Putting in golf is a skill that separates expert players from average ones. It is the most difficult skill that you need to master on the course. It is the combination of mental focus and muscle control. A skilled player will definitely make the most of his concentration and intelligence to play the perfect shot. Whether you play 9 holes or 18 holes in a golf club, you need to analyze the distance from the ball to the hole. Once you are sure of the distance, make sure that you apply the right amount of muscle force to sink the golf ball into the hole. Do you want to know more about putting skills? Here are four tips to help you play like a professional golfer:

1. Deliver a Smooth Stroke

Start by playing a smooth stroke so that the putter picks up pace when it hits the golf ball. Consider your stroke as the smooth backward and forward motion of a clock's pendulum. Make sure that all your putts work effectively like the back and forth motion of a pendulum. When you are playing a long putt, always go for a longer swing instead of hitting the golf ball harder.

2. Evaluate the Green

The greens on a golf course have varied physical features. Read the green and understand how the topography, texture and dampness will have an impact on the direction and speed of the ball as it sinks into a hole. Try reading the green when moving towards it on the fairway. It will help you get an idea of the landscape from a distance. If a shot lands on the left side of the hole, the putt will break from left to right. If your shot lands on the right, it will break from right to left. You will have an uphill shot if the ball lands short of the hole. If the ball lands past the hole, you will putt downhill. It is also important to focus on the fall line. If the golf ball is on the left hand side of the fall line, it will break from left to right. The reverse will happen if the ball is on the opposite side.

3. Master Your Alignment

You can make better short putts by rectifying your alignment. Before taking your position, place the putter's head at the back of the golf ball. You also need to line its face up to the target line. It is good to take your normal position and grip while keeping the putter's head in this square position. Softly press and loosen the grip before playing the shot.

4. Control Speed

Did you ever notice golfers on the practice green of a tournament? They putt towards the boundary of the green and try to stop the ball in between the fringe and the green. This way, they get a fair idea about the ball's rolling speed on that particular green. They use this knowledge to improve the distance control. Use this technique when on the golf course. When playing in a golf club, master these putting tips to improve your game. The key to successful putting is practice, focus and having a good idea about the distance. Your skills will improve over time.
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Asheville Golf Course is a true gem and one of the oldest courses in Western North Carolina. This classic layout was designed by famed course architect Donald Ross in 1927 and it accomplishes the difficult double task of being challenging and fun.

The front nine of the par 72, historic course spans 3,246 yards from the back tees. Its scenic design allows for the use of a driver on most holes. Meanwhile, the 3,194 back nine favors accuracy over distance. Although not long by today’s standards, the course proves length does not make a great course.

Since taking over the management of the course, Pope Golf has made great strides in improving the experiences of area golfers and those travelers who have discovered Asheville Golf Course.

The par-36 front nine spans a scenic 3,246 yards from the back tees, and it includes a flat, wide-open style that allows for the use of a driver on almost every hole.

Meanwhile, the 3,194-yard back nine has narrow fairways that also play to a par 36. The back nine favors accuracy over distance. (All tees are a par 72)

Championship:Yards 6420 - Rating 71.1 - Slope 122
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Golf is considered a play by aristocrats. It is a game played with club and ball. The general rules lie in the fact that a player needs to put the ball into a number of series of holes in lowest possible strokes. The golfer who gets success in doing that would be called as stroke play. The territory where the golf is played is usually varied from place to place, unlike other games where the territory is quite defined and can't be changed.

What are the rules, actually?

Now, this was the brief detail about golf and its governing rule. Let us talk about the other, but very important detail in golf i.e. the performance of the golfer. The performances of any player in any game make their career and define the future path. In Golf too, all the focus lies in hitting the ball appropriately and this hit all depends upon the characteristics of the club. The golf club is a Golf stick which is used to hit the ball as said in the above lines. It is a long stick with the club head at the bottom.

The Golf club is chosen on the basis of golfer's need and playing strategies. The Club has a shaft and club head, which is individually important. Both of the things are important for players. Here we will see about the importance of Golf Shafts.

Then what about the Golf shaft?

The Golf Shaft is the long stick or tube which reaches out to the club head. The Golfer's hand is connected to the club head through this shaft. This shaft is really important for the players as it totally depends upon the quality and features of the shaft for hitting the ball according to the desired needs and requirements of the golfer. The flexible shaft would let the player hit the ball with less force applied to the club for larger distances while the rigid golf shaft needs more force to hit the ball for larger distances. The quality of the shaft means the material of the shaft also matters a lot. The steel shaft needs more strength to hold it while the graphite shafts that are made from Carbon fibers are much lighter compared to the former. The graphite shaft also reduces the jerk or stinging vibrations felt while hitting poor strokes. It is usually chosen by amateurs and starters who do not know much about the game and more importantly wants to play the game in a lighter note. Once a player gets experience than he or she can go for a heavy shaft or steel shaft.

So what are the other details about the shaft that should be known?

Golf shaft's weight also matter. As said above the Carbon fiber shaft is lightweight and it hits the ball lightly. And the heavyweight like steel shaft hit the ball hard. The other important thing that is missing here is that the material of the shaft also changes the twist of the club. The little difference in angle of twist at the club head changes the motion and direction of the ball to a great extent. It not only changes the game, but also affects the confidence of the player.

Have you heard about "Kick points"? Then Read further...

The golf shaft has kick points over the shaft which differs in few inches, but actually makes the club hit the ball in different ways. These "Kick Points" are actually the flexibleness of the shaft at a particular point which determines how the club will hit the ball and how much force will be required to strike. The low kick shaft is the ones where the kick points will be present at lower shaft i.e. just above the club head which makes the shaft bend above the club head. While the other kick points will go up and up afterward. The lower kick point will not allow the majority of the shaft to bend and therefore it happens to be good for the high launch of the ball at the start. For example, when a golfer wants to throw the ball at a greater distance with less force than the lower kick point shaft club would be used. Same is with the "medium kicks" and "high kick" shafts.

The golf as said at the start has not same playing territory at all places. It could be a small region or large ground. But the game of golf is totally depending upon the striking capabilities of the striker. The striker should be wise enough to decide and calculate accurately about the force, distance, and quality of the club. All these things will only work out if the golfer is able to decide wisely one more thing and i.e. golf shafts. The material, kick points and length, weight matters to the golfer when it comes to playing or striking the ball.

Does a Golfer's style matter for choosing golf shafts?

Every Golfer has its own style to strike the ball. Some golfer might be good at striking slowly at small distances while another golfer could be good at striking the ball to larger distances with great force. The golfer would definitely want to go for strength when striking and slower down on the weak points while playing golf. Isn't it? Then the best decision to buy the club would be choosing the club with a shaft which can strengthen the positives and reduces the weakness in the player. That is why the graphite shaft with lower kick point would be chosen by a player who wants to launch the ball with great force without applying much energy. The steel shaft could be chosen by the golfer which can strike the ball with great force even at great distances.
Why Mid-Handicap Golfers Tend to Get Stuck
By Pravir Ganguly
Before we get into that let's look at some popular myths that prevail among club golfers and try to demystify them:

     + The more time you spend at the range the better you get.

     + Swing analysis is invaluable.

     + Coaching sessions are essential through the early stages.

     + He corrected my slice in 15 minutes, so he must be a great coach.

Let's tackle the first myth.

Does more range practice improve your game? Not really! If pounding 200 balls on the range every day could improve your score on the course, then many more of us would have made it to the circuit each season. So, if hitting an insane number of balls at the range is not the answer, then what is?

John Paul Newport, editor Golf Journal, The Wall Street Journal, has this to say to the feeling many get after spending a whole lot of time at the range, that they are ready for the course, "Science has a name for this exalted state, but unfortunately it is not the 'flow' or 'in the zone'. It's the "illusion of competence... "

Rather than mindlessly hitting balls at the range, you could combine it with visualization for instance. This approach can embed the fundamentals of a good swing and its 'feel' in your system. And, once embedded you are able to replicate it most times while taking a shot. The other thing is that at the range you hit the same shot again and again to a point where you begin to feel that you've more or less nailed it. The reality on the other hand being that on the course you get just one shot to make it right. If your range practice is helping you do that then yes, the range is working for you.

Questions you need to ask yourself

Given the time constraints club golfers in general are faced with, some significant ground can be gained by dividing the time between the range and effective visualization. The latter can be practiced at home, workplace, while commuting, or anywhere for that matter if a 15-min window is available.

One of the reasons for golf's decline in the US between 2003 and 2016 is attributed to the fact that people are finding it difficult to improve upon their game. The fact is each time you play below your expectations (or above your handicap) you tend to lose some interest. The reverse is true as well. So, ask yourself these questions. Am I losing too many balls? Am I going to go into the lake? Am I losing too many games? Do I get the feeling that I might slice, hook, duff, or top each time I address the ball? If the answers are mostly 'yes' then it's time you fix your game. Once that happens believe me you'll start enjoying your golf a lot more than you do now.
Four Golf Putting Tips to Help You Play Like a Pro
By Joseph Garth Miller