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By Cathy Richey, the Cathy Factor 

The modern game of golf was developed in Scotland somewhere around the 12th century. Many countries in Europe had been playing stick and ball games since the time of the Romans, but the Scots are credited with adding the objective of getting the ball into a hole in the ground. There are some bawdy jokes about this, and they are outside the scope of this article.

The aim of golf is simple: drive the player completely insane.

OK, that's not its real purpose. It just seems that way sometimes. The aim is to hit a small ball into a hole with the fewest possible shots, on 18 different holes.

Unlike other sports, here the enemy is never his/her opponent but his/her own self (and the golfers and onlookers). This is why the game has managed to keep sportsmanship at its center, because even at the top level, golfers are as united in their battle against the course as against each other.

While football is increasingly under a dark cloud due to the large number of brain injuries to the players, the only physical danger in golf is high blood pressure from getting too upset over a missed or bad shot. Well, OK, there's also the danger of being hit by a ball but it's unlikely. And, of course, you could fall and twist your ankle or suffer a stress injury from rapidly turning your hips during a swing. But very rarely does a golfer have to face a 350 lb man in a helmet charging directly at him during the game.

The Course: A standard golf course is made up of 18 holes. The first shot is usually played from a teeing area (also known as a tee). The ball is usually placed on a plastic or wooden keg (also known as a tee). The rest of "the hole" (the playing area associated with the actual hole) consists of a rough or a stretch of grass known as the fairway, which leads to the green, where the hole is.

Apart from the fairway, there are other hazards to contend with such as bunkers or streams. A “flagstick” sits in the hole to show the target. These flags are usually yellow in the first nine holes and red on the second nine. The standard course is around 6,000 yards long and it takes about four hours to play 18 holes. You may walk around five miles.

Scoring: Your score on a golf course is made up of the number of shots you take; add to it any penalties you can incur. So, if you take 80 shots to go around the course and your friend takes 90, you’re the winner. Scoring center around the ‘par’ for the course, which is usually the number of shots that it takes for a top golfer to go around, usually 70 or about. Each hole has a par according to its length or difficulty. A par-four hole lets you have four shots. If you can score 92 on a par 72 Course, then your score will be 20 over par.

Or, if you score five on a par-four hole, you will be one over par for the hole. On the other hand, golf allows you to play against better players by giving you extra shots, almost like handicapping, or a head start.

The Rules: Golf has many rules, but unlike other sports, golf has no need for a referee or an umpire, unless it’s a tournament. Players must know the rules themselves, and be honest about the number of shots they take. Then they must play the ball as it lies, moving the ball around or interfering with it is a big No-No. But, there are a few exceptions. If you lose your ball or hit it into the lake, you will have to add strokes to your score, before you can proceed to play.

Many people do not understand the necessity of exercising for golf. To them golfing itself is an exercise. However, the truth is that you should exercise your body if you want to play golf of a higher level and wish to have the least amount of  injury. Most strength and stretching exercises are suitable for playing Golf. Golf is physical and your body can easily suffer a break down. If you want your drive to result in the longest travel you have to have superior strength and flexibility specific to golf. These are facts that cannot be denied. All golfers need to do exercises regularly if they wish to improve their game and the sooner they start the greater will be the results.

There a difference in exercising in the gym by working out on machines and in doing golf exercises. Golf is played standing, so the correct exercises aimed at bettering your golfing will never require you to sit on machines. Golf exercises will be on your feet and in a dynamic posture. Because of the demands of golf, you need to have a different approach to exercising for improving your game.

Golfing exercises are not just strength exercises. A very big part consists of stretching exercises. Golfing exercises are a combination of both strength and stretching exercises that result in permanent flexibility. This is the perfect combination to give you the best results for increasing your golfing capabilities. When looking at golfing exercises you must consider the body position that is necessary for making a mechanically sound swing. Once you are able to understand this and the unique body positioning to this you can start on golf exercises that are specific to this position.

For proper golfing exercises always remember the following:

• You must do most of your exercises on your feet.
• It will be best to do them in the specific posture relevant to the game.
• Always keep your knees flexible as in the case of swinging your club.
• Try to do the maximum number of rotational exercises.
• Ensure that you also do exercises for the follow through part of a swing.
• Make sure that repetitions are high enough for developing muscular endurance relevant to golfing.

By exercising, you'll be able to stay more fit than your golfing partners and will be able to enjoy the game much more as you will find a natural improvement in your golfing skills.


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About Cathy: She and her Doberman Trooper conduct research into all kinds of topics and produce articles like the one you see here. To contact Cathy, write to thecathyfactor@yahoo.com. Get the facts from Cathy, and let the Cathy Factor give you an edge.


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