The Basics of Golf Balls, Tees and Divot Repair Tools

By: Brian Link

For most serious golfers, their equipment is one of their most prized possessions. Golf clubs are obviously the most expensive pieces of equipment a golfer can buy. There are some cheaper accessories that are absolutely vital to your golf game whether you are playing professionally or just for recreation.

Unfortunately there are hundreds, if not thousands, of these golf accessories that are a complete waste of money. There are many gizmos and gadgets that are intended to lure in new and amateur golfers into buying them, with promises that the gadgets will help them "play like the pros." The reality is that three of the biggest golf items aside from clubs are relatively simple. They are golf balls, golf tees and divot repair tools.

You obviously can't play golf without some golf balls but there is a lot more to golf balls than just picking one up, placing it on a tee, and hitting it. There are hundreds of manufacturers and companies that sell many different types of golf balls. For new golf players, the many different types of golf balls and manufactures can be a bit overwhelming. The standard size for a golf ball is 1.62 inches in diameter and the maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.68 ounces.

All golf balls in the professional games must be approved by the USGA (United States Golf Association). Of course, if you are not going to be playing in any tournaments and/or professional games, then you will be able to use any type of golf ball you wish to play with. The rules for professional are very strict, though. They are so strict, that any player found using a ball that has not been approved by the USGA would be immediately disqualified.

Other than golf balls there are two other simple accessories that are absolutely necessary for your golf game: a bag of tees and a divot-repair tool. The tee is a wooden or plastic peg, which is placed in the ground to elevate your golf ball. The top of the tee is very slightly curved, so as to allow for a secure placement and hold, and of course, a clean swing. Tees are quite inexpensive, and can be bought in bags of twenty of thirty for just a couple of dollars. They come in varying heights as some golfers prefer their golf balls to be higher or sometimes lower for their drives.

The divot repair tool is a small device that allows you to repair dents that you create in the green. The green is a well-kept and maintained area that is sometimes marked by craters caused by landing golf balls. The divot repair tool allows you to fix the divot, or dent, by replacing the green back into its original location. Fixing divots is a common practice and is seen as a courtesy to your fellow golfers.

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