For The Afflicted, The Rules Of Golf Are A Pleasurable Passion

For the afflicted, the Rules of Golf are a pleasurable passion

Devotees of the Rules of Golf know the object of their affection isn’t for everyone. They will acknowledge there is a ceiling on the number of people intrigued by the thousands of decisions that augment the rules, including ones titled “Dead Land Crab,” “Ball at Rest Moved by Blowing Tumbleweed” and “Status of Saliva.” There are more expert golfers, to be sure than experts on the rules.


Newcastle golf club’s Grill is better than par

A golf course has always struck us as an unlikely venue for an elegant restaurant — but in the case of The Calcutta Grill, we have to make an exception.

Despite its name, The Calcutta Grill, which dominates the sprawling grounds of The Golf Club at Newcastle, is not an Indian restaurant. But on the first encounter, we were hard-pressed to say what it was.


Women: higher, softer, lighter

In terms of pure physics, men and women are only as different as the corresponding force vectors of their clubs and swings at impact. In other words, they can be completely the same or completely different. The latest club designs for women illustrate a point that every player should understand: The main objective is to get the ball in the air, and the only way to achieve this is by optimizing your swing speed and loft. If you don’t have speed, you need loft. “The ball doesn’t know the gender,” says Jeff Colton.


The sporting life

Before this publication by James Kelly, the history of Irish sports, with a few exceptions such as the works of Liam P. O Ciathnia, generally fell into the categories of searching for dim and distant origins or beginning in the late nineteenth century. Instead, this book recreates the history of both individual sports and the collective sporting impulse in the centuries before the Famine. While the author does not delve very far into the origins of each of the sports, he does root them very firmly in the regional and social contexts of the Irish scene.


Found it: among the changes to The Rules of Golf for 2008

As of Jan. 1, golfers should take extra care to identify their ball in a hazard. That’s because the penalty for hitting the wrong ball in a hazard (bunkers included) is two strokes or loss of hole in match play. Under the previous rule, you could hit a small bucket of wrong balls from a hazard and not be penalized.

The changes to rules 12-2 and 15-3 represent a significant revision to The Rules of Golf. Other changes in the 2008-09 edition include reduced penalties for carrying a non-conforming club (Rule 4-1) and for accidentally deflecting your or your partner’s ball (Rule 19-2).


The COMING golf ball wars

With four new manufacturers entering the fray, the competition and the hype for the most personal piece of golf equipment the ball-is certain to intensify. The insurgents are storming the gates and the longtime industry leaders are plotting to aggressively defend their turf. How will it all sort out-and what will it mean to you? We go inside the competing camps to find out.