Golf Grips and Full Release Grips – Which is Best For You?

Grips are critical to the performance of your golf club. By finding a grip which suits you and your style of play you will find your shots will become more accurate. There are several different types of grips on the market and many golfers are now opting for the full release grip.

After a period of time the grips on your clubs will lose their initial quality, this can lead to you losing your grip on the club due to oxidizing, hardening or just general slip. If you listen to the experts they recommend that you should frequently change your golf grips this should be done either once every six months or every 3000 rounds depending on the condition of your grips.

Recently there has been the introduction of full release grips. These have been heralded as the largest change for the golf club for over 100 years. According to the designers using full release golf grips will help you improve your game as they will enable you to hit straighter and harder. Full release golf grips will also give you an advantage as they will improve your accuracy, confidence and the distance you are able to achieve. They are so named as they allow you to have the full release of the golf club to achieve the optimum club head speed.

When you start to shop around you will find there are a wide range of grips to choose from. All are manufactured to approved specifications so your final choice will be down to your own preference and if you feel confident enough to change your type of grip.

Pleasurable Trips to Turkey – The Perfect Family Holiday Destination

Holiday trips with family can turn out to be pretty exciting if you plan to visit a country like Turkey. With the availability of numerous Turkey tour packages, it has become easy for anyone to enjoy holidays to the hilt. Being in Turkey is an exceptional experience and you can take the tailor made packages or the packages that have been pre-designed by a professional Turkey Tour operator. Typically, the packages would include the highlights of the country and the major cities. All through the trip, you will be able to witness the cultural diversity and amazing locales.

The traditions of the country are unique and you can get a hint of its ethnicity by visiting cities like Istanbul, Anatolia and Aegean. The people are hospitable and the food is as much delectable. One can select the type of tour package depending upon the number of days, theme and destinations that would have covered under them. You can take your pick between pilgrimage, historical, honeymoon, Gulet charters and seven churches tour that are provided by most of the operators. Your budget will also be a consideration in deciding the type of tour you want to take. A holiday in Turkey will not cost you more and you will be able to make your family happy as well.

The packages for Turkey tours would include stay in a wide range of hotels ranging from boutique, 5 stars to resorts. Your vacations in Turkey will be special because while you roam around in various cities, you will have professional guides with you to help you understand the history and importance of various sites of importance. The guides have all the knowledge about the places of importance and will make sure that you are comfortable during the entire Turkey travel.

The tour packages to Turkey generally have Istanbul as a place of importance and one should not miss out on this as it is the capital city and is important from the historical point of view. If you love visiting palaces and other important historical and archaeological locations, make sure that your operator has Istanbul in the itinerary as one of the destinations. Not just palaces and forts, there are beaches on the Mediterranean side, which you can visit. There are a number of tours that one can take a pick from and it includes Yacht tours, Faith and Religion tour, Hunting tour, Golf tour, underwater tours and many more like these.

It is important to choose the right tour operator when you plan trips to Turkey. The tour operator that you choose should be good enough to make all the arrangements for a comfortable and enjoyable stay in the country and should take care of your requirements as well. A good tour operator will offer a variety of tour packages and will allow for some changes as well. Some of the operators may also offer custom made packages in which you can include places and exclusions of your own choice. Choose a tour company that brings forth the best and the most affordable packages for your family trip to Turkey.

Golf Handicaps, Golf Cheats, Sandbaggers and Bandits

The events about golf handicaps, golf cheats, sandbags and bandits have been around as long as the handicap system. There is always someone who tries to gain an advantage but lets face it and tell it as it is; it's cheating pure and simple.

I'm not talking here about the golfer who regularly plays in competitions, has a club handicap and one day goes out and shoots 10 under his handicap. We all have one of those rounds in us and sometimes it does come out.

No, the true sandbagger rarely plays in weekly competitions preferring to keep his / her powder dry for the biggies; Captain's Day, President's Day etc or travels to other courses and plays in club Open Days. The thing these larger competitions have in common is good prizes, the current limit in the USGA and R & A Rules of Golf is goods or services to a retail value limit of $ 750 or £ 500. Well worth winning certainly and unfortunately some people think well worth cheating by fiddling their handicap for! Nowadays there are many competitions that you can enter that the first prize is a holiday or they are qualifiers for a Grand Final in some exotic golfing location.

There are a number of solutions as I see it for competition organizers; For internal golf competitions, it should be a condition of entry that a golfer has played a stipulated number of competitions in the season, that way entrants will have a current handicap that truly reflects their current golfing ability. For competitions that have entrants from different golf clubs it is essential that handicap certificates are required prior to teeing off and before any winner collects their prize.

The golfer's home club should also be contacted and handicaps verified. If these entry conditions are well know beforehand it should discourage sandbaggers from entering in the first place.

Of course there is another solution and that is to do away with prizes altogether for certain competitions. For instance a Golf Club Open Day is really only on the calendar as a fund raiser and as a showcase for the club. Invariably the entry fee is modest and for golfers it is a inexpensive way of playing different courses from the back tees and usually in prime condition. By doing away with expensive prizes it would ensure only bona fide golfers who really want to play the course enter and keep the undesirable sandbags and bandits out.

Is it any surprise that those competitions that do have expensive prizes attract the most bandits? I would suggest that in the long run they will struggle to attract golfers with genuine and legitimate golf handicaps as they realize they have very little chance of competitiveness fairly.

Mike Shinoda Speaks Candidly on Grief, Reflects on Linkin Park’s Live Album

By Hayden Wright

In the wake of Chester Bennington’s sudden death by suicide in July, members of Linkin Park had a new album out and no immediate plan for how to memorialize him. Dozens of dates in the U.S. and abroad remained on their One More Light tour (which was ultimately canceled), and fans around the world mourned Chester’s unexpected passing.

Related: Mike Shinoda Shares List of Worldwide Chester Bennington Memorials

Now, performances from the European leg of the tour have been packaged as a live album. In a new interview, Mike Shinoda explained how Link Park felt about the dates they were able to play with Chester—who, Mike says, was “at his best.”

“All six of us in the band were so proud of the shows on the One More Light tour,” Shinoda told Billboard.  “Everyone was at their very best, especially Chester. He was singing better than I’ve ever heard him onstage. The idea to release this album came from our fans and friends, and I’m so glad they asked for it. It’s a really nice way to showcase what a special experience each night was.”

“And while I don’t know what comes next for us together or individually, this album is certainly a beautiful way of looking back at the body of work we created with Chester,” he added.

Shinoda also discussed how he and his bandmates have coped with the death of their frontman.

“Grief is a non-linear process,” he said. “It doesn’t have ‘stages’ that go in order, it has phases that come and go at random. Some people are having sad days, others are having good days, others are having angry days… Add the constant stress and fear of things like the news cycle, and you’ve got some exceptional chaos on your hands!”

For Shinoda, sharing that journey with fans and social media followers has lightened the burden.

“I’ve tried to make it a point to share how I’m doing, mostly on Instagram and sometimes Twitter, especially when I feel like I’m making progress,” he said. “Coping with the end of this chapter is obviously devastating, but at the same time, it’s also the beginning of the next story.”

Rules of Golf – Are You Doing Anything Possible to Complly?

Technological advances, aimed towards improving how sport be governed, are often viewed by participants and spectators with distrust, skepticism and more usually a combination!

Introducing video referees in Rugby, play reviews in the American form of football. Followed by Hawkeye in tennis and cricket, were all initially welcomed in amidst a chorus of doubting voices.

The current ongoing argument over the use of video in football (soccer) is an often passionate one. There are those who continue to argument against implementing goal-line camera systems. Such arguments clearly ignore the evidence in support of those who seek to modernise.

The continuous resistant attitude to change in sport, leads one to speculate whether this is symptomatic of a general fear of change. A hardwired attitude, if you like, based on the promise of "that's how we've always done it, so why change"?

Of course, all change has to balance against the counter argument of 'if it is not broken, why fix it'? However, as an overriding rule of thumb the use of technology is acceptable in all cases where, a potential for controversy or unintentional breach of the rules of the relative sports, exists.

Golf has exhausted for centuries. Governed by a vast and complex set of rules. Each designed to cope with the myriad of possessions which can occur during a round. Television viewers of significant tournaments around the world often witness players waiting while waiting for a rules official. Such are the complexities of the rules, along with the potential consequences of an unintentional infringement.

Beneath the major tours, golfers, both professional and amateur continue to play the game, using the same set of rules, but without welcoming referees. Understandably, disputes arise, often as a result of misinterpretation, sometimes in pursuit of a player's ambition to succeed regardless of the officially imposed limits.

Generally, the primary solution is greater education both through official channels and by players acquisiting themselves with the contents of the freely available rules booklets. It is also an interesting and disturbing fact that, a very small proportion of players actually carry a set of rules while playing. That truism applies equally to professional and amateur players of all levels. A straw-poll among your playing partners will almost certainly confirm that being the case.

Unfortunately current technology is unable to offer a comprehensive solution to this regrettable situation. However, one important aspect, rarely Rule 27-1, c, has now been properly addressed. This rule, which defines that a player has five minutes to search for and find a lost ball, is a key element of golf.

The problem which arises is that, very few players actually have a means for timing the search period on their person. In practice, the player and, possibly playing partners and maybe even a caddy, start a search. If the ball is not located immediately, the group, or parts of it, may continue to search. This may well result in the ball finally being located, identified and deemed as 'in-play'. Clearly, the problem is that, with nobody timing the search, how can anyone be sure that the owner of the ball has taken within the rule?

The 5-minute rule was first introduced by the R & A in 1842, briefly dropped and then re-introduced in 1891, since when it has been the basis of the game through the world.

Now, a simple technological solution is on the market. Priced at around twenty pounds Sterling and serving the single purpose of counting down the five minutes. Each minute, the user hears an audible tone together with a series of lights. These combine to keep the player informed of how long the search has occupied. This permits the owner of the missing ball to make informed and sensible judgments.

So, the question goes … why bother? We've managed to get by so far, why change now? Which brings us back to the opening lines above. Why indeed!

The first, and most obvious answer is that golf's rules-makers intended that they be strictly observed. This can not be the case on every occasion when estimation happens as an inaccurate means of governance. Of course, it does not necessarily follow that parties will necessarily agree on the estimated time period anyway. In match play for example, each side will have their own reasons for increasing or reducing the search time. So, disputes can and do occur.

Equally, in stroke play the difference between winning and losing can easily hinge on whether or not a ball is found within the allocated period. It is questionable whether, over the course of a golfing lifetime, there is a single player who can say, with absolute certyty that they have always returned cards which comply in every possible way with the Rules.

Next, there is the constantly replay complaint about on-course hold-ups. You've heard it, I've heard it … complaints about holding everyone up because of a protracted search. Who knows how long it really took. So, self-governance will also help in keeping the course moving at a reasonable pace.

A small, light and beautifully designed unit, is detachable from a golf bag, making it available in any search area. The function is available in the software of some models of electronic trolley. Not at all a bad thing, but the functionality is due reduced due to accessibility.

So, before going out on the course, whether it be the monthly medal or a satellite tour event, a small investment can go a very long way to ensuring that when you sign your scorecard, you will be doing so with your conscience clear. Oh and by the way, have you got a copy of the Rules in your bag?