Ken Venturi, one of the best golfers of the 1950s and 1960s, practiced voraciously and unrelentingly. After becoming a star, he went through a horrendous slump in the early 1960s. Venturi told "Sports Illustrated" he practiced as much as 10 hours per day, without stopping for lunch, to repair his swing and confidence. Venturi, who was taught by Byron Nelson and mentored by Ben Hogan, took a page from Hogan's classic line "the secret is in the dirt." In his wallet, Venturi carried quotes from Hogan about the importance of daily practice. One of the quotes: "Every day you take off, it takes that much longer to be good." Venturi's work ethic was prominently on display when he won the 1964 U.S. Open to end a three-year slump. The final day 36-hole marathon was played in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. Venturi, suffering from heat exhaustion, staggered to the finish line but his swing never deserted him.
Many of NASA’s early astronauts had an affinity for golf. Twelve of those men eventually walked on the moon, which became the biggest sand trap in the solar system in 1971, when one of those astronauts secured his place in history as golf's first lunar player.
As with many other American sports, professional golf was segregated for much of the 20th century. The Professional Golfers' Association of America even went so far as to write a "Caucasian-only" clause into its bylaws in 1934. Charlie Sifford set out to end golf's segregation after World War II. Had he done so in his prime, perhaps Sifford -- rather than Tiger Woods -- would have been the first African-American golfer to win a major championship. Nevertheless, Sifford eventually succeeded in breaking the color barrier, becoming the first black PGA golfer.
If you have ever watched any Ryder Cup, Seve Trophy, Presidents Cup or Solheim Cup competition, then you have seen a four-ball match. Along with alternate-shot and singles matches, four-ball is one of the most popular formats for team competitions. While the concept is simple, success at four-ball is a classic example of using strategy to make the team score better than either player could do on his own.
While golf is an enjoyable game in its own right, sometimes a group of players may wish to inject a little extra fun — and maybe a few wagers — into their round. Golfers never have been at a shortage for creative tweaks to the game that can turn a round into a whole new experience.
If you’ve been out to the golf course with the same group of friends multiple times, playing the same old stroke play can get old or boring. Luckily, there are a number of different formats you can use to shake things up a bit and add some spice to your friendly competitions.
Golf is a tricky game. For many, the idea of going out, focusing on your swing and trying to keep track of your ball and the amount of shots made on a hole is plenty. Sometimes, however, adding a little extra spice to the game, can make for a memorable afternoon on the links and possibly allow you to leave the course with a little extra money in your pocket.
Golf tournaments present an opportunity to explore the variety of ways to not only play, but score golf. For tournament organizers several key factors need to be taken in to consideration when determining what type of format you want for your tournament. Chief among these is the skill level and golf ability of those who are going to be playing. Determining whether you are looking for a competitive tournament, or just for a fun one, will help you decide the format that best appeals to all the players involved.
Playing golf may not help you become the next Donald Trump, but it could help you in the business world. That's an opinion held by Drake University, which in 2012 offered a class, "Golf: For Business and Life." Students enrolling in the class learned about golf and also heard local business leaders speak about the importance of golf as a business tool.
Golf fairway markers are a series of disks placed on courses, usually on par 4s or par 5s, that signify the distance from that point in the fairway to the center of the green. The markers are color coded according to distance, and while most courses use the same system, check with a course employee if you are unsure.
There's always been a desired final destination for the golf ball--the bottom of the hole. But the size of the hole, or cup, wasn't always the same on every course. There was no standardized size for the hole when golf became popular in the late 15th century, and so the size would sometimes vary from course to course. Many times the size would be inconsistent from hole to hole. Golf's governing bodies eventually agreed on a uniform hole size that remains in place today.
Golfers have many choices when selecting their irons. They may choose blades or cavity-back heads, with forged or cast iron construction. The shafts may be steel or graphite. But even if you have the best irons available, they won't provide the maximum benefit if you don't hold them properly. The manner in which you grip the club provides the foundation for your golf swing, so take a little time to be sure your grip is correct.
When you plant the golf tee into the ground, you don't think how they were made or where they originated from. But the reality is golf tees have been around since the middle ages. They've been made by a variety of materials and are often a forgotten component of a successful golf game.
Even high handicap golfers can have the opportunity to win a prize at a golf tournament planned with a format that accommodates golfers of all levels. These contests are designed to make the golfing event fun for all participants, and keep the ball moving quickly. Some contests take the players’ handicap into consideration, and some simply use a team score.
Golf outings can be a lot of fun for experienced players and beginners. The key is to plan the outing so that players of all levels can participate and have a good time. Exciting contests, awards, prizes and food all play a part in creating an enjoyable golf tournament.
The only honest answer to how long it takes to play a round of golf is: "It takes as long as it takes." Golf isn't a timed game, like football or basketball, and there are many variables that can affect the amount of time a round can take. The difficulty of the course, the number of players in a group, the skill of the players, the number of holes played, and the pace of other parties of players on the course can all affect the total time of play, but some general observations made over centuries of golfing can at least lead to a fair estimate.
While there is no rule against women playing in PGA Tour events, only a few have attempted the feat and, as of 2012, no female golfer has succeeded in finishing a men’s tour event. Several women in the early 21st century did make headlines by competing against the men, but the first to try it was Babe Didrikson Zaharaias in 1938.
In some industries the golf course is an extension of the workplace, where important contacts are made and deals negotiated. In other cases, golf may serve as a metaphor for a variety of workplace challenges. Smart managers can often find many inspirations on the golf course to help them run a more effective office and maintain a positive workplace culture.
An autograph can be a nice souvenir of the moment -- however brief -- when you meet your favorite PGA Tour player. Some autograph seekers enjoy collecting as many pro autographs as they can get, while others may seek an autograph as a gift for a golf-mad friend or relative. Whatever the reason, there are appropriate times and places to request a tour player’s autograph.
A golf stance is square if your toes are on a line parallel to your target line -- forming what might look line railroad tracks. To open your stance, adjust your feet so the line points farther left (for a righthanded golfer). In other words, move your front foot back, relative to a normal stance. For certain shots, however, an open stance is considered preferable. It's an ideal alignment for certain pitch and chip shots. All-time golf great Lee Trevino used an open stance regularly, as does 2010 PGA Championship runner-up Bubba Watson.