There is so many neat ways of manner to become a polite golfer on course. However, we can also break some etiquettes unconsciously. So, take a look over this article to see whether you are a “standard” golfer or not.
- SHOWING UP LATE
The concept of late is when a golfer doesn’t come 15 min earlier before his teetime. Many golf courses request players to be there 30 min before teetime. This period of time is used for checking-in, preparation and organization to make the round smoothly. Being late can decrease one’s activeness and neatness, as well as causing delay to his teetime and the next teetime.
- TOO MANY BALLS ON PRACTICE AREA
If there is not many people, just go ahead. In the contrary, putting plenty of balls on the ground means occupation of “public green”. Leaving only one or two is just right.
- LEAVE THE FLAGSTICK
Imagine when you’re in your stance, setting up and ready to swing, then you find the pin is still there in the hole? It would be a bit surprise and annoying also when you have to leave your stance to pick up the flagstick. Normally, golf courses will have it done by caddies, but you also ready to do it by yourself otherwise. Therefore, if you’re the first to hit the green, make sure you left no stick in the hole.
- ONLY BRING ONE CLUB TO HITTING AREA
Many golfers often leave their club bag on carts and take a single club out to the position. For the professionals knowing exactly what they need, this is just right. An advice for less experienced golfers is to bring more than 2 clubs, because going back to find a suitable one will take times.
- TAKE MORE THAN 5 MIN LOOKING FOR A LOST BALL
Despite the high rate of golf balls, you should not spend much time trying to find it. Always have 1-2 preparatory balls and ready to hit them right away when the first one is lost, keeping the pace of playing.
- TALK ABOUT ANOTHER’S HIT
Instead of murmuring behind, just give your mates complements or honor advices to make the round more exciting.
- STANDING TOO CLOSE A PERSON PUTTING
This can cause uncomfortability to them when reading green or considering their swings, obstructing their visibility or moving around the putting area. Step far back and never stand in front of them at any distance.
- CARRYING THE CLUB BAG WALKING ON GREEN
The area surrounding a golf hole covered by short grass and soft soil, which is vulnerable. A normal bag, weighting 9 – 14kg together with the person’s will make a too heavy pressure on green and leave deeper spike marks.
- DESPERATELY TRYING TO SAVE A HOLE
In Match play golf, when realizing you’re already lost at a hole, the thing to do is to stop trying and move to the next tee box for the brand new start.
- USING YOUR PHONE TOO MUCH
No matter what it is, scoring, calling, checking sms or Facebook, this action goes against the spirit of golf: relaxation and interpersonality. Not only consuming times of the round, holding the phone continuously is also considered impolite and disrespecting others.