Virtual Tee

Virtual Tee
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First Published: Tue, Jan 22 2008. 11 41 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jan 22 2008. 11 41 PM IST
Golfhelp (www.golfhelp.com)
A great resource for golf enthusiasts, this is a search engine with nearly 15,000 links. It offers links for nearly everything on golf from tips/instructions, equipment, courses, news and views, resorts to tours, organizations, beginner’s corner, books and videos, industry, gifts and accessories, apparel and even betting.
Videojug (www.videojug.com/tag/golf)
Aiming to improve you golf? Take a look at these step-by-step instructional videos from some top coaches. They have a tip for everything: from how to grip that club to ways to improve your uphill chipping techniques.
Golf Channel (www.thegolfchannel.com)
The Web base of the 24-hours Golf Channel network, this popular portal is all about golf news, features and commentary, tournament coverage, statistics and schedules, video clips, television listings, promos and shopping. It has an extensive coverage of each week’s big tournaments across the globe as well as statistics on professional golfers.
Golfworldmap (www.golfworldmap.com)
This Internet mash-up intermixes Google Earth satellite imagery with photos of the best golf courses around the world. From Gurgaon’s DLF to California’s Pebble Beach to Scotland’s St Andrews, from South Africa’s Durban Country Club to Australia’s Royal Melbourne. If you cannot find your own course, you can add it yourself. Featured category locations include the 2008 PGA Tour FedEx Cup, the Ryder Cup and other major championships.
PGA (www.pga.com)
The official website for the PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association of America), it is home to several of the world’s most prestigious golf tournaments including the PGA Championship, the Ryder Cup and the Open Championship. It also includes ticket sales and coverage of PGA tournaments, “flyover” views of championship tours and lots more.
LearnAboutGolf (www.learnaboutgolf.com)
This is an excellent storehouse of information for newcomers to golf. But this site is not just about golf lessons, tips or video instructions for beginners. You’ll also find details on how to buy gear, an A to Z of golfing terms, fitness tips, equipment information, as well as golf shopping and vacations.
PGAProfessional (www.pgaprofessional.com)
Well versed with the basics and want to get better? Let the pros advise you on how to get picky about irons and woods. You can read articles, glean everything about handicaps…or even ask the expert, Mark Blakemore, a PGA golf professional teaching at Boundary Oak Golf Course in Walnut Creek, California.
MyScorecard (www.myscorecard.com)
An online billet to keep track of your scores and handicap. It boasts of nearly 100,000 members. The onsite highlights here also include course handicap calculation, statistics and performance reports, articles on golf games and rules, etc. No advertising to distract you. But after the initial 21-day trial period, you need to shell out $9.95 (Rs392) a year for membership.
Wii Golf Grip (www.joytech.com)
This is not available solo, but only as part of the Wii Sports Pack. The Wii Golf Grip could be an interesting and realistic clip-on accessory for your Wiimote if you’re fond of playing golf on Wii game console.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 (www.easports.com/tigerwoods08/)
One of the newest and most realistic golf simulation games to hit gaming consoles—Xbox, Wii, PSP/PS2/PS3, DS—as well as PCs and Macs in recent times. Apart from single player modes, it features playing against greats such as Tiger Woods, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Annika Sorenstam and Natalie Gulbis on eight championship courses (Pebble Beach, St Andrews, TPC at Sawgrass, etc.)
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First Published: Tue, Jan 22 2008. 11 41 PM IST