Why Should I Play Putt Putt Games Instead Of A Regular Golf Game?

Quite surprisingly, a lot of people find putt putt games more enjoyable than regular golf. Why so? First off, though today’s miniature golf courses no longer include windmills and such, they do offer more variety, challenge, and color than your run-of-the-mill golf course. Having your ball pass through an uphill bridge to get to the cup is no easy feat, mind you. Also, most mini-golf courses have man-made waterfalls, streams, ponds- and lots and lots of greenery. So, not only do the players get challenged, but their eyes are also treated to a (usually) small yet entertaining view, as well.

Putt putt games are also ideal for people who don’t like driving as much as putting a ball to the cup. It’s actually harder to make an accurate swing than to make a precise putt to a nearby hole. It’s also easier to complete eighteen holes when you just have to walk a short distance to the next hole, rather than hiking-or even riding a golf cart- to your next target. There are also lots of indoor mini golf courses out there, so you wouldn’t have to bathe in sweat getting from one place to another. You remain active, yet at the same time you don’t stress yourself out too much because of the sun and the distance between holes.

People who enjoy golf, yet have some infirmities would also find putt putt games appealing and entertaining, since, as I mentioned earlier, the terrain is smaller and more tight-knit, making it more forgiving for people with injuries or with special needs. If you happen to have a bad leg, a short walk to your next hole would be more welcome than a long march to the 18th hole, right? I’m sure your leg -and your family- would thank you for opting to just play putt putt games with them, instead of a whole Saturday with the guys at the local golf course.

Putt putt games are also more reasonable when it comes to pricing. A single round of mini-golf would only cost you between $7- $10, whereas 18 holes on a public golf course could cost you anywhere between $40- $180. That’s a huge difference, if you ask me. With the same amount of money that you would spend on a regular golf game, you could already take your whole family to play putt putt games at the nearby miniature golf course. Not only would it provide you and your brood some entertainment for hours, but it would also be a perfect opportunity for your family to bond with each other over a good game, minus the huge cost.

Unlike regular golf, which is mostly played during the day, putt putt games are actually more enjoyable played at night. Most miniature golf courses are also open until nine or ten in the evening, so even people coming in after office hours could still manage to make a tee or two to relax. Lighting is also not a problem since a lot of miniature golf places are indoor courses. So, if you like playing golf, yet don’t want to shell out too much, but you still want to have a fun time teeing off with your friends or family, I suggest that you try playing putt putt games for a change. You just might prefer it over the real thing.

Improve Golf Swing – Lower Your Handicap

Golf is a beautiful game that is enjoyed by millions around the globe. It has come a long way since being invented in Scotland a few hundred years ago. Since then swing techniques have evolved to the swing we know today. The key to improving your swing has been and remains consistent practice. Without practicing your swing, your chances of improving it are slim. Even the most decorated golfers such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson constantly practice and look for ways to improve their swings.

If a fellow golfer tells you that they have perfected their swing to the point where they don’t even need to practice anymore, don’t believe them, they are lying. Improving ones swing is a work in progress and without continuous practice it will deteriorate and with it so will game. This is why after the winter you feel ‘rusty’ on the course and it takes you a few games to get back to the handicap you had at the end of the previous summer.

If you live in the northern states or in Canada like me, playing golf during the winter is out of the question. So what can you do during the winter months when you can’t play and practice your swing? First of all see if there is an indoor driving range nearby. Almost every major city in North America has one of these so try to frequent them when the weather is bad. If you don’t have an indoor driving range close to your home, you can always use your garage. Set up your garage with a ball net and some Astroturf and practice your swing for a few minutes every day. You will be surprised how well your swing improves and even your handicap may improve come the following golf season.

You can also purchase some simple golf guides and try to practice the advice and systems you learn from them. These can be tremendously helpful if you find the right guide. So this winter don’t fret about your swing. Practice new techniques or if you already found something that works for you, stick with it. After all practice makes perfect.

The Golf Simulator and the First Level of Golf Awareness

A big part of getting better at golf is realizing how bad you really are. Reaching the first level of golf awareness requires that you realize you are probably not the best observer of your own swing.

First of all you’re not sure what to look for. Second, you’re not in much of a position to look for it. And third, it is very difficult to be objective about your own swing. You know what you want your swing to look like. You have some idea of what you’re feeling as you swing. But these things tend to cloud your judgment and alter your perceptions.

So you ask a golfing buddy to watch you take a few cuts at the ball. Unfortunately he’s not really all that interested, and he knows even less about the golf swing than you do. Chances are he himself has not even reached the first level of golf awareness.

Until a person reaches the first level of golf awareness he really has no idea what to look for. You can tell by his comments that he’s got some pet theories that are like a lens he is looking through as he watches your swing: “You’re lifting your head” or “You’re not keeping your arm straight” or “You’re not shifting your weight properly” or “You’re not finishing your swing.” These are just cliches – the same cliches you’ve heard a thousand times. Now you know why golfers say “Don’t ask a fellow golfer for advice, and don’t offer it either!”

The next logical step is to ask a golf instructor. This is probably what you should have done right at the beginning, but you had concerns. Like many golfers you were inhibited by your own ignorance. You were afraid to ask questions because you weren’t sure what questions to ask, and you didn’t want to be bulldozed into making changes to your swing that you didn’t understand.

There was also the trust factor. You’ve heard stories, and you know that putting yourself in the hands of a golf pro is a leap of faith. There are good ones and not so good ones, and you’re afraid you may be given advice that will make you worse rather than better. You’re afraid that once you’re in the clutches of a golf pro with a big ego you’ll be coerced into a complete swing makeover that will screw up the little bit of progress you’ve achieved with your precious golf swing.

Even if you are inhibited by the thought of consulting a golf instructor, you should be open to some of the techniques they use. And one of the techniques many instructors use to great advantage is videotape. Whether it is done by an instructor or not, videotaping your swing can show you what you really look like. And that has to be a good thing.

Unfortunately not all videos are created equal. First, to be helpful a video must be of high enough quality that it can be slowed down and looked at frame by frame. Watching a blurry video image is next to useless for analyzing your swing.

Second it should be taken from at least two different angles so you can get the information about your swing that is going to be helpful. You want to know things like your stance at setup, how your weight is distributed throughout your swing, how much your head moves as you swing, and so on. So you need a head-on view with the camera facing directly at you, perpendicular to your intended line of flight.

But even more important you want to know how you are taking the club back on your back swing, where the club is located at the top of your swing, and its path coming down and through the ball. Video can show all of these things when it is set up correctly. To see these things you’ll need a view from behind, looking down the intended line of flight.

Unfortunately video has its limitations. The most important part of your swing is the split second before, during and after the point where your club strikes the ball. What happens in this “impact zone” is the “moment of truth” in every golfer’s swing. But unfortunately, unless it is of extremely high quality, videotape is not going to tell you much about what happens in the impact zone. Things just happen too quickly and normal videotape is simply not able to record the subtle movements and angles you need in order to make an objective evaluation.

One of the best tools for capturing this information is a golf simulator. A golf simulator is both a type of video game and a swing analyzer. You may have seen one at a major golf equipment store, or at one of those indoor golf facilities where you pretend to play a game of golf on a course like Pebble Beach or St. Andrews.

While it is certainly interesting and enjoyable to play these “virtual” courses, from the swing improvement point of view the real value of a golf simulator is that it tells you how your swing is working through the impact zone. You strike a real ball with real clubs off a special mat with embedded sensors that are able to tell you several important things it is almost impossible to know any other way.

These sensors pick up things such as club head speed, swing path angle as it approaches the ball, and club face angle at the point of impact. These are three of the most important factors that determine how far and in what direction the ball will fly when it is struck by the club. Once you know these things about your swing through the impact zone, you can start to make changes to your swing that will result in real improvement.

If you are serious about improving your golf swing there is little doubt that analyzing your swing is the best place to start. And there is no more effective way to get an accurate and helpful analysis of your point of impact than with a golf simulator.