Women's golf does not have a globally agreed upon set of majors, while the list of senior majors on the U.S.-based Champions Tour now recognizes five annual majors.
Systems have been developed that measure the speed and spin of golf balls after they are hit, measure club head speed, and even how the body moves during the golf swing.
The full golf swing itself is used in tee and fairway shots.
The popularity of golf has grown rapidly growing, with an estimated 35,000 golf courses in the world, approximately half of them in the United States.
The Masters has been played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia since its inception in 1934.
The Rules of Golf are internationally standardized and are jointly governed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A), which was founded in 1754, and the United States Golf Association (USGA).
The par-scoring system can be seen as a way to facilitate the comparison of all golfers' progress around the course in stroke play by providing a common reference score.
Modern golf is considered to be a Scottish invention, ironically because the game was mentioned in two fifteenth-century laws prohibiting the playing of the game.
Golfers play against the course, not each other directly; and they hit a stationary object, not one put into motion by an opponent.
A hole is classified by its par, the number of strokes a skilled golfer should require to complete play to the hole.
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The European Tour, which attracts a substantial number of top golfers from outside North America, ranks second to the PGA Tour in worldwide prestige.
After a 112-year absence from the Olympic games, golf made its comeback for the 2016 Rio Games.
South Korea is notably strong in women's golf.
Golf has often been in the forefront of technological advances in sport.
Jack Nicklaus is widely regarded as the greatest retired golfer of all time, largely because he has won a record 18 professional majors, or 20 majors in total if his two U.S.
The fields for these events include the top several dozen golfers from all over the world.
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Golf is played in an area of land designated "the course."
Technology has also contributed to major advances in golf balls and golf clubs, resulting in longer and straighter shots.
A wide range of equipment exists for playing golf, ranging from golf clubs, balls, tees, gloves, and shoes.
Golfers at the lower echelons compete intensely to gain slots on the major tours, where big money is more likely to be won.
Golf is unique in having lucrative competition for older players.
In 2005 Golf Digest calculated that there were nearly 32,000 golf courses in the world, approximately half of them in the United States.
The term golf derives from the Dutch word kolf or kolve, literally meaning club.
Like women's golf, senior (50-and-over) men's golf does not have a globally agreed upon set of majors.
Golf clubs have changed from wooden shafts and club heads to carbon fiber shafts and precisely engineered club heads.
A golf ball acquires spin when it is hit.
Accomplished golfers purposely use sidespin to steer their ball around obstacles or towards the safe side of fairways and greens.
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The mental aspect of golf contributes to the difficulty of the golf swing.
Traditionally, a golf hole is either a par-three, -four or -five.
Golfers describe a green as "fast" if a light stroke makes the ball roll a long distance.
The oldest existing golf course in the world is the Old Links at Musselburgh Racecourse in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, with evidence showing that golf was played on Musselburgh Links in 1672.
Tools such as launch monitors are able to measure club head speed as well as golf ball speed and spin, projecting the most likely flight path of the ball.
Golf is a very old game of which the exact origins are unclear.
A handicap is a numerical measure of an amateur golfer's ability to play golf over 18 holes.
Tiger Woods—the one golfer in the foreseeable future likely to challenge Nicklaus's record—had won 13 professional majors (16 total if his three U.S.
Golf courses have not always had 18 holes.
Golf is a sport in which individual players or teams of players strike a ball into a hole using several types of clubs.
A game somewhat similar to golf was first mentioned in D?ngxu?n Records, a Chinese book of the eleventh century C.E.
The majority of professional golfers work as "club pros" or teaching professionals and compete only in local competitions.
Putts and short chips are ideally played without much movement of the body, but most other golf shots are played using variants of the full golf swing.
The elite of professional golfers are "tournament pros" who compete full time on international tours.
Golf can involve several types of team play.
The professional sport was initially dominated by British golfers, but since World War I, America has produced the greatest quantity of leading professionals.
Golf balls have changed from feather-filled leather sacs to complex composites.
There has been a marked increase in specialized golf vacations or holidays worldwide.
Golfers played the holes out, turned around, and played the holes in, for a total of 22 holes.
Video motion capture has played a large role in measuring aspects of golf that are difficult if not impossible to measure and understand with the human eye.
The national golf associations of other countries use the rules laid down by the R&A and there is a formal procedure for referring any points of doubt to the R&A.
The two basic forms of playing golf are match play and stroke play.