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Zach Johnson caught on camera shouting expletive at fans during Masters round

American golfer loses his cool on the course

ZACH JOHNSON was caught on camera shouting an expletive at fans during round two of the Masters on Friday. The incident occurred after the American golfer put a triple bogey on the 12th hole, adding to his challenging week at Augusta National.

Johnson's struggles at Augusta

Johnson faced a tough second round at the Masters, finishing with a three-over-par 75 and a total of seven-over for the tournament. The windy conditions at the Georgia course added to the difficulty, culminating in Johnson's outburst towards the spectators.

Denial and apology

When asked about the incident, Johnson denied directing the expletive at fans, stating that it was directed towards himself in frustration. He apologized if his words were captured on camera and expressed his focus on his performance amidst the challenging circumstances.

Challenging season for Johnson

The outburst comes in the midst of a challenging season for Johnson, following his role as Team USA's Ryder Cup captain in a defeat against Team Europe last year. The incident adds to the golfer's recent struggles on the course.

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What are the fundamental rules of golfing?

The game of golf is governed by a comprehensive set of rules that are standardized by the R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA). The core of golf is to hit a ball through the hole with a stroke. The key principles are to play the ball where it is, to play the course exactly as it is, and to complete the hole with the least number of strokes. For example, if you hit the wrong ball or play from the wrong spot, or lose a ball, there are penalties. Although not a part of the golf rules, etiquette plays a vital role in the game.

What type of golf clubs should beginners use?

A basic golf club set will suffice for most beginners. Standard sets usually include a driver, two woods (such as a 3-wood or 5-wood), an iron set ranging from 4-9, a pitching wedge and a putter. A sand-wedge is also useful for bunker shots. Professionals can carry as many as 14 clubs. This is the maximum permitted by the rules of the game. Beginners should concentrate on learning a small selection of clubs first before adding to their collection. When just starting out, concentrate on clubs you find comfortable and easy to use to develop confidence in your swing.

What are the best methods to maintain and take care of my golf clubs?

The right care will extend the life of your clubs and make sure they perform as designed. Clean club heads and grooves after every round using a soft-bristled brush and soapy water to keep them free of dirt and grass, which can affect shot accuracy. Wipe down the shafts with a damp cloth to remove any debris, and check grips for wear and tear – they may need replacing every year or so, depending on usage. Store your club in a place that is dry and cool. Extreme temperature or moisture will damage your clubs. To protect your woods and putsters from dings or scratches, use headcovers.

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Does it make sense to hire a professional instructor for golf lessons?

Even though it’s optional to take lessons from professionals, they can help you improve your golf game. This is particularly true for intermediate and beginner players. A qualified coach can give you personal advice, correct fundamental flaws, teach you the mental aspect of the game, and tailor-make advice to suit your style. Self-teaching can sometimes lead to ingrained bad habits that are hard to break. Even experienced golfers can benefit from periodic tune-ups by a professional to ensure that their technique is sound. Lessons provide a good return on investment and can improve your scores.

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It takes practice, good technique, as well as professional instruction, to improve your swing. Start with a solid grip, stance and posture. It’s important to keep your feet shoulder-width, hold the club with a grip that is neither too tight, nor too loose, and maintain an upright posture for a fluid movement. Slowly practice your swing to better understand the components that make up the swing path. Also, pay attention to the clubface and the point where you contact the ball. Spend time on the driving range or with a professional coach to improve your technique. Consistency is important, so don’t worry about hitting the ball harder, but rather focus on making a good swing.

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  • Approximately 2.2 million people took up the game of golf in 2020, reflecting a significant increase in interest among beginners.
  • Golfers who take lessons improve their game twice as fast as those who choose to learn through trial and error.
  • Roughly 60% of golfers who maintain a handicap index see an improvement in their scores year over year.
  • Studies show that practicing putting for at least 15 minutes before a round can improve a player’s putting accuracy by as much as 25%.
  • Junior golf programs have seen an increase in participation by approximately 20% over the past decade, indicating growing interest among younger players.
  • More than 75% of beginners who participate in structured practice report feeling more confident on the golf course.
  • Beginner golfers who invest in at least five professional lessons reduce their handicap by an average of 30% faster than those who do not seek instruction.

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How To Select the Right Clubs As a Beginner

When starting in golf, selecting the correct clubs is pivotal for developing a solid foundation. Beginners will want to consider a golf set with a driving club, a putter and irons 5-9. A pitching wedge and a wedge sand are also recommended. The driver is useful for long-distance shots from the tee, and the putter on the greens. The irons you use to approach the green cover various distances. Select clubs with a bigger sweet spot to get more forgiveness when you hit off-center. It is also beneficial to get clubs with a suitable shaft flex, typically a more flexible shaft for those with a slower swing speed. For a comfortable swing, make sure your clubs are the right size and height for you.