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Take the basic elements of golf, but imagine propelling a football into a much larger hole with your foot, rather than a golfball with a club.
In a nutshell, you have footgolf. A hybrid game which brings golf to a brand new demographic and which utilises a completely different set of skills.
The nights are drawing in, the weather is turning a little colder and more unpredictable and soon, it will be genuine winter golf time. If you are in part of the world where golf is still possible and your courses aren’t transformed into snowy wastelands, or rain-soaked puddles of mud, then fortunately you can still enjoy some winter golf.
For many people though, winter golf means a time to hit the range and practise some of the many mistakes that they have noticed throughout the year that seems to be a problem within their golf game.
However, so many problems out on the course, and I speak from long and painful experience, comes from the simple fact that you don’t really know how far you hit each club, nor the difference in distance between each club.
Royal and Ancient Golf Club Decision to Allow Female Members is a Sign Of Progress That Should Not Be NeededOctober 28th, 2014
The news that the previously fiercely all-male Royal and Ancient Golf Club had decided by a mandate of 85% of its 2,400 members, to allow female members for the first time in its 260-year history was a historic moment in golf.
It is therefore something of a shame that this important moment for golfing equality was somewhat lost in the hype that surrounded the 2014 Ryder Cup, that started the day after the R&A made public their announcement to allow women members.
When it comes to two U.S. golfers most well liked in Europe, you’ll be hard pushed to find two more popular than Tom Watson or Phil Mickelson. Renowned for their friendly nature and good humour, as well as outstanding success around the world, both enjoy a superb reputation both at home and across the globe.
Which is why Phil Mickelson’s thinly veiled attack on Tom Watson’s man-management technique following the United States Ryder Cup defeat was so surprising.
Watch TV for long enough and soon you’ll come across an advertisement for a law firm seeking to recover you damages for personal injury claims, excessive bank charges or similar. You may feel golf is free from these somewhat invasive practices, but the fact of the matter is, golf compensation claims are very much on the rise.
In 2011 Manchester golfer Anthony Phee was awarded £400,000 in damages after he was hit in the eye by a golf ball while enjoying a round with friends in Scotland. The player who hit the shot, James Gordon, was found 70% responsible by the court, with the course 30% responsible. Sadly Mr Phee lost an eye through the incident, which would explain the size of the award.
For the typical club golfer, the hole in one is something that is both revered and feared. It is revered as it is an all-too fleeting moment of golfing perfection, when you take aim at a hole 100+ yards distance and then through skill and luck in varying amounts, manage to land the ball at the bottom of the cup.
The elation, and sadly I am yet to experience it, when achieving a hole-in-one must be immense. Indeed my brother has said that if he ever achieves it, he will give up golf on the spot as he’s achieved perfection and the only way afterwards is down. That elation is short-lived however as with it comes the realisation that you are facing a pretty hefty bar bill back at the 19th hole!
Ask anybody what they think a typical young person’s stag do consists of and you are likely to get a somewhat consistent answer.
Usually it will be one that consists mainly of a booze-filled night out where the groom is gradually intoxicated before being ‘treated’ to a private lap-dance or striptease, followed by being tied naked to a lamppost or being placed on a train, with no money and a one way ticket to Madrid.
However, that somewhat unedifying image of a typical stag do is slowly changing. Increasingly, a stag party is less a one night event and more often an event often lasting a weekend, several days or occasionally an entire week and with that has brought about a change in focus.