So You Want To Learn How To Play Golf
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The history of golf starts in Scotland, or maybe in Holland, or possibly Belgium, or…
The history of this popular game, as regards it’s absolute earliest beginnings are a bit misty, to say the least. A game known as Kolven from Holland, a game known as Chole from Belgium. To quote Wikipedia.org: “The origins of golf are unclear and much debated.” That is a statement that every golf historian can definitely agree on!
Every known civilisation throughout history has used a stick and a ball of some kind in a competitive manner.
Golf is a game in which the competing players use different types of clubs to hit the balls into a series of halls that are made on the golf course. To hit the balls into the holes the players have to use the minimum number of strokes. In the rules of golf the game is defined as “playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules.” Every golf course has a unique design and there are no standardized playing areas for the game. Golf is highly popular in many countries and has a huge following. The word golf has its origin from the Dutch word ‘kolf’. ‘Kolf’’ meant club and was then transformed by the Scots to ‘glove’. The word golf evolved in the end of the 16th century.
How Golf Is Played
The club is a customized stick which has a heavy end. The use of minimum number of strokes to put the ball into the holes makes the game difficult. The clubs are all different. They have different lengths, the density of club heads is different and the loft of face. There is a restriction on the maximum number of clubs that a golfer can use. The player is given a maximum of 14 clubs to play the game. The golf courses are also all different as there are no standards set for them. They have different shapes and sizes. Also, the hazards or the obstacles are different. The obstacles or hazards make the game difficult for the player as the player has to hit the ball around. The obstacles on the golf course may be of three types, namely: water hazards like lakes and rivers, man-made obstacles like bunkers and natural hazards like dense vegetation. There is a special set of rule which applies to the game when the ball falls into these hazards.
Since there are a huge number of rules which apply to the game and they are quite confusing so it is very essential for the player to know the basics of the game clearly. The golfer must be prepared to deal with odd situations like the ball falling into a hazard or obstacle. Certain situations result in incurring of penalties. When a ball is lost or is hit out of the bounds then it counts as a penalty. If the player hits the wrong ball or hits his fellow golfer’s ball then once again it results in a penalty.
The game of golf starts when the player hits the ball using his club on the teeing ground. A small peg which is used to raise the ball above the ground level is called a tee. This shot is known as drive and is intended for covering long distances on the golf course. The term used for putting the ball in hole is ‘sinking the putt’. After the shot when the balls comes to rest the golfer again hits it to sink the putt.
Golf is a great game: sometimes rewarding, often frustrating but highly addictive. Getting started in it is actually not so difficult, and hopefully the information on our site will help you on your way.
So for starters just head on over to the Getting Started section.