General concepts of etiquette in Golf
Etiquette is an extremely important part of the game of Golf. The etiquette that golfers observe towards each other on the course is one of the hallmarks of Golf. But what is etiquette?
Etiquette has a direct bearing on manners. Whether it’s behavior at the dinner table, at school, in the family or at the cinema with friends, etiquette is always important. Through politeness, we show others that we respect and appreciate them.
Golf is a game that requires a lot of concentration. And it will be difficult to putt or get into a narrow fairway with tee if someone nearby is laughing, making noise, swinging a stick, handing out their business cards or running around tee or green.
There are several rules of etiquette that apply to all situations on the Golf course and in the training areas. There are also separate rules of etiquette designed for certain circumstances, especially when playing on the green. Now we consider the General provisions of Golf etiquette.
The most important rule of Golf etiquette is safety. This rule applies to both beginners and professionals. This requires common sense and an understanding of how hard the balls and clubs are, otherwise the Golf course can become a very dangerous place. So here are some safety rules to always follow on the Golf course:
It is not necessary to practice the swing before the other person (stones, twigs or grass can get him in the eye, besides it is just rude!)
Don’t swing your club if someone is walking nearby-and don’t come close if someone is practicing a kick.
The Golf course must be quiet. Golf requires a lot of concentration, and even If your friends are not disturbed by the noise you make, remember, there are still a lot of people around you. So keep your voice down.
Walk, don’t run. When someone runs around, it’s annoying, distracting and damaging to the field. Golfers have a quick but easy gait.
Pace of play
People love to play Golf, so no one wants one round to last all day. If a golfer has to wait too long between strikes, he becomes nervous and loses his fuse. Here are some tips for keeping a good pace of the game:
Before impact primaries and zamachivalas once. (Remember: if you make 120 hits per game, and each takes an extra 30 seconds, the game will last an hour longer.)
Think about your shot before it’s Your turn (do not wait until your turn to start thinking about what stick You will beat, whether you try to kill the water barrier or better to get around it – prepare in advance).
As You approach the green, determine in which direction the next hole is located, and leave the bag with the clubs (or your car) on the other side of the green.
If You have a car and one player is on one side of the fairway and the other is on the opposite side, drop one player near his ball with a few sticks and move to the next player’s ball. And thus advance along the fairway.
Keep up with the group in front of you. You have to be ready to go out on the green as soon as they left it. Don’t worry about how close the group behind you has come, focus on keeping a reasonable distance from the group in front of you.
Kick the ball into the group in front of You
Controlling the pace of the game will help you keep up with the group in front and you won’t delay the groups playing behind you. But do not overdo it, You have to make sure that Your ball does not hit the group in front of you. If You hit a ball in one of the players in that group, it can create a very awkward situation, so make sure that all golfers are outside the range of your shot.
There are golfers who get very annoyed if the group in front plays very slowly and they can be understood. However, you should never try to adjust the group by launching balls into them. If you’re tired of waiting, go up to them and ask them to speed up the game.
Playing through a group
Playing through another group is one of the most difficult and controversial parts of Golf. One of the main difficulties is that often the group through which they play is accused of playing slowly, and they tend to resent it, even if it is true. So if You’re going to ask another group to let You play through them, do it as politely and at a convenient time in the round as possible.
Here are some tips regarding playing through another group:
Before asking the group ahead for permission to play through them, make sure there is enough space for Your pass. (If there is another group just behind this group, they will naturally refuse to let You pass and will be angry that You have disturbed them.)
When playing through a group, try to be as polite and fast as possible. If You miss (which is often due to extra moral pressure when you play through a group), don’t take extra tries, just put the ball where it was last and keep playing.
If you play slowly and think the group behind You could play through You, offer them that. The most convenient way to do this is when You are on the green. Wave to them, step aside and let them knock their balls on the green. While they approach the green, perform a putt. And on the next hole, miss them first on tee.
Play ready-made Golf, if possible
If You are not currently taking part in a tournament or any other competition, it is good to play “ready Golf”. Ready Golf means that a golfer ready to strike can do so even if he is not the furthest from the hole. Just tell your group you’re going to play ready-made Golf. So they won’t think You just don’t know the rules. Ready Golf is a good opportunity for the golfer to move forward quickly.
Ready Golf can really help move forward, but before hitting make sure everyone in the group knows what You’re going to hit and that You know where all the members of the group are. You don’t want to hit a “gaping” golfer with a ball or have multiple players hit at the same time.
In order to drive a Golf car, You do not need a driver’s license, but you need common sense and a lot of respect for the field and the players on it.
If you’re driving a car, drive at a moderate speed and keep an eye on the golfers on Your way.
Depending on weather conditions and other factors on the field there are different rules regarding the use of cars. Be sure to follow the rules of the field, such as:
In no case do not move off the tracks – this rule works if the ground is very wet and the car tires can damage the fairway grass.
The 90 degree rule-this rule requires You not to move off the track until you are level (at a 90 degree angle) with Your ball. After that, you can drive a square straight to the ball. After making the shot You must return to the track in its tracks. Compliance with this rule minimizes damage to the fairway grass and allows golfers to drive straight to their balls.
Always, under all circumstances, keep your cars away from the greens and from the ti grounds. Often on the field is a special marking for Parking cars.