The long game refers to your drives (shots off the tee) and fairway shots; everything short of the shots you make to get onto the green.

Each hole has a different difficulty level, different par and distinctive hazards, so instructing you to use your Driver on every tee would be blatantly wrong. This is something you will learn over time as you learn the various shots you make according to the club, the placement of the ball and your personal swing.

Generally speaking, the lower the club number, the longer and lower your ball will go. A 4-iron shot will travel long and low and will most likely roll, whereas a 9-iron shot will have much more loft and go less distance both in the air and on the ground.

The professionals on television make it look so easy; they consistently hit the ball long and straight and never miss-hit the ball making it dribble ten feet, or completely miss the ball.

Driving is very important to the game, and many hours spent at the driving range will help improve your distance. Experiment with the same club to see what works for you if you move the ball forward or backward in your stance. Take a lesson, if possible, and learn the proper swing from the beginning.

Mastering the long game helps you get to the green in fewer strokes, keeping your score and frustration level down. Remember that it takes a long time to learn consistency and remember to have fun!

There are many different ways to make your golf game more enjoyable and become more skilled at it at the same time. Many would believe that the best way to do this is to buy an expensive set of clubs or something similarly extravagant. However, this is not the case. You can buy golf accessories that will improve the overall quality of your game (including how much you enjoy it as well as how skilled you are at it). Read on to find out about some of the best investments a golfer can make.  If you are looking for something to spend your holiday bonus on, look no further.

The first accessory that you should consider getting is an adjustable golf club. If you didn’t get a set of “tailor-made” golf clubs specific to your own techniques, chances are that you probably don’t have clubs that maximize your potential. If you buy an adjustable golf club and constantly fiddle with it, you are very likely to find a combination of settings that will provide the perfect game for you. In other words, the adjustable golf club will really let you start to feel out your own unique playing style. From there you can have a better idea of the specifications you prefer on golf clubs, and buy an entire club set that follows these guidelines.

Another way to improve your technique is to use an electronic device that is meant to improve your swing or your putting. If you watch the best pro golfers on television, you will see that they make all make movements that are almost exactly the same. If you watch your golfing buddies, you will see a larger variation in the ways they make their swings. Your goal should be to be extremely constant in your swings, and hopefully more like a professional. Home devices can help you do this. Some resemble clubs but contain small electronic devices that sense the acceleration and angle of the club as you swing it. It can then give you feedback and tell you how exactly you can improve your stroke.

The putting portion of the game is very vital for your final score, and if executed poorly it is a way to quickly rack up points that reflect poorly on a game that was otherwise well-played. To practice putting, you can install a simple putting green in your home. These can range from any size, but as long as it is big enough to work effectively then it should be worth the money. If you use the same putter that you use on the golf course, you will find that your skill improves immensely through practice. Putting is definitely one of the most nerve-wracking and challenging parts of the game, but practicing on the putting green will allow you much more confidence. You can buy these pre-made, or you can undergo the process of building a custom one.

If you are looking to add some major improvement to your golfing skills, you should consider getting lessons from a private tutor instead of spending your money on accessories. If you can get your actual technique critiqued by an expert, you will find that this works much better than any sort of accessory that you could have bought. Don’t feel embarrassed to get a golfing tutor, even if you feel that you are above average in skill. Even the smallest imperfection could cripple your whole game, so you should take whatever chance you get to root these imperfections out.

It is good to not settle for mediocrity. If you are going to play golf, you should do everything you can to play it right. If it means spending some money to get some nice golfing accessories to improve your game, then it should be worth it to gain the extra skill and become better at the game you enjoy.

What to keep in your golf bag.

There are many golf bags available, some designed for fashion, some for utility and some that combine both features. There are big bags, bigger bags and bags so big that they would keep everything I need for a long weekend vacation in one of the side pockets!

Generally speaking, you need a bag just large enough to hold your clubs, extra balls, your glove, tees, car keys, extra pencils, ball markers, a ball retriever, sunscreen, a windbreaker and a large umbrella.

It is also a good idea to have a packet of tissues, a band-aid or two, and if you play courses where insects are a problem, a can of bug repellent comes in very handy.

A small pack of baby wipes come in very handy; in your bag they get warmed by the heat, so when you get sweaty or a sand trap covered you with sand, a nice warm wipe can be very refreshing.

I happen to be allergic to bees, hornets and wasps, so my Epipen is an important addition to my bag. I am also hypoglycemic so I carry Lifesavers, which has to be replaced several times throughout the year because they tend to melt.

One item that doesn’t need to be in your golf bag is your cell phone. If you must carry it, turn off the ringer as a courtesy to other players. If you must use it, be aware of others who might be taking a swing or putting their ball. Be considerate!

Having these items in your golf bag should provide everything you will need, even in a minor emergency (like a blister) or a major inconvenience, like a sudden rainstorm. Being prepared makes the game a great deal more fun.

The popularity of golf has increased tremendously over the past forty five years, giving us champions like Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Tiger Woods and world-renowned courses like Pinehurst,  Augusta National and the Blue Monster at Doral.

Why has golf become so popular? It’s the opportunity to be outside, to get a good whole body workout, network with friends or business colleagues at a leisurely pace, and to play a game that you can never perfect.

Your scorecard, over time, shows your improvement, which keeps you playing again and again. 

Here is a very basic lesson in golf for the person who has no clue about the game.

Golf is played on an eighteen-hole course;  each hole has its “par”, which is the number of tee shots (drives),  fairway shots, chips (short hits as you approach the green), and putts.

The par number is based on the length and difficulty of the hole. Pars range from 3 to 6. If you get the ball in the hole in five shots on a par five hole, you “made par.”  If it took you six shots, it’s called a bogie, if you made it in four, it’s a birdie.

There are usually “hazards” of some sort on all the holes. Bodies of water, sand traps, and trees are strategically placed to make the hole more challenging. Beginner golfers should seek to find courses to play that are easier to play, with fewer hazards.

Each player keeps their own score, marking the number of total number of shots for each hole. At the end, each person adds their scores-the lowest number is the winner.

It is important for beginner golfers to not take themselves too seriously. It takes a long time to get good at this game; even though the professionals make it look so easy.

Take a lesson or two at the onset; it will help you develop a proper swing and help you get off to a good start.

Remember that it’s just a game. Have fun and look at the big picture-you’re outside and you’re not at work!