There are many ways to classify golf swings. Among the most common is to label players either "diggers" or "sweepers," based in large part on how they hit from the fairway and whether they take divots. Another common classification compares "hitters" to "swingers," taking into consideration players’ overall swings and also often focusing on their power and their play off the tee.
The well-traveled Vijay Singh has won professional golf tournaments across the world in a career spanning 30 years as of 2012. Singh rose from humble beginnings to become a dominant player on the European Tour and the PGA Tour, but it all started on a modest public golf course on the South Pacific island of Fiji.
Draws and fades are shots featuring controlled movements of the golf ball. A draw curves from the player’s right to his left (for a right-handed golfer) while a fade moves in the opposite direction, from left to right. Some players hit draw shots or fade shots naturally. Top professionals typically can hit draws or fades at will to gain the proper position on the fairway, or to land the ball at a desired spot on the green.
Many golfers use brightly colored felt tip pens to mark their balls prior to competition so they may identify them during play. One reason they take this action is to avoid playing the wrong ball. Under Rule 15-1 of the standard Rules of Golf, a player must hole out with the ball he hits off the tee, except when the ball is lost, hit out of bounds or substituted. When your ball lands in deep rough or is partially buried in a bunker, however, it may be difficult to confirm the ball is yours. Hitting the wrong ball during any competition played under the Rules of Golf will typically result in a penalty.
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Sand wedges are, of course, used primarily to hit out of sand bunkers. But the club may also come in handy in other places. The typical sand wedge is lofted about 56 degrees, so it may be useful for playing short, high pitch shots. The club’s bounce plate makes it a poor choice on hard ground, so make sure the turf is reasonably soft before using your sand wedge from the fairway.
The abbreviation “XL” has different meanings within the golf world, depending on the product to which the term is attached. It typically means either “extra long” or “extra large,” depending on whether the product is a ball, club or piece of clothing. Shoppers should be aware that in no case is there an authority overseeing the use of the XL designation. As with any buying decision, consumers should verify a manufacturer’s “extra long” or “extra large” claims prior to purchase.
In a strong golf grip, the V shapes formed by the thumb and first finger of each hand should point toward your right shoulder (for a right-handed player), according to golf writer Steve Newell. If you use a weak grip on your golf club it’s unlikely you’ll hit the ball square on a standard swing, Newell says. Some players will do fine with a neutral grip, but if you tend to slice the ball you’re a good candidate to try a stronger grip.
PGA Tour golfers are, not surprisingly, capable of hitting the ball farther than average players -- not only off the tee but also with each club in the bag. A pro player is also careful to note how far he can hit each club, so he knows which iron, wood or hybrid to pull from the bag during tournament play. The PGA Tour, meanwhile, keeps a variety of statistics regarding the distances that players typically hit the ball with each club.