Top 10 Tips when You are New to golf

One of the most important parts of golf is selecting a good course. There are many ways to find a course that is worth playing. For convenience, an individual can peruse the internet and uncover a reputable golf booking website that will help (click here to learn more). After the course is selected, there are a few other things to remember. Here are the top ten tips for a new golfer.

Tip 1: Do Not Ignore Putting

Many players live at the driving range. These golfers are forever trying to hit their drives as far as possible. This can be helpful, but many players tend to ignore their putting. Putts usually make up half of the strokes in a round.

Tip 2: Perfect The Golf Grip

The three main styles of grips are interlocking, the Vardon, and the baseball. It can take months to master a very good grip. The nice thing is that it can be practiced anywhere, not necessarily on a golf course.

Tip 3: Remain Calm

Lots of golfers feel pressure to speed up their pace of play from other golfers. Do not let this bother the game. Let other people who want to move faster pass by. This allows everyone to play the game in a relaxed manner.

Tip 4: Learn Proper Golf Etiquette

No one wants to look foolish, so it is important to understand proper golf etiquette. For example, it may not be wise to drive a cart over the green. Those players who have more experience may be able to lead by example and teach new golfers how to act.

Tip 5: Learn At The Driving Range

A great place to get golf advice and instruction is at the driving range. Many times, professionals are on hand to give a few pointers. Other times, there will be clubs to try out for free. This will let a player use different equipment to determine what works the best.

Tip 6: Use Second Hand Balls

A beginner golfer may lose a lot of balls. Golf balls are not cheap. Some retailers sell balls that have been used and still work well. It will save money in the long run and do little to affect the game.

Tip 7: Pick The Right Clubs

Cavity back clubs are great for new golfers. They usually have a larger head that makes contact with the ball easier and still gives a good end result.

Tip 8: Come Prepared

If a course is busy, it can take lots of time to play a round of golf. Make sure to pack a snack, drink, umbrella, or anything else that’ll be needed throughout the day.

Tip 9: Prepare For The 19th Hole

Despite the fact that golf only has 18 holes, the 19th hole takes place inside the clubhouse. It is a great place to get tips, second hand equipment, or just unwind.

Tip 10: Listen To The Pros

Do not attempt to become a self taught golfer. People who rely on themselves to master golf techniques may develop bad habits that are hard to break. A professional or seasoned player will provide far better guidance right away.

Chelsea strike deal for Barcelona starlet

Chelsea have confirmed that they have agreed terms to sign Barcelona defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu.

The 19-year-old is he is currently on Under-20 World Cup duty with Spain but he is now due in West London to undergo a medical and finalise a £5m move.

Romeu made two appearances for Barcas first-team last season but they have agreed to his sale after Andre Villas-Boas made his move.

“I don’t want to speak too much about him because he is not our player,” said Chelsea boss Villas-Boas.

“It is a part of the squad in which we are struggling with numbers because of Michael Essien’s injury and Oriol is a player with a bright future. He still has to evolve as a player.

“The Barcelona B team had a magnificent year in the Spanish second division, they finished third. Oriol had an injury during the season but he came back late on and was in time to play for the first team.

“So he is one of the most promising young players in that position and hopefully we can agree personal terms and hopefully he will pass a medical.”

Meanwhile, Villas-Boas insisted that a deal to send new goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois – who is arriving from Genk – on loan to Atletico Madrid was not yet complete.

“It is also a question of time and of deciding where we think it is better for him to evolve as a player, in Spain or in another country,’ the manager reported.

“The Spanish League is an extremely competitive league and Atletico is a great club to be at but it is not decided yet on his future.

“It is still a couple of days until we can confirm agreement between all three parties.”

Experienced hitman expected to sign Chelsea deal

Experienced hitman expected to sign Chelsea deal
Didier Drogba has revealed that he has begun discussions with Chelsea over a new contract.

The 33-year-old has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Tottenham, Marseille and AC Milan all credited with an interest

But the Ivorian superstar is keen to stay in West London and he is ready to sign a contract extension as he enters the last 12 months of his current deal.

The new two-year deal would tie him to the club until 2013 and Drogba is hopeful that talks will soon be concluded.

“We’ve started talking and it’s very interesting. Everybody knows what I feel about Chelsea and what I want,” he said.

“I will definitely be here next season. I said a few years ago that I will be here until the end of my contract, and I am here.

“Now I need to keep playing well here and giving my best, like I always try to do.

“This will be my eighth season at this club and it means a lot for any striker to stay that long at Chelsea.”

For the first time in his Chelsea career Drogba admits he will not be assured of a first-team place this season and is set to compete with 50million striker Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka and Daniel Sturridge for a starting berth..

“Yes, I think we are [contending for one place],” added Drogba, who has been the Blues’ most effective player in the lone-striker’s role during his seven years in West London.

“That’s the manager’s choice, but it’s been like this for me for all my years at this club.

“It was the same when Eidur Gudjohnsen was here, when [Andriy] Shevchenko was here, and all of the other times.

“I’m 33, I’m the oldest player and, even if that feels strange, I’m not worried.

“If I deserve to play then I will play. If I’m not good then I won’t. It’s good for the team to have some competition.”

Arsenal star wants Manchester City move

Samir Nasri is still hopeful of joining Manchester City this summer and has told friends he has no intention of signing a new contract at Arsenal, according to the Daily Express.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has previously stated that he wanted to keep Nasri, despite the fact he entering the final 12 months left of his current deal.

But Wenger last night admitted he is now not so sure whether the France midfielder would stay.

It is not completely sorted that Samir will stay, but I want him to stay, said Wenger. He knows that. Hopefully we can sort that out in the coming weeks.

Nasri believes City will offer him potential wages of £150,000 a week, whilst Wenger wants to tie him to Arsenal with a new £110,000-a-week deal.

But the 24-year-old has no plans to sign a new deal with the Gunners and has made up his mind to leave whether now or on a free transfer next year.

According to sources close to Nasri grew frustrated with Arsenal when he was assured in October that a verbal contract offer would be immediately put into writing but the club then took months to get back to him.

Despite the fact he is now convinced he will leave, Nasri travelled to Germany with the rest of the squad for todays friendly against Cologne.

Lleyton Hewitt bundled out of ATP Atlanta tournament by American qualifier Rajeev Ram

The two-time grand slam champion, whose ranking has dropped to a lowly 174, suffered a setback in his preparations for the US Open after losing 7-5 2-6 6-2 to Ram on Thursday.

Ram’s quarter-final will be against 19-year-old compatriot Ryan Harrison, who waited out an evening weather delay to beat Belgian Xavier Malisse, the No.4 seed, 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4.

Mardy Fish opened his title defence with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 victory over France’s Nicolas Mahut that put the top-seeded American into the quarter-finals.

Fish, who enjoyed a first-round bye, fired six aces and broke Mahut four times to finish off the second-round clash in less than 90 minutes.

Fish showed no ill effects from an abdominal muscle strain which had bothered him since the French Open.

The world No.9 will play on Friday for a semi-final spot against Indian No.8 seed Somdev Devvarman, who booked his first quarter-final since late April with a 6-1 6-3 defeat of Japan’s Tatsuma Ito.

Bolt edges out Carter in Monaco

Monaco: World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt needed a late surge to narrowly beat fellow Jamaican Nesta Carter in the 100 meters with his season’s best time of 9.88 seconds at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday.

Bolt overhauled his compatriot, who also ran his season’s best of 9.90, in the last 15 metres while American Michael Rodgers finished third with 9.96.

“It was not the best start, but I executed well overall,” Bolt told reporters after finding his form in his last scheduled meeting ahead of next month’s world championships.

World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt narrowly beat Nesta Carter in the 100 meters competition.

“My last 60 meters have improved dramatically. I need to work on my reaction time, but I’ve been doing great in training, so I’m just focussing and I feel ready.

“My aim this season is to run 9.7, maybe 9.6. For me, this year it’s about building myself and go into the Olympic season fit and ready. London (2012 Olympics) is the key.”

Bolt set his 100 meters record of 9.58 at the 2009 world championships in Berlin and will defend his title at the August 27-September 4 world championships in Daegu, South Korea.

He will face competition from compatriot Asafa Powell who set a world leading time of 9.78 in Lausanne last month.

Among the others athletes posting world leading times ahead of the worlds were 800 meters world record holder David Rudisha, the Kenyan winning in one minute 42.61 seconds.

Britain’s Mo Farah also set the season’s best time in the 5,000 as he beat American Bernard Lagat in a sprint to the line in a time of 12 minutes 53.11.

In the women’s 200 Carmelita Jeter beat compatriot Allyson Felix, a three-time world champion at the distance, and Shalonda Solomon in an American clean sweep.

Olympic 400 hurdles champion Angelo Taylor held his nerve to defeat compatriot Bershawn Jackson while Britain’s world champion Phillips Idowu won the triple jump with 17.36 meters.