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A Quick History of Golf

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While the definitive history of golf has yet to be uncovered, the game has existed in one form or another since at least medieval times, when games were played with balls and clubs.  The game itself grew out of a ball and club game on the fjord of the Firth of Forth in Scotland.

According to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the game of golf was invented in Scotland.  While ball and club games were played in other places, like the Netherlands and China, among others, the golf game we recognize today with 18 holes almost surely originated in Scotland.  In fact, there is 1457 documentation of the existence of golf in the form of an Act of Scottish Parliament wherein James II of Scotland banned the playing of “gowf” and football because they were distracting soldiers from practicing archery, which was needed for military tactics.

Golf was banned in Parliamentary Acts of 1471 and 1491 because golf was deemed unprofitable, and Mary Queen of Scots was frowned upon for playing golf right after the murder of her husband in 1567.  Golf was not considered a suitable pastime for women at that time, so it was scandalous that she played at all, but particularly scandalous that she would play after the murder of her husband.  Since one conspiracy theory speculates that Mary herself was responsible for her husband’s (who was also her first cousin) death, it may not be surprising that she was nonplussed enough to play a round of golf.

Later, James VI of Scotland would ban golf, but was given balls and clubs on three different occasions by people trying to convince him that the game was fun.  James eventually became king of England, and it is thought that his son and attendants played at Blackheath in London.

A lawyer, Sir John Foulis, has ledgers that record games of golf played at Musselburgh Links in 1672 – the same course where Mary Queen of Scots supposedly played in 1567, and the oldest golf course in the world.

Thomas Kincaid, medical student and avid golfer, was the first to write instructions for playing the game.  He played Brutsfield Links and Leith Links, and in his notes we find the first mention of a handicap system, and descriptions of his golf swing.  This diary dates back to 1687.  The oldest specific rules for the game were written for the Company of Gentleman Golfers in the year 1744.  The club, which later became The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, played at Leith and the society still exists today.  One group, called The Royal Burgess Golfing Society, claimed that they were formed in 1735, but the Edinburgh Golfers are generally known as the first group of golfers, who also established the rules.

Emigrants from Scotland to the British Colonies introduced the game of golf, and as early as 1779 there exist advertisements in the Royal Gazette of New York City for golf clubs and golf balls.  Additionally, there is documentation of a golf club in Savannah, Georgia from a 1796 issue of the Georgia Gazette.

The 1850s saw a keen interest in Scotland emerge in Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who built a castle (Balmoral) in Scotland and were instrumental in the railway being built between Edinburgh and London.  When this happened, tourism to Scotland increased greatly, and English people became interested in Scottish life and culture.  Golf, of course, was a big part of that and this time period saw a spread of golf courses across the British Isles.  By 1880 England had 12 golf courses, and by 1914 it had over 1000.  Also by the 1880’s golf groups emerged in South Africa, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Tracking back to 1868, the Meji restoration in Japan saw the country striving to become more modern, and Japanese people traveled to America and Europe to set up trade and learn about new business, science, and cultural trends.  In turn, people from Europe and America traveled to Japan to help set up banks, schools, factories, and shipyards.  By 1903, British people living in Japan developed their own golfing club in Kobe, and in 1913 Japanese natives founded the Tokyo Golf Club.

As golf maintains its popularity, so the industry grows.  What used to be old, wooden clubs are now made from graphite and titanium.  What used to be a wooden ball was then made of leather, and then balls were made from dried sap.  Today golf balls are made from urethane blends or surlyn, and are designed to be as aerodynamic as possible.  You can even choose the type of ball you want, depending on your golfing style.  It’s safe to say, golf will be popular for many years to come.

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Going for the Expensive Golf Irons?

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If you are starting out with playing golf, you may have that notion that the most expensive golf irons are the best ones. As a matter of fact, you may need to invest on a good set of golf clubs, which can actually cost you dollars. Yet, if you want much cheaper golf irons, there are some that are from high-end manufacturers. You will be able to determine which golf irons are really good for you if you actually know what to look for.

You do not have to go for clones or non-popular brands if you want to get cheaper golf irons. There are even used golf clubs which once were the most expensive golf irons placed on auction. In addition, there are players that would trade in their most expensive golf irons, which make them bought at much cheaper prices. Yet, it will not be necessary to invest on the most expensive golf irons if you are still a newbie. Your swinging style will still change as you would gain more knowledge regarding the sports and develop your very own technique.

However, not matter if you are getting the most expensive golf irons or just the cheaper ones, check for a few aspects to make sure you are getting the best kind. Carbon steel, titanium or stainless steel should make up the club heads. You should avoid those that are made from low quality materials such as zinc or steel and aluminum blends since these would not last long. One of the most expensive golf irons are the forged golf clubs. The best golf irons are those that are made with utmost care and quality, which is the main goal of many established manufacturers. So that you would not have to pay more, there are also expensive golf irons that come with warranty. It is wise to invest on the most expensive golf irons if you have developed your own technique already.

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How to Correct a Golf Slice

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Few things are more agitating to a golfer than having to deal with frequent slice shots. You may have the perfect set of clubs or the best golf GPS system money can buy, but if your shots are curving to the right you are not going to be happy with your score at the end of the round. Fortunately, learning how to correct a stubborn slice is not as hard as some players make it out to be. It does, however, require a little know how and practice.

Most slice shots are caused by an incorrect swing path. When the face of the club is even slightly open it will cause the ball to spin and go off path. Having a weak grip is another cause of slicing. A weaker grip forces you to not hit the ball dead on when you make contact.

Since a weak grip is a common cause of a slice, you should try to correct this possibility first. A weak grip is not actually how tight you are holding the driver, but is actually when you are holding the club at too much of a counter-clockwise angle. To correct this, adjust your grip more to the right if you are right handed, or more to the left if you are left handed. Try to keep your grip only tight enough to maintain control of the driver. Your arms and wrist should not be tense as you swing.

An improper backswing can also wreak havoc on your shots. When you pull back, your driver should be over your shoulder and not over your head. A good way to practice this is to pay attention to where your left arm (if you are right handed) is going. If your arm is crossing your chest you likely have a good backswing. Try not to let the position of your wrists change during your backswing, as this can produce errant shots.

Oftentimes you can correct a golf slice by simply increasing the speed of your swing. If you believe your grip is correct you should try this next. You should also pay attention to your stance. Try not to bend over, standing straight with your knees just slightly bent. Your feet should be spread to approximately the same width as your shoulders. Never take your eye off the ball and try to clear your mind before you swing.

You may need to practice these things over and over until you are certain that you have corrected any errors. A slice could be caused by just one or several of these mistakes. The good news is that with practice you can correct a golf slice and move on to playing the best rounds of golf you’ve ever played.

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Diving is Too Expensive

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This is a big one. First, remember what you’re getting for your money besides just the dive: A day on the water. A day in the sun. A picnic. A chance to hang out with old friends and make new ones. Maybe one of those once-in-a-lifetime underwater experiences. The opportunity to watch members of the opposite sex struggle in and out of wetsuits.

Piggyback diving. A way to stretch both time and money is to piggyback dive trips on to business or family trips ­the travel is already paid for. How many times have you seen business people traveling with golf clubs or tennis rackets? Why not a mask and regulator?

Make your stay less expensive. Check to see if there are accommodations with cooking facilities, such as a condo or an efficiency. Buying a few groceries local and having one or two meals a day “at home” will save a bundle.

Reason for the season? High season is often simply a measure of how many people are on vacation from school and work or are fed up with winter and ready to go anywhere warmer. It does not mean it’s the best time to be there for diving, but it does mean higher prices and bigger crowds. Check your dive travel specialist for destinations where low season coincides with the best diving conditions.

Pay less­, carry a big club. Dive clubs are able to negotiate group rates for diving and travel. Resorts will often offer free spaces for group leaders and the savings can be split among the entire group.

Watch the world. Keep up-to-date on your destinations­. For example, the current global financial crisis is making some of the best diving in the world suddenly more affordable.

Tax actions. It’s about time the government paid for some of your diving. Expenses incurred while participating in diving activities like fish counts and reef surveys organized for non-profit corporations are tax-deductible. Your dear Uncle Sammy may be happy to pay for almost a third of these dive trips­. Just don’t tell him how much fun they are. Also, any cost to join a marine-related non-profit organization that is considered a donation is deductible.

Solution: Realize what a great bargain you’re getting; scrimp and save; be a smart dive consumer.

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How to Hit Better with Your Golf Club

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Who doesn’t know Tiger Woods? He is one of the most popular names when it comes to golf. Aside from natural skills that he possesses and the years of training to perfect his sway and hit the ball, another thing that he perfected through time is using golf equipments, which is very important in the sense that you have to know how to deal with the things that you are using. You might have an idea of how to use it, but do you have the skill to use it properly? The skill might have something to do with the genes or with constant training, which is somehow hard to control. But what you can do is to properly choose the equipment that you are using and be familiar with it.

Golf club and golf balls are the two things that you need to have in order to play one. Of course you need to have a place to practice on.

Choosing the right golf club is very important especially if you are a beginner. People that are starting to play golf must understand that in this point of time you don’t need to have all the equipment or kinds of golf clubs that a pro would use. There are various clubs that are being sold on the market. You have to  know which can be useful to you and which one should be reserved when you are about to be a pro in the game. Before you could play one you need to have a set of golf clubs to use. A standard set would consist of 3 woods, 10 irons and a putter in various configurations. The question that you have to ask yourself is whether all of these things are useful for you or you are just wasting money. When purchasing a golf club, it is advisable that you read golf club reviews. Not only will it give you certain tips in buying one, but also golf club reviews could give you an idea on which one to use and which type to buy. They are not strict rules, but they could be very useful especially when you are just starting to explore the world of golf.

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