2013-03-08 / Sports

Golf Tips

By Joel Garyn

Welcome back to all my golf friends from your winter hibernation and our unwelcome visitor “SANDY”.

Riis Park Pitch and Putt will be opening shortly and the Brooklyn Golf Center on Flatbush Avenue is open for your spring training.

My articles will range from beginning to low handicap suggestions for you to work on.

The goal of these articles is to provide you with a simple and informative introduction to the game of golf.

Regardless of your age or gender, if you are a beginner or have limited golf experience, I will provide a complete guide to learning the game of golf. Most of the instruction will be written for right-handed golfers. If you are a lefthanded golfer, please reverse the terms when the text refers to your left or right.

The game of golf is played outdoors, on an area of land that is referred to as a golf course. Each course normally consists of 9 or 18 holes. When you play 9 or 18 holes, you are playing a round of golf. The object of each hole is to hit the golf ball into a cup.

The object of the game is to play all 9 or 18 holes taking as few strokes as possible to get your ball from the teeing ground into the cup on each hole.

Every hole on a golf course is assigned a par of 3, 4 or 5. The par is based on the length of the hole which is measured in yards.

For women Par 3 is up to 210 yards. Par 4 is 211-400 yards and Par 5 is 401-575 yards.

For men, Par 3 is up to 250 yards. Par 4 is between 251 -470 yards, while Par 5 is 471 yards and over.

Next time we will talk about golf clubs for both men and women. We’ll also talk about the advantage of using clubs that are best suited for your height, stance and age, by investing in club fitting to use clubs that suit your individual swing.

Have a wonderful week and the ground hog says we will have a short winter so spring will be upon us shortly. We all need a diversion from our ‘SANDY” nightmare.

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