Golf courses must typically undergo some changes when they play host to PGA Tour events. One of the key changes the tour suggests is the narrowing of a course’s fairways. By offering a course with more rough and less fairway space, the typical tour venue provides a challenge worthy of the best golfers in the world.
The U.S. Golf Association’s official Rules of Golf contains a set of regulations titled, “Rules of Amateur Status.” The USGA defines an amateur golfer as “one who plays golf for the challenge it presents, not as a profession and not for financial gain.” By definition, therefore, an amateur may not collect winnings in a professional event, including a PGA Tour or other PGA-sponsored tournament.
After completing high school a strong golfer may wish to continue his studies and his golf career at a college or university. If you’re as good as Tiger Woods, who attended Stanford, or Phil Mickelson, who went to Arizona State University, the odds are that plenty of schools will be happy to give you a golf scholarship. Even if you aren’t offered a scholarship, however, you may still be able to play college golf as a walk-on.
Checking the par, or number of strokes, of each hole during a round of golf helps you gauge your performance on the hole. By calculating the par prior to teeing off, you can expect to know roughly how long the hole will play and what clubs you might expect to use. After you hole out, comparing your score against the par shows you how you're playing.
In 2010, the United States Golf Association banned so-called square grooves -- which are actually U-shaped -- cut into the faces of clubs with lofts greater than or equal to 25 degrees. The USGA’s reasoning was that the increased spin produced by the square grooves greatly reduced the difficulty of certain shots, particularly shots from the rough. As of the date of publication, PGA Tour players seemed to have compensated sufficiently, making the rules change more of a tweak rather than a revolutionary event.
To play golf well -- up to your capability -- requires learning how to focus your mind on executing each shot. Golf requires total concentration but just for brief periods of time. Between each shot a golfer is able to socialize with his playing companions or enjoy the beautiful scenery along the course. A golfer can learn how to improve his focus just as he can learn how to improve his swing.
A silent auction offers a way to generate funds to help pay for a golf tournament or to raise money for a charitable cause. It’s an easy and inexpensive format because you don’t have to hire a professional auctioneer and you may receive donated items. The format also allows you to extend the auction over a full day, or even several days, permitting more people to place bids.
A professional golfer plays the game for a living, as opposed to a golf pro, who receives a salary from a club. A typical professional golfer is always on the move, traveling from tournament to tournament. The more well-known golfers travel by plane and stay in luxury hotels or rented homes, while the typical player on a minor tour drives to the next tournament and stays in a motel. The pressure to earn enough money to cover day-to-day travel and living expenses is a key difference between the life of a successful major tour golfer and the typical playing professional.
With one exception, the Rules of Golf published by the U.S. Golf Association doesn’t specify a time limit in which a golfer must play a shot. The rules make it clear, however, that slow play is discouraged. They permit individual tournament committees to set more specific regulations to encourage a reasonable rate of play.
The Masters Tournament is one of men's professional golf's four major championships. The event is rich in tradition, from the par-3 tournament held the day before the Masters begins to the green jacket awarded to every Masters champion. The tournament’s rules are set by the Masters Committee at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
The relationship between swing path and club face position is complex. Technically speaking, both affect the ball's flight at contact. But each has its greatest effect at a different point during the ball's flight. A better way to phrase this question might be "Does path or face have the most initial influence on ball flight?" The answer to that question has changed over the years.
For a casual golfer, a caddie may just be someone who carries your clubs and perhaps offers a tip or two about the course, for which he earns a tip. At the professional level, a caddie is typically much more. A caddie is often a valued member of a professional player’s team, one who arrives at a tournament before the player to familiarize himself with the course and map its terrain into a yardage book. A successful pro golfer's caddie will be rewarded with a salary plus a percentage of the golfers’ winnings.
The PGA Tour has no rule specifically referring to facial hair. The organization has a brief, generic regulation that requires players to “present a neat appearance in both clothing and personal grooming.” The tournament director of each tour event has discretion to enforce the rule, although the PGA Tour commissioner has the right to the final word regarding a player’s appearance.
A professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour takes place over four consecutive days. Tournaments start on Thursday and conclude on Sunday. From start to finish, there is no time between days of the tournament. Most PGA Tour events cut half of the field after two days of tournament play. This leaves only half the field to play the final two days and receive prize money. Professional golfers, then, have three to five days in between the start of one tournament and another to travel, play practice rounds, work with their swing coach and stay conditioned.
The replay rate is a discounted amount charged by a golf course or club to play a second round on the same day. There’s no set formula that constitutes a standard replay rate. As with any independent business, a golf course may set its own fees and establish its own discount policies -- if any -- subject to the free market. But because golf is typically paid for with an individual’s discretionary income, a discount for a second round can provide a course or club with extra revenue it might not gain without the discount.
When a PGA Tour player must know the distance to the pin, he asks his caddie, who carries a yardage book with details about each hole, according to PGA caddie Mark Long. When a casual golfer needs distance information, he must use a yardage marker and add or subtract yardage based on a visual estimate. PGA pro Mark Blakemore, however, notes that yardage markers identify the distance to the center of the green, not to the pin placement. Range finders send laser or infrared light to the target and back and are accurate to within 1 yard, according to manufacturers. To test a device for accuracy yourself, use the following instructions, which are based on user manuals of popular brands.