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    The Rules You Need to Know about Lifting, Dropping, and Placing a Golf Ball

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Sometimes a golf ball needs to be lifted from the golf course and replaced because it is unplayable or needs to be cleaned. But before you lift, drop, or place a golf ball, it’s important to know the rules. Below is an overview of the rules you will need to know so that you can avoid a penalty.

    Lifting and Marking

    The golf player, his partner, or any other person authorized by the player may lift a golf ball from the course, as long as it is properly marked beforehand. No matter who lifts the ball, the player is responsible for any breach of the rules. If the ball isn’t marked, the player must replace his ball and incur a one-stroke penalty. If the ball or the ball marker is moved accidentally when the ball is being lifted, the ball or ball marker must be replaced. If the ball marker will interfere with the stroke, play, or stance of another player, the ball marker should be placed one or more club head lengths away.

    Dropping and Re-Dropping

    A golf ball can be dropped only by the player himself. He must hold the ball at shoulder height and arm’s length to drop it. If the ball is dropped by a different player or in an incorrect manner, the error must be corrected or the player will incur a one-stroke penalty. A ball can be re-dropped without penalty if before it touches the ground it touches a person or a player’s equipment.

    Placing and Replacing

    The golf ball can be placed by the player or his partner. The ball must be placed on the spot where it was lifted or moved. If the ball is placed or replaced by someone else and the error is not corrected, the player receives a one-stroke penalty.

    If you want to become more familiar with the rules of golf, come to Pruneridge Golf Club in Santa Clara. We offer golf lessons and can even analyze your swing at our state-of-the-art training facility. For further information regarding tee times or personalized golf lessons, please call us at 408-899-8965.

    Behind the Belly Putter Technique Ban

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Golf’s governing bodies recently decided that the belly putter technique, where the golf club is anchored against part of the body, will be banned starting in 2016. Many golfers worry that this technique offered an unfair advantage to players that use it, and that the belly putter technique would have eventually caused the conventional putter to become obsolete. Read below for more information about the belly putter technique ban.

    The Belly Putter Technique Explained

    Also known as the anchored putting stroke, the belly putter technique was used by four of the last six major champions. This technique helps the player control his nerves and his swing more than when swinging the entire club.

    Protecting One of the Most Important Challenges of Golf

    Like many sports, golf is made interesting in large part because of the challenges created by its rules and regulations. To ensure that the game of golf is true to its roots and maintains its most challenging aspects, golf’s governing bodies are constantly reviewing the game to see if it complies with the rules and challenges that were in place when golf came to fruition 600 years ago. One such challenge relates to the “free swing of the entire club.” The belly putter technique, according to golf’s governing bodies, does not uphold this challenge.

    The Ban’s Controversy

    Some players are frustrated by the recent ban, because club anchoring has been prevalent in the game for 40 years of more. But many players have spoken in favor of the ban, including Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, and Brandt Snedeker, saying hitherto there were no rules defining what a putting stroke should be. What putting should be, they agree, is a challenge that should not be bypassed by club anchoring.

    At Pruneridge Golf Club in Santa Clara, our golf professionals stay up-to-date with the latest golf information and techniques. If you want quality golf instruction to improve your putting, come to our golf course today. Visit our website to learn about our cutting-edge virtual swing analyzer. For further information regarding tee times, please call us at 408-899-8965.

    How to Successfully Improve Your Golf Game - [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Golf is one of the world’s greatest games, played by people of all ages all over the world. If you have been enjoying your time on the Santa Clara golf course and would like to improve your game, golf lessons are a great first step. Private lessons give you access to golf pros who can spot areas in your game that need improving. Varying the way you practice can also lead to improvements in your game. For example, instead of trying to hit the same target for every shot while you’re on the driving range, work on aiming for different zones to improve your accuracy. The more you can simulate an actual game during practice, the more effective your practice will be. Check out this infographic from Pruneridge Golf Club in Santa Clara for tips on improving your game, and for exercises you can do to work on your power, mechanics, and flexibility. Please share with your friends and fellow golfers!

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    Gaining Confidence in Your Short Game

    Last updated 1 year ago

    In golf, well-rounded players are rewarded more generously than players with great strengths and weaknesses. If your weakness is your short game, take the time to work on both putting and chipping. When chipping, don’t just aim to place the ball close to the hole. If instead you think about which area of the green you want to put from, and how to chip the ball to that area, you’ll have a better chance of improving your short game. Keep in mind how the ball is going to roll once it lands on the green. Watch the video for more tips on how to improve your short game.

    To become a better-rounded golfer, come to Pruneridge Golf Club of Santa Clara. Visit our website to learn about our virtual swing analysis, golf lessons, and golf clinics. For further information regarding tee times, please call us at 408-899-8965.  

    NCGA-Member Benefits at Pruneridge Golf Club

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Founded in 1901, the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) has a membership of over 150,000 and runs one of the most extensive tournament programs in the United States. The NCGA aims to make golf more accessible and affordable, so it offers members benefits at more than 50 golf courses in Northern California. At Pruneridge Golf Club, we let you sign up for or renew your NCGA membership at our golf club. We offer members-only outings at private resort/golf courses, as well as a subscription to NCGA Golf. We even offer special NCGA handicap fees for NCGA members at our golf course.

    To learn more about why you should join the NCGA or renew your membership, contact Pruneridge Golf Club of Santa Clara. Check out our website to read about the member benefits we offer at our golf club, and to see the golf lessons, clinics, and club repair services we offer. For further information regarding tee times, please call us at (408) 899-8965.

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