Golf is one of the oldest sports in the world and has a rich history spanning centuries. Each country across the globe can point to its specific moment in golf history, and golfers love talking about their favorite courses to play. However, in a game where anything can happen, not many young golfers know some of the lesser-known facts about the sport they love. Whether they are about wonder-shots resulting in a major tournament title, or stories shared between teacher and student at a golf academy, golf is full of facts that will pique your interest and increase your affinity for the game.
A Game of Firsts
Everyone knows the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player in the major leagues, and can recognize Danica Patrick, a female icon on the racing scene. But did you know that long before Annika Sorenstam teed off in a PGA Tour appearance at Colonial in 2003, another woman had already matched, and exceeded, her success? Babe Didrikson Zaharias became the first and only female golfer to make the cut at a PGA Tour event when she carded rounds of 76 and 81 at the 1945 Los Angeles Open.
Sam Snead is a famous golfer in his own right, but not for the reason you may think. In addition to his 82 victories on the PGA Tour, including seven majors, Snead is the only male golfer to win a tournament on the LPGA Tour as well. He did so by winning the 1962 Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational by five strokes.
The Quirky Nature of Golf
While golf is about history and tradition, there are also a number of quirks associated with it that you can impress your partners with at your golf academy. Did you know that a regulation golf ball has exactly 336 dimples? How about the fact that when the weather is warmer you will find that the ball travels farther? This is due to a warmer ball having greater elasticity and creating more force when hit with the club.
Up until 1997, a single man held the Masters record as being both the youngest and the oldest to win the coveted green jacket. Jack Nicklaus won his first Masters tournament at age 23 in 1963, before becoming the oldest to win when he took home his sixth title at age 46 in 1986. In 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest to win the Masters at age 21.
As you work at the academy to strengthen your mechanics and fine-tune your swing to get optimal results, remember that all of your success will come from preparation. Just take a look at golf pro and major champion Phil Mickelson. “Lefty” is actually naturally a right-hander. In fact, he mimicked his father’s left-handed swing so well, growing up, that he eventually became the most famous left-hander in golf history.
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