10 Surprising Facts About Golf

If there is any sport that easily splits people’s opinion, that sport has to be golf. While you may find people, who are quite excited about the sport, you could very well find people who may find the sport to be rather boring. Regardless of these, one thing that is very much certain about golf is the fact that it is a game of statistics and some of these statistics can be quite surprising. Here are a few surprising facts about golf you may not be aware of.

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One In Sixty-Seven Million

It would interest you to know that the probability of attaining consecutive holes-in-one is about one in sixty-seven million. This may come as a shocker to even the golf enthusiasts. However, the pre-existing belief is that John Hudson who was well known back in the 70s is the lone golfer known to have attained such a feat. The record he created in that regard at the Martini Tournament in Norwich has still not been equaled. It is on record that both the 12th and the 11th hole were about 311 yards and 195 yards. It, therefore, suffices to say that no matter how hard one practices, the odds would always seem not to favor in this regard.

The Dimples

It is important to note that the divots atop a conventional golf ball are called dimples. Speaking, as a matter of fact, rules indicate that there has to be a total of about 336 dimples on the top of a professional golf ball. This is certainly more than what an average teenager has.

Highest Golf Course

It is on record that the highest of all the golf courses in the world is situated at the Tactu Golf Club in Peru, Morococha to be precise. At its ebb elevation point, the course is estimated to be about 14,335 feet above sea level. However, the bad news is that the course has not been used since the middle of the 90s and this may not be unconnected to the growth of weeds on the course.

The Longest Golf Putt

It is a matter of fact that the longest golf put that was ever attained was recorded at about 375 feet. This may seem quite impossible considering the power that needs to be generated to affect such in a single swing. However, this was achieved by Fergus Muir back in 2001 at the age of 66.

The 100 Million Dollar Man

Aside recently receiving the highest American civilian honor from president Donald Trump, it is on record that Tiger Woods who is perhaps the biggest name as far as golf is concerned has raked in about $100 million in prize money till this very moment. This puts him at the top as the richest golfer on the planet with an estimated net worth of around $700 million.

Longest Ever Hole In One

The longest ever hole in one that was ever recorded goes to Lou Kretlow who was able to achieve this hole-in-one while at a 427-yard course back in 1961. Originally a baseball player who recorded reasonable levels of success, Kretlow only took up golfing professionally after retiring from baseball.

When Golf Visited The Moon

Golf is still one of the two sports known to have ever been played on the moon. Back in 1967, Alan Bartlett made a swing at a golf club which sent the ball gliding into the atmosphere with low gravity. The only other person is Javelin.

Longest Drive On A Golf Course

The record for the longest drive on an ordinary golf course is still held by Michael Austin. The Man from California was quite renowned for his long drives. However, no one ever imagined him attaining such an achievement. The feet he attained at the Winterwood Golf course still stand in the Guinness book of world records. He is at the moment 95 years old.

The Ship Farm And The Golf Course

It is on record that a standard golf course has about 18 holes, however, the first ever 18-hole golf course was cited on a sheep farm somewhere in Illinois. It is, however, still operational today even though it just has 9 holes.

The Largest Bunker In The World

The biggest bunker in the whole world is located at the Pine Valley course, New Jersey. Known with the name Hell’s Acre, it is located on the 585-yard 7th hole of the golf course. In addition to this, the course is quite popular for its other rather challenging holes such as the “Devils Asshole.

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8 Tips To Keep In Mind If You Are Thinking About Taking Up Golf

Golf is a sport fun for all ages and both genders. However, if you are thinking about trying out the sport for the first time, it can seem difficult and even daunting. Golf players pay attention to the clothes, etiquette, equipment and many more things. Still, there is no reason to be intimidated if you follow our simple tips for first-timers.

  • Do NOT bring your perverted mother
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  • Check the basic rules beforehand

By being aware of at least the most basic rules and guidelines, you will be more at ease once the game starts. There are many useful sites online that explain the basics of golf.

  • Make sure you have the right equipment

The equipment use and selection are guided by many rules as well, so it would be useful to look them up too. For example, there is a maximum limit of 14 clubs per player, but there is no minimum. Still, if you only take a few clubs, you might be forced to borrow clubs from other players, and this is seen as poor etiquette.

  • Dress appropriately

Before going to the golf course, check whether they have a dress code in place. Since most of them do, it would be wise to find out the exact guidelines. In most cases, a collared shirt and light-colored pants will do the trick. Some courses also require golf shoes, but gloves are optional.

  • Learn about your city’s courses

If you are just starting out as a golfer, you might want to look for a public course. They are free to use and sometimes they have courses and programs for new golfers. If you do find such a program, consider signing up because it could offer some invaluable pointers for beginners!

  • Have a practice game

Before you actually start playing with other people, it could be useful to go to a public course with a friend or by yourself and just practice hitting the ball. This will give you a chance to get acquainted with the clubs and how to hold them properly. Still, if the ball doesn’t’ go in the desired direction right away, do not despair! It may take a few more times to master holding the clubs.

  • Consider professional lessons

By taking just a few lessons with a professional at the very start, you can up your golf game right from the beginning. Here, you can just focus on the technical stuff, such as the clubs’ names and use, the rules and etiquette. Then, when you go to the course to play your first game, you can practically apply everything you have learned.

  • Do not go slow

Slow players can pose an issue on a golf course, especially if it is a busy day. So, try to keep up the speed and try not to hold back the other players. Pay attention to the game and know when it is your turn so that you can be ready when it comes. Most players will be considerate since it is your first time, but still, try to be considerate in return.

  • Never touch the ball

Even people who have never played golf surely know that this is the one fundamental rule in golf. You are allowed to touch the ball only when you set it on the tee and when you remove it from the hole. Otherwise, you must hit it as you find it. There are some exceptions to this rule, and you can always refer to the rulebook if you are not sure what to do. Still, one exception is always valid, and that is that you are allowed to touch the ball when it is on the green. You can pick up the ball to clean it when t is here and then return it to the exact position where you found it.

 

With these simple and basic tips, you can go on to have your very first game of golf. Still, there is only so much we can learn online, so the most important tip is – try it for yourself! And, since golf is referred to as “the game of a lifetime”, you will surely go back to the course for years to come.

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