When you come to a course to play a session of golf, you will see that there are many groups of people playing together in the same course field. Therefore, it is very important that you know how to have good golf etiquette so that everybody will not be annoyed with your presence. You never know how importance a small action of you can bring enjoyment and happiness to other golfers.
Here is something you could do to ensure good etiquette on the course:
1. Keep It Safe for You And Everybody Else
Remember to make it safe for everybody around you. There are a few things you should remember when swinging.
Before you make swing a club, make sure there is nobody near you where your club can reach. Also when you practice swing, don’t swing towards other players. It is kind of rude to point something towards other people and you will never know it your practice swing can bring up any dirt, debris, pebbles or small stones towards them and could possibly hurt them.
Make sure that the group ahead of you is far out of your range so your ball cannot hit them. If your ball comes to the direction of another play, you could warn them by shouting out loud “Fore!” – This is an international warning alert
Also pay attention to your cart. Make sure you know about how to keep it safe on the course by reading carefully its safety and guide notes.
Never throw you clubs when you are angry. This will show how childish and careless you are towards other players.
2. Never Let Anyone Wait for You
Make sure you follow a proper pace and keep the round moving. You should only come to your position to hit the shot when you are ready and never take the place of anyone who is waiting before you.
When you are on your position, don’t spend too much time on it. For example, if you cannot find your ball, don’t take more than 5 minutes to look for it.
Try to keep pace with other players who play ahead of you as much as possible. And if there is open space and you are not ready, allow others golfers to play through.
You should bring some clubs with you when you go from the cart to the ball to save yourself from going back and forth to change to different clubs.
3. Follow the Course’s Rules
Each course will have its own rule. Make sure you read them.
There are some certain posts you need to follow as well such as the “cart path only” means you should not walk that path.
Make sure you leave the cart off the grass as much as possible. The wheels on your cart can damage such fragile areas such as grass and greens.
Also pay attention to your divots in the fairways and make repairmen is possible.
Erase your footprints and the prints of the ball after each shot.
4. Wear Proper Golf Clothing
There are certain rules in wearing clothes that you should follow. You should tuck your collared shirt into your shorts and pants.
Women wear should not be too revealing.
Shorts need to be upscale and be just below your knees.
There are also certain shoes you cannot wear such as running shoes and sandals. If your shoes have spikes, make sure they are not metal spikes.
You can wear hats to prevent the direct sunlight, especially when golf is an outdoor sport.
Always equip yourself with a pair of good sunglasses which helps to protect you from the UV ray and never hinder your vision.
In the cold weather, you can wear jacket and sweater. Make sure they are comfortable for your activities.
After your golf session, remember to congratulate other players and shake their hands. Don’t let any arguments and competitiveness linger after the game.
There are some general rules golfers should know to have good etiquette at a golf course. You should follow these to make sure you and other golfers have a fun and enjoyable time.