Fun Golf Questions – Answers To Your Pressing Questions

Cartoon Golfer
Astute Golfer

In this article I will attempt to answer your most pressing questions about fun golf questions for the beginner and even for the more experienced player. In that light this page will most likely be UNDER CONSTRUCTION  for some time as I put together questions and answers about the great game of golf and hopefully you will have questions that I have not covered so  leave them below and I will incorporate them into this article. If you’re looking for the meaning of specific golf terms, try the Golf Glossary. And if you’re looking for instructional articles and videos, see my Golf Tips section.

Score Keeping and Scorecards

Golf Score Card
Score Card

Out On The Course Questions

Where can I drive the golf cart on the course?

Golf Cart on Course
Golf Cart on Course

Many courses, on most days, do allow golfers to drive riding carts onto the fairways. But every course has its own rules for golf carts. So a good general rule of thumb is this: Unless you know otherwise, only drive the golf cart on the designated cart paths.

A course usually has its golf cart rules on its scorecard or posted in the clubhouse or near the first tee, so be sure to check those out.

If you learn that the “90-degree rule” is in effect, this means that you can take the cart onto the fairway, but only at 90-degree angles.

If you are told that the cart path only rule is in effect, then keep your cart on the designated cart paths at all times. See Golf Cart Rules & Etiquette for more.

  • What is golf etiquette?
  • Do golf courses have dress codes?
  • how to rake a sand bunker?
  • How do I fix a divot?
  • How do I repair a ball mark on the green?
  • Are yardages listed to the front or center of the greens?
  • Why are hole liners white?

Rules of Golf

  • Where can I get the basics of golf rules?
  • What are “winter rules” or “preferred lies”?

Practice and Lessons

Practice
Practice Practice Practice
  • Should I take lessons?
  • How much do golf lessons cost?

How long does it take to become good?

The answer to that question depends on many factors: Your aptitude for golf, your goals, your willingness to work on your game, your ability to learn and adjust.

A good idea is to set goals in stages. If you’re a golf beginner, don’t go into it thinking, “I want to be shooting par in six months.” You’re almost certain to be very disappointed when that six-month mark arrives because only a minuscule percentage of players ever become par-shooters – much less that quickly.

Set an easier target. Break 100 first, then concentrate on breaking 90 and so on. Or just set a goal to reach a level of competence at which you can enjoy a round of golf with your friends. You’ll know it when you reach it.

For those who really want to become great golfers the most important factor is a willingness to work hard on becoming better. Golf is learned through repetition (and the repetition of the right things). That means practice, practice and more practice.

Taking lessons will greatly speed up the process and will insure that what you are practicing are the correct things for YOUR game.  All golfers are different and what is correct for one is not always correct for all.

Before and After the Round

  • Are tee times required to play golf? How do I get a tee time?
  • If I show up at a course without a tee time, will I get to play?
  • What happens if I’m late and miss my tee time?
  • Do I have to tip at the golf course?

Golf Clubs

Golf Clubs
Golf Clubs
  • How much do golf clubs cost?
  • How do I know which club to hit?
  • I want to buy name-brand golf clubs – how do I know which brand to buy?
  • How do you clean golf clubs?
  • How do you clean the grips on golf clubs?
  • How many clubs are in golf sets?
  • Do I have to have a full set of clubs to start playing?
  • What are “game improvement” clubs?
  • How do steel and graphite shafts compare, and how do I know which is right for me?

Why are they called “woods” when they aren’t made of wood?

The woods are the longer golf clubs in a golfer’s bag – the driver, the 3-wood, 5-wood, sometimes even 7- or 9-woods. But the clubheads are metal, not wood. So why are they called “woods”? Because for most of the history of golf clubs, those clubs did have wooden club heads. Persimmon, usually. It was only relatively recently that metal replaced wood as the material of choice for the “woods.” But the woods had been, well, wood for so long that most golfers still call them that.

Golf Balls

  • What are X-Out golf balls?

    Stack of golf balls
    Stack of golf balls

  • What do the numbers on a golf ball mean?
  • How many dimples are on a golf ball?

Accessories (Shoes, Gloves, Etc.)

Golf Glove
Golf Glove
  • Do I need to wear a golf glove?
  • Are golf shoes required to play golf?
  • Do golf courses have dress codes?

Shopping and Buying

  • What should I look for when buying used clubs?
  • How much do golf clubs cost?
  • I want to buy name-brand golf clubs – how do I know which brand to buy?

Historical/Miscellaneous

  • Is “golf” an acronym for “gentleman only, ladies forbidden”?
  • Why are golf courses 18 holes in length?
  • Why do golfers yell “fore” to warn others of an errant shot?

 

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