18 Facts About Golf


Golf is a club-and-ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible.

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Golf, unlike most ball games, cannot and does not use a standardized playing area, and coping with the varied terrains encountered on different courses is a key part of the game.

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Golf is played for the lowest number of strokes by an individual, known as stroke play, or the lowest score on the most individual holes in a complete round by an individual or team, known as match play.

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Golf clubs have traditionally been arranged into three basic types.

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Golf balls are spherical, usually white, and minutely pock-marked by dimples that decrease aerodynamic drag by increasing air turbulence around the ball in motion, which delays "boundary layer" separation and reduces the drag-inducing "wake" behind the ball, thereby allowing the ball to fly farther.

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Golf bag is used to transport golf clubs and the player's other or personal equipment.

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Golf bags have several pockets designed for carrying equipment and supplies such as tees, balls, and gloves.

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Golf swing is outwardly similar to many other motions involving swinging a tool or playing implement, such as an axe or a baseball bat.

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Golf stroke uses the muscles of the core, hamstring, shoulder, and wrist.

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In 2005 Golf Digest calculated that the countries with most golf courses per capita, in order, were: Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Wales, United States, Sweden, and England .

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Golf played one more amateur year in 1961, winning that year's U S Amateur Championship, before turning pro in 1962.

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Golf instruction involves the teaching and learning of the game of golf.

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All men's tours that are Federation members, except the India tour, offer points in the Official World Golf Ranking to players who place sufficiently high in their events.

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Golf is unique in having lucrative competition for older players.

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Golf was featured in the Summer Olympic Games official programme in 1900 and 1904.

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The International Golf Federation is recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the world governing body for golf.

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Four years later, in 1895, The U S Golf Association held the first Women's Amateur Championship tournament.

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Golf's was able to prove herself on the course, going on to become the first American to win the British Women's Amateur title in 1947.

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