Golf Course – A Walking Play Board |

Are you preparing to play a round of golf at your local public golf course? Before you start beginners have many questions. Here are answers to those commonly asked questions.Checklist of golf terms:What is a golf course?The golf course is a well manicured lawn on which players hit a small ball with a golf club and attempt to land the ball into a small hole located many yards from the starting point. Unlike other sports where the player is concerned about how to react to a moving ball; it is the golfer who hits the golf ball into motion.Become familiar with the golf course you will be playing. Arrive early and walk the golf course. Become familiar with the markings and get a feel and sense about the course. Feel the sloping, see the bumps in the green, and anything and everything that will help you score better.Golf courses will have nine or eighteen holes. The yardage distances between the holes will vary. Hole number nineteen is the clubhouse which houses the golf shop, restaurant, bar, and other golf players interests.What does it mean to play a round of golf? The golf course is designed in a circular pattern. You check in at the club house where your tee is located and you will play nine or eighteen holes walking and playing in a large circle or round. The last hole is near the club house (yes, this is where you started) and stop for refreshments and engage in golf stories, jokes and share social time with other golfers.What is a tee? The tee or tee peg is the starting point where the initial stroke begins. You hit the golf ball sending it down the fairway to have the ball fall into the hole located on the green.Why is there a flag in the golf hole? The flag marks the hole and offers you an aiming guide. If there are different colors of flags check on the definitions of the colors at your course as these flags indicate the hole positioning as to where you want to land the ball.What is the fairway, the green and the rough? The fairway can be considered as the largest playing area. The grass is well manicured and allows a clearly marked direction where you want the ball to travel. The golf ball will travel through the fairway and land in the the green. Fairway lengths vary from hole to hole. I think of the fairway as a highway.The green is an extremely well manicured area surrounding the hole. The hole is the end target of a golf swing. I think of the green as being the parking lot for my golf ball.If you hit the ball into the rough; you are in trouble. The rough is high grass which is on either side of the fairway and is designed as a penalty for missing the fairway. The penalty is the challenges you face to get the ball into the fairway. I think of the rough as being that area on either side of the highway which is not paved and the golf ball is stuck in the weeds.What are bunkers and hazards? Avoid bunkers. These are sand pits located at different sites of the golf course. Hazards are ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water including the ocean. These water areas are usually marked with red stakes. Obviously, the golf ball is very difficult to retrieve during the game and you are penalized one point.What is out-of-bounds area? It is an area that is not part of the golf course. If the golf course is next to a residential area you cannot play the game from the backyard of a neighbor or from their flower or vegetable garden.Why the graveled path? The graveled pathway is for the golf carts. These paths are narrow, extend good driving courtesies. Most golf courses do not want you traveling on the grass; they prefer you walk.

How to Build a Positive, Steady and Dependable Consistency in Your Golf Swing Technique |

Do you want to develop a more reliable, consistent and confident golf swing technique? I don’t think there is a golfer alive that doesn’t want to become more consistent and confident when playing golf. So what does it mean to be consistent at golf? Is it even possible to develop a consistent golf game?These are the big questions of golf, and in this article I’m going to share with you a simple pathway to a more dependable, confident and consistent golf swing, which will give you more self-belief and certainty over the golf shots that you hit.Developing a reliable golf swing begins with a definition of what golf consistency means. For many amateur golfers it means to develop more positive and predictable results in their short-game and long-game. For others it’s about achieving more consistency in their golf scores, which means reducing the distance between their lowest scores and their highest scores.Either way, acquiring more consistency and confidence in your game necessitates a change in your approach to how you go about producing results in your golf swing and score. When you think about consistency, what we’re really talking about is any routine or ritual that is as regular as clockwork.Now this routine could easily be a routine that influences your thoughts, or your golf swing or a part of it, a putt, a chip or pitch, or in-fact any skill or part thereof that has a significant influence over your golf performances.The Golf Swing Consistency FormulaBuilding consistency into your golf game will be easier by understanding and applying the following simple formula.’golf swing consistency = deliberate pre-swing routine x deliberate practice strategy’This formula explains the two key components you need to develop to build positive, steady and dependable consistency into your game. The two critical consistency components are:1. A deliberate, well thought out pre-swing routine that incorporates precise club and body alignments prior to swinging the golf club.2. A deliberate practice routine that focuses on incorporating the key aspects of your pre-swing routine into every practice shot.A Deliberate Pre-Swing RoutineWhat one undeniable factor sets pro’s apart from amateurs? The answer apart from the obvious is a premeditated and precise pre-swing routine. A pre-swing routine is a well planned and precise process where a golfer goes through a carefully choreographed sequence of movements prior to hitting his golf shot that ideally incorporates the following six factors;· A mental strategy that describes exactly how you want your golf ball to behave prior to hitting it· Careful placement and pressure of your hands on the golf club· Careful aiming of the club-face to the target-line before you establish your body alignment and posture· Establishment of the correct postural angle and knee flex· Careful alignment of the stance, hips and shoulders to the target-line· The final balancing of your body prior to initiating the backswing phaseWhen these steps are carefully and thoughtfully incorporated into your pre-swing routine you will be giving yourself the best chance of executing your golf shots confidently, successfully and consistently.A Deliberate Practice RoutinePracticing your new pre-swing routine over and over again will take your pre-swing routine from a set of rehearsed conscious actions to an automatic mental-physical shift that guarantees that your golf shots will become more consistent as will your golf scores.When you practice hitting golf shots, carefully coordinate your routine so that it incorporates a clear decision as to exactly how you want your golf ball to behave as it travels to the target, followed by careful placement of your hands on the grip. Then aim the club-face before you aim your body, establish your stance line and upper body alignment.Once you have arrived at this division of your pre-swing routine you can simply swing away.This very precise sequence of events carefully thought out and assembled is the formula for achieving positive, steady and dependable consistency in your golf swing which will greatly increase your golf confidence, lower your golf scores and give you the consistency your have been searching for.