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How not to completely embarrass myself – golf edition

I need to start participating in 2 annual golf events at work (believe these are best ball style). Save mini-putt, I have no golf experience. I need advice on a) equipment and b) developing enough skill to not totally embarrass myself. I have 2-3 months to prepare for the first event. Location: Toronto. [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine on May 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Shipping clubs

Can you explain the logistics of shipping golf clubs? [more inside]
posted by Cuspidx on Apr 11, 2013 - 5 answers

It sucks to have an early January Birthday

I'm looking for suggestions for an indoor golf practice net and mat (sturdy enough for real balls) for a January birthday. [more inside]
posted by mightshould on Dec 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Goofy Golf ideas

Golfers,give me some ideas for "tricking up" the golf course for our annual Thanksgiving Day golf scramble. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by tomjoadsghost on Nov 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Is learning golf hopeless for me?

Can a non-athletic person become a non-terrible golfer? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Oct 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Recommendations for sports writers / publications?

I'm looking for recommendations for 'good' sports writing; authors and/or publications/websites. Online is preferable but print is fine. Bonus points for excellent Golf writing. [more inside]
posted by paulshannon on Sep 24, 2012 - 9 answers

What would be some good rules for a robot golf tournament? And how many years before a golf-playing robot could beat a pro?

What would be some good rules for a Robot Golf tournament? And how many years can we expect to wait before a golf-playing robot could beat a pro? [more inside]
posted by mnop on Aug 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Golf Tourney Watching Tips

Heading to my first ever professional golf tournament on Saturday (PGA Championship). Other than the obvious (no pictures, etc). What should I expect? DO you have tips?
posted by sandmanwv on Aug 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Where to play golf eat BBQ in SC

My wife and I are going to South Carolina for a week to major in playing golf with a minor in eating BBQ/Southern food. I need some help picking where in the state to head. [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent on Aug 9, 2012 - 18 answers

How to get over the golf hump?

You're a single digit handicap. You were more or less a hacker for years and years and years (hitting in the 90s+). How did you get better? I'm sure it means practice-- but how did you approach practice? How did you approach the game? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jun 28, 2012 - 4 answers

My golf clubs want to be swung!

Recently diagnosed with Costochondritis. How long does it take to heal? What can I do in the mean time? My golf clubs are lonely! [more inside]
posted by Bodrik on Jun 1, 2012 - 9 answers

What is the best way to get better at disc golf?

I used to play a lot of disc golf 10-15 years ago, but haven't played much at all in the past decade. I recently took it up again, and quite frankly, I stink. I'd like to at least be able to be within a couple strokes of par. Am i better off just playing as many rounds as possible, or should I devote some of my time to just practicing my driving, putting, etc? What else can i do to make myself better at disc golf?
posted by BlackWalnut on May 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me not suck at the surburban southern hockey.

What else do I need to not look like a redneck yokel on the golf course? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Apr 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Used car suggestions, which should I choose?

UsedCarFilter: Shopping for a small inexpensive hatchback, <$10k. Have a few models in mind, but looking for more info [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Mar 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Engine braking with a cold engine - bad idea?

Engine braking with a cold engine - bad idea? [more inside]
posted by wutangclan on Mar 7, 2012 - 30 answers

How to avoid playing golf with people you don't like

I'm looking for a free program/app/webpage, etc that will allow me to create 6 or 7 rounds worth of golf foursomes with as little repetition as possible. [more inside]
posted by jenny76 on Feb 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Want good golf games

What are the best online/freeware golf games? Either mini-golf or the full game is fine, and easily controllable with just the keyboard and mouse. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Jan 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Put new battery in VW Golf and now it won't start. Help!

Battery died in a Volkswagen Golf. New battery connected and now whenever the car door is opened the alarm goes off, which came as a shock because we didn't know the car had an alarm! Disconnecting a thin blue wire on the negative battery terminal disables the alarm but the car won't start -- dash lights come on, radio plays fine, but the engine doesn't even make a sound. Just dead. Presumably an immobiliser. Help! [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Travel with Golf Set

Carrying a golf set from New York to New Delhi [more inside]
posted by jassi on Oct 13, 2011 - 2 answers

Score, this ain't no game this is war

Where can I buy one of these golf scoreboards? (Preferably a laminated one).
posted by holdkris99 on Sep 7, 2011 - 3 answers

How to record and immediately play back a short video clip

When I work on my golf swing on the driving range, I would like to be able to set up a recording device (e.g. a smartphone) to record my swing, then immediately play it back without me having to touch anything. [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Aug 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Gift for the golfing oilfield mentor?

Gift Filter: Under $40 shipped, small token of appreciation for my mentor. I'd like it to be a small decoration (or the like) that he could put on his desk. Other requirements: somehow related to both golf (his favorite hobby) and the oilfield (his career for 35+ years). I'm not very crafty, so hand making something isn't an option.
posted by nokry56 on Jul 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Fun golf courses in northern Vermont?

What are some good golf courses in northern VT? [more inside]
posted by pdb on May 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Tell me where to learn golf in Pasadena, CA. Please?

I live pretty close by to the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, CA. Can you recommend a golf pro to seek out? Also, what questions should I be asking to see if I'm a good match with the instructor? I'm a beginner. Never been out on the fairway. But I've hit a few balls on my own. Thanks!
posted by onich on Apr 14, 2011 - 1 answer

How to get started in golf?

After waiting 42 years, I'm thinking about taking up golf. Is that possible? [more inside]
posted by stuehler on Apr 7, 2011 - 20 answers

I want to become a GOLFER!

Any experience with knockoff golf clubs? [more inside]
posted by CancerStick on Mar 10, 2011 - 10 answers

2001 VW Golf caught in flooding - now difficult to change gears

My 2001 VW Golf (1.6l manual) was caught in flash flooding on Friday. The car stalled in water that came up to a couple of inches past the level of the bottom of the doors. The car was in the water for about 15 minutes before some local residents helped me push the car out of the water. Luckily, the car started and I drove home. The next day I found it was (intermittently) difficult to change gears. Is it possible that water could have got into the transmission or some other part of the car effecting the transmission? Or is this just a coincidence and the well know problem with the Mk4 transmission has happened? Any advice is appreciated.
posted by hithere on Feb 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Noisier Golf 1.9 TDI

My 2005 VW Golf 1.9 litre TDI has started making an odd noise. It doesn't start until maybe 5 seconds after having started the engine and appears to be loudest around the area near the alternator. [more inside]
posted by Transparent Yak on Dec 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Starter Golf Clubs - New or Used?

I'm looking in to buying an inexpensive starter golf club set (for myself). Should I buy new or used clubs? [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw on Aug 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me fix the A/C in my VW Golf TDI

My air conditioning suddenly conked out on my 2002 Volkswagen Golf TDI (diesel). The mechanics at the dealership are having trouble finding the cause and I'm spending a lot of money on diagnostics, with no definitive end in sight. It's hot here in Toronto - help. [more inside]
posted by analog on Aug 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Golftec lessons

Has any beginner tried the Golftec lessons? How would you compare this with a traditional coach? [more inside]
posted by harigopal on May 24, 2010 - 1 answer

Vehicular woes

Our 2005 VW Diesel Golf needs a timing belt replaced. It has 111k miles on it. They suggested that they replace the water pump at the same time, even though it is perfectly fine. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead on May 15, 2010 - 21 answers

Which golf bag?

Can any golfers out there recommend a decent golf bag for under £100 (if such a thing exists)? Failing that, what do golfers look for in a golf bag? Are there any particular brands that'll earn you a bit of kudos? It's a gift, but I haven't the first clue.
posted by nthdegx on Apr 15, 2010 - 7 answers

What's the source of this quote?

I'm looking for the source of this remembered anecdote I heard about 30 years ago: A famous letter was to the editor of the Times of London read, in its entirety: "This morning while shaving, I broke 100. What's par?" This apparently released a flood of responses. The letter was published much longer ago, I'd guess, and it might not have been the Times, either — perhaps it was in the journal Notes & Queries. Search at Times or Notes & Queries fails to find it, however. It was in Britain, in any case. [more inside]
posted by beagle on Mar 10, 2010 - 1 answer

Look out, Tiger Woods, here I come!

What kind of math am I using when I'm playing Wii golf? More specifically, when I get a hole in one. [more inside]
posted by Grlnxtdr on Feb 20, 2010 - 11 answers

Dryer Golf

Will golf balls damage clothes if I put them in the dryer? [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Dec 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Golf! On the internet! Now!

Help My Parents With Their Inexplicable Obsession Filter: Is there a way to watch the Golf Channel online for free or cheap? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Dec 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Shoe bee, do we do?

Do golf shoes really make a difference for a 21 handicapper? [more inside]
posted by SquidLips on Jul 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Giant golf syringe?

Watching the golf today, they showed a greenskeeper taking water out of a hole. He used what looked like a giant syringe. What is this tool called, and where can I get one?
posted by Marky on Jun 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Golf course etiquette

Can i play golf alone if I suck at it? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo on Jun 9, 2009 - 18 answers

Why do golfers sometimes place a token or coin on the green?

Why do golfers sometimes place a token or coin behind the ball? I know almost nothing about golf, but I've started watching it on a new HDTV as I find it beautiful to watch in Hi Def. I just watched a player putt to within 5-6 feet. He put a token on the green right behind the ball, picked up the ball for a second, then replaced the ball where it was, removed the token and made the putt. What is the reason for this?
posted by markjamesmurphy on May 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Where can I get golf lessons in Toronto?

Where can I take beginner golf lessons in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea on Apr 20, 2009 - 1 answer

Too many balls, what to do?

What are some interesting or useful things I can do with about 100 golf balls? [more inside]
posted by deepscene on Mar 17, 2009 - 19 answers

Tiger Woods v Barry Bonds

So, which would go further, a golf ball hit by a world class baseball hitter with a baseball bat, or a baseball hit by a world class golfer? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Feb 24, 2009 - 22 answers

Downloadable golf highlights?

I would like to download from a free or pay source the latest PGA action for someone who is in hospital without television access. [more inside]
posted by Umhlangan on Nov 16, 2008 - 2 answers

Golf Clubs: New Clones or Used Name-brand?

GolfFilter(Part2): In my previous golf question, I mentioned that I would be looking for clubs of my own soon. I've started looking, and I have some questions. The main question is: new clones or used name-brands? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Oct 29, 2008 - 6 answers

Where should we go fore our trip?

I have the week of 9/29 off between ending one job and starting the next. I want to take a quick golf trip with a friend - 3 or 4 days, 18-36 holes a day. Where should I go? Additional pertinent details inside. [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on Sep 16, 2008 - 5 answers

Golfclubs as gift

Looking for recommendations for golf clubs for my recently retired father (preferably around $400 new or used) [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Aug 12, 2008 - 9 answers

Profitable Golf Course or Sub development?

How profitable is a golf course? I love playing golf and would love to own a golf course. However, with the price of real estate the way it is, I wonder if it is even really profitable? Is it more profitable to buy couple hundred acres and put a course on it or put some homes down? I would think that it would be more profitable to put homes down, because the course would take several years to get out of the red.
posted by CWitt on Jun 17, 2008 - 9 answers

Should I (try to) learn to play golf?

Should I (try to) learn to play golf? [more inside]
posted by taubman on Jun 16, 2008 - 19 answers

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