This handy little guide to start playing on the golf course contains basic instructions about the practical part of the game in the field. This knowledge will help the player to develop more effectively and safely in the field and thus to enjoy more of this fantastic sport.
Some golf sports psychology
In the sports performance of the golf involved several factors apart from the physical, such as training or dedication, technique, strategy in the game, nutrition and psychology.
The psychology in the golf is not only important at the professional level, it is also important at the initiation level because of the difficulty that has the learning of the technique of the swing and by the number of factors that intervene in the golf.
This section offers some tips for beginners who start to go to the golf course.
Be prepared to play your blow.
“Playing golf is good to walk fast, but when you get to your ball you take your time to prepare the coup.”
Currently in many golf courses there are situations of slow play that can be easily avoided, simply attending to basic considerations.
In informal golf matches that are not championships, it is not necessary to strictly follow the rules of the golf that say that always plays first the player furthest from the hole, always comes first the player who has made less blows in the previous hole, etc.
Players in a group can agree on the following actions in order to expedite the game in an informal match (not in championships):
The sum of all these details is a significant time-saver at the end of the 18-hole. A reasonable time to play 18 holes of golf on a long course (a field of pairs 3, 4 and 5) is 3 hours and a half to 3 hours 45 minutes.
We must always replace the chops, fix the pikes and rake the bunkers, as indicated by the label rules.
How to repair a bite on the Green
When a ball falls on the green from a certain distance, it leaves a mark or a slit in the grass that in the golf lexicon we call Pique. The bites are easy to repair and if the player repairs it when it arrives at the green it does not cause any damage.
They are repaired using a “U”-shaped tool called repair or simply with a tee that is used as a support on the outputs.
It is repaired by nailing the tool around the picket and pushing the grass toward the center of the slit, as we can see in the drawing below. Once the recessed part is in place, flatten the area gently with the putt so that it is well paved.
The rules of Golf allow the player to repair the bites that are in his putt line, but you can not repair the marks of the nails, except when he has finished kicking, before leaving the green and as long as the game is not delayed.
How to mark your ball on the green
When the ball is on the green, it should be marked with a small coin or marker to lift and clean before kicking. You have to place the mark right behind the ball and then pick up the ball. When it’s your turn to kick, you must place the ball on the green in its original place before you pick up the mark. If the brand of your ball is or can be in the line of putt of a playmate, you have to ask if it annoys your brand and if you want to change the mark of place.
If so, you have to take a fixed reference as it can be a tree, bunker or other object and move the mark in that direction the space of a head of your putt, or two if necessary, moving away the mark of the line of the partner’s putt.
Then, when it’s your turn to kick, you have to put your mark back in its original place before you put your ball and proceed to kick. If not, you will incur a penalty or even disqualification.
Also remember to walk around the green trying not to step on the line of putt of players or player of your party.
How to take care of the flag on the green
When all players in the group have their ball on the green, it is time to take the flag out of the hole to hit the ball. The player who has the ball closest to the hole, that is, the one that is supposed to kick in last place, has the responsibility to take the flag out of the hole.
It often happens that being the player that corresponds to kick away from the hole (for example 15 meters), this can not see well the situation of the hole, so it is necessary that another player or a caddy to mark the position of the same, holding the flag and it in E L time when the player hits the ball with the putt. This operation is called “attending the flag”.
For this reason you have to ask the player whose ball is farther away if he or she wants the flag to be addressed. If he says no, he takes out the flag and places himself somewhere where he does not disturb the trajectory of the balls or is too much in view of the players (may be even outside the green).
If the player says he does want the flag served, the player to whom he correspondent should stand on the side of the flag and hold it, holding the fabric so that it does not make noise, in the event that it makes wind. It is also advisable that the person serving the flag be placed on the side where the flag’s shadow is.
It is a good idea to remove the tip of the flag of the cup, but keep it inside the hole while attending, as sometimes the flag gets caught in the small hole in the background. In the event that the ball of player that kicks the flag, it would be penalized, since the rules of the Golf do not allow the ball to touch the flag if the player hits his ball inside the green.
How to read the fall of the green
When our ball is on the green it is important to make a good reading or appreciation of the falls or dishevels that the green has to make the least possible putty blows.
The key to correctly determining a green’s falls is to establish a routine. This routine begins when we approach the green and observe the general fall of the green. If we have to wait for our fellow Pateen, we can go looking at the fall of our putt, as long as we do not disturb the development of the game of our teammates. We can also look at the falls that take their balls.
When our shift arrives, we begin by evaluating the distance of our putt, if it has a lateral fall, is up or down and if the green can be fast or slow. The direction of the grass also influences the fall of the ball, as well as the height of the grass influences the speed. It should be taken into account that in the Greens where the ball rolls faster, the fall that takes the ball is more accentuated when the ball is losing strength, especially if the putt is in ascent.
The plumbing technique is widely used by all kinds of players to see the falls on the green. It consists of holding the putt at the top so that it is completely vertical. We put it between us and the part of the green that we want to see the fall. In this position, the vertical of the stick will help us to see the Green’s height.
Once we have made a decision about the fall, we must firmly believe in it. The first impression is usually the most accurate. We put on, we do some rehearsal swings, we look at the hole and we hit the ball safely. It is good to always pass a bit of the hole, because if the ball does not arrive, can not enter.
“In the green we have to kick relatively quickly, the whole process can take between 30 and 45 seconds.”
How to Rake a Bunker
After playing a golf hit from a bunker, it is necessary to leave the sand of the bunker in good condition for the players who come playing behind. You have to rake the whole area where you left footprints and marks on the sand, and even rake the marks on the sand that was from another previous player.
To rake properly, rake the sand towards you, walking backwards where you have entered the bunker. When you’re done, leave the rake right outside the bunker, unless there’s a sign with another indication.