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The History of Golf

It is possible that the first unofficial golf balls could have been little stones or rocks hit with sticks. The first official golf balls were wooden and used up until the 17th century.

 

The actual game of golf began back in Scotland in 1457. It was also in this time that King James II banned the game as it interfered with military training

 

The ban lasted for a few years. The signing of a treaty in Glasgow between England and Scotland lifted the ban in 1502. Queen Catherine of England referred to the popularity of the game in 1513, and Mary Queen of Scots became known as the first female golfer.

 

 

 

The first reference to Golf in America was in 1659 when it was banned from the streets of New York. The first Golf club originated in 1744 and was called the Honorable company of Edinburg Golfers. In that same year, a competition was played in Leigh, and the champion was awarded a silver cup paid for by the city of Edinburg. The name of the first champion was Mr John Rattray.

 

In 1764 the Royal and Ancient Golf Club was established as the world’s premier golf club. An 18-hole course was built, setting a standard for the game. The golfers were using clubs made from wood with shafts of ash. Feathers were stuffed in leather creating lighter golf balls.

 

The popularity of the game exploded to many countries. It spread to Ireland, many parts of Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Singapore. The United States Golf Association (USGA) came into being in 1894 regulating the game there.

 

Today, it is the golf courses that reflect the history of the game. Many courses are presented with beautiful landscapes, water ponds, sandpits and parklands.

 

India has the oldest Golf Club outside of Great Britain. The Royal Calcutta Golf Club originated in 1829, and the Royal Bombay Golf Club came about 12 years later. The two clubs made it possible for many in East Asia to enjoy the game.

 

The essence of golf is determined by how the ball is hit and directed. In 1848, Dr Robert Adams started creating golf balls out of gutta, and it brought a groundbreaking change to the game. More people joined the game of golf as it became more economical to them.

 

The introduction of the golf tee, in 1899, was instrumental in increasing the popularity of the game. The design of a new ball at the beginning of the 20 th century also introduced a new era. It was easier to hit and went much further than the gutty. Many women children and senior men started to play the game .

 

 

Throughout history, many powerful, talented and disciplined players emerged. Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, and Tiger Woods are some of them. By the turn of the 21st century, professional golf was recognised worldwide with players competing internationally.

 

Tricks to become a better player – Golf tips

To become a serious golfer means changing your lifestyle. You must be stricter in your regimen with exercise. Realizing time is essential and striving to become more effective in your style, and game speed is critical.

Here are some tips on becoming a better player.

 

As in many sports, training to become fit is of the utmost importance. You must be more flexible. Find a fitness instructor that can help you with abs training, proper back exercises and training with your legs and arm muscles. You must be as fast as possible and as straight as possible. You need a swing speed and need to make swing adjustments.

 

Propper alignment is essential to a good drive. Always approach shots from behind the ball and line up the clubface from there. Set your aim on a specific place where you want the ball to go, then trust in your swing to get you there. Get rid of all your bad habits like swinging across the body line. Instead, aim at the target swinging slightly more to the inside than out.

 

The correct club selection is crucial. There are different clubs for different swings. You need drivers, irons and putters. Having an excellent knowledge of your clubs is beneficial. When to how and to use them. Take into consideration that you still need to deal with different hazards such as wind speed or sudden changes in weather. To know which club to use for a precise shot, you need to know the average distance you hit a ball with each golf club in your set. Choose the golf club that gets the distance you need to hit.

 

To swing a golf club effectively, you need a proper golf grip. Strengthening your grip will improve your ball striking immeasurably. It will make you consistent in your game and help you to gauge your distance well.

 

 

Have a stable golf stance. You cannot accept that your stance will change depending on the club that you use. It is not true. To become a better ball striker, maintaining a consistent stance is serious. Ball position, having your trail foot vertical to the target line, your distance from the ball, width of stance and weight distribution are all essential for a proper stance.

 

Learn to use the wind to your benefit. Do not try to play against it but use it. Alter your swing to make the wind work for you.Many players dread bunkers because they do not know how to hit the ball out of the sand. The swing should be on the outside, in the swing path with a slight wrist hinge at the top. Depending on how you want the ball to fly. It gets the ball to come out high and soft with extreme control. Then follow through. Slash the ball out by using a deep swing, and a high follow through. Do not be afraid of the hardest shots in golf. Keep up with the practice.

 

Golf is a complex sport. It is also very relaxing. We have discussed some of the tricks to improve alignment, swinging, grip and stance. Get rid of bad habits, spend time with your family and friends and enjoy the game.

Top ten Golf courses around the world

There are hundreds of Golf Courses in the world. What distinguishes the one against the other? In each, the grandeur cannot but be spectacular. Here follows a list of those based on many evaluations by international panellists.

 

The old course at St. Andrews Fife, Scotland

As the oldest course in existence and the place where golfing history emerged. Most of the other courses in the world designed were in response to one or more of its structures. The Senior Open presented by Rolex will be played on the Old Course at St Andrew’s for the first time in history on July 25-29, 2018. One of the unique features of the Old Course is the large double greens.

 

 

 

Royal Melbourne G.C. (West) Black Rock Australia

This golf course has been hosting numerous national and international tournaments. It has generous fairways which provide good challenges to players.

 

Tara ITI G.C.Mangawhai, New Zealand

Much time was spent in reshaping the sandy soil into mounds, and dunes. It is intentional that it should look like as though naturally formed by the wind and nature. It is where sand me ets the sea, and the view is just remarkable.
Shanqin bay G.C.Hainan Island, China

 

This course has big greens and eye-catching bunkering. The property is very mountainous with an artificial irrigation pond. Lying along the South China Sea makes it a spectacular place to play the game.

 

Cabot Cliffs Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada

An exciting design which overflows with variety. This golf course landscapes on a Pebble Beach-type ocean cliffs and bits of Scottish Highlands in between.

 

Ballybunion G.C Ireland

In 1971 the clubhouse was relocated to the southern end of the golf course which changed the whole look of the course and made it more thrilling. Situated along the coastline with new tees atop of the dunes make this a challenge to any golfer.

 

Cape Kidnappers G.C Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

The landscaping is like a stratospheric Pebble Beach, high atop windswept highland some 500 feet above the sea. Deep canyons frame most of the grounds and greens. The fairways are wide, and the bunkers are some of the deepest ever built.

 

St. George’s G and C.C. Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

This golf course through the forest-covered ice-cold land. It has the best bunkering with sweeping lines and graceful movements.

 

The Club at Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, South Korea

This Club sports a clubhouse, condos and a spa. The greens perfect with challenging holes and bunkers. It was situated in volcanic rock, had natural streams edged with huge trees making the design a challenge. The Club hosted The first American PGA Tour event in Korea.

 

 

Fancourt (Links) South Africa

This course situated with incredible mountain views was decked with cool-season grasses to promote bounce-and-roll on their fairways. The Links hosted the 2003 Presidents Cup and other tournaments.

 

These Golf courses are some of the most famous in the world. With history, spectacular views and beautiful greens and fairways. May it become an inspiration to all and create a desire within the golfing communities to go on tour and visit the countries where the courses are situated.