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The Basics Of Golfing Etiquette

Posted by in Recreation: Sports: Golf  ~  July 07, 2012 07:52:25 PM

In the sport of golf, etiquette is one of the first things that you should learn before playing a large course. There is a reason that golf is referred to as a “gentleman’s game” and in spite of the occasional temper tantrums that you run into, it largely is just that. Golf is a game where players should always be mindful of one another. This is not only for etiquette, but for safety as well. You are, after all, hitting a very hard ball at lightening quick speed where others are standing around. If you are not careful, people could get hurt. Here are the basics that you need to know before hitting the links:

Golfing Etiquette Tip Number One:

Never ever hit on top of another group of golfers. If you are playing faster than another group, you may ask them to let you play through. Golfing etiquette says that they should let you, but they do not always do so. In this situation, you should not attempt to “hurry them along” by hitting a drive into the back of their golf cart.

Golfing Etiquette Tip Number Two

You should always keep your mouth shut when someone is setting up for, or delivering a shot. This includes those other players that might be teeing off or swinging on other holes around you. Keep your eyes and ears open at all times, and be mindful of everyone playing around you. Under no circumstances should you scream unless one of three things happen.

  1. You get hit in the head with a golf ball.
  2. You hit a hole in one.
  3. To yell fore because you hit a ball right at the tee behind you.

Those three reasons are acceptable and you won’t be able to control them anyway.

Golfing Etiquette Tip Number Three

You should always replace and fix any damage that you do to the course itself. That includes divots in the grass, ball marks on the greens, and footprints in the sand. For those that spend a lot of time in the sand, you might consider putting the ball in play to reduce your housecleaning duties.

Golfing Etiquette Tip Number Four

You should always tip your caddy and remember that they know more than you. You are playing on a course that they know like the back of your hand. If they say you can not clear that lake in one shot, then you probably should take their word for it. When you do not, it should not affect their tip that you were to stubborn to listen. Tip the caddy and move on.

Golfing Etiquette Tip Number Five

Always shake hands and offer to buy a round after the game is over. Win or lose, golf is about the brotherhood and the game. Do not ever let the game get to the angry side of you. This is much easier said than done, as golf is a game that nobody, not even Tiger Woods, masters completely. Remember that and maybe the next time you find the trees with your tee shot you won’t mind quite so much.