Thursday, October 15, 2009

Top rated golf bags

Golf bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From cart bags, stand and carry bags and tour bags for on course. So, which can be said are the best bags?

Looking at the tour bags to begin with. The Nike SQ Sumo Tour Staff bag is worth a look, and will provide you with a top quality, top performance bag that gives value to boot. As the name suggests, the bag is linked to the Sumo line of Nike products. The bag accommodates all club sizes, and weighs in at 12.2 Ibs. It has 5 zippered pockets, 2 mesh water bottle packets and versatile cabinet door storage.

Alternatively, Callaway 10.5 inch PGA Championship Tour Staff Bag will give you another top quality choice. It offers supreme durability and a lot of storage space. A new power handle improves functionality and reduces weight to 10 Ibs only, which is 2.2 Ibs less than the Nike Sumo.

When we talk about stand bags, you cannot do better than the Wilson Feather Series 3LB Stand Bag for performance and value. It is an extremely light bag that weights in at 3Ibs, with a new stand that is integrated to the top to keep weight minimal. It also has a lightweight Swivelmax double strap, along with water-resistant fabric that will keep your clubs dry.

Kart bags are carried on golf trolleys and come in larger sizes. The PowaKaddy 7 Way Sport Cart Bag is a top quality bag in sports design, with both lightness and strength. This has been designed for carts and buggies. It has substantial rain-hood, a scuff protector and 4 grab handles. The PowaKaddy gets 5 star reviews, particularly for performance and value.

Or, you could take a look at the Ram Fxi Golf Cart bag. This gives you an 18 inch and 14 way divider top. It's a lightweight back that provides stability on a golf car and is certainly well worth considering.

So certainly, the Nike Sumo tour bag, Callaway Championship Tour Staff Bag, Wilson Feather Series, PowaKaddy and Ram Fxi are amongst the best on course bags available in their various forms. Used by professional tour staff, they seem the best choice. They all score highly for quality, performance and value and have positive customer reviews. They are indeed, top rated golf bags.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Guide to stroke-play and match-play golf

In the game of golf today, stroke-play and match-play are two golf scoring systems. They are used in the professional championships, and more team based golf. Overall, they are not entirely similar.

To begin with stroke-play, which is the best established golf scoring. Stroke play relates to how many shots, or strokes are taken per each hole. So one stroke is one shot. A shot can be any putt, tee shot, fairway or bunker play. Even if no contact with the ball is made or the ball hardly moves, that is recorded as a shot. In addition to this, penalty strokes can also be added if the player needs to move the ball, drop ball or retake a shot.
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As such, stroke-play records how many shots for a golfer to finish a hole and then the golf course. For each hole, a par score is listed which can be par 3, 4 or 5 strokes. This relates to the hole's distance, with shorter holes par 3 and longer par 5. Overall, the par scores are good scores for any hole and scoring is measured with that.

(above) A golf scorecard

For example, a golfer can finish above or below par on any given hole. There are actually terms for a few scores above or below par. If a golfer finishes one over par, then that is a bogey. If the score is two over it is a double bogey and if three over par, then that is a triple bogey. However, one under the par score is a birdie, if two under then possibly an eagle on par 4 holes. A hole-in-one is when the hole is finished in one shot!

The overall par score for a golf course is the par sum of all the holes. It could be, for example, 31 or 35 over nine and 62 or 70 for an 18-hole golf course. A player may finish any number of strokes above par, or perhaps even a few under. Alternatively, to make par will finish exactly even.

To keep scores, players can note scores on the score card after each hole. Then these scores can be tallied for an overall total.

Golf stroke-play is universal in the game and is used for all the major championships such as US Open, The Masters, PGA Championship or UK Open. The players with the lowest scores for the golf round will win the championship.

However, match-play is used for the more team based Ryder Cup. In match-play, players can win, lose or tie a hole. Here, the players' scores for a hole are compared and the lowest score wins the hole, or alternatively if tied then half a hole is given to both players. For example, if nine holes were drawn then that would be 4.5 holes each. In addition, a further 5 holes won by a player would give a total score of 9.5-8.5. The player or team that wins the most holes wins the round.

So match-play is not won by the overall lowest scores, but for the more specific scores on holes. It is possible for a player to have more strokes overall, but still win a round with match-play.

Overall, either stroke-play or match-play can be used between players. Generally, stroke-play is better suited for non-team golf, while match-play is better for team events and can make for closer games overall.