DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FAIRWAY WOOD AND A HYBRID?
Jun30

DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FAIRWAY WOOD AND A HYBRID?

Learning the differences between various types of clubs is important for new golfers. Each category of clubs — such as drivers, fairway woods, rescue clubs, irons, wedges and putters — has its own capabilities. Understanding these categories helps you decide which clubs to carry in your bag and which individual club to select for a specific shot during a round of golf.   Fairway Woods The golf club category known as “woods” features large clubheads that used to be made from actual wood not too long ago, but are now made from metal. Technically, the driver is a wood — the 1-wood — although, you’ll probably never hear it called anything but a driver. The remaining woods are called fairway woods. Apart from the driver, the fairway woods are, as a group, the longest clubs, at about 41 to 43.5 inches. Common fairway woods include the 3-wood, which has 13 to 17 degrees of loft; the 5-wood, which is lofted at about 17.5 to 19 degrees; and the 7-wood, which contains about 21 to 24 degrees of loft. Rescue Clubs Rescue clubs are known by several names, including utility clubs and, most commonly, hybrids. The club combines characteristics of woods and irons, hence the name “hybrid.” The clubhead resembles a smaller version of a wood. But hybrids are typically shorter than fairway woods and contain more loft. The most common hybrids are labeled 3 through 7, with the numbers corresponding to the irons they’re designed to replace; although you’ll also find some 1- and 2-hybrids. As with all club categories, hybrids become shorter and more lofted as the club number increases. Club lengths range from about 36.5 to 42 inches, while the lofts range from 15 to 32 degrees. Hitting Fairway Woods Despite the name, you can tee off with a fairway wood. In his book “How I Play Golf,” Tiger Woods recommends using a fairway wood from light rough, rather than a long iron. Off the tee, hit fairway woods basically the same as a driver. Just tee the ball up a bit lower because the fairway wood is more lofted. On the fairway, set up with the ball about 3 inches inside your front heel. Take a wide stance — but not as wide as your driver stance — and begin the backswing by taking the club back in a wide arc, low to the ground. Replicate this position on the downswing, so the clubhead sweeps the ball off the turf, rather than taking a divot. Playing With Rescue Clubs The rescue club’s label is also a bit of a misnomer because it does more than rescue...

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The greatest golf photo of all time? Michael Jordan and Sergio Garcia
Jun14

The greatest golf photo of all time? Michael Jordan and Sergio Garcia

The greatest golf photo of all time? Michael Jordan and Sergio Garcia Perusing the internet we found this hilarious shot of Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and Sergio Garcia, a professional golfer from Spain who  has won 20 international tournaments, including The Players Championship in 2008.  This glorious photo made our weekend, we hope it does yours!  Thanks Golf Digest! 🙂 Half of a formidable 4×100 relay: Michael Jordan and Sergio Garcia “Why it qualifies: — Because that’s Michael Jordan, perhaps the greatest athlete ever, chasing Sergio Garcia during the 1999 Alfred Dunhill Cup at St. Andrews. — Because not only does Garcia seem to be leading (talk about an upset), but he also appears to be taunting His Airness by sticking out his arms and pretending to fly. Who says golfers aren’t real athletes? — Because their strides are perfectly synced. Nice job, David Cannon of Getty Images! — Because this probably involved a big bet between the two. — Because Sergio is actually smiling and laughing on a golf course. — Because Sergio’s eyes are fearfully saying, “What happens if he catches me?” — Because for once, Jordan’s golf attire isn’t outrageously baggy and/or featuring denim. — Because Michael Jordan and Sergio Garcia are racing. On a golf course. At THE Old Course. Why did this happen?!”   Source: Golf...

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