Archive for October, 2019

Hole In One, Shootout & Putting Distance Requirements

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Wouldn’t it be great to give your golfers the chance to make a 2-yard putt for 1,000,000 dollars? Or how about a 10-yard hole in one? Decreasing the distance can increase any golfers’ chances of making a winning shot which is why we have rules in place in terms of allowable distance. Whether it’s a shootout, hole in one or putting contest, to be eligible for our golf contests, it needs to meet the minimum distance requirements. Each of our contests types has different requirements. They also vary for men and women. So to be clear, let’s see what is considered acceptable yardage for our contests. 

Hole in One Insurance Contests

In a hole in one contest, the minimum yardage required is 150 yards for men and 135 yards for women. If the hole you have selected is not quite at these numbers, most golf courses do have about ten years of extra space on their par 3’s which means that you can set the hole up to include that extra ten yards. Just move the hole back. If you are taking advantage of the free bonus prizes for your additional par 3 holes then there are different minimum hole requirements for that. In this case, there is a minimum yardage requirement of 130 yards for men and 115 for women. This type of bonus prize includes items like the Callaway irons, a smart TV or the roundtrip plane tickets for two.

Shootout Contests

For a shootout hole in one insurance contest, the yardage distance is a bit larger. This is because when you are conducting a shootout contest it is usually for a larger sum of money like $1,000,000. For men, the distance is 165 yards and for the women, it is 150 yards. Please also note that the shootout shot(s) do not need to occur on a par 3 hole. You can simply set-up the shot at least 165 yards out from the hole on a par 4. Many groups choose this option and place the shootout shot on the 9th or 18th hole because it allows those who are not taking the shot the ability to watch from the clubhouse or cocktail area.

Putting Contests

For our single putt contests, we offer two distance options only: either 40ft or 50 ft for men and women. For our progressive putting, the distance starts at 10ft then progresses to 30ft and 50ft. 

According to Golf Digest, golfers average somewhere around 195-205 yards with their drivers. Even though golfers go the distance with their swing, we want to make sure our distance for a hole in one is fair and obtainable for all golfers whether amateur or pro. If you have any additional questions regarding the yardage requirements for our contests give us a call at 888-882-5440.

What’s In Your Golf Bag?

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Are you new to the game of golf? Like most other sports, golf requires a bit of an investment upfront. The game relies on several pieces of equipment and it can be intimidating at first when you see all the options available. 

There are several essentials you will need in order to play golf. You should focus on getting these before anything else. There are other things that can be considered optional rather than must-have items. This guide will make it easy for you to identify what should go in your golf bag so you can play your next round in confidence. 

Here is what you need to get started:

Clubs

Golf clubs can be expensive and easily go into the four-figure range if you buy each club individually. Make it easy on yourself and buy a set. You can get a good set online for a few hundred dollars. This set should include the following clubs:

  • Irons
  • Fairway Woods
  • Driver
  • Putter

You may get some additional clubs, like hybrids, but if you have these four areas covered, you will be able to play a round of golf without any issues.

Balls

Balls come in all colors, styles, and price points. You do not have to get the most expensive balls with fancy futuristic materials used on the inside to play a round of golf. If you are new to golf, or even if you have been playing for decades, chances are that you will lose a good amount of them. The more you learn what your unique playing style is, the more refined you can become with the kind of balls you play golf with.

Tees

You are going to have to put your golf ball on a tee when you plan on using your clubs. Tees are mostly all the same besides being different heights. Depending on what club you will be using at any given time, you will need to use different tees. Short irons will usually require the least amount of height on a tee whereas drivers will need the most. You want to make sure you get the most loft and distance you can when using your clubs. 

If you want an easy way out of a situation where you would be getting tees with varying sizes, just buy tees that are longer. You can always press them down further into the ground if you do not need the additional height. 

Gloves

The last piece of equipment you should have in your bag, or even just on you for the entirety of the game, is a pair of golf gloves. You will have a better grip on your clubs and also avoid potential blisters. If you are playing in the mornings, they will also help keep your hands warm. Make sure to buy gloves that offer you a snug fit that is not too tight when you make a fist

These are the essential pieces of equipment you should have in your golf bag. With this gear, you are ready to head to the links and play a fun round of golf.