score is three points below par.
- Eagle – This means your score is two points below par.
- Heel – This is the part of your club nearest the horsel.
- Horsel – This is the part of your club which connects the shaft to the club head.
- Level Par – This means that your score is even with the par.
- Par – This is the score a golf player is expected to make on the hole.
- Tee Box – This is the starting area of the game.
A glossary of golf terms is available on the PGA website http://www.pga.com/.
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There are things that we sometimes forget when we play golf. It is not the equipment, but it has something to do with ourselves. Or, perhaps a pet peeve that continuously bothers us when we play golf. Even professionals had their share of blunders while playing golf. These things may seem unimportant, but they affect one’s performance.
We have listed some of the common, but often forgotten little things, that can affect your golf performance.
Aside from looking unpolished, your ill-fitting clothes and shoes can make you feel uncomfortable and unconfident. Your clothes and shoes have an effect on your performance. Imagine tugging at your clothes all the time whenever you are about to make a swing. Or your feet, screaming for justice because they’ve had enough of your tight shoes? It is a big hassle! From the time you shop, pick the right size of clothes and shoes so that it will be the least of your concern on the turf.
Remember your sunscreen
It is not vanity. Sunscreen protects your skin from the dangerous UV rays from the sun. Apply sunscreen before the game and a little bit more if you have been under the sun for more than an hour. You can also use lip balm to prevent chapped lips.
Eating way too much before you tee off
Yes, we understand that it is going to be a long and productive day on the greens. But that doesn’t mean that it is your last meal. Eating too much food will make you feel bloated and even sleepy. This stuffiness will affect your performance in a negative way. So next time, eat smart, so you do not have to carry excess baggage when you play.
Being too attached to your phone
Resist. I repeat, resist. Just resist the temptation to touch your phone while you are playing. It is considered rude by some. It will also distract you from your game. You are on the golf course to play, not check your emails. If something critical and urgent comes up, your staff or your wife will … Read more...
We were already winding down after a productive golf club meeting, when one of our members, Mike, narrated how his weekend was. Some of our members made a stealthy move to the door because we all know Mike, once he started a story, it will take at least an hour for him to finish. He goes into detail as if he’s giving a statement at the police station. Larry, Jay and I were left to listen to Mike’s saga.
Mike told us that he inherited a house in Eastover, located at the southeast side of Uptown Charlotte. It was from his uncle who decided to just move to another country to spend his retirement. It was a beautiful Cape Cod house with a gorgeous porch. Mike said that he loved the house, but it was a bit dated to his taste. He wanted to renovate it, but the uncle was very sentimental, so he cannot remodel nor sell it.
We were all intrigued by the house, so Mike drove us there. The trip going there was quick. The house looks amazing. Yes, it was a bit dated, but it was very homey. The front porch was classic and elegant, complete with decking and a roof extension. It was truly gorgeous. We sat there for a while when Mike suddenly jumped from his seat and pointed at the direction of the shed beside the house. There were visible termite markings on the walls.
We all ran to the shed to look carefully, and everyone just clicked their tongues while shaking their heads. It was unfortunate. Mike could only scratch his head. Larry, the think tank of the group, pulled out his smartphone and searched for the Pest Control Charlotte NC website.
We all know Pest Control Charlotte NC because they sponsored our 2016’s Golden Golf Tournament for amateur golf enthusiasts. I think Mike never had any experience in dealing with pest control because he is just renting a condo downtown.
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