Golf can be intimidating to someone new to the sport. It’s a unique game which holds a number of unique traditions. This is where etiquette comes into play. Most of the guidelines for good golf etiquette are in place to protect the safety of the golfers, maintain the course quality and to better the pace of play. Here are some basic rules of etiquette to help keep the game enjoyable for you and everyone else.
People these days are addicted to their phones. Phones have turned from a luxury item to a necessity. Hence, asking every golfer to switch them off for the entire length of the game is simply unrealistic. At the very least, put your phone on vibrate or silent, and only check it occasionally to ensure your pace is in sync with everyone else’s.
- Friendly Competition
Try not to control your emotions on the course. Don’t break, throw or force clubs into your bag in a fit of rage just because you might’ve made a mistake. It’s natural for people to get excited or upset. However, everything must be done in moderation. Don’t be the guy who celebrates when their opponent swings a flop shot. When playing a relaxed game, it’s okay to let each other have an extra do-over shot per round. However, lay down the rules before the game starts so it’s clear to both parties.
A golfer’s attire has always mattered, though the rules have somewhat relaxed. The days of wearing heavy tweed jackets, stockings, ties, hats and knickerbockers are gone. Golf clothing has been made much more comfortable and lighter because of the heat. Collared shirts and slacks are pretty standard for golfers today.
- Broken tees
You’re bound to break a tee at some point when hitting your drive. When it happens, make sure you pick up the broken tee and put it in a nearby bin or at least move it off the tee area. This ensures it’s not in anyone’s way.
Being late is unacceptable. Always try and get to the course/club early, so you have enough time to warm up and be geared up for your tee time.
- Slow play
Slow play doesn’t just affect the players you’re playing with, but can also hold up the entire course. Taking time and ensuring you have a good shot is fine. But you should be quick getting to your ball.
Golf etiquette is an important part of the game. Newcomers tend to pick it up and learn them as they go, playing with experienced golfers. Remember that hitting good shots makes you good at golf, but having good etiquette makes you a good golfer.