The 20 Nerdiest Golf Facts Ever

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Want to impress your friends? Or better yet, want to impress a pretty girl at a party? Drop one of these twenty nerd facts on her and watch what happens.

Ok, don’t really try to pick up a girl with a piece of golf trivia. BUT learn a few of ’em – and at least you’ll be smarter than you were before.

The 20 Nerdiest Golf Facts

1. English-American pro golfer and kinesiology expert Michael Hoke Austin is credited with making the longest drive. While playing in the U.S. National Seniors Tournament in 1974, Hoke drove the ball a mind-boggling 515 yards. PGA champion Chandler Harper, Hoke’s foursome teammate, said “This is impossible, but there is a ball over here.”

2. The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.

3. The term “birdie” comes from an American named Ab Smith. While playing a round in 1899, he played what he described as a “bird of a shot”, which became “birdie” over time.

4. The word “caddy” comes from the French word for student, “cadet”, which is pronounced cad-DAY.

5. Phil Mickelson, who plays left-handed, is actually right handed. He learned to play golf by mirroring his father’s golf swing, and he has used left handed golf clubs ever since.

6. Nick Faldo scored 25 Ryder cup points in his career.

7. The green jacket awarded to the Masters winner was originally intended to be an “usher’s coat,” so to speak. In 1937, members of the club decided to wear green jackets during the tournament so that fans in attendance could easily spot them if they needed to ask questions.

8. A ball hit off the tee usually goes at speeds roughly at 160 miles per hour. The backspin of a tee is nearly 3,000 revolutions-per-minutes, three times the speed of a car’s wheel.

9. The United State Golf Association requires that a ball should not weigh more than 1.62 oz.

10. Tiger Woods is the youngest player ever to win the Masters. (21 years, 3 months and 14 days old).

11. “The Masters” was coined by Clifford Roberts in 1938 (used starting in 1939), though Bobby Jones was never a fan — referencing to the tournament as late as 1963 as “the so-called Masters.”

12. An estimated 4.5 million golf clubs are lost ever year, according to SafeKeeper, a club registration and retrieval service.

13. The rule limiting players to 14 clubs in their bag was enacted in 1939.

14. The first U.S. Open was held in 1895, but it wasn’t won by an American until John McDermott in 1911.

15. The oldest golfer to win a major is Julius Boros, who won the 1968 PGA Championship at 48 years, 4 months, 18 days.

16. Sam Snead holds the record for the most wins on the PGA Tour with 82 career victories.

17. The word ’fore’ is Scottish in origin, and is a shortened version of the word ’before’ or ’afore.’ The old Scottish warning, essentially meaning “look out ahead,” most probably originated in military circles, where it was used by artillery men as a warning to troops in forward positions. Golfers as early as the 18th century simply adopted this military warning cry for use on the links.

18. Founded in 1888, the Saint Andrew’s Golf Club (NY) remains the oldest continuously existing golf club in the United States.

19. 120,000+ golf balls a year are hit into the water at the famous 17th hole of the Stadium Course at Sawgrass.

20. Arnold Palmer was the first golfer to be named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year in 1960.

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