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Golf Shoes
Do I really need golf shoes or can I just wear runners?

This is a fairly frequently asked question, and the answer is, speciality golf shoes do have some advantages. Basically the soles of golf shoes are designed with the golfing swing in mind. This means that the soles of a golf shoe has spikes of some form to grip the ground, which ensures greater stability during the actual swing, greater stability on uneven slopes and in the wet weather conditions.

The alternative for those who truely like their golfing days spent in the sun, but want the benefits speciality shoes have to offer, the golfers sandal may just the alternative you are looking for. The light weight sport sandals offer all the comfort of a sandal, and also the benefits of spikes. These light weight golfer sandals all have spikes for stability to ensure that you always get the maximum from your swing.

Golf Balls
What makes a golf ball?

Golf balls are manufactured to the following basic ball standards :-

  • Size - balls no smaller than 42.67mm
  • Weight - balls no heavier than 4.93gm
  • Velocity - less than or equal 76.2 meters/sec at 75 degrees (tolerence 2%)
  • Distance - Iron Byron cannot hit ball more than 256 meters (tolerence 6%)
  • Shape - balls must be round

Given this, a ball as generally either one piece, two peice, or three piece.

One piece ball is generally the type used on a driving range
Two piece balls contain a large solid core and thin Surlyn cover. They generally have greater durability and longer range.
Three piece balls contain a small solid or liquid core, usually have rubber windings, and cover elastic winding and soft balata cover. They are generally softer and more spin/control can be gained over them.

A ball is also either 80, 90 or 100 compression. If you like a soft ball use either an 90 or 80 compression. If you like a hard ball then use a 100 compression ball.

Ever wondered about the dimples?
A golf ball has between 300 and 500 dimples, larger dimples promote trajectory and smaller dimples lessen trajectory.

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Golfer Trivia

Bunker - The word bunker, which is another way to say "sand trap", is derived from the scottish word bonker in reference to a box or a chest for storing coal, typically dug into the side of a hill. When cows grazed in the marshlands lining the early scottish golf course, they created depressions that reminded the players of the bonkers.

Fore - Etymology is often just a best guess. In the case of the term fore the best guess for its derivation is the British military. Before they fired a volley, artillery forces would yell Beware before! to warn advancing infantry to lie down to avoid being struck by friendly fire.