Beginner Golf Lessons: Getting Your Foot On the Course

If you have always thought about playing but never knew how and didn’t know where to start, you aren’t alone. Golf is not a game that you just walk onto the course and start playing, rather it is a game that that you need to learn and study and practice if you want to succeed.

If you want to be able to hit the greens with your friends who play golf, you needn’t continue to bow out of the invitations or make a fool of yourself by going out without any knowledge; instead you can take advantage of beginner golf lessons.

Beginner golf lessons are a great option if you have never played because you won’t be expected to know much. You’ll learn how to stand when you are going to tee off, you’ll learn how to hold the golf clubs, and you’ll learn how to swing. When you learn these things correctly, you will be more likely to develop good habits in your golf game.

Golf Course Maintenance – 5 Tips for Caring for a Golf Course

If you are a member of a golf course or a weekend warrior, we all need to understand our role in caring for maintenance of the course. This is especially true if you are a guest, it shows respect for the course and its members. I will talk about 5 things we as golfers need to do to care and respect the course.

Golf Clubs spend well over 50% of their budget to keep the golf course in the shape, we as members demand and complain vividly if the course is not up to our standards. I speak from experience about the whining of members, from sitting on the board and being vice-chair of our greens committee. Let me share this with you and dwell on some of my pet peeves, which drive me crazy.

Let’s start with unfixed ball marks on the green, non-raked sand traps, non-fixed divots, chewed up tee blocks and finally golfers that have no regard for posted signs and drive their golf cart anywhere they want. At my course members think they pay give them the right to do whatever they want with their cart, some guests just are ignorant. Five tips for you, who should know better, on how to care for the course.

1: Carry a ball mark repair tool in your pocket. If you don’t have one use a tee and fix your ball marks. A good green is one that rolls true and smooth, not having the ball bounce its way to the cup, as it hops over non-fixed marks. This is one of my biggest pet peeves and members are just as guilty as guests.

2: Ever land in the sand trap and end up in someone’s foot print or shot hole. Not nice is it! Do you follow the rules and play it as it lies or do you cheat and move the ball. You would not have these situations, if we all would pick-up the rake and actually use it.

3: Hacked – up tee blocks are ugly and preventable. The grounds guys can only do so much. Every time you take a divots on the tee, fill it up with the seed mix in the green boxes on the tee blocks, help the maintenance guys out.

4: Same with fairway divots, please, take the time, to replace them or if available use the seed mix attached to the golf cart in a plastic pour bottle.

5: Misuse of golf carts is probably the cause of most major damage on the golf course. They are not off-road toys, don’t use them as such and respect the game and golf course in their use. Please follow all rules and restrictions set-up to protect from golf cart damage, these rule are there for a reason, quite simply follow them.

How to Choose the Right Putting Green

Putting Greens are the new best way to practice your putting skills while in the comfort of your own home. They come in many different shapes and sizes. There are two main types which include the straight green with one or more holes and the classic green with up to six holes. These golf mats can be placed outside or inside depending on where you desire to practice. They are very resistant to weather and most of them are made to be placed outside.

The straight putting greens range from four to sixty feet long and are made out of high quality plastic and foe turf. These can be used in a home or office for casual putting or intense practice sessions. Many people like to have one of these in their office in order to kill time or give their clients something to do. The type of straight putting greens varies as well. Some have raised portions around the hole for added difficulty, while others have movable portions for added distance. Others are mats that lay flat on the ground while others are raised with borders to keep in any stray shots.

The classic greens come in all shapes and sizes as well. They can range from six by ten feet to up to fourteen by twenty feet. Some putting greens can be even bigger and you can even have them custom made by some dealers. The size also dictates the number of holes ranging from three to as many as six. Most of the big putting greens contain six holes. These greens are mostly intended for outside use and are built to withstand most weather conditions. The greens come in many shapes and sizes but have two distinct types, the lay flat and the raised platform. Although the raised platforms tend to be better quality they also require assembly and recommend two people for the activity. While the lay flat only needs to be rolled out and it is ready to use.

In all, portable putting greens are a must have to the amateur and even the pro golfer. Show off your skills to your friends with an indoor putting course or take it outside with a larger model; when it comes to putting you can’t do much better then to practice in your own home. Most models come with a multi-year guaranty, which means that your new putting hole will be with you for years to come. Don’t lose a game due to poor putting technique. Good luck in choosing the right putting green.