“Golf! You hit down to make the ball go up. You swing left and the ball goes right. The lowest score wins. And on top of that, the winner buys the drinks” (“Seniors…”). The game of golf may seem backwards, but it tests each player’s mental and physical abilities on every swing. To be an effective golfer, one must know the rules of the game, strategies for playing the game successfully, and how to improve one’s skills continuously on and off the course. The main goal in playing golf is simple: to get the ball into the hole with the fewest amount of strokes possible, but that is harder than it sounds (McGann 4). Because the same shot is never hit twice, due to the nature of the sport, every round is a learning experience. This makes an intriguing, challenging game for all ages.
As with any game, there is a specific set of rules associated with golf (Blakey 3). Rules and regulations prevent cheating, give guidelines for scoring, determine penalties, and explain proper etiquette. By following the rules, players develop strategies to use in each situation from the basic areas of gripping and swinging the golf club to more difficult circumstances of choosing correct alignment and proper clubs to use. These strategies are learned in a variety of ways. Taking lessons from a professional and practicing drills at the driving range help fix posture, stance, and accuracy (McCord 35-39). Golf is a difficult game, but knowing the rules, using strategies, and making time to practice creates an enjoyable experience for its players.
This study, written in the format of the Modern Language Association (MLA), examines the game of golf and the practices and strategies required for successful golfing.
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...uld be over the top edge and hands over the bottom edge of the magazine. This setup also corrects faulty alignment. To work on accuracy of chip shots, place a bucket thirty or so yards away and try to chip balls into the basket (Bridle 86). This will force a player to be specific about their target.
Becoming a better golfer includes knowing the rules and regulations, understanding the equipment along with its proper use, and practicing skills for greater improvement. Golf is a learning game that can never be mastered, not even by the most skilled players. The same shot is never hit twice which makes it one of the most difficult and appealing games there is. “The most important reason to play, is that golf is magic. It’s maddening, frustrating, crazy – and totally addictive. After it becomes part of your life, you can barely imagine life without it” (Gary McCord 10).