Many golfers will know and possibly use the standard handicap system in golf. This has seen changes over the years and there are more to come in 2020. The World Handicap System will be in place in 2020 and available to golfers across the globe.
You may already know about the World Handicap system but for those based in the United States, the GHIN Handicap Program may be new. For many of you, this may be the first time you have heard of GHIN or perhaps you have seen it before but never understood how it is used. Let’s address that now.
GHIN means ‘Golf Handicap and Information Network’ and it is a handicap service offered to golf clubs around the United States by the United States Golf Association. This is not an old system and has been in use since the early 1980’s.
Imagine owning a golf club and having to keep track of every individual golfers score and handicap? It is a tiresome task and for popular golf clubs with many members, keeping individual scores and working out handicaps can be a real problem.
This is where GHIN can help.
Basically, GHIN is a software solution that makes recording and sharing handicaps of golfers in the United States easy. Golfers can post their scores themselves by having access to the GHIN system. It is a simple case of adding the score, confirming the other information on the screen and GHIN will show the score and automatically save it in the system.
GHIN uses touchscreen technology to make the whole process efficient and having used it once, golfers will take a matter of seconds to record their scores or view their handicap information.
As a golfer, you want to enjoy playing golf with friends but you may also want to enter competitions. How do you play against better golfers at your club if you do not have a handicap?
Playing against better golfers is going to happen when entering a tournament and if you do not have a handicap, you will be at a huge disadvantage. However, a GHIN Handicap will allow you to play a superior opponent on a level playing field.
By playing against more experienced golfers you will learn new things and that is vital to your development as a golfer. Imagine playing against the same people every week, you know their game inside out and you know how to beat them. Where is the fun in that?
You want to get out there and challenge yourself on the golf course and GHIN allows you to do that with ease.
In addition, you may decide you want to try playing at a new golf course. You can find one which uses GHIN and play using your handicap without having to worry about anything. You can check your GHIN Handicap anywhere, anytime using a GHIN number.
So, why not sign up for a GHIN handicap today? You will have instant access to your handicap information and can use it to enter tournaments and play on various courses around the country.
For those new to golf, it can seem ridiculous to need 14 different clubs just to smack a ball enough times to get it to the end of the course. However, as you play the game more and more you will begin to see that all of the different types of golf clubs will almost certainly come in handy quite often. Here I will outline some of the most important key things that you need to understand about golf clubs. After you understand these, you can start to perfect you own ability to choose the best club to use at any point in the game. This, along with a powerful and accurate swing, is how you can begin to win more and more games.
The first type of golf club is a wood. To the contrary of what the name suggests, the heads are not made out of wood. Usually woods are made out of hollow metal, usually steel or titanium. They are designed to allow for the greatest distance with each stroke. Out of the 14 clubs in a standard set, the woods make up less than half. They are usually used on the long and straight portions of the golf course, since they allow for the greatest distance with semi-decent accuracy. The accuracy is certainly not the strong point of the woods, and usually it takes plenty of practice to be able to keep the ball on a straight course. Woods are also the longest clubs in the set.
Irons come next, and they are used most frequently throughout the game. They are very versatile compared to the other two types of clubs, and therefore make up a larger amount of the clubs in your bag. They can still achieve fairly large distances, though not quite as far as the woods can. Depending on which particular iron you use, you can have a much higher level of accuracy and get the ball a lot closer to where you want it to be. There are many different kinds of irons that have very specific uses, such as those that are meant to get you out of the sand traps or pop the ball up over an obstacle.
The final type of golf club is the putter, and a standard golf bag usually only contains one of these. These are used on the putting green at the end of the course, or in other parts of the course that require delicate accuracy. They are meant to be the clubs with the shortest distance and the highest accuracy, usually only going a few yards to the target. Balls hit with putters are not meant to fly up in the air. Rather, they are just pushed lightly along the ground where they will roll gently to the target. Putting is arguably the most important part of the game, so it is a good idea to get a nice putter and practice a bunch with it.
These 3 types of clubs are the basis for the game of golf. When you begin to start recognizing when you should use a wood or an iron, that is when you are beginning to get a hang for the game. Until then, you will just have to practice all you can with the golf clubs that you have.
Choosing the right golf club is an extremely important part of improving how you play the game. If you are able to get golf clubs that work extremely well for your golfing style, you will notice an immediate improvement in your game. Usually beginner golfers don’t put much thought into the clubs they use. Perhaps you have just been using your grandfather’s old clubs that you dug up out of the attic, or maybe you bought some cheap clubs at a yard sale. If you ever want to be a serious golfer, you will need to buy clubs for yourself and choose some that will compliment your playing style. You can accomplish this by changing the shaft length, the head size, and many other details. One of the choices you will have to make is between graphite and steel, the two most popular materials. The one you choose can greatly affect your swing (or work with what you have already learned).
Graphite is best known for being a lighter and more flexible material. Again, this does not necessarily make it a better choice, since it all depends on what kind of golfing you do. If your strokes are a bit slower than average, a flexible graphite club could be the best choice. The flex of a club can be classified into 4 different ratings: Ladies, Regular, Senior, and Extra Stiff. Graphite clubs rarely fall under the Extra Stiff rating. If you feel that you need the extra stiff clubs, you would probably be better off with a steel club. The best thing you can do is to simply give a few test swings at the club store, and figure out what feels the most like what you have used in the past. Make sure it is something you could use for an entire game, and won’t become uncomfortable.
The other choice being steel which usually is the cheaper choice of the two. Because of its lower price, many view it as inferior to graphite. However, this is not true at all. If you have a golfing style that works well with steel clubs, there is no reason to go for the more expensive graphite. Steel is much more durable, so you can expect steel clubs to have a longer lifespan than graphite clubs. Steel is heavier than graphite; some view this as a negative point, but some prefer to really feel the weight of the club as they swing it. Steel is also quite a bit stiffer than graphite (which has a higher flexibility). This is partially your personal preference, but your pre-developed swinging style may also tell you something that you wouldn’t otherwise know. If you tend to have rather fast swings, you will want to stick with clubs that are stiffer. Steel offers this, but fast swings coupled with heavy clubs can be potentially dangerous, so make sure you always have a tight grip.
It’s likely that you are feeling a little bit overwhelmed at making these important choices about your future clubs. This is normal for a beginner, especially since each of the materials has a lot to offer. If you really want to make sure that you make the right choice, you can get in touch with someone who is more experienced in picking out clubs. This might be a seasoned golfer or just a club store employee. Either way, they will be able to give you good advice simply by watching you swing at the ball a few times. The speed of your swing and several other things about your method will give them hints as to what you should choose. But as long as you think hard about your choice and then stick with it in the future, you should be able to choose clubs that are ideal for you, and are made out of a material that feels natural when you swing it.
It is no news that dealing with the many responsibilities that come with both professional and personal aspects of life can be overwhelming, but what you may not know is that golfing could be the answer to your problems. Visualize this: a green field outdoors, fresh air and no traffic noise in the background; only a clear and calm mind as you focus on the game. Sounds good, right? But it gets better. Maybe you are only looking for a new fun activity, a sport to take seriously or something to help you get healthier, the thing is, Golf covers all areas.
If you have never played it before, it may come as a surprise to you the many benefits of the sport – golfing can seriously improve your health, both physically and mentally. Here’s 5 benefits you could be enjoying along with the game:
1. Playing Golf helps you gain focus and to develop patience as you practice;
2. It’s relaxing. The contact with nature and the game itself reduces stress, resulting in a better quality of sleep and life in general;
3. It’s a low risk game that works very well as a physical activity: a review of more than 300 studies have found that golfing regularly reduces risk factors of heart disease and stroke;
4. You can burn lots of calories just by walking and standing in the field, in addition to the improvement of strength and balance of your body provided by the practice;
5. Golfing is great if you are looking for some quality time alone away from everything, but even better if you want to bond with your buddies. With the everyday rush to get things done in life we often forget to catch up with friends, that is why this is a great opportunity. Playing with friends can be quite relaxing and fun, it is a great way to get some time away from your problems and just have a good time bonding with the people you like.
After seeing so many good things that can come from playing Golf, I bet you are at least curious about it, aren’t you? Why don’t you give it a shot, see what it can do for you.
“One of the most fascinating things about golf is how it reflects the cycle of life. No matter what you shoot – the next day you have to go back to the first tee and begin all over again and make yourself into something.”
– Peter Jacobsen
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