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All About Golf Clubs

May 28th, 2012 11:35 am

A good set of golf clubs is essential to the golfer.  A complete set of clubs consists of woods, irons and a putter.  According to the rules of golf, as set forth by the United States Golf Association (USGA), a golfer’s bag may hold 14 clubs.  Most golfers will carry a driver, two fairway woods, 7 irons, 3 wedges and the putter.

The Woods

A set of woods consist of a driver and fairway woods.  The driver is a long-shafted club with a full head used to strike the ball that is set on a tee and for long fairways is usually the first club out of the bag.  The driver head does not have much lift to it.  This allows you to achieve a maximum distance possible off the tee.  Fairway woods, on the other hand, have club heads that are slightly more lofted than the driver.  This allows long shots from the fairway, where a tee can not be used.

The Irons

Golf irons are included in every set of golf clubs.  The exact number included is up to the individual golfer and his or her budget and skill level.  The majority of shots in a round of golf will utilize an iron.  Irons are also typically the weakest part of a golfer game,  Irons are used to hit the ball off the ground from distances of 125 yards to 225 yards.  However, on short par 3 holes, an iron can be used to hit off the tee.  The loft angle of the iron is reflected in the number of the iron, with a number 2-iron having very little loft and a number 9-iron having the most.

In addition to the normal set of irons most golfers include wedges in their arsenal.  Wedges usually consist of the pitching wedge, the sand wedge and the lob wedge.  Wedges are used for short, controlled shots, normally very close to the putting green.  Although they may be used to help the golfer out of a difficult lie on the fairway.

The Putter

The putter is debatably the most  important club in a golfers bag.  The purpose of the putter is to roll the ball, so there is no loft on the club head.  There are many styles of putters.  Most golfers spend a lot of their time searching for just the right putter.  They often go with the latest fad instead of choosing one that feels right to them.  You don’t really need the exotic putter that cost so much money, especially if your new to the game.  Using a simple low cost putter will help you learn to putt just as well as the expensive model.  When you get really good then you might consider going to a more elaborate putter.

Finally, If you don’t have a complete set of clubs when you start..don’t worry.  You can start with the basic beginners set.  It’s best to visit your local Golf Shop for advise on the beginners set.

Training and Playing for Your Vacation at World’s Top Golf Resorts

May 23rd, 2012 11:52 am

Golf courses are planned in lovely surroundings where you can take in sea breezes or views of lush vegetation, and you can combine golf with other resort amenities to provide a well-rounded vacation.

For instance, try one of the many glamorous Club Med Golf Resorts with beautiful fairways in the most unforgettable, inviting locations around the world. Club Med offers deals including the best equipment and golf lessons for all levels! Its locations include Cancun, Mexico, as well as Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Other locations span the world: Turks and Caicos, Mauritius, Portugal, France, Italy, Brazil, Thailand, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal, and in the United States–Sandpiper Bay, Florida.

Scotland has some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world and there are approximately 100 resorts, called “golf hotels,” among the 500-plus golf courses throughout the country. Best known are Turnberry, Gleneagles and The Old Course Hotel St. Andrews. Each of these has spa, leisure facilities, excellent restaurants and “golf tuition” packages for all levels.

Mexico has numerous golf resorts perched in luxurious coastal locations. There are golf resorts at Cancun, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. Also, Mexico has its championship Baja version of California’s famous “Pebble Beach” golf resort, called Bajamar, only a few hours’ drive from San Diego in Ensenada.

For the United States, check online for some of the golf resorts suggested by key magazines such as Golflink’s which publishes The Top 100 United States Golf Courses. This issue ranks the best out of more than 21,000 public and private golf courses across the country. Among the top hundred, you will find that the main vacation-destination states with golf resorts are in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas. Let’s review these states for their best locations:

In sunny, always temperate Florida, Club Med’s Sandpiper Bay Golf Academy offers 2-day and 3-day golf courses. The Academy includes all aspects of the game, such as Chipping, Putting, Bunker, Pitching and Lob Shot, Full Swing with Irons and Woods. A video analyzing your swing is provided, as well as an optional video comparing your swing to that of a pro player. Also, the area within and around Miami has regional golf resorts for year-round vacationing. Each resort offers on-site amenities and services, both on and off the course, and minutes away from major Miami attractions, like South Beach and Miami MetroZoo. You will have a multitude of options during a golf vacation here.

Arizona has a climate that is suitable for many months of the year and Scottsdale has nearly 200 golf courses, many with the picturesque backdrop of the Sonoran Desert. It is a golf destination with golf schools and pro shops. Here, many resorts offer high-quality accommodations and championship golf courses. Most golf resorts offer packages where hotel guests can have discounted green fees.

In California, Pebble Beach has been known for being a small coastal golf destination nestled in beautiful Monterey County. It is home of the prominent Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Pebble Beach Lodge and the prestigious Inn at Spanish Bay. Each year, golfers return to rub shoulders with golf professionals and experience nature at its finest on the magnificent golf course laid out by leading golf course designers. The harmony of golf layouts and the majestic coast are awe-inspiring!

Another golfer’s paradise is conveniently located along the south Atlantic coast at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Nicklaus, Palmer and other golf legends have frequently played these championship courses. Since the first course opened at Sea Pines in 1961, there are now emerald links at Harbour Town and outstanding courses in Bluffton, as the Hilton Head area has become a major golf center. It is legendary for its spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, scenic marshes, and maritime forests with abundant wildlife. The temperate climate and year-round sunshine also makes Hilton Head Island the perfect place to tee off.