Golf Brief Overview Golf Is A Hard Enough Game Without Handicapping Yourself With Poor Instruction 8207 Action Steps For Successful Knife Defense Bowling 101 Etiquette On The Lanes

Golf is an exciting game and it definitely gives lot of relaxation to a person when it is played as a hobby. This game has gained a lot of popularity now compared to what it was a few years back – thanks to the media.

Like any other game, golf also has lot of rules to be followed in tournaments.

By watching a tournament, one cannot understand the rules of the game. To a certain extent, even a nonprofessional can understand the rules of games like cricket, football etc. However, it is not easy in golf. Let us see some of the rules of the game.

Neither the player nor the caddie can influence the position or movement of the ball or the teeing ground. For any breach of rules pertaining to this, the player incurs a penalty. In match play for breach of rules, the penalty is loss of a hole as otherwise mentioned. If a competitor does not follow the rules and thereby affecting the rights of another player, will be disqualified. In stroke play, usually penalty for breach of rule is two strokes as other wise mentioned.

There are number of rules, which govern the players equipments like the clubs, balls etc. Golfer’s clubs as a whole should conform to the standards stipulated by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St.Andrews. Various rules govern the shaft, the grip, the club head, the clubface etc. Alterations cannot be made to any of the above. No modifications can be made which will influence the movement of the ball. Any breach of this can lead to disqualification.

A player can carry fourteen clubs in a tournament. In case, he starts the game with less number of clubs, he can add to it during the course of the play until the total becomes fourteen. Two players cannot share clubs, unless they are partners in the game.

Golf ball should also conform to specifications with regard to the size, weight, spherical symmetry, initial velocity etc.. If the ball is cut or cracked, it is declared unfit to play. A player can change his ball if he feels it is not fit to play; he can do so after announcing his intention to change the ball giving valid reason for the change. Each player’s ball will bear an identification mark.

A person who records the scores of the competitors is a marker, appointed by the committee.

A player is entitled for only one caddie, and he is bound by the rules of the game. Any breach of rule by the caddie will result in the player-incurring penalty.

Any advice with regard to the nature of stroke or club to be used is not allowed from anybody else other than partners or caddie. Any consultation with regard to the hazards or position of hole or flagstick is not deemed as seeking advice. However, in a team game each team is permitted to appoint a captain or coach who can advice the players on the line of play. Any such appointment should be intimated to the committee before start of play.

After the initial stroke, the ball shall be played as it lies. Player cannot make any alterations either to the ball or to the playing area. In the course of the play if the player finds tree branches or any other immovable material obstructing his way, he cannot break the branches or move anything from his way.

There are rules governing every aspect of the game and any breach of the rules resulting in penalty either by way of losing holes or by way of adding strokes or being disqualified.

Golf is a hard enough game without handicapping yourself with poor equipment or training. Golfers are a strange group – more optimistic than even people buying lottery tickets – each of which is convinced without a shadow of a doubt that they will win “the big one” and “be set for life”

Many golfers will spend an absolute killing on golfing equipment and even golf apparel but will shudder at the thought of devoting any of their golfing budget towards proper instruction.

Perhaps they think it is not worth it. Perhaps they thing that they can learn from golfing books and the golf on TV. Or the golf channel. Maybe they will obtain golfing skills by instruction from their friends.

After all – all you have to do is hit a few balls. Or perhaps they rationalize that if they “do not like golf” they still have their golfing hardware and equipment which can be sold for cash whereas money spent on education or drinks at the clubhouse is money washed down the river.

It is true that you can learn golf and the sport of golfing from golfing videos, golfing on TV and the golf channel as well as golf and golfing books. There are no shortages of these – indeed there is no shortage of golfers willing to pay or watch these golf instructional aids. It shows you both how golfers long for the game during the cold winter season and in addition once these bad habits are learnt it is a most difficult task, if at all possible , to get rid, or eliminate , those bad golfing habits.

However you can only go so far by teaching yourself golf skills from a book. It is akin to a person trying to learn public speaking by watching his presentations on a video camera. Self evaluation, especially with golfers is very difficult thing even more so when a golfing ego and the frustration of learning the sport are added.

You can learn to golf from friends. Nothing wrong with this. Most golfers start this way. Indeed if no one else showed us the basics few would ever pick up the sport. However unless your friends are professional golfers you may well end up with the same poor golf swing habits that plague your friends and limit their golf game. On top of that your friends may lack teaching skills as well as patience. Even if you end up with good golf instruction you may end up with fewer friends in the mix.

The sad fact is that if you do not learn properly from the beginning from an actual golf instructor or a golf pro you will be forever fighting poor golf habits – which you will quickly have adopted and will find very difficult, if ever to unlearn or lose on the golf course or during the golf game.

If you continue to golf as a sport or recreation, somewhere along the line you are going to have to pay for lessons to eliminate or get over these bad golfing habits. Why not do it from the start? You will learn properly. You will golf well from the start. You will have less frustration and more enjoyment on the golf course.

Even from a financial angle learning from golf pro makes sense. It is always more costly to fix a problem than to prevent it in the first place. On top of that, your golf game and golfing reputation will be better from the start, much less frustrating and you will certainly have a much better round of golf with your golfing buddies, feel more comfortable and at ease on the links and overall have a much enjoyable time and better memories of your career with the game of golf and golfing.

I treat martial arts somewhat as a sport and as a workout routine, but I’d be lying to you if I didn’t think it also had some practical utility as a self defense technique, and a lot of the classes I teach focus on self defense, particularly in teaching classes to women and teenagers, in particular mugger defense and knife defense.

Recently, I’ve had to give some thought into teaching knife defense. Knife defense and martial arts techniques sort of mix, and sort of don’t. When we spar in class, we focus – and we focus a lot – on not hurting one another. Knife defense has to take a different approach.

First of all, don’t get into knife fights. I don’t care how good you are, if you’re bare handed and in street clothes, and the other guy has a combat knife, you’re at a serious disadvantage. If you can, run away. If you have to give up your wallet to run away, do it. Knife fighting is messy and bloody.

Which leads to the first principle of knife defense: You’re going to get cut. Repeat after me: You’re going to get cut. Again, I say. You’re going to get cut. Be prepared for it, understand that it can happen, and that it will hurt (when you’re getting cut) and hurt a lot less immediately after. The trick is to make sure that you do as much damage to your assailant as you can, while turning the least amount of damage to yourself.

The basic knife attack is a thrust or a slash delivered with the forward hand, sort of like a punch. The knife is used to add those critical four inches to your reach. Most people aren’t particularly trained at knife fighting, so they use a natural punching motion. The first thing you want to do is interpose your hand, or better yet, the outside of your forearm on the line of attack. Just like you do an inside block or outside block on a punch, you do the same thing against a guy with a knife. Again, you’re going to get cut – the key here is to make sure that when you get cut, it’s on a part of your body where it won’t permanently injure you. Try to block his wrist with yours, barring that, block his blade with your forearm. It’ll hurt, but you have to get through the pain to follow up with the punch.

The next technique is to know the range. He’s going to attack on a line. You need to be aware of that line and be able to turn tangential to it. Shove his blade off the line while you move in the other direction, and block before you counterpunch. In Western fencing, this would be called a riposte, and it teaches you that the block automatically breaks the line of the attack and lets you counterattack immediately. Use the range – either step in with the punch or step away. If you know how to do a joint lock, by all means do it. Use any techniques you can to A) disable your attacker, and B) run away. Stomp insteps if you can. Punch for the groin, and go for the eyes. You aren’t fighting fair, you aren’t fighting for points, you’re fighting to put the other guy down as fast as possible while avoiding getting hurt.

We’re all here to have FUN!

At first glance, bowling looks as simple as throwing a heavy plastic ball down a shiny wooden hallway in order to knock down ten pins at the end. As you’ll soon find out, it’s so much more! It’s a sport that requires physical strength and coordination and mental strategies that are second to none.

Whether you’re just going bowling with friends or are starting in a league, you’re here to have fun! There are 8 basic rules of etiquette to follow to make the game more enjoyable for everyone:

1. Mind your manners. It’s important to follow the rules of any bowling alley you visit, to be polite to staff and courteous to fellow bowlers. Some of the machinery is dangerous, and you can be hurt badly by engaging in horseplay.

2. Wear appropriate attire. Loose, comfortable clothing, socks and bowling shoes are a must. Most people don’t relish the idea of putting their tootsies where thousands have gone before, but it is a necessary evil. Not only do bowling shoes protect the finish on the lanes, they protect you from slipping and consequential injuries. If you bowl regularly, you can purchase a pair of your own at the pro shop in your bowling alley or at many shoe stores.

3. Remain behind the foul line. As tempting as it might be to get closer to the pins (They seem so far away at first!), any ball bowled from over the line is considered “dead.” In other words, it doesn’t count!

4. Give way to the bowler on your right. Instead of rushing to bowl as soon as it’s your turn, always give way to a bowler in the lane to your right who is ready to go. If you allow other bowlers to concentrate on their games, they will afford you the same courtesy.

5. Roll, don’t pitch the ball. Releasing your ball on an upward swing, or worse yet, pitching it overhand, will damage the lane and, more often than not, end up in the gutter. Release the ball on the forward swing when your arm is lowest to the ground.

6. Cover any extra holes in your ball. If you’re bowling with a ball that has additional holes in it, the rules state you must cover them with the palm of your hand before releasing the ball. If you don’t the ball doesn’t count and is considered “dead.”

7. Keeping it out of the gutter. We all get them in the beginning. The dreaded gutter ball can be disheartening at first. A gutter ball cannot contribute to a score. With practice, you’ll learn how to keep the ball in the lane. In some leagues, they’ve modified the rules. If you bowl a gutter ball and it hops out of the gutter and knocks pins down, the pins do count. Be sure to ask what to do if this happens to you.

8. If you have a question, ask. The staff at your bowling alley will be happy to answer questions about anything related to bowling. From the rules of the game to how to complete a scorecard, they are there to help you.

By following these 8 basic rules of etiquette at the bowling alley, everyone will have more fun while learning to bowl!

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