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  1. Julia

    Winter Rules or Preferred Lies in Golf

    A preferred lie is when you improve the position of your ball without incurring a penalty stroke. The exact meaning of this “rule” is frequently misunderstood by golfers. First, it isn’t a codified rule by the USGA, but comes under Appendix 1 – Local Rules. Winter Rules, also called Preferred Lies, are local rules that are invoked by the course or competition, NOT the players. In areas where the winter or other extreme weather conditions, take their toll on the golf course, , the course may post one of 2 signs; Winter Rules in Effect Preferred Lies Today Why would a course do this? Well, there could be bare, hard spots on the fairway or a lot of water may have pooled. Does that mean that you can move any ball to anywhere? No, unless otherwise specified by the course, what it means is that if your ball...
  2. Julia

    Golf Leagues, Join One or Start your Own

    If you want to play golf on a regular basis, a golf league is a great way to enjoy the sport and make friends. Not all leagues are the same or appropriate for all play levels. When looking into a league, there are a few things to consider. What time of day or day of the week do you want to play? What is your skill level? Can you commit to being there every week? Do you want to play with just women or in a mixed or couples league? The next thing to look at is which course you would like to play at. The Pro Shop at the course can tell you about the leagues that play there. Some will be run by the Pro Shop and some will be run by the participants. If you are a beginner, find out if beginners are welcome. Some leagues will...
  3. Jeannette

    Are Mulligans in Golf Cheating?

    Bill Clinton is famous for his mulligans. What is a mulligan and why does he get away with taking them? Mulligans are basically a free shot taken to make up for a bad shot and it is not added to your score card. Most of us have taken a mulligan shot (more than once) knowing that the terrible shot we just made was simply an anomaly, and that we are capable of far better shots than that loser one we just hit. But is it cheating if you do so? Well, officially yes. The USGA rules do not allow mulligan shots. Can you imagine Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson asking for a mulligan during tournament play? No way! However, there are a few instances where mulligans may be allowed. In a friendly game of golf, if all agree, mulligans may be allowed. They are mostly taken off the tee but...
  4. Julia

    But I’m Not Good Enough To Play Golf With Others!

    When you first start to play golf, being good enough to play with others can be a problem. To get better you need to play with people who are better golfers than yourself. Unfortunately, you are not comfortable playing with experienced players because you feel you will slow them down. So what can you do to improve your golf game? Here is what I recommend. Ask a group of more experienced golfers if it is okay for you to join them so that you can practice and get pointers. Pick golfing friends who have patience. If possible, play when the course is less crowded. Then, and this is the key, tell the other players that you won’t hold them up and will pick up your ball if you are getting behind. These tips will help you get out and play, enable you to watch how better golfers play, and assure...
  5. Jeannette

    For a Great Golf Shot – Boobs Down, Wiggle Your Butt

    Ok, I’m not trying to be vulgar here, but hear me out. That particular phrase has helped many a golfer, male and female alike, hit a great shot. Golf is all about feeling the shot and relaxing through your swing but many a golfer, new and experienced, will tense up and hit a lousy shot or not hit the ball at all. Whether they are thinking too much about what they are supposed to be doing, not thinking about golf at all, or simply lazy with their posture, things can go terribly wrong. Let’s analyze my statement: Boobs Down – When you put your chest or “boobs” down facing the ground more, you are aligning your body in a better position to hit the ball. Your butt goes out more and you keep your head down allowing your swing to go through without you peeking at the ball. So instead...
  6. Julia

    What do the Flags on the Golf Course Mean?

    Flags on the green are a marker to show the position of the hole. Does the color of the flag mean anything? That is up to the individual course. Frequently the color of the flag denotes the relative position of the hole on the green. For example, red – front, yellow/white – middle, blue – back. Some courses will put the flag high, medium or low on the stick to show position. A course near me uses a red & white stripped one in the middle of the fairway to show the direction to hit on a blind hole. How do you know what is going on at a particular course? It should be on the score card or posted in the Pro Shop. If you don’t see it, ask the golf shop staff, starter or ranger.    
  7. Jeannette

    Golf Cart Rules – Oops… Watch Where You Drive That Cart!

    Golf carts are a great help for golfers getting around a course, but there are things you should know about when and where the cart should be driven. A golf cart should never be a distraction to other golfers or cause damage to a golf course. Here are some etiquette tips for new and seasoned golfers alike. When driving up to a tee box where players are teeing off, always keep a respectable distance until they are done hitting the ball. Never drive right up to the tee box until it is your turn to hit. Never drive a golf cart onto a tee box or green. That applies to hand pulled carts as well. Golf carts should be parked on the cart path while at the tee and the green. The only exception is for handicapped players who may drive up next to the tee box or green. You...
  8. Julia

    Are There Different Types of Golf Courses?

    Yes, in fact several kinds. Courses can be classified by design. The first, and oldest, are the Links Courses. They are mostly found in the UK and usually built on a strip of land between the ocean and the pasture lands. They feature sand dunes, deep bunkers, tall grass and few trees. The rough and even the fairway may only be watered by nature. The most famous of the Links courses is St. Andrews which has had a golf course at the same location since the 1400’s. Their website is http://www.standrews.org.uk where you can find a history of the course and some wonderful photos. The next type of course is a Parkland Course. These are the most common style in the US. They were designed as golf courses, have well maintained fairways, mature landscaping, thick rough and bunkers. The final style is Desert Courses. These are found primarily in the...
  9. Jeannette

    Pace of Play – Keep it Moving Golfers!

    Ok, I am talking to the ladies on this one. Granted men are just as easily accused of slow pace of play and rightfully so as they search way too long for their errant balls in the woods. But this post is for women golfers and the reasons why they may play slower than the recommended time to finish a round of golf. So what causes a slow pace of play? Here are a few things you may want to consider when you go out on the golf course. New to golf – If you are new to golf you may have to hit the ball more times to move it forward than more experienced players. If that is the case, simply hit the ball up to double what par is for that hole and then pick up the ball. So if it is a par 3 pick up after...
  10. Julia

    Local Golf Rules. What Are They?

    As with many of the activities of life, golf has rules; in fact lots of rules. One group of them is called Local Rules (1). As the name implies, these rules are specific to a course or area, and cover unique hazards, and protection of wild life and the course. For example, Desert Rules; when you are playing a Sonoran Desert course in Phoenix or Tucson, the last thing you want to do is start poking around a cactus or some other place where you can’t clearly see what is lurking around – like a rattlesnake or scorpion. So the Desert Rule says that if your ball goes off the course, treat it like water, take a penalty stroke (if you don’t know what that means, it means that you add one stroke to your score for moving the ball) and then drop your ball within 2 club lengths of...