Golf finally had a comeback in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Why did it lose steam? Well, critics argue that golf is more of a game than a sport as its very nature. So, although it falls somewhere between the definition of a sport and of a game, it fits more on the latter. They also say that it shouldn’t be called a sport because it doesn’t require much physical activity and that non-athletic people can participate in it professionally, citing it only as a form of recreation.
The playing area of the ball and club sport is usually a large piece of land covered in putting green, with either nine or 18 holes in which the player has to shoot the ball from the tee box –a place where the player must stand and swing his club.Each hole has its tee box arranged in a specific way and the path leading to the hole can have a specific form of terrain other than the putting green– be it the rough, the fairway, and the hazards.
The enthusiasts have the liberty to choose obstacles to be placed in the course in order to make their game a bit more challenging and to develop their techniques, even. Golf has two methods of playing: stroke play and the match play. Stroke play is when the player who has the lowest number of stroke wins, while match play is a system that merits a player when he outperforms his opponent for each hole. The former is the commonly used scoring system.
To date, 38% of Americans consider themselves fans of the said sport. It has grown to a $76 billion industry in the United States, with around 25 million players.However, not everyone is privileged to participate in professional golf; it is not called the rich man’s sport for nothing as the equipment used in golf is expensive, let alone the membership fee.
Golf courses are usually situated in country clubs, which require a person to be a member in order to access its facilities. Adding to the cost of having a place to play golf are the services like hiring a driver for the golf cart(as the playing area covers a great distance)and buying the necessary equipment. The equipment isn’t only for those who are up to improving their skills, techniques, and performance. Because the game of golf demands accuracy, even the beginners need to have the right tools in order to actually play the sport.
There are several equipment needed as players need to have a different approach for each hole. When aiming to win the match, a person should consider what kind of ball he must use and what types of clubs are needed for every hole. Usually, a standard player brings with him a driver, a minimum of 3 irons, and a golf putter. The hybrids,sand and lob wedges, and longer irons are optional, but they might come in handy.
Since the standard playing area is the putting green, the equipment with the most number of variations in the market would be the putter, as it is the only type of club allowed on the green. Golf putters are used to shoot a ball from a short distance because it allows a golfer to make low-speed strokes. Putters are available in a wide array of designs, sizes, shapes, lie angles, weights, and lengths. The mallet, blades, heel and toe are among the popular styles of golf putters.
The most basic putters are more or less priced at a hundred dollars and the pricey ones can cost up to a staggering six-digit amount each. Some of the customized ones are pegged at one to few million dollars.
In spite of the golf putters exorbitant price tag,they would always be worth shedding bucks for, especially to the golf enthusiasts who are up for different kinds of challenges in the course. Golfers heavily depend on their putters,as a correctly fitted one would increase their chance of beating their opponent by helping them improve their putting – one of the most important aspect, if not the most important, of golf. An ill-fitted one would cost a player his chance of winning because it would place him in a situation in which he has very little control over the distance and the direction he wants the ball to travel. Flaws in strokes may even suggest an ill-fitted putter.
However, if a golfer struggles with his putting, his choice of golf putters is not the only culprit. A good set-up position would be achieved by placing the putter in the correct length and lie angle measurement. Choosing a correct set-up position, however, is difficult for most beginners. But one should not worry when experiencing difficulties putting, because even some professionals share the same struggle.
Like other sports, practice and having an excellent trainer is key to achieving great performance. There are putting instructors to assist a golfer in determining the correct measurement of the putter, as well as teaching and improving techniques that should be applied in order to master the sport.