The Value of Etiquette in Golf
When you talk about sports, the word etiquette is more often heard in particular relation to golf. Etiquette in golf is not only about good manners, it is also about golfer safety, keeping pace with play, helping towards an enjoyable game and for maintaining standard and quality of golf courses.
Newcomers are gradually introduced to etiquette guidelines as they continue with their performances and it is stressed upon them the essentiality of following all recommendations. For those who need brushing up on important golf etiquette rules the following would be helpful.
Playing it safe
-* Before making your move for a swing you should ensure that all other players are within safe distance and the same applies to you when others are ready to swing.
-* Don’t make a strike if you are uncertain to the location of other group members or if you think they might be within range.
-* Don’t make a habit of aiming your swing in another player’s direction. Even if the ball might not hit them, flying twigs or pebbles might cause some injury to others within close range.
-* The internationally used alert sound for warning someone who is likely to be hit by a ball headed towards them is ‘Fore’.
-* Adhere to all safety recommendations declared in golf carts. An important golf etiquette is to steer away from the grass when driving the cart as much as possible.
-* Patience is a virtue in golf. So displaying frustration and anger by throwing away clubs and other objects will cause harm to others and make you seem lacking of manners.
Keeping a good pace
-* Be on alert and ready for your turn. Keeping others waiting in not a nice act.
-* Though “away” player generally take the first hit, when it comes to friendly sessions you should be ready to accept a ‘ready play’ where any player who is prepared gets a hit.
-* If a ball is lost and you need to take up full five minutes of allotted time you can ask the rest of your group to ‘play through” by waving up.
-* Maintain reasonable pace with your group and provide access for faster groups to get a play through.
-* Leaving the putting green without idling once your group has completed putting is a good etiquette measure.
-* Make sure to carry extra clubs when leaving the cart or you will be walking up and down from ball point to cart wasting time for you and others.
Being polite in the course
-* Always observe cart rules and make sure your cart does not damage any sensitive parts in the course.
-* Make a note to repair ball marks and divots. If you are on a practice swing do not take on a divot.
-* Remember to rake up sand bunkers once you have stroked in order to erase footprints
-* Golf is not a boisterous game. So making undesired yells and talking loud reflects lack of etiquette in the course.
-* Watch your shadow and make sure it does not obstruct another player's putting line.
-* Instead of walking through your partner’s putting line remember to walk around or step over the putting line to ensure not altering the line.