An improper putting grip will jeopardize your overall golf game. The right grip is essential to good swing form and distance control: Without it, your chances of successfully delivering a ball to the hole are sharply diminished. Improving your putting grip takes a bit of know-how and practice, but it is well worth the effort. While longtime golfers can experiment more freely with various grip patterns, beginners should concentrate on the fundamentals in order to correct their putting grip.
John Feinstein is among the most prolific sports journalists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. As an author of numerous articles and books -- and as a television and radio commentator -- Feinstein has covered every major sport since he began his career with the “Washington Post” in 1977. Golf, however, has been one of his major interests. In addition to writing for publications such as “Golf Magazine” and “Golf Digest,” Feinstein has written nine books about golf as of 2012.
Strictly speaking, anyone who earns money by playing or teaching golf can be considered a golf pro. The vast majority of golf pros, however, are instructors who likely play much less golf than the students they teach. A pro golfer is someone who plays golf for a living. The best pro golfers play on a major tour, such as the PGA Tour in the United States, or the European Tour. Other pro golfers play on development or mini-tours.
Singer and TV personality Dinah Shore originated the Ladies Professional Golf Association event that was called the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winners Circle Tournament when it debuted in 1972. Shore, who died in 1994, was a golfer and a supporter of women’s professional golf. Shore's event, which has undergone several name changes, has been the Kraft Nabisco Championship since 2002. Since 1983, it has been one of the four major championships of women’s golf.
PGA pro-ams usually are a win-win-win situation for ordinary golfers, the PGA Tour and the charity or charities connected with the tournament. Ordinary golfers get to play with a tour player and sometimes a celebrity as well. The PGA Tour and the tournament organizers rake in big bucks, and a large chunk of that money goes to charity. Most pro-ams are one-day affairs that are played on Wednesday, one day before the PGA Tour event starts.
Many golfers dream of playing like a professional, but doing so is easier dreamed than done. You must begin with a certain amount of natural talent and then work hard to develop it. Beginning at age 12, pro golfer Jason Day practiced from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every day under the guidance of his coach.
The United States Golf Teachers Federation and the Professional Golfers’ Association of America are separate organizations, although they have a primary function in common. Both organizations train golf instructors and both have different levels of certification that golf teachers may attain. The USGTF focuses on training golf teachers. The PGA is an older and more diverse organization.