Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Change of Golf Rules Welcomed By Players

On October 24, 2011 the Royal and Ancient Golf Club introduced rule changes that would effect players everywhere, even in Sarasota, FL. The organization that made the changes determines the rules in combination with the United States Golf Association, or the USGA. The new rules will be implemented on Jan 1st, 2012 and last until 2015 when they will be evaluated.

One of the major rule changes relates to eliminating the one stroke penalty given to players if the ball moves after it has been addressed. For those unfamiliar with the term, addressing the ball describes the player getting ready to take a stance and are prepared to strike the ball. Previously, golfers were punished with a one stroke loss even if the wind had accidently moved their ball. The actual definition of addressing was also modified this year.

Players everywhere will rejoice over these changes. Royal and Ancient Golf Club ambassador Padraig Harrington was quoted as saying "Every time the wind blows, I am worried that my ball is going to move and I am worried about grounding my putter, distracting me from trying to hole my putt." There were other important changes made to the rules by the R&A. Follow up and read my blog in the next week to read about the rule modifications.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Top-Rated Cities for Golf in Florida

Golf Digest magazine puts out a lot of rankings on many different areas. Golf courses, clubs, equipment, and more have made the lists over the years. Finally, they have released a ranking that focuses strictly on the cities. On their website they offered a shortened version of the article showcasing the top 20 cities to play golf in. The article is highlighted in October's issue and will feature fifty cities.

How many of Florida's cities made it on the list? Two cities, with both of them residing in the top 6!  The first city to make its mark was the beautiful bay area city Tampa.  Tampa made it to the top five and was recorded as being number 4 on the list. Los Angeles tied with Tampa, which means they will share the number 4 spot mutually. Climate and the amount of public golf courses got the two highest scores for Tampa.

The second Florida city to attain a slot is Orlando.  Orlando's best scores were in two categories.  The highest score for Orlando was captured by the climate category.  For all of us that live and love to play golf in Florida this is no surprise. The maximum score is a one, and it got a two which is the next best thing. The quality of public golf was the second category that received the next best score.

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