Golf Distance

Golf Distance

We all need to be very honest about the topic of golf distance. The reason being that everyone that plays the game of golf is preoccupied with getting good distance. This article will examine the many misconceptions about shot distance.

Almost every bit of advertisement these days, whether it is about golf balls, clubs or accessories, entices the golfer by offering a greater distance of some sort or another. Using our driver will give you more distance off the tee or try our new xxx golf ball for greater distance, they exclaim! In the meantime, they try to convince you that distance is number one. Golf distance has been so ingrained in our psyche that we even make sure we inquire about distance when buying just about any new golf item.

Playing good golf is more about accuracy than about distance. Granted, hitting a 275-yard drive off the tee is great fun but if it isn’t accurate and on the fairway, it won’t do much to help your score. What good does it do to hit a Pitching Wedge 140 yards if it is not hit accurately? Distance is important, but Ill take accuracy over distance any day. To prove my point just look at the L.P.G.A. Tour. There is no way that these excellent women golfers can hit the ball as far as most male PGA Tour Players, yet, their scores are very commensurate with men. Yes, the courses they play are, for the most part, shorter but this proves my point, which is that golf distance is not as important as golf accuracy.

I think every golfer needs to step back and ask themselves just how important golf distance is to their game. Which is more worthwhile a 275-yard drive that lands in deep rough or a 240-yard drive that lands in the centre of the fairway? In my view, striving for greater distance is the single biggest contributor to poor scores. Rather than swinging within themselves, many golfers try to kill the ball. This is a chronic problem which is relatively easy to correct with the use of the proper mental discipline.

Chiang Mai Itinerary

Chiang Mai Itinerary

Because of the altitude, it is cooler than other regions, with temperature in the single digits in the cool months of December and January. The regional capital of Chiang Mai, 700 kms from Bangkok, has the biggest number of golf courses, most with magnificent views of surrounding hills and valleys.

Besides splendid golf, the North offers unique cultural charms. A separate Kingdom for centuries, these provinces have their own distinct heritage: architecture, arts and crafts, dialect and cuisine. Chiang Mai, capital of the Lanna Kingdom for 700 years, is home to flourishing cottage industries: silk and fabrics, silverware, pewter, lacquerware, celadon pottery, wood carving, to name just a few. Visits to craftsmen’ villages near the provincial capital are a must for shoppers and non-shoppers alike.For outdoorsmen, the forest and mountains of the North offer great appeal, with choice of hiking, hilltribe visits, river rafting, and jungle treks, among others.

Three-Day Golf Tour Itinerary

Day One:

Following the one-hour flight from Bangkok, check into the Amari Rincome Hotel. Spend the rest of the day on a walking tour of the city, followed by a northern style dinner.

Day Two:

Morning tee-off at the Royal Chiang Mai Golf Resort, 26 km. down the Chiang Mai-Prao Highway. After golf, return to Sansai for handicraft shopping. Back to Chiang Mai to explore the Night Bazaar.

Day Three:

Tour the city of Chiang Mai and then climb Doi Suthep to see the famous Buddhist temple at its top. Catch an early afternoon plane back to Bangkok.

Swing Analysis

Swing Analysis

They offer golf lessons and swing analysis while others may offer golf classifieds where you can either purchase or sell golf equipment. A good golf guide is very similar to a travel agency, they will take you anywhere you wish to go. You can find a golf vacation package that suites your needs and even make travel arrangements for you.

So what would you do if you had a vacation planned for Myrtle Beach, SC? Locate a golf guide web-site and start researching. Look for the type of resort you would like to stay at. Is there a golf course attached to the resort and if so, what is its rating? How many restaurants are available at the resort? How far is the nearest big city? These are just some of the questions that you can learn about when researching a golf guide web-site.

You should look for a great resort location, proximity to several championship golf courses, plenty of good restaurants and things to do other than play golf. A good golf guide will help you to find the ideal location for your next vacation.

Preparing For Your Trip

Preparing For Your Trip

Visitors to Thailand from most countries (including Australia, NZ, USA and the UK) can stay for up to 30 days without any special Visa requirements. There are no entry or exit charges. Just make sure your passport is up to date!

After you have packed your golfing gear you can travel light. An umbrella may be wise though they can be hired at the Golf Course.

The weather is always warm (usually around 30 degrees Celsius). As the social scene is casual you won’t need much more than sandals, shorts and shirts. Shoes are not needed apart from golf! Anything you forget or need can be bought at local markets and convenience shops at very friendly prices.

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Be prepared to be referred to by Thai people as a falang (a Westerner). This is not an insult! Please remember you are coming to a foreign country with a different culture and customs. Soak it up, respect and enjoy! Its not a good idea to spend your time being critical about aspects of life in Thailand that you may not understand.

Remember that Members of the Royal Family, especially the King are revered. Laws against making negative comments about them are enforced.

Cha Am banks and ATMs accept the usual credit cards and currency can be exchanged locally.

Wi Fi connections and internet cafés are available if you need email connection.

Medical services are of a high standard although health insurance is always recommended.

We suggest that you scan and email to yourself copies of your passport, air tickets and any credit cards. Recovery from a loss is then much easier!

Why Cha Am?

Why Cha Am?

Cha Am is on the East coast 180 km South West of Bangkok on the Western side of the Gulf of Thailand.

Hua Hin is 25 km to the South of Cha Am (further from Bangkok). Phuket is almost 600 km South.

The Cha Am/Hua Hin region is renowned for its numerous world class golf courses. The courses are more easily accessible from Cha Am than Hua Hin and typically less than half an hour away. Visit our Golfing around Cha Am page for more golfing information!

Cha Am has long been a favourite for Thai people for their holidays. Its always busier on the weekends.

Cha Am is family friendly. This is NOT a resort town like Pattaya or Phuket with the usual ‘tourist traps’. Cha Am is relaxed though certainly not boring! You will not be harassed; you can meet friendly Thai people and enjoy open access to an unspoiled 5 kilometre beach.

Thai people escaping Bangkok for a weekend in Cha Am

The high season for tourists is from November to February coinciding with the dry season and the European winter. Temperatures are typically around 26C. The hot season is March to June with higher temperatures into the low 30 degrees and higher humidity. The wet season is from July to October. The wet season weather is not a problem for golfers with rain typically falling in a 20 minute burst late in the day if at all!

GLS locating system

GLS locating system

Many golfers are not aware of this very new and innovative technology. A golf ball finder is an electronic device that can quickly locate your lost ball. Most varieties work with any standard white golf ball. Digital photo imaging is behind this new development. Some ball finders incorporate a super-fast imager that can locate a golf ball with a range of up to 35-feet if only 1% of the ball is visible. These devices are battery operated and can be clipped to your belt for very convenient usage.

There is one particular product endorsed by golfing great Nick Faldo called The Ballfinder Scout. This unit uses a video-like camera and can search up to 600 square feet in on e second which equals 1/7 of an acre in 10 seconds. All of the 3.2 million pixels are scanned in nanoseconds and analysed. The GLS locating system is scanning for a unique color signature stamped on any standard white golf ball. This unique golf ball finder requires only 1% of the ball to be visible (3 dimples). The Ballfinder Scout will not locate a ball if it is in the water or if it is totally covered.

A golf ball finder is used to speed up play which will greatly increase the enjoyment of every member of your group. The Ballfinder Scout is very easy to use. Just point the unit in the approximate area where you think the ball landed as you are walking toward it. There is a green neon button to press. Once the unit is turned on, slowly scan the area where your ball may be and keep it pointed below the horizon. Now you have a second pair of more sophisticated eyes. Once the ball finder locates the ball it will vibrate and the blue directional lights will come on. Walk in the direction the lights are pointing to locate your golf ball. It is just that simple to use.

Add up the minutes you spend each year searching for your own golf ball and that of your playing partners and you will understand just how convenient a golf ball finder can be. On top of everything else, your golfing friends will love you to death for using one. This isn’t one of those frill products, it is a very useful item and well worth the investment. Ball finders cost in the vicinity of $90.00.