Sports: 5 things you need to know to understand all about golf

1.Why do golf courses have 18 holes?

If golf courses count these days, and usually 18 holes, it wasn’t in the beginning. The number of holes could therefore vary from 6 to 24. It was in Scotland, where modern golf was born, that the standard was set. If the Old Course at St Andrews had 11 holes dating back to the 16th century, it wasn’t until the late 1890s that the 18 holes became a real standard. The holes are therefore separated by a distance that varies between 130 and 530 meters. Depending on the golf courses, all 18 holes represent a distance between 5,700 and 6,500 meters.

2.How do I calculate my golf handicap?

Golf is a demanding sport that has its own rules and technical terms. Vocabulary is therefore your first lesson in learning golf if you are new to the subject! You are probably wondering what a golf handicap is? Well, the handicap is a number that determines the level of the player. This allows you to position yourself against other golfers and this measure will vary depending on your results in the competitions you participate in. To calculate your handicap, you need several data: the Par of the course you are playing your competition on, the SSS of the course (the Scratch Score Standard), the slope of the course and your initial handicap (the index). With these 4 pieces of information, you can use the following formula to calculate your handicap: INDEX x SLOPE / 113 + SSS – Par.

Your index will be recalculated after each of your competitions. The calculation of the World Handicap System (WHS) is based on the average of the eight best results of the last twenty scores. This is the new universal method of calculating handicaps in golf that came into effect in 2020. The handicap ranges from 0 for excellent players to 54 for beginners.

3.Why is my golf ball going right or left?

If you are new to golf, you will undoubtedly encounter some difficulties that you need to overcome in order to improve your golf level. Like throwing your golf ball to the right or left! It is a slice, that is, a ball with a twist on the right, and a hook, a ball with a twist on the left. These are the most common mistakes golf beginners make. They are due to the orientation of the clubface and the path of the club. You can correct your slice thanks to a good grip, that is to say by letting go of your arm naturally and grasping the club with your fingers and not with your palm, but also by adjusting the axis of rotation of your shoulders. Begin your backswing by spinning the club around you, trying to keep your right elbow close to your body and your left arm straight. The goal is to maintain control of the shot by properly preparing your grip and starting your climb correctly. If this is the case, your shot should be straight, ie straight, or even a draw.

4.How to play golf?

Mastering golf techniques requires some patience. Take the time to perfect your swing on the driving range and empty a few buckets of balls on the putting. You can then get started generating a wave draw! We speak of a draw when the ball first goes to the right of the goal before turning to the left and returning to the goal. The draw allows you to distance yourself from the drive, get around an obstacle or attack the green well. To accomplish this, simply change your alignment and face orientation, then swing normally. Simply aim your body where you want the ball to begin its flight and orient your clubface where you want the ball to end.

Soon you will be ready to make a hole-in-one golf: an ace! The ace in golf means your ball goes straight into the hole in one stroke from the tee. Usually it’s a hole-in-one on a par 3, a rare event in a golfer’s career to be celebrated!

5. How do I get the green golf card?

The next step to making yourself a “true golfer” is to get your green card. The sesame of a player who knows the rules of conduct, the main rules of the game, who has sufficient technical knowledge to play alone on a court, in complete safety, without disturbing others and at a good pace. The Riviera Golf resource on the Riviera Golf de Barbossi is the ideal event that will allow you to either obtain the precious sesame if you are a beginner in golf, or to improve and progress in golf if you are already a green card holder. With the Greenfee book you can also discover this outdoor sport and acquire a good level of golf.