Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzz . . . Huh? What? Oh, sorry, we just dozed off wait­ing for Kevin Na, Jim Furyk and Ben Crane to fin­ish their round. It’s true that many pro­fes­sional golfers are slow, but there is a time limit to hit a shot on all the pro tours. Es­sen­tially, play­ers have 40 sec­onds, although an ex­tra 10 or 20 sec­onds is of­ten granted to the first golfer in a group to play cer­tain holes. How­ever, keep in mind that the root of slow play isn’t the time it takes a golfer to play a stroke, it’s the time taken be­tween those strokes. We’re talk­ing to you, Mr Sit-in-the-golf­cart-un­til-it’s-your-turn guy! ▶ ▶▶ The an­swer to this ques­tion fo­cuses on match play. Hand­i­cap strokes are meant to be equalis­ers in matches. Putting the odd strokes on the front and even ones on the back dis­trib­utes the hand­i­cap strokes more evenly. But wait, there’s more! The SAGA Hand­i­cap Sys­tem Man­ual (you can down­load this un­der hand­i­caps on saga. co.za) rec­om­mends that the al­lo­ca­tion of low strokes to holes near the end of each nine should be avoided, as is the al­lo­ca­tion of low strokes to the first or sec­ond holes, in the event of a sud­den­death play­off. ▶ ▶▶ There’s no rea­son a driver can’t en­joy a long and fruit­ful life. Our equip­ment guys cringe about that.They’d rather you get a new driver at the same rate you ser­vice your car. But to­day’s driv­ers can take a beat­ing. A re­cent test showed driv­ers stood up to a min­i­mum of 2 000 strikes at 200 kph be­fore they had to take a ti­ta­nium time-out.That’s about 150 rounds. If you swing as slow as we do, that num­ber could jump to 20 000 strikes. If you play once a week for 20 years, you’d still have some life left on your driver. ▶ ▶▶ The way you hold the club is a per­sonal choice. In­ter­lock is when you cou­ple your right pinky fin­ger with your left in­dex fin­ger (for right-han­ders), and over­lap (or Var­don) is when you let the pinky rest on the crease be­tween the in­dex and mid­dle fin­gers. “Tiger Woods and Jack Nick­laus both in­ter­lock,” says Golf Di­gest teach­ing pro­fes­sional Josh Zan­der.“But the prob­lem I see with in­ter­lock­ing is that it puts too much of the han­dle of the club into the palm of the hands.This can lead to tech­nique is­sues and a loss of power.” Zan­der prefers theVar­don, although he adds,“Har­ryVar­don didn’t in­vent this grip. He just got credit for it.” ▶ Tips for golf on a chilly day? Trip to KZN. ▶ Golf in a sweater or jacket? See above ▶ Drink to warm you up? Iced tea . . . in KZN.

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