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Visiting England’s Golf Coast

Along the coastline of England to the west of Manchester, you’ll find the area which has become known as England’s Golf Coast. From Blackpool to Liverpool and in the surrounding areas, a total of 17 different golf courses can be found, making this one of the definitive places in the country for golfing fans to arrange a visit to.

In fact, more than 10% of the UK’s top golf courses can be found in this area alone. The Open Championship has been held on the Golf Coast dozens of times in the last century, including in 2017 with the Open being held at Royal Birkdale. The Ryder Cup and The Walker Cup both have a long history of being hosted in the region too.

All three of these major competitions have been held at Royal Lytham & St Anne’s, Royal Birkdale and Muirfield, which are all considered the premier venues in the area. However, given that all 17 of the courses considered part of the Golf Coast have been open for over 100 years, it’s no surprise that the entire region has a unique reputation around the world and every one of the courses is considered to meet a very high standard.

Since accommodation is available very close by at every one of the courses on the Golf Coast, with many venues having their own private hotels and rooms, visiting the area for a short break is an extremely popular option. Of course, being very close to Liverpool is another major draw for tourists who also happen to be interested in golf, plus this means a wide range of restaurants, shops and amenities are always nearby. Combining a short UK holiday with some time at these iconic golf courses is the ideal way to spend some time playing your favourite sport.…

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Working Out Distance In Windy Conditions

When you’re playing golf, a number of factors will influence how well you can play. Aside from your actual skill level, there are obviously many things which can affect performance such as the clubs you’re using, the clothes you’re wearing, and of course the weather.

One of the main meteorological factors that has an influence on the success of a particular shot is the wind. It’s usually completely unpredictable, but it can actually make a big difference when it comes to where the ball actually lands after you hit it compared to where you originally intended it to land.

It is possible to figure out a good estimate of how the wind might impact your next shot, allowing you to make adjustments accordingly. You should start with the following tips:

  • Check the weather forecast to see how strong the wind is likely to be and what direction it will probably be coming from. You can even check for live updates on your phone (if you haven’t left it behind to relax during your game, of course).
  • Buy a handheld anemometer, which can give you plenty of useful information about the wind speed, temperature and so on at your current location.
  • The simplest method for golfers is to simply rip a small handful of grass and toss it up in the air to judge the direction and approximate strength of the wind.
  • As an alternative to the grass method, you can try checking the clouds directly above you to confirm the direction in which the wind is currently blowing.

Once you get some experience, you should be able to approximately estimate what the speed of the wind is at your location on the golf course as well as the direction of it. This gives you all the information you need to compensate for these conditions when you take your next shot. First, though, you need to calculate the adjusted distance you should be aiming for.

  • For a headwind, add 1% to the distance you’re aiming for based on every 1mph of wind. For example, to make a 100-yard shot with a 5mph headwind, you’ll need to treat the distance as 105 yards.
  • Downwind has slightly less impact, but it’s the opposite effect, so you need to take 0.5% off your intended distance for every 1mph of wind to avoid overshooting. Following this rule, the same 100-yard shot with a 5mph wind from behind can be made if you aim for 98 yards.
  • Crosswinds may be unpredictable but they don’t typically affect your distance. There is no calculation you can do to correct any deviation here.

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How To Spend More Time Golfing In 2017

Many golfing enthusiasts can be heard regularly lamenting how long they have to wait until they get a chance to play golf again. It can be a time-consuming and even expensive hobby, and when life gets busy, there’s not always much you can do. However, we recommend trying a few of the following tips to see if you can squeeze in a few more games in the near future.

Join the club

If you aren’t yet a member of a club then you should seriously consider signing up. Normally it’s not that hard to find discounted prices and opening times that can suit even a busy schedule. Take a look around at different membership and payment options if you aren’t sure what will suit your own limitations.

Take any chance you get

It’s worth checking with your local golf club to find out when any particular events are scheduled for, as it may be easier to make time for a game then. This also helps you network with other players, and this generally makes it easier and more fun to spend time golfing.

Use your calendar

Don’t rely on fitting in a round of golf at the last minute, because if you really are busy that’s just not likely to happen. Instead, make better use of your calendar on your phone (or even a traditional one hanging on your wall!) to plan future golf dates and coordinate with other people to make sure you have a game to look forward to. If necessary you can book months in advance, which is better at least than never getting around to it.

Get family involved

Golfing doesn’t have to be an alternative to spending time with family or friends. Get them involved too by giving them an introduction to the sport, and perhaps they’ll like it as much as you do. That way you can combine family time with one of your favourite hobbies. Golf clubs usually host a whole range of events that don’t involve playing the sport at all, so you can at least arrange for the whole family to attend a dinner or party with other people from your club.

Go on a golfing trip

You could also try factoring in golf to a short holiday, since there are many fantastic golfing destinations across the world and even within the UK. This gives everyone more reasons to get excited and guarantees you’ll get a chance to play your sport.…

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Golfing in Dubai

Dubai Golf Course

Dubai is one of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious destinations for high-class travellers, but it also boasts some incredible golf courses. In fact, visiting Dubai for a golfing trip might be exactly what you’ve been looking for. The region’s two main golf clubs, the Emirates Golf Club (established over 22 years ago) and the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, offer some of the best experiences in the world for players looking for a relaxing game with beautiful surroundings.

In 2016 alone, Dubai’s famous courses have received numerous awards, including multiple entries on Golf Digest’s Top 10 Golf Courses in the Middle East, and several titles from 59club including The Ultimate Members Club, Gold Flag Award, Green Keeper of the Year and Golf Group of the Year for Dubai Golf, the group which manages the majority of the premier courses.

In Dubai the hotels and accommodation are of the highest class, and their golf courses are no different. At all the major destinations, you will find beautiful green golf courses surrounded by palm trees, several of them right by the ocean. Since much of the area surrounded Dubai is man-made, including many of its islands just off the coast, the carefully crafted landscapes of its golf courses blend in seamlessly. It’s a unique destination since you can play a few rounds while taking in the breathtaking views of the city skyline, with stunning vistas and immaculate green grass right alongside the world’s finest skyscraper hotels.…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Golfing Accessories

Golfing Accessories

We already covered the rules you should follow when preparing your outfit before hitting the golf course, and to be honest we could have carried on for several pages making sure to outlaw every fashion crime we’ve seen over the years. Fortunately, we decided to cut it short, but we just had to make an entire post on accessories. Be very careful that you don’t stray too far from the rules of fashion – after all, the golf course is still outside, and people have eyes.

1) Sunglasses

Why would anyone have different sunglasses for playing golf which are more extravagant and weird than their usual ones? Sunglasses are there to protect your eyes from the sun, and to look extra cool where necessary. Of all places, a golf course is somewhere that you need to focus on functionality and simple style. Please don’t wear bizarre sunglasses and distract your fellow players.

2) Hats

A hat is another great, functional item for a golf course. Keeping the sun off your face can be extremely wise if you’re spending a few hours outside on a hot day, and you’ll need to see clearly to take your best shots. However, like with sunglasses, a golfing hat is not something that should be as ridiculous as possible, and we don’t know why so many people try to take this approach. Opt for a baseball cap, preferably with a flat rim that simply does the job.…

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Sports Performance T-shirts for Golf

golf-552906_12800For golfing, whether it’s a hobby or a competitive sport, we’ve established before that fashion choices can be tricky. One problem that often rears its head is high performance throughout your game, and how your clothing can contribute to this or cause a problem. Certain garments will be much more appropriate in terms of letting you play well compared to others. Another issue is finding professional clothing for a team playing together – it’s much better in relatively serious games if your outfits can be coordinated and present a positive image.

A great way to tackle both of these problems is to shop for custom sports t-shirts, screen printed or embroidered with your chosen design and optimised for performance. In most cases, when you use a professional screen printing company you’ll be given free reign over the design process, either letting you submit your own complete designs (for example, featuring your golf team’s logo and name) or make use of their own designers to bring your vision to life. A similar thing goes for embroidered sports t-shirts – technology is now at the point where bulk production of such items can be extremely cheap, and even ordering just one doesn’t have to be costly.…

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Using a Golf Sports Psychologist to Improve Your Game

Sports Psychologist in Golf

As golf fans and regular players, we are always looking to enhance our own skills further and take our games to the next level. A big part of enjoying the sport comes from gradually building your skill level and confidence, which mainly comes from experience but can be sped up considerably with some professional training or other assistance. You may not have considered the benefits of speaking to a sports psychologist with golf as their area of specialism, but this can really work for some people and offers a range of benefits.

Starting with the main reason we have outlined above, people seeking better performance during a game of golf will be most likely to seek out the services of a trained professional in this field. Consulting with a sport psychologist for performance enhancement works because consistency is so crucial, and this relies heavily on psychological factors, perhaps even more so than physical ones. Several key factors go into developing this improved level of consistency, which you may cover in detail during sessions with a sports psychologist. These include the following.…

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Unusual & Unique Golf Courses

Most players who are really into their golf will probably have some ideas already of the places they’d like to visit as a destination golf trip. Some courses across the world have reputations for being the best and most golfers would love to try them out, but here are a few lesser known examples that you might want to consider visiting purely for their quirky and unusual designs and locations.

Shadow Creek Golf Course – Nevada, USA

Shadow Creek Golf Course - Nevada, USA

This course is an incredible feat in itself, and originally it was the most expensive ever constructed. This is due to its placement in the middle of the desert, with no natural trees or water for miles around. Its greenery all had to be imported, including over 20,000 fully grown trees.

El Camaleón at the Fairmont Mayakoba – Quintna Roo, Mexico

El Camaleón at the Fairmont Mayakoba

Taking its name from the chameleon due to its regular updates and changes, El Camaleón is full of obstacles and challenges to make a game of golf more exciting, including deep caves, sand dunes and vast lagoons. This course is ideal for anyone looking for a new and exciting challenge.

Coeur D’Alene Golf Resort – Idaho, USA

Coeur D’Alene Golf Resort

Although this course looks amazing, it is fairly conventional, save for the 14th hole of its par-3 course, which is on its own man-made island. Golfers have to take a boat to get to it, and not only that, it actually moves around in the water thanks to a complicated mechanical system.…

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Modern Golfing Fashion for Men

Modern Golfing Fashion for Men

Golf attire has changed over the decades, just like the rest of men’s fashion, and on the whole it’s fair to say most guys are a little more conscious of their fashion choices today. You might not find many classic 1970’s style golfing outfits on the course today (bell-bottomed trousers and pleated business jackets are still mercifully out of fashion), but a certain style has gradually evolved that’s practical, stylish and relatively easy to replicate.

Staying fashionable while enjoying a round of golf doesn’t have to be difficult, as long as you steer clear of known disasters and lean towards the understated. Here are a few general rules that should help you avoid spoiling the view for your fellow golfers.

1) Treat the golf course like anywhere else

The key thing to remember is not to lower your standards for what you can get away with while being seen in public. If your outfit would look ridiculous walking down the street, it should not be seen on a golf course either. Bizarre prints and fabric choices can be distracting for all the wrong reasons.

2) Beware the belt buckle

For whatever reason, giant belts with even bigger buckles are a common sight on the golf course. After in-depth research, we have confirmed that there is absolutely no good reason for this, and it can increase your chances of looking like you have no idea what fashion is. A slim slide buckle or ribbon belt is likely to be much more flattering.…

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Best Golf Balls to Buy in 2016

Bridgestone B330 Series

Distance, durability and spin are all important factors when choosing the ideal golf ball to help you succeed in more games, but in a recent survey of keen golfers, ‘feel’ was ranked the most crucial factor. This is interesting and makes it a little tricky to narrow down a conclusive list of the best golf balls, since it’s fairly open to interpretation. However, here are a few great choices that the majority of golf fans have approved of.

TaylorMade Tour Preferred & Tour Preferred X

At the slightly expensive end of most people’s price range, these high-performance TaylorMade golf balls consist of four elements in both cases, although the compositions differ to give the TPX a competitive edge on greenside swings, mainly due to a more substantial outer coating.

Bridgestone B330 Series

This design comes in four slightly different variations, depending on whether you’re a fast swinger or average. The former (B330/S) have slightly less spin than the latter (RX/RXS), but they all feature the same special coating to improve friction.

Callaway Chrome Soft

The newest update of this design has changed from the softer, three-piece version released in 2015. It’s now constructed from four layers which gives it a slightly firmer surface and a urethane coating.…

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