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Refinishing School Deski

I’ve been working on two old school desks that I purchased for $2 each. They have been washed, didassembled, prepped, and the first 2 coats of oil based paint.

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Rules Changes for 2008

PRINCIPAL CHANGES
General
The changes to the Rules generally fall into two broad categories: (1) those that improve the clarity of the Rules and (2) those that reduce the penalties in certain circumstances to ensure that they are proportionate.
Definitions
Advice -— Amended to allow the exchange of information on distance, as it is not considered to be “advice.”
Text in 2008
Information on the Rules, distance or matters of public
information, such as . . ., is not advice.
Lost Ball -— Amended to clarify substituted ball issues and to include the concept of “stroke-and-distance” (see corresponding changes to Rules 18-1, 24-3, 25-1c, 26 and 27-1).
Text in 2008
A ball is deemed “lost’’ if:
a. It is not found or identified as his by the player within five minutes after the player’s side or his or their caddies have begun to search for it; or
b. The player has made a stroke at a provisional ball from the place where the original ball is likely to be or from a point nearer the hole than that place (see Rule 27-2b); or
c. The player has put another ball into play under penalty of stroke and distance (see Rule 27-1a); or
d. The player has put another ball into play because it is known or virtually certain that the ball, which has not been found, has been moved by an outside agency (see
Rule 18-1), is in an obstruction (see Rule 24-3), is in an abnormal ground condition (see Rule 25-1c) or is in a water hazard (see Rule 26-1); or
e. The player has made a stroke at a substituted ball.
Matches -— Definition withdrawn and replaced by two new Definitions, “Forms of Match Play” and “Forms of Stroke Play.”
Text in 2008
Matches
Forms of Match Play
Single: A match in which one player plays against another player.
Threesome: A match in which one player plays against twoother players, and each side plays one ball.
Foursome: A match in which two players play against two other players, and each side plays one ball.
Three-Ball: Three players play a match against one another, each playing his own ball. Each player is playing two distinct matches.
Best-Ball: A match in which one player plays against the better ball of two other players or the best ball of three other players.
Four-Ball: A match in which two players play their better ball against the better ball of two other players.
Forms of Stroke Play
Individual: A competition in which each competitor plays as an individual.
Foursome: A competition in which two competitors play as partners and play one ball.
Four-Ball: A competition in which two competitors play as partners, each playing his own ball. The lower score of the partners is the score for the hole. If one partner fails
to complete the play of the hole, there is no penalty.
Note: For bogey, par and Stableford competitions, see Rule 32-1.
Rules
Rule 1-2. Exerting Influence on Ball -— Note added to clarify what constitutes a serious breach of Rule 1-2.
Text in 2008
*Penalty for Breach of Rule 1-2:
Match play — Loss of hole; Stroke play — Two strokes.
*In the case of a serious breach of Rule 1-2, the Committee may impose a penalty of disqualification.
Note: A player is deemed to have committed a serious breach of Rule 1-2 if the Committee considers that his act of influencing the position or movement of the ball has
allowed him or another player to gain a significant advantage or has placed another player, other than his partner, at a significant disadvantage.
Rule 4-1. Form and Make of Clubs -— Amended to reduce the penalty for carrying, but not using, a nonconforming club or a club in breach of Rule 4-2, from disqualification to the same as carrying more than 14 clubs.
Text in 2008
4-1. Form and Make of Clubs
a. General
The player’s clubs must conform with this Rule and the provisions, specifications and interpretations set forth in Appendix II.
Note: The Committee may require, in the conditions of a competition (Rule 33-1), that any driver the player carries must have a clubhead, identified by model and loft, that is named on
the current List of Conforming Driver Heads issued by the USGA.
b. Wear and Alteration
A club that conforms with the Rules when new is deemed to conform after wear through normal use. Any part of a club that has been purposely altered is regarded as new and must,
in its altered state, conform with the Rules.
4-2. Playing Characteristics Changed and Foreign Material
a. Playing Characteristics Changed
During a stipulated round, the playing characteristics of a club must not be purposely changed by adjustment or by any other means.
b. Foreign Material
Foreign material must not be applied to the club face for the purpose of influencing the movement of the ball.
*PENALTY FOR CARRYING, BUT NOT MAKING STROKE
WITH, CLUB OR CLUBS IN BREACH OF RULE 4-1 or 4-2:
Match play — At the conclusion of the hole at which the breach is discovered, the state of the match is adjusted by deducting one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred;
maximum deduction per round — Two holes.
Stroke play — Two strokes for each hole at which any breach occurred; maximum penalty per round — Four strokes.
Match or stroke play — In the event of a breach between the play of two holes, the penalty applies to the next hole.
Bogey and par competitions — See Note 1 to Rule 32-1a.
Stableford competitions — See Note 1 to Rule 32-1b.
*Any club or clubs carried in breach of Rule 4-1 or 4-2 must be declared out of play by the player to his opponent in match play or his marker or a fellow-competitor in stroke play
immediately upon discovery that a breach has occurred. If the player fails to do so, he is disqualified.
PENALTY FOR making stroke with club in BREACH OF
RULE 4-1 or 4-2: Disqualification.
Rule 12-1. Searching for Ball; Seeing Ball -— Amended to include searching for a ball in an obstruction.
Text in 2008
If a ball lying in an abnormal ground condition is accidentally moved during search, there is no penalty; the ball must be replaced, unless the player elects to proceed under Rule 25-1b. If the player replaces the ball, he may still proceed under Rule 25-1b if applicable.
If a ball lying in or on an obstruction or in an abnormal ground condition is accidentally moved during search, there is no penalty; the ball must be replaced, unless the player
elects to proceed under Rule 24-1b, 24-2b or 25-1b as applicable. If the player replaces the ball, he may still proceed under Rule 24-1b, 24-2b or 25-1b if applicable.
Rule 12-2. Identifying Ball -— Amended to allow a player to lift his ball for identification in a hazard (see corresponding change to Rule 15-3, removing the exemption from penalty for playing a wrong ball in a hazard).
Text in 2008
Except in a hazard, if a player has reason to believe a ball is his, he may lift . . .
If the player fails to comply with all or any part of this procedure, or if he lifts his ball for
identification in a hazard, he incurs a penalty of one stroke.
If a player has reason to believe a ball at rest is his and it is necessary to lift the ball in order to identify it, he may lift.
If the ball is the player’s ball and he fails to comply with all or any part of this procedure or he lifts his ball in order to identify it when not necessary to do so, he incurs a penalty
of one stroke.
Note: If the original lie of a ball to be placed or replaced has been altered, see Rule 20-3b.
Rule 13-4. Ball in Hazard; Prohibited Actions -— Exception 1 amended for clarification; Exception 2
amended to refer to Rule 13-2; Exception 3 added to exempt a player from penalty under Rule 13-4a (testing the condition of the hazard) in certain circumstances.
Text in 2008
Rule 13-4 Exception 1
(a) touches the ground or loose impediments in any hazard or water in a water hazard as a result of or to prevent falling, in removing an obstruction, in measuring or in
marking the position of, retrieving, lifting, placing or replacing a ball under any Rule . . .
Rule 13-4 Exception 2
After making the stroke, if the ball is still in the hazard or has been lifted from the hazard and may be dropped or placed in the hazard, the player may smooth sand or soil in
the hazard, provided nothing is done to breach Rule 13-2 with respect to his next stroke. If the ball is outside the hazard after the stroke, the player may smooth sand or soil
in the hazard without restriction.
Rule 13-4 Exception 3
If the player makes a stroke from a hazard and the ball comes to rest in another hazard, Rule 13-4a does not apply to any subsequent actions taken in the hazard from which
the stroke was made.
Rule 14-3. Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Unusual Use of Equipment -— Amended to refer to
the unusual use of equipment (see also new Exception on use of equipment in a traditionally accepted manner)
and new Exception added for players with a legitimate medical reason to use an artificial device or unusual equipment.
Note added to clarify that a Local Rule may be introduced allowing the use of distance-measuring devices; previously authorized by Decision only.
Text in 2008
Except as provided in the Rules, during a stipulated round the player must not use any
artificial device or unusual equipment: Except as provided in the Rules, during a stipulated round the player must not use any artificial device or unusual equipment, or use any equipment in an unusual manner:
Exceptions:
1. A player is not in breach of this Rule if (a) the equipment or device is designed for or has the effect of alleviating a medical condition, (b) the player has a legitimate medical
reason to use the equipment or device, and (c) the Committee is satisfied that its use does not give the player any undue advantage over other players.
2. A player is not in breach of this Rule if he uses equipment in a traditionally accepted manner.
Rule 15-2. Substituted Ball -— Exception added to avoid a “double penalty” when the player incorrectly substitutes a ball and plays from a wrong place (see corresponding
change to Rule 20-7c).
Text in 2008
. If the mistake is not corrected as provided in Rule 20-6 and the player makes a stroke at a wrongly substituted ball, he incurs the penalty prescribed by the applicable Rule . . .
. If the mistake is not corrected as provided in Rule 20-6 and the player makes a stroke at a wrongly substituted ball, he loses the hole in match play or incurs a penalty of two
strokes in stroke play under the applicable Rule . . .
Exception: If a player incurs a penalty for making a stroke from a wrong place, there is no additional penalty for substituting a ball when not permitted.
Rule 15-3. Wrong Ball -— Amended to remove the exemption from penalty for playing a wrong ball in a hazard (see corresponding change to Rule 12-2, allowing the player to lift a ball for identification in a hazard).
Text in 2008
a. Match Play
If a player makes a stroke at a wrong ball, he loses the hole.
Exception: There is no penalty if a player makes a stroke at a wrong ball that is moving in water in a water hazard. Any strokes made at a wrong ball moving in water in a water
hazard do not count in the player’s score. The player must correct his mistake by playing the correct ball or by proceeding under the Rules.
b. Stroke Play
If a competitor makes a stroke or strokes at a wrong ball, he incurs a penalty of two strokes.
Exception: There is no penalty if a competitor makes a stroke at a wrong ball that is moving in water in a water hazard. Any strokes made at a wrong ball moving in water
in a water hazard do not count in the competitor’s score.
Rule 16-1e. Standing Astride or on Line of Putt -— Exception added to apply no penalty if the act was inadvertent or to avoid standing on another player’s line of putt; previously authorized by Decision only.
Text in 2008
– There is no penalty if the stance is inadvertently taken on or astride the line of putt (or an extension of that line behind the ball) or is taken to avoid standing on another player’s line of putt or prospective line of putt.
Rule 18. Ball at Rest Moved -— Penalty statement amended to avoid a “double penalty” when the player lifts a ball without authority and incorrectly substitutes a ball (see related changes to Rules 15-2 and 20-7c).
Text in 2008
*PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE:
*If . . . fails to do so, he incurs the general penalty for breach of Rule 18. There is no
additional penalty under Rule 18, except in the case of a wrongly substituted ball (Rule 15-2).
*PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE:
*If . . . fails to do so, or if he makes a stroke at a ball substituted under Rule 18 when such substitution is not permitted, he incurs the general penalty for breach of Rule
18, but there is no additional penalty under this Rule.
Rule 18-1. Ball at Rest Moved; By Outside Agency -— Note added to clarify the procedure when a ball might have been moved by an outside agency.
Text in 2008
— Note: It is a question of fact whether a ball has been moved by an outside agency. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that an outside agency has moved the ball. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the
player must play the ball as it lies or, if the ball is not found, proceed under Rule 27-1.
Rule 19-2. Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped By Player, Partner, Caddie or Equipment -— Amended to reduce the penalty in both match play and stroke play to one stroke.
Text in 2008
a. Match Play
If a player’s ball is accidentally deflected or stopped by himself, his partner or either of their caddies or equipment, he loses the hole.
b. Stroke Play
If a competitor’s ball is accidentally deflected or stopped by himself, his partner or either of their caddies or equipment, the competitor incurs a penalty of two strokes. The ball must be played as it lies, except when it comes to rest in or on the competitor’s, his partner’s or either of their caddies’ clothes or equipment, in which case the
competitor must through the green or in a hazard drop the ball, or on the putting green place the ball, as near as possible to where the article was when the ball came to rest in or…If a player’s ball is accidentally deflected or stopped by himself, his partner or either of their caddies or equipment, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke. The ball must be
played as it lies, except when it comes to rest in or on the player’s, his partner’s or either of their caddies’ clothes or equipment, in which case the ball must through the green or
in a hazard be dropped, or on the putting green be placed, as near as possible to the spot directly under the place wherethe ball came to rest in or. . .
Rule 20-3a. Placing and Replacing; By Whom and Where – Amended to reduce the penalty for having the wrong person place or replace a ball to one stroke.
Text in 2008
A ball to be placed under the Rules must be placed by the player or his partner. If a ball is to be replaced, the player, his partner or the person
who lifted or moved it must place it on the spot from which it was lifted or moved. In any such case, the player is responsible for any breach of the Rules.
A ball to be placed under the Rules must be placed by the player or his partner. If a ball is to be replaced, the player, his partner or the person who lifted or moved it must place
it on the spot from which it was lifted or moved. If the ball is placed or replaced by any other person and the error is not corrected as provided in Rule 20-6, the player incurs a
penalty of one stroke. In any such case, the player is responsible for any other breach of the Rules that occurs as a result of the placing or replacing of the ball. If a ball to be replaced is placed other than on the spot from which it was lifted or moved and the error is not corrected as provided in Rule 20-6, the player incurs the general penalty,
loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play, for a breach of the applicable Rule.
Rule 20-7c. Playing from Wrong Place; Stroke Play -— Note added to avoid a “double penalty” when the player plays from a wrong place and incorrectly substitutes a ball (see corresponding change to Rule 15-2).
Text in 2008
— Note 3: If a player incurs a penalty for making a stroke from a wrong place, there is no additional penalty for substituting a ball when not permitted.
Rule 24-1. Movable Obstruction -— Amended to allow a flagstick, whether attended, removed or held up, to be moved when a ball is in motion.
Text in 2008
When a ball is in motion, an obstruction that might influence the movement of the ball, other than an attended flagstick or equipment of the players, must not be removed.
When a ball is in motion, an obstruction that might influence the movement of the ball, other than equipment of any player or the flagstick when attended, removed or held
up, must not be moved.
Rule 24-3. Ball in Obstruction Not Found;
Rule 25-1c. Ball in Abnormal Ground Condition Not Found;
Rule 26-1. Water Hazards (Including Lateral Water Hazards);
Rule 27-1. Stroke and Distance; Ball Out of Bounds; Ball Not Found Within Five Minutes –
The term “reasonable evidence” has been replaced by “known or virtually certain” when determining whether a ball that has not been found may be treated as lost in an obstruction (Rule 24-3), an abnormal ground condition (Rule 25-1) or a water hazard (Rule 26-1). See corresponding change to Definition of “Lost Ball” and Rule 18-1.
Text in 2008
Rule 24-3. Ball in Obstruction Not Found
It is a question of fact whether a ball lost after having been struck toward an obstruction is lost in the obstruction. In order to treat the ball as lost in the obstruction, there must be reasonable evidence to that effect. In the absence of such evidence, the ball must be treated as a lost ball and Rule 27 applies.
a. Ball Lost in Movable Obstruction
If a ball is lost in a movable obstruction, a player may, without penalty, remove…
b. Ball Lost in Immovable Obstruction
If a ball is lost in an immovable obstruction, the spot…
Rule 24-3. Ball in Obstruction Not Found
It is a question of fact whether a ball that has not been found after having been struck toward an obstruction is in the obstruction. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that the ball is in the obstruction. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1.
a. Ball in Movable Obstruction Not Found
If it is known or virtually certain that the original ball that has not been found is in a movable obstruction, the player may substitute another ball and take relief, without penalty under this Rule. If he elects to do so, he must remove…
b. Ball in Immovable Obstruction Not Found
If it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in an immovable obstruction, the player may take relief under this Rule. If he elects to do so, the spot…
Rule 25-1
c. Ball Lost
It is a question of fact whether a ball lost after having been struck toward an abnormal ground condition is lost in such a condition. In order to treat the ball as lost in the abnormal ground condition, there must be reasonable evidence to that effect. In the absence of such evidence, the ball must be treated as a lost ball and Rule 27 applies.
If a ball is lost in an abnormal ground condition, the spot…
Rule 25-1
c. Ball in Abnormal Ground Condition Not Found

It is a question of fact whether a ball that has not been found after having been struck toward an abnormal ground condition is in such a condition. In order to apply this Rule,
it must be known or virtually certain that the ball is in the abnormal ground condition. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1.
If it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in an abnormal ground condition, the player may take relief under this Rule. If he elects to do so, the spot…
Rule 26-1
It is a question of fact whether a ball lost after having been struck toward a water hazard is lost inside or outside the hazard. In order to treat the ball as lost in the hazard, there must be reasonable evidence that the ball lodged in it. In the absence of such evidence, the ball must be treated as a lost ball and Rule 27 applies.
If a ball is in or is lost in a water hazard…The ball may be lifted and cleaned…
Rule 26-1
It is a question of fact whether a ball that has not been found
after having been struck toward a water hazard is in the hazard. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that the ball is in the hazard. In the absence
of such knowledge or certainty, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1.
If a ball is in a water hazard or if it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in a water hazard……may lift and clean his ball or substitute a ball.
Rule 27-1
If a ball is lost or is out of bounds, the player…
Exceptions:
2. If there is reasonable evidence that the original ball is lost in an . . .
1. If there is reasonable evidence that the original ball is lost in a water hazard . . .
Rule 27-1
a. Proceeding Under Stroke and Distance
At any time, a player may, under penalty of one stroke, play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5), i.e., proceed
under penalty of stroke and distance. Except as otherwise provided in the Rules, if a player makes a stroke at a ball from the spot at which the original ball was last played, he is deemed to have proceeded under penalty of stroke and distance.
b. Ball Out of Bounds
If a ball is out of bounds, the player . . .
c. Ball Not Found Within Five Minutes
If a ball is lost as a result of not being found or identified as his by the player within five minutes after the player’s side or his or their caddies have begun to search for it, the player must play a ball, under penalty of one stroke, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5).
Exceptions:
1. If it is known or virtually certain that the original ball that has not been found is in an.
2. If it is known or virtually certain that the original ball that has not been found has been moved by an outside agency (Rule 18-1) or is in a water hazard…
Appendix I
Seams of Cut Turf -— New Specimen Local Rule added.
Text in 2008
— Appendix I; Part B; Section 4e. Seams of Cut Turf
If a Committee wishes to allow relief from seams of cut turf, but not from the cut turf itself, the following Local Rule is recommended:
Through the green, seams of cut turf (not the turf itself) are deemed to be ground under repair. However, interference by a seam with the player’s stance is deemed not to be, of itself, interference under Rule 25-1. If the ball lies in or touches the seam or the seam interferes with the area of intended swing, relief is available under Rule 25-1. All seams within the cut turf area are considered the same seam.
PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE:
Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.”
Temporary Immovable Obstruction -— Clause II of the Specimen Local Rule amended to include an additional requirement that, for intervention relief to be granted, the temporary immovable obstruction must be on the player’s line of play.
Text in 2008
Appendix I; Part B; Section 6a Temporary Immovable Obstructions
Appendix I; Part B; Section 7a.
Temporary Immovable Obstructions
II. Interference
Interference by a TIO occurs when (a) the ball lies in front of and so close to the TIO that the TIO interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing, or (b) the
ball lies in, on, under or behind the TIO so that any part of the TIO intervenes directly between the player’s ball and the hole and is on his line of play; interference also exists if the ball lies within one club-length of a spot equidistant from the hole where such intervention would exist.
Note: A ball is under a TIO when it is below the outer most edges of the TIO, even if those edges do not extend downwards to the ground.
Appendix II
Adjustability — Amended to allow forms of adjustability other than weight adjustment, subject to evaluation by the USGA.
Clubhead; Plain in Shape — Amended to clarify meaning of “plain in shape” and list some of the features that are not permitted;
previously detailed in guidelines on equipment Rules.
Clubhead; Dimensions, Volume and Moment of Inertia — Sections added on moment of inertia and putter head dimensions;
previously detailed in guidelines on equipment Rules and test protocols.
Clubhead; Spring Effect and Dynamic Properties — New section added on spring effect. The limit, as detailed in the Pendulum Test
Protocol, now applies to all clubs (except putters) and in all forms of the game; previously covered by condition of competition.
Rules of Amateur Status
Rule 3-2a -— Exception amended to clarify a cash prize for a hole-in-one made while playing golf is permissible.
Rule 4-2b -— Note added regarding the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Rule 4-2c -— Note added regarding the rules of the NCAA.
Rule 6-2 -— Exception added for a player promoting (a) his national, state or county union or association, (b) certain types of golf competitions or events or (c) a recognized charity.

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Ping’s Club Fitting

CLUB FITTING QUESTIONAIRE
Club Fitting Questionnaire
NAME: ________________________ DATE: _____ /_____ /_____
STREETADDRESS:_______________________________________
CITY: _____________________ STATE:___________________
ZIP CODE:_________________ EMAIL ADDRESS: ___________
DAYTIME TELEPHONE NUMBER:
MALE FEMALE Height: ________________
How do you play golf? Right-Handed Left-Handed
How often do you play golf? Less than once a week 2-3 times a week More than 4 times a week
Are you currently taking golf lessons? Yes No

Do you plan on taking lessons in the near future? Yes No
What has been your handicap range over the past 12 months? ________________________   

 At this time, your handicap is moving: upward downward staying same
Please note your Low and High golf score within the past 12 months: Low _____________ High _____________
Do you have any physical limitations that affect your golf swing? Yes No
If yes, explain:____________________________
CURRENT EQUIPMENT:
Set Make-Up: ______________ Driver: (Brand/Model) _______ /____________
Driver Shaft: Graphite Steel Driver Shaft Flex: L A R S X
Driver Length: Standard ___ Over length __ Under length ______
Fairway Woods: (Brand/Model) _______ /__________
Fairway Woods Shaft: Graphite Steel  Shaft Flex: L A R S X
Fairway Woods Length: Standard __________ Over length __________ Under length __________
Irons: (Brand/Model) ______ /______     Iron Lie Angle: Standard__ Upright ____ Flat ___
Iron Shaft: Graphite Steel Iron Shaft Flex: L A R S X
Iron Length: Standard ________ Over length ________ Under length ________
Wedges: (Brand/Model) ____ / __________ Putter: (Brand/Model) ______ /___________
Putter: (Length/Lie/Loft) _______ /___________ /___________
Ball: (Brand/Model) _________ /____________ Bag: (Brand/Model) ________ /____________
Please describe what you LIKE or DISLIKE about your current equipment:__      

Have you ever been fit at PING or at a PING fitting cart account? Yes No
Have you been fit for golf clubs other than PING? Yes No If yes, please explain:________________________
Which best describes your current shot pattern with your driver? (Please check one)
Hook Pull Draw Straight Fade Push Slice
Which best describes your shot pattern with your fairway woods? Hook Pull Draw Straight Fade Push Slice
Which best describes your current shot pattern with your long irons (#1-#4 irons)? Hook Pull Draw Straight Fade Push Slice
Which best describes your current shot pattern with your mid-irons (#5-#7 irons)? Hook Pull Draw Straight Fade Push Slice
Which best describes your current shot pattern with your short irons (#8-Lob Wedge)? Hook Pull Draw Straight Fade Push Slice
Which best describes the trajectory with your current driver?
High ball flight, little roll Mid ball flight, average roll Low ball flight, a lot of roll
Which best describes the trajectory with your current fairway woods?Too high High Mid Low Too Low
Which best describes the trajectory with your current long irons? High ball flight, a lot of spin High ball flight, too much spin Low ball flight, enough spin
Mid ball flight, average spin Low ball flight, not enough spin
Which best describes the trajectory with your current mid-irons? High ball flight, a lot of spin High ball flight, too much spin Low ball flight, enough spin
Mid ball flight, average spin Low ball flight, not enough spin
Which best describes the trajectory with your current short irons? High ball flight, a lot of spin High ball flight, too much spin Low ball flight, enough spin
Mid ball flight, average spin Low ball flight, not enough spin
Which of the ball flights listed below is easiest for you to hit?
Slice Fade Straight Hook Draw
Which of the ball flights listed below would you prefer to hit? Slice Fade Straight Hook Draw
Typical contact point on clubface of iron shots: (express as a percentage)
Solid ____% Thin ____% Fat ____% Toe ___% Heel _____%
Typical contact point on clubface of wood shots: (express as a percentage)
Solid _____% Thin ____% Fat _____% Toe _____% Heel _____%
When you miss a putt, the majority of the time it is:
No consistent tendency or, if there is a consistent tendency, check all that apply below:
Short Long Right Left High Side Low Side
When you miss a putt, do you feel that you most commonly: miss-read the putt or miss-hit the putt
Are you better on
Left to right putts or Right to left putts
Are you better on
Uphill putts or Downhill putts
Please rank the strength of your game by segment: (10 being the strongest segment of your game & 1 being the weakest segment of your game)
Driving___ Fairway Woods___ Long Irons ____ Mid Irons ______ Short Irons ________Pitch Shots ______ Chip Shots __________ Bunker Shots ____ Long Putts ____ Short Putts ______
Key performance categories:
Average number of Fairways hit per round ________ Average number of Greens in Regulation per round ________
Average number of Putts per round ________
Percentage of iron shots in relation to the desired target:
Left _____% Right _____% Somewhat Straight _____ %
Please describe your method for tracking on-course performance. How do you measure your performance for each round of golf you play? (If you do not Track or Measure your performance, please skip to the next question.)
Which holes do you play the best? (Please rank 1, 2 & 3 with 1 being best & 3 being worst)
Par 5’s _____ Par 4’s _____ Par 3’s _____
Do you plan your approach shots so you are left with your strength? Yes No
Identify your flag location preference: Left Center Right
Identify your flag location preference: Front Middle Back
Please check your personal preferences for a DRIVER:
Graphite shaft or Steel shaft Stiff feel or Flexible feel
Heavy feel or Light feel High trajectory or Low trajectory
Fade or Draw Large grip or Small grip
Please check your personal preferences for FAIRWAY WOODS:
Graphite shaft or Steel shaft Stiff feel or Flexible feel
Heavy feel or Light feel High trajectory or Low trajectory
Fade or Draw Large grip or Small grip
Please check your personal preferences for IRONS:
Graphite shaft or Steel shaft Stiff feel or Flexible feel
Heavy feel or Light feel High trajectory or Low trajectory
Fade or Draw Large grip or Small grip
Please check the response below that you feel is MOST important:
Shaft or Clubhead Performance or Feel
Performance or Appearance Feel or Appearance
Which is more important to you? (please check one)
Distance or Direction
If you indicated DISTANCE, how many additional yards do you think you would need to lower your
average score by several strokes? _____ yards
If you indicated DIRECTION, how many feet or yards closer to the target do you think you would need in order to lower your
average score by several strokes? _____ feet _____ yards
What percentage of your golfing time is devoted to the following: (Please express as a percentage)
Play ____% Practice _____% Lessons _____%
What percentage of your total PRACTICE time is devoted to the following: (Please express as a percentage)
Putting ___% Chipping ___% Pitching___% Short Irons _____%
Mid Irons__% Long Irons__% Driver__% Fairway Woods _____%
What is the approximate yardage range for each club listed below? (Carry distance)
Don’t Know Don’t Know Don’t Know
Driver ___ – ___ #2 Iron ________ – ________ #8 Iron __ – ___#3 Wood ______ – ________ #3 Iron ___ – __ #9 Iron ________ – ________
#5 Wood ___ -__ #4 Iron ______ – ________ PW ___ – ____  #7 Wood ____ – __         __ #5 Iron ____ -____ SW ________ – ________
#9 Wood___ – _ #6 Iron ________ – ________ LW ___ – ____L-Wood ________ – ________ #7 Iron ________ – ________
Do these yardage’s meet your expectations? Yes No If no, why?
COURSE LAYOUT & CONDITIONS:
Throughout a round on your home course, do you hit most of the clubs in your bag? Yes No
If no, it is because of: course layout you don’t feel comfortable with certain clubs
Is your course hilly or flat?
Do you struggle more with the ball above your feet or the ball below your feet?
What type of grass are the fairways you most commonly play? Zoysia Bermuda Bent Bluegrass
What type of grass are the greens you most commonly play? Bermuda Bent Poa Anna Other__________
What is the average speed of the greens you play? Slow Medium Fast Stimp Meter # (if known) _____________
What course conditions do you normally play? Hard & Fast. Soft & Wet
What type of sand do you normally play? Soft & Fluffy Pebbled Hard, Packed, Wet
At what ELEVATION do you normally play? __________ feet
In what area(s) of your game would you like to see improvement?
What benefits do you hope to realize from being fitted & then purchasing new equipment?
Please check your reason(s) for purchasing new PING golf clubs:
Unhappy with current set’s: distance direction feel
Tried clubs in PING Demo/Fitting Cart
Tried PING clubs at a Demo Day
Tried a friend’s PING set and liked
Ready for a new set

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simplify the golf swing

 I would like to   simplify the golf swing for you. We can talk about all of the areas, all of the things that happen and so forth, but the club is going almost 100 miles an hour. I want to tell you the simple way to do this.  I have found to get my students to swing without any problems is to make them swing without a lot of thought, just basically one thought. That one thought is that when we set-up we do it with sound fundamentals…good posture…ball position, and grip..

 Here is my thoughts on the first tee…good posture..start to address the ball with my feet together with the golf ball centered between my feet…now move the right foot to the right and the ball is aligned with my left heel.  On my backswing I want my left shoulder to point at the ball (that means I have finished my backswing)…on the downswing I want my right shoulder to point at the ball/tee.  That means I haven’t stood up or changed my posture.  Now hold the finish and watch it go.

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GOLF TERMS FOR BEGINNERS

 

Golf Equipment

Equipment …the Rules of Golf say
“equipment" is anything used, worn or carried by or for the player except any ball he has played at the hole being played and any small object, such as a coin or a tee, when used to mark the position of a ball or the extent of an area in which a ball is to be dropped. Equipment includes a golf cart, whether or not motorized. If such a cart is shared by two or more players, the cart and everything in it are deemed to be the equipment of the player whose ball is involved except that, when the cart is being moved by one of the players sharing it, the cart and everything in it are deemed to be that player’s equipment.

Here are my thoughts 

Eventually you need to love your putter, your driver and the wedge you prefer around the green.

Woods – now made with stainless steel and/or titanium. Titanium used because it is lighter than steel allowing both larger heads and longer shafts. AKA- "metals, metalwoods"

Driver – largest, longest club used to "Tee off" on most holes, men’s length is now 45", ladies 43", 1 wood may be labeled with the degrees of loft (9, 10, 11).

Fairway woods – used for long shots off the ground, or may be used off the tee lofts are 3- wood – 15 degrees*, 4-5 wood 18 degrees*, 7 wood – 21-23 degrees*, 9 wood 25 degrees*.

* = It varies by make…

Traditional sets consist of a drivers 3 wood, 5 wood. Most players should have a 7 wood.

Hybrid/ Rescue – replace "Long Irons" (#2, 3, 4, 5,) similar in design to a wood. Easier to hit. Longer center of gravity to hit it higher.

Irons

Metal clubs # 1-9 PW (Pitching Wedge)

Each iron hits the ball a different length because of graduated lofts (4 degrees per club) + length of shaft (1/2" per club)

   #            Loft      Length                       #  Loft      Length
   * W-        48 –        35"                         * 5 – 28 – 37 1/2
    * 9 –       44 –        35 1/2                    * 4 – 24 – 38
    * 8 –       40 –        36                           * 3 – 20 – 38 1/2
    * 7 –       36 –        36 1/2       
    * 6 –       32-         37
*-Varies by MFG …Ladies clubs are 1" shorter.
Club length is determined by height and arm length (not X or Y chromosomes)  It’s a good idea to get "fit" to see if standard is right for you.
Wedges
PW or W- Pitching wedge usually 48 degrees – 35" in length.
A or G wedge – Approach or Gap wedge- Fits the loft gap between a PW & SW.  Usually 52 degrees.
SW- Sand Wedges are designed differently than your other clubs.  It has the "trailing edge" (sole/bottom of the club) lower than the leading edge by 8 to 15 degrees. This is called bounce angle.  This angle causes the SW to come out is the sand.  The SW is also heavier than the other clubs.
LW – LOB wedge, usually 60 degrees, for "pop up" shots around for control graphite for distance.
Of these varieties of clubs you must choose no more than14 to play a round of golf. For beginners 1,3, 5, 7 woods & 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 irons, PW, GW, SW & Putter.

Grips – made of rubber, must be round except for the Putter. Need to be changed every season.  The difference a new grip has is important.  They allow you to hold the club lighter.

Balls types
Low compression – softer ball best for most players. Terms used to describe the balls will be: soft, feel, low compression. (2 piece construction) Best for most golfers. Examples: Noodle, Lady Precept, Mojo.
Distance – hard balls good for high swing speeds. Hard feel spin to go straighter, but tough to make them stop on green, similar to a range ball. Long distance. Examples: Topflite, Ultra. 
Tour – combination spin & distance. 3-4 piece balls variable thickness and core hardness determines characteristics.

Golf Bags
Two types of bags: Cart bags & Carry bags- Carry bags are lightweight with Bi-Pod legs to keep bag standing. AKA Stand Bag. They feature a backpack style strap.  Cart bag – good for riding or pull/push carts. Larger than carry bags, with more pockets and storage
Pull/Push carts 2-3 wheel carts used for walkers who don’t want to carry their bag.
Bags are measured in inches across top of the bag. A "Sunday Bag" is quiver usually canvas, good for walking with 6-10 clubs.

Additional items needed:
Tees – used only to start "tee off" on a hole. Tees are made of wood and available in a variety of colors and lengths (from 1 7/8 to 4")  2 3/4 is  about average.
Green repair tool – small "fork like" device used to fix dents aka. Ball marks on the green. Rule os thumb – fix yours plus one more.
Ball Marker – used to mark ball position on the ball putting surface as to not interfere other players putting. A coin works fine.
Marker – sharpie to label ball for ID.
Gloves  Right handers use left glove. Lefty’s use right. Sizes from small – XXL. There are regular and cadet, think of cadet as 1/2 size smaller than regular … so a size run is cadet small, small, cadet medium, medium,
cadet large, large, etc. Have more than one so you can rotate before they get wet (you can air dry by hanging on bag.) Rotating 2 gloves will give you 4x or glove life.
Towel – for cleaning clubs/ balls.
Eye drops, Band-Aid, Sunscreen, Bee Sting Kit etc.

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Hammer It!

In relating how the hand & wrist work to create power..I like to use the comparison to how the hand/wrist work to create power when using a hammer.

 Think of driving a nail with a hammer…large nails into lumber…if you grip it tightly and tense up your wrist you will only have power from your arm and shoulder…

if you keep the wrist  loose & grip light it allows the hammer to accelerate in the same manner we want the club to accelerate.

 Also notice how much more powerful your wrist is if slightly cocked…let you left arm hang, now point you thumb down (weak)..now have you thumb point to your front (strong).

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