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As the night’s draw in and the temperatures start to drop, the first taste of winter hangs in the air, reminding golfers that it is the time of the year when only the hardiest can venture out into the course. Whether it is because of dwindling daylight hours, plummeting temperatures, waterlogged, frozen or snowbound courses, there are many reasons why only the bravest golfers venture out onto the fairways at this time of year.
But does that have to be the case? Do we really need our fairways and greens to be fair and green?
The answer is, no you don’t, especially if you fancy trying your hand at snow golf.
Crazy Golf has been around in many forms for many years. Indeed, there is now a world championship for the game which sees competitors using a putter and a golf ball to work their way around all sorts of manic obstacles in as few shots as possible.
For many years, the sites of windmills, large ducks, helter-skelters, ramps and more always signified a Crazy Golf course. Their appeal for people tended to focus more on the Crazy aspect of the name, rather than the golf. However, that could be set to change.
As the days slowly merge from summer into autumn and the nights start to draw in, for many golfers it is the time of year when they consider stowing the clubs for another year as their opportunities to play, especially for evening golfers, are limited by the shortening hours of daylight.
I must admit, I was one of these golfers for many years. I didn’t particularly enjoy winter golf as such and I was a bit of wimp. I didn’t like the fact that those extra layers seemed to impact my golf swing. I hated the fact that there were branches, leaves and other detritus on the course which could kick even a decent shot into an awkward lie in the rough and most of all, I hated those pockmarked, uneven, temporary greens.
This year however, is different. Having made big strides this year with how I am hitting the ball and feeling like my game is really starting to come together after several years of being stagnant, I know that six months of not playing will put me back to square one in 2014.
So this year, I’m dusting off the wet weather gear, packing extra layers, swapping the ice pack for a thermos and going to head out onto the course when time, conditions and weather allows it.
What’s the difference between a player who can hit a drive 300 yards and a player who hits tee shots 300 yards?October 25th, 2013
If you ask any half-decent amateur golfer how far they can hit a tee shot, then it seems now that the acceptable response to that question must involve the mythical 300 yard figure. For many golfers, this distance has become the default answer for driving distance and there are lots of good reasons for that.
After all, hitting a ball far makes your approach shots easier with shorter irons or even wedges. Some short par fours are even reachable from the tee. Club and ball manufacturers have spent millions on research and development to allow even the mid-range handicapper thump the ball further than the likes of Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and co were ever capable of doing.
But be very careful of believing the hype… Do you really hit your drives 300 yards?
Here’s something of a scoop for you lucky readers of Gorilla Golf Blog and that is news of a brand new golf development that could be set to become one of Europe’s top golfing hotspots and possibly even a future Ryder Cup venue.
While the details of this somewhat grandiose and ambitious project are still very much at the sketchy stage, Wirral Council, who are currently planning the 2014 British Open, which will be held at the Royal Liverpool links in Hoylake, have quickly realised that the pulling power of golf could be one of the ways to help them bring further investment into the borough.
Located near Liverpool on the ‘other side’ of the Mersey, the Wirral is already blessed with several outstanding courses. Royal Liverpool is on the Open roster, while Wallasey is one of the best ‘second tier’ courses in the UK and has played host to several Open qualifiers.
Most people, certainly all golfers, are fully aware of the different terms used for scoring the game.
We’ve all had our fair share of bogeys, double bogeys and even treble bogey holes and on the positive side, we’ve hit par, a few birdies and perhaps we’ve also been fortunate enough to land an eagle or two.
It is very rare indeed that we see someone hit an Albatross, or double-eagle as it is mathematically inaccurately called, just as Louis Oosthuizen famously did at the Masters in 2012 (below), so these rare events should be celebrated.
But even this incredible three-under-par shot is not the rarest of birds in golf…
Watching the Solheim Cup recently, I stumbled across the famous American golfer Michelle Wie and was struck by how unusual her putting stance and stroke was. (See the video below)
Putting is an aspect of your golf game which can be your best friend out on the course, rescuing a round for you, or it can be your mortal enemy. Just ask Lee Westwood, who has endured his own putting woes at a number of Major tournaments in recent times.
So in this article, we’re going to examine a little of “the game within a game” and learn a bit more about improving your putting.