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Golf Instruction 101

Aug 17, 2007
The game of golf is much harder than people give it credit for. Looking on the surface, you wouldn't think that a game where you're required to hit a ball into a hole would need any sort of skill. If this is what you thought than I guarantee you are mistaken.

Before you can run you first need to learn how to walk. The "walking" of golf instruction includes three fundamentals of the game. Three areas of golf instruction 101 include the basic fundamentals, equipment and etiquette.

The Basic Fundamentals

The basic fundamental of golf instruction is to hit a golf ball with a golf club towards a hole that is located hundreds of feet away with the purpose of putting the golf ball into the hole. Being a competitive sport the number of times you strike or attempt to strike the ball is counted as one-stroke.

The strokes are kept track of by the individual golfer and recorded on the scorecard at the end of each hole. Generally, golfers play 18 holes and the golfer with the least amount of strokes recorded is declared the winner.

Golf instruction states play starts at the first hole with the first player hitting the ball as far as they can towards the first pin. The next player then takes their turn and so forth. When each member of the group is finished they proceed to the point where their golf ball has landed and repeat the process.

The player who has their ball furthest away from the pin is required to play first. This includes play on the fairway and on the green.

Play then continues on to the second tee where the process is repeated. The player who begins the next round is that player who took the least amount of shots to sink the golf ball into the hole.


The basics of golf instruction 101 are that in order to play the game a player needs basic equipment. That equipment includes golf clubs and bag, golf balls, and tees. Generally the golf clubs consist of a couple of drivers, irons and a putter.

The driver is generally used on par 4 and par 5 holes where distance is required. The contact portion of the driver is flat in nature. The irons are numbered from two to nine with the contact area varying at different angles. The nine irons are designed with the greatest angle.

Golf instruction also requires standardization. Therefore, the golf ball must weigh 1.62 ounces, be circular in shape and be no larger than 1.68 inches in diameter. Generally, the balls are marked with a brand name and number so that there is no confusion as to which player is playing which ball.

The golf tee can be made of various materials including wood and plastic. Golf tees are basically miniature platforms for the golf ball when teeing off. One end of the tee is spike like and is put into the ground with the other end of the tee shaped like a small platform to hold the golf ball.

Golfing Etiquette

Any golf instruction should include the basics of golfing etiquette. Golfing etiquette, as part of a golf and has always been since its birth many years ago. It should be the first instruction taught in golf for every new beginner starting the game.

Two basic rules of golfing etiquette include allowing players behind you to play through. Perhaps there are four players who are ready to tee off and a golfing party of two arrives at the same time or the team of four is delayed on the fairway for whatever reason. Golfing etiquette suggests that the two players be allowed to play through or play ahead of the team consisting of four. This courtesy allows for the smaller team's play not to be held up.

The second rule of etiquette requires players to make sure that other players in front of them are safely far enough away so that they are not in any danger of being struck by their ball. If however you decide to take a shot and their is a chance that ball ball may hit a player in front of you, you must call out "fore" so that they are given the chance to duck for cover.
About the Author
Dane Stanton is the owner of GolfShopReview.com which is an extensive review of the top Online Golf Shops on the internet. Find which course is best for you and your Game! http://www.GolfShopReview.com
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