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Gloves: Recommendations for golf beginners 2023
In addition to clubs, a bag and balls, the equipment golfers need for a relaxed round also includes a glove. This is useful for several reasons.
Drivers: Recommendations for golf beginners 2023
Anyone looking for a new driver has to wade through a jungle of offers from various manufacturers. Or you can take a look at the list of recommendations here.
Brooks Koepka is an American professional golfer who played mainly on the PGA Tour until 2022 and has since been active on the LIV Golf Tour.
Speaking of ... Health ...
Golf is not just for older people. The sport is good for your health and can do younger people no harm either.
Speaking of ... Christmas ...
Christmas is fast approaching. And as every year, the question arises: what to give your loved ones as a present? It's not difficult for golfers.
Balls: Recommendations for golf beginners 2023
Opinions differ on the golf ball: some players are always looking for the latest development, others have a ball to which they are permanently loyal.
Putters: Recommendations for golf beginners 2023
Everything is decided on the green. This old adage should always be taken into account when buying a new putter. Here are a few recommendations.
The US American Keegan Bradley is one of the "long hitters". For 2012, he was ranked 16th by the PGA in the "Driving Distance" category.
Wyndham Robert Clark is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour. In May 2023, he won the Wells Fargo Championship, his first victory on the PGA Tour.
Speaking of ... Common Sense ...
I'm a couch potato, the scales still show too much for my size. I don't move enough. I'm getting old. And now I've been clearly shown my limits.
Golfer Brian Harman from the US state of Georgia has been a professional golfer since 2007. Over the course of his career, he has achieved some notable victories.
#21 The most common mistakes
From the wrong grip to the faulty swing plane, this text covers the most common mistakes like a checklist.
Speaking of: ... Sample ...
Test swings can help on the course to check the swing before hitting the shot. But many golfers don't take advantage of this.
#20 The unhealthy "Chicken Wings"
"Chicken wings" in golf - as fast food - are unhealthy, at least for the swing and the distance and direction of the ball flight.
Speaking of: ... Sports ...
Is golf really a sport? Only absolute non-golfers can ask this question, but they do so with insistence. But there is a remedy for this.
#19 Impunity relief - what is it?
The "penalty-free relief" knows every golfer. But again and again there are difficulties in its application. When does it apply and when not?
With glove to better grip
Anyone who plays golf should protect their gripping hand with a glove. This not only prevents injuries, it also gives a better grip.
Speaking of: ... Tea ...
A driver's tee shot doesn't work without this little part: we're talking about the tee. But there are differences. Which is the right one?
The wedges: How many should be in the bag?
Beginners usually start their round of golf with two wedges. But for ambitious players, there are others that belong in the bag.
Speaking of: ... Noise ...
Many sounds that constantly surround me are apt to make me aggressive. But it's different on the golf course.
#18 With Stableford to the handicap
Handicap and Stableford - two terms that are inseparable from golf. But what exactly do they mean?
#17 With loft in the air
The keyword "loft" is existential in the game of golf when it comes to a good result on the round. But for this you should know the facts.
Kurt Kitayama is one of the young stars among professional golfers worldwide. In March 2023, he won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour.
Speaking of: ... Etiquette ...
Etiquette on the golf course is not only a matter of courtesy, it also shows respect, to the groundskeepers and other players.
Tyrrell Hatton claimed his first European Tour victory at the age of 24 in 2016 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews.
Speaking of: ... Stress ...
Stress is often self-made, but sometimes it is not. In general, however, there is usually no escaping it. Unless, of course, you end up playing a round of golf.
Vijay Singh is the first South Asian player to win a major championship. In 2006 he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
#16 Fairway wood or hybrid?
Woods such as hybrid and fairway wood make it easier to achieve good distances on transport shots. But which club is used when?
Irishman Shane Lowry won the Irish Open as an amateur back in 2009 at the age of 22. After that he decided to turn professional.
Speaking of: ... Fear opponent ...
I have a fear opponent in golf, and he's in my head. But he's also very real on the course at a certain hole.
William John Horschel played golf successfully while still a student at the University of Florida. He turned professional at the age of 22.
Speaking of: ... Driver ...
Beginners should not wait too long to reach for the driver, but it must be the right club for the level of play.
#15 Pitch or chip?
The green is in range. A pitch or chip is due. But which shot should it be? And what's the difference? Here are the facts.
Im Sung-jae was named Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in consecutive years.
Speaking of: ... Rain ...
We don't have many golfers who take to the course in bad weather, strong winds or rain. I think that's great.
Cameron Young is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour. In the spring of 2023 he is ranked among the top 20 in the world.
#14 Your friend, the putting green - part 3
Driving the ball from the tee to the green is something everyone can do. But what about a successful putt afterwards?
Patty Berg was the leading female golfer of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. With 15 major titles, she holds the all-time record for all women golfers.
#13 Your friend, the putting green - part 2
I have found time and time again that it is important to practice putting after iron swings. Here are more tips.
Californian John Maxwell Homa has been a professional golfer on the PGA Tour since 2013. In the course of his career, he has won there six times.
#12 Your friend, the putting green - part 1
Many golfers only practice with woods and irons before the round, neglecting the putter. This often takes its revenge on the scorecard.
#11 Keep your composure
The correct stance before hitting the ball is not even half the battle in golf, but you can't do it without it.
#9 An often disregarded mistake
Only those who know exactly where the ball is supposed to land can position themselves accordingly to the ball. Here are a few tips.
#10 The Slice - come to stay
The golfer's battle against the slice often feels like Don Quixote's battle against the windmills. But it doesn't have to be.
#8 The right "tool" for every purpose
"If you buy cheap, you buy twice." This sentence also applies to the first set of clubs that a golf novice buys.
#7 The agony of (club) choice
When it comes to choosing the right club, beginners in particular often face a problem. The solution to this is called "loft".
All Beginnings 16: Much Helps Much
One question I get asked all the time by non-golfers: Why do I have so many similar clubs in my bag? Here is the answer.
#6 The putt - about the happiness of the "plop"
The movement with which a putter is guided is fundamentally different from the complex swing with which the irons are used.
#5 The chip to the flag
The chip is used to place the ball as close as possible to the flag after the long shots from outside the green. But what to watch out for?
#4 With the pitch on the green
If you want to get the ball onto the green after a good tee shot, you use the pitch. There are a few points to keep in mind here.
All Beginnings 15: Golfing in Jurassic Park
Golf is a complex sport in which the player must constantly question himself. Mistakes quickly creep in and become a problem.
#3 Swinging in detail
There is a lot to consider when swinging. Therefore, when the ball flies in a curve, the alarm bells should ring.
Samuel Holland "Sam" Burns
U.S. Sam Burns made his professional golf debut in October 2017 on the PGA Tour at the Sanderson Farms Championship.
#2 Swinging to the green
A good game of golf stands and falls with the right swing. Unfortunately, there is no universal recipe for this.
Jordan Spieth is an American professional golfer who won his first PGA tournament at the age of 20.
#1 Everything under control
The correct grip is the most important foundation for a golf career. Even here, a lot can be done wrong.
Milton Pouha "Tony" Finau
Milton Pouha "Tony" Finau is of Tongan and Samoan descent, the first person of that ancestry to play on the PGA Tour.
#0 Warm up properly before the first stroke
Many amateur golfers make the same mistake: they go straight from the car to the range to hit their first balls without any fuss. But there's a danger.
Viktor Hovland is the first Norwegian to achieve victories on the PGA Tour and on the European Tour.
Collin Morikawa became the first player since Bobby Jones in 1926 to win two majors in eight or fewer starts.
Matt Fitzpatrick was the leader of the amateur world rankings in 2004 at the age of 20. It was not until ten years later that he turned professional.
Justin Thomas played collegiate golf at the University of Alabama, where he finished first six times for the Crimson Tide.
Will Zalatoris, who turned pro on Tour in 2018, was named PGA Tour Rookie of the Year for the 2020-21 season.
Xander Schauffele won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on August 1, 2021 with a final round of 4-under par.
Jon Rahm Rodríguez is a Spanish golfer on the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour and a former world number one.
Patrick Cantlay is an American professional golfer.
Australian Cameron Smith can look back on a successful 2022. He won the Open Championship and five other PGA tournaments.
William Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan was a US professional golfer whose swing technique is still considered exemplary by golfers around the world.
Scott Alexander Scheffler
The US-American Scott Alexander Scheffler was number 1 in the world rankings from March to October 2022. He won the Masters Tournament in 2022.
Srixon is one of the leading companies in the manufacture of golf balls. No other manufacturer holds so many patents.
Mildred "Babe" Zaharias
Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias was the most versatile female athlete in history, along with Charlotte Dod, according to Guinness World Records.
Kathrynne Ann Whitworth
Kathrynne Ann Whitworth began playing golf at age 15 and became a professional player at 19.
Honma golf clubs, the manufacturer emphasizes, are not just ordinary clubs, each one is almost a work of art in itself.
The 20-year-old Joo-Hyung Kim is the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to record two PGA victories before his 21st birthday.
The Swede Annika Sörenstam has already hung up her professional career as a golfer in 2008.
Nelly Korda won the 2021 Olympic golf tournament in women's singles, becoming the third Olympic champion in this competition.
John Daly is a bird of paradise in professional golf. Because of his unconventional nature, he is one of the most popular golfers in the USA.
Bobby Jones is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. Despite his track record, he remained an amateur throughout his life and did not turn professional.
The US American Arnold Daniel Palmer was the first star of the TV era of this sport, which began in the 1950s.
South African Gary Player, also known by his nickname "The Black Knight," became a professional golfer at the age of 17.
Bryson DeChambeau plays with specially designed clubs and is known to enjoy arguing with referees over the rules.
As is often the case, a hobby golfer laid the foundation for Cobra. The Australian Thomas L. Crow developed the custom made equipment.
Marcel Siem started playing golf very early. At the age of 6, he had already earned a 36 handicap.
Titleist, founded in 1932, focuses on golf balls and clubs. The name is derived from "titlist", which means "title holder".
Miguel Ángel Jiménez
The Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez has played his way up from humble beginnings. Today, he promotes young talent himself.
In 1932, Gene Sarazen was inspired by the aerodynamics of an airplane wing to develop a club head.
Alexander Cejka, born in Czechoslovakia, moved to Germany as a teenager to start his career here.
Mizuno was the first company to design and produce golf clubs in Japan. The start for this was in 1933.
The Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy was already successfully playing tournaments on the European Tour at the age of 16. He became a professional golfer at 17.
Ping was a pioneer in the golf market in the field of "custom fitting". This developed into a special success story.
Theodore Ernest "Ernie" Els
South African-born Ernie Els combines power and agility in his game, which has earned him the nickname "The Big Easy."
Anyone who plays golf must abide by rules. And that applies not only to the game itself, but also to behavior and clothing.
Philip Alfred "Phil" Mickelson
Phil Mickelson was long considered one of the best golfers without a major title. But the tide has turned. Today, his successes are numerous.
The history of TaylorMade began with an ingenious idea: founder Gary Adams was the first to design a driver made of steel instead of wood.
Martin Kaymer decided to play professional golf at the age of 15. At that time, he had already achieved a 0 handicap.
Callaway is a relatively young company in the golf market. The brand was founded in 1982 by the US American Ely Callaway.
Pádraig Harrington is an Irish professional golfer who plays on both the PGA European Tour and the US PGA Tour.
Nicholas Alexander "Nick" Faldo
Briton Nick Faldo is one of the most successful European golfers. His affinity for sports was evident from an early age.
Bernhard Langer is the first German to make a name for himself as a successful golfer worldwide.
All Beginnings 14: My Most Difficult Opponent
Good golf is not only based on a sophisticated teeing technique. There is another cornerstone that should not be neglected.
All beginnings 13: Golfing is like driving a car
With the new club card in his pocket, the rookie golfer has amazing new experiences around the sport.
All Beginnings 12: Club Membership - Part 2
In addition to full membership, there are other ways to gain access to golf courses in Germany. Here it is necessary to calculate.
Eldrick "Tiger" Woods
Tiger Woods is an absolutely exceptional sportsman. His name still has charisma about a decade after his most successful period.
Jack William Nicklaus
Tiger Woods is a household name to almost everyone. But the name Jack Nicklaus is also inextricably linked with golf.
All Beginnings 11: Club Membership - Part 1
If you want to play golf in Germany, you can hardly get around a club membership. One variant is full membership.
Training under control
The individual golf swing depends on many parameters. A launch monitor can help to determine these.
All beginnings 10: Golf license passed - and now?
After passing the golf license, many new golfers have to make some investments: The equipment has to be completed.
Which club to use? - Part 2
Smartwatches show distances on the round. But many special golf models can do much more.
All Beginnings 9: The Exam Day, Part 2
After the last putt comes the theory test. And thanks to the rule book and fellow examinees, that's no cause for concern.
Which club to use? - Part 1
A laser measuring device can provide valuable assistance in deciding which club to use.
All Beginnings 8: The Exam Day, Part 1
The practical test for the golf license was nerve-racking. In the end, it was down to the wire.
Hybrids - saviors from adversity
The hybrid club is not called "Rescue" for nothing. It is used as a helper in difficult situations.
All Beginnings 7: The Road to Golf License, Part 2
The rules of golf are rather dry in theory. But if you learn them on the course, they can even be fun. It depends on the teacher.
The fairway wood - not a gap filler
The fairway wood closes the gap between driver and iron - and is also often easier to play. It all depends on the area of use.
All beginnings 6: The way to the golf license, part 1
The golf course starts far too early on a Saturday morning, and only the pro is in a good mood when he greets us. Fortunately, this mood is contagious.
The irons - all in one sentence
There are a few things to consider when it comes to irons. The design of the club head and shaft length are important parameters.
All Beginnings 5: The Taster Course
The taster course can separate the wheat from the chaff: Who has fun and maybe talent? And who will leave it right away?
The wedges - bringing the good course score to the green
The choice of the right wedge is often visible on the scorecard at the end of the round.
All beginnings 4: The first lanes
On the way across my very first golf course, I get to know every bush that lines the fairway: ball control is a foreign word.
The putter - a question of form
The putter is the most important club in the bag and also the one with the most variations. The choice is not easy.
All Beginnings 3: Tasted Blood
A new time begins with the rattle of balls from the vending machine. The hustle and bustle of everyday life is forgotten and I learn new swear words.
The putter - a question of feeling
The grip on the putter has - even more than with all other golf clubs - to do with feeling. Therefore, there is only one credo when buying: Try it out.
All Beginnings 2: With Prejudices
A promise is a promise: Today we're going out onto the pitch for the first time. There's no turning back. But first I have to get my thoughts in order.
Who is afraid of the driver ... and why actually?
Golfers achieve the greatest distances with the driver. But golfers also have the greatest respect for the driver. That doesn't have to be a problem.
All Beginnings 1: The Snap Idea
I am a self-confessed couch potato. And yet my colleagues want to persuade me to play golf. I dare to try it out. Well, that could be something....
That was close!
Here's an interesting example of what can happen on the golf course.