Golf is played in a very different environment than other sports. While, other sports involve pace, excitement, noise, Golf requires patience and calmness. People will not remember how well you played but how well you behaved. So, even if you suck at playing golf, make the best use of your money by developing good impression on and relation with people. Most importantly, do not be a player with whom no one wants to be in a group. Here are 10 important golf etiquettes that will not make you a great golfer but will surely make you a player with good morals.
10 Golf Etiquettes to Maintain
Let’s have a quick list of 10 golf etiquettes which you should start maintaining from today. Shall we?
Wear The Perfect Golf Attire
Golf is a game of discipline.Go to the golf course and you will find even the children wearing tucked in, ironed golf shirts with a cap placed properly on their head.So, tuck your shirt in, avoid wearing half pants or jeans that look too casual, wear golf shoes and your cap right. This shows that you are passionate about golf. Plus, with all that money you have to spend on Golf, you should not only be a golfer, you should be a classy golfer!
Control Your Temper
Golf swings are hard to master. Even the world best golfers mess up their swings from time to time. It only requires a few seconds of inattention and wrong strategy. And, once it starts, it does not end soon.You will keep missing the hitting point on your ball or the shortest distance to pin. Naturally, it will make you feel the urge to throw your club away, swear or shout. But don’t! It only shows how bad a loser you are and creates a negative impression on others about you. So if you are losing, lose with grace. Do not leave the field keeping your sulking face on the mind of your play mates.
Golf is a very lengthy game requiring around four hours for playing 18-hole. The groups of four players move sequentially. As a result, there is always a rush on the course. Of course, relax while playing as golf requires focus and you to be calm. But, do not take too much time taking aims or practice swings. Other players get irritated waiting for their turns and thus the flow of the game is ruined. You should take 1-minute maximum to hit your ball after taking aim. Enjoy the game, save time and let others enjoy as well. If you are playing slow, let the groups behind you pass and then take your time.
You are totally focused on the ball, you are about to hit it, you have taken your back swing but a person standing beside you talked right at that moment and your ball barely went a few kilometres. This is something that happens quite often in the course. Whatever you do, do not talk while other players are taking their shot! It may not be intentional but how will they know that your intention was not to ruin their game? After all, you are a competitor. Do not talk too much while walking to your ball either. Remember you are here to play not to gossip. You may like the idea of gossiping amidst nature but your partner might not. As a result, next time you might not find a partner at all.
Keep Your Phone Silent
After keeping your mouth silent, focus on keeping your phone silent. Because calls may come during the crucial time of your group mate taking a swing. Trust me, any sound during that crucial moment loosens the player’s focus and ruins the shot costing a stroke. So, make sure your alarms and calls are on silent. Aside from that, you are there to play with a number of other humans. It is common courtesy to give them attention, appreciating the time they are sharing with you. If you keep talking over the phone or keep checking your phone all the time, relationships might get hampered or not develop at all.
Repair The Ground You Play On
The golf club takes care of the green regularly, carefully and generously. They nurture it with their hearts and keep it as beautiful as it is. While playing it’s natural to get divots, soil off with your shoes and footprints on the sand bunkers. Do not leave it like that when you move on to your next shot. Fix the damage you created before leaving.
Respect Other Players
In golf, players of different countries, ages and professions play together in a single group. During the game, your age and position should not matter at all. Whether the person next to you is young or old, you should not show dominance or look down upon them. Respect the player because he is a player.
There will be instances when you will miss your shots because of other players not following the etiquettes. But, do not blame them during the game for your ruined game. Do not start bickering. This leads to unpleasant situations and damages relations. Be a good player, forgive the shortcomings of others and stay quiet. Blame yourself, try to improve and harden your focus. You will be able to win that way.
Don’t Stand In The View
Just a shadow will greatly hamper the direction of the ball when players take their shot. It is extremely callous of anyone on the golf field to stand on the view line of the players while they hit. It also shows that the person is totally unconcerned about the game. So, do not ruin other player’s mood or game by standing on the viewline.
Be On Time
A single golf course provides for the entertainment of a lot of people in a single day. Plus, it closes by evening. So, if you are late for your flight, it creates a lot of problems and stress on the managers. Also, players feel irritated as all of their games get delayed. It is played sequentially so you should always keep in mind that you should never be late for a golf game.
There are many other simple things you should maintain while playing. Like, not cheating, making the people in the path of your ball aware about the ball coming their way and much more. Try to follow as many of them as you can. Always try to help other players. Enjoy the game and make friends.