History of Golf- How it all StartedWritten by Martin Smith
Since before time Mary Queen of Scots was disciplined for playing golf two Sundays after murder of her husband Lord Dernley in 1567. Golf is known to have been played at St. Andrews before founding of university in 1411. It is a safe bet to say that golf was played in some form or another as much as a century before this.
Golf is only game whose objective it is to hit a ball across a course of some kind that had sand traps, bunkers, and other obstacles to prevent you from accomplishing this. The ball is balanced in mid-air and hit to another spot below ground.
It was Scots who introduced golf hole into game. It was a national pastime more than four hundred years before Prince Charles fled Culloden in defeat at hands of English in 1513 at Battle of Flodden Field. At Flodden Scots were no match for English in first assault and were defeated 50 years earlier. King James II banned game of Golf because he believed it was interfering with archery practice and he did this with a Scottish Act of Parliament. The first documented record makes references to modern golf. James III also banned game in 1471.
The origin of Golf is a mystery however there is a few theories out there. The first theory says that fisherman on their way back from their boats would pick up a piece of driftwood and whack a pebble to see how far it would go. They would do this repeatedly until they reached river. Golf is thought to have been played in Kirk Session (Church Court). The only evidence of it is found in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Golf is still a very popular game today. A time line is presented below that will provide you with a general idea of evolution of Golf into game we know today.
16th century - Gold became established on east coast of Scotland and began to spread. Golf was played by James VI before he acceded throne as James 1st did in 1603. 1501 - James IV had his treasurer pay 14 Shillings to a bow-maker in Perth to supply them with clubs. Golf became associated with royalty, The Church, and education (i.e. St. Andrews) 17th century Golf was pursued from south east to as far north as Orkney Islands. 1754 - The beginning of construction of new courses.
A Beginner's Guide to Buy Used Golf ClubsWritten by Andrew L
If you are just starting out to play golf, you should never buy a new golf club set immediately as you may discover that this game is not for you later on. Furthermore, you are yet to find type of golf clubs that fits you during learning stage. The good choice is to start with cheap used golf clubs. And here are some guidelines to help you to hunt down your first used golf club set:
Golf Rental Clubs
First, you may want to play with rental clubs at a driving range. During this time, don't be afraid to ask your friends or other golfers to try their clubs on range. This is a good opportunity for you to judge which type of clubs is right for you. After hitting for a period of time at driving range and you think it is time to buy your own clubs, then ....
Rely on Golf Expert
When you go out to buy used golf clubs, you should always rely on people who know golf equipment well. You can look for your local pro at your local municipal course as a source of information and advice. Or you can consult experts at golf shop or even your friend who plays well or who knows anything about golf clubs. Alternatively, you can search Internet for used golf club reviews. You can always ask people for advice but keep in mind that what suits them may not necessary prove good in your hands. Therefore, it is more important to identify golf club set that suitable to your ability yourself.
Golf Beginner's Half Set
As a novice golfer, you are advised to learn with a half set of clubs with all matching iron of same model. The half-set could be made up from a few combinations of clubs. In general, half set combination consists of five iron clubs, including 4, 6, 8, pitching wedge and sand iron, in addition to 3 and 5 woods plus a putter. The driver is not recommended in beginner's half set because it is hardest club to control. Majority of beginners would achieve better results using a 3 wood on tee box. Likewise, 1, 2 or 3 irons should be avoided at early stages of game, as each of these long irons requires an accurate strike from middle of clubface with plenty of club heads speed in order to achieve good results. In contrast, a 5 wood with distance almost equivalent of 2 iron - ball can still travel a fair distance despite being hit off-center. Besides, a lofted wood is more forgiving than thin blade of an iron club heads.