Playing nine holes is a great way to spend time with the family, and introduce them to the game. (USGA/Kohjiro Kinno)

Last year, the USGA introduced the PLAY9™ initiative, highlighted by PLAY9 Day. PLAY9 encourages golfers of all abilities, many of whom have busy schedules, to find the time to play nine holes. The second annual PLAY9 Day will take place on Wednesday, July 29. Here are nine reasons why it's always a great time to play nine:

John Craig's Corner

Equipment / Instruction

Justin Hearley's Golf Tips

Hitting a knockdown shot: Having this style shot as one of your options to choose from on a windy day can not only help you hit more greens, but also shoot lower scores.  Link:  http://youtu.be/2WR- jzuXpb4

Getting rid of your slice:   The video has some great tips to get rid of your slice as well as a drill to practice with when you're working on your game on the range or at home.  Link:  http://youtu.be/9G7eZ_ RWGm4

How to hit a draw and a fade: Having both the fade and the draw in your repertoire will give you more confidence off the tee and hopefully help you hit more fairways. Link:  http://youtu.be/ b1bOhlacnJQ

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