Golf etiquette to keep in mind
And a Few More Golf Etiquette Hints
- Quiet, please! Never talk during another player's swing.
- Do not yell out following a shot. Even if boisterous behavior doesn't bother your playing partners, there are other people on the course who may be within earshot.
- Be aware of your shadow on the putting green. Don't stand in a place that causes your shadow to be cast across another player or that player's putting line.
- Never walk through a playing partner's putting line. Your footprints might alter the path of a partner's putt. Step over the putting line, or walk around (behind) the partner's ball.
Play It Safe
- Do not swing your club until you know that others in your group are at a safe distance. Likewise, keep your distance when others are swinging. Be aware to steer clear of trouble.
- When practicing your swing, never swing in the direction of another player. There may be pebbles or twigs or other matter in the grass that could fly up and injure a playing partner.
- Do not hit the ball until you are certain that the group ahead of you is out of range.
- If your ball appears headed toward another player or another group, give them a warning by yelling out, "Fore!"
- Observe the safety suggestions posted in golf carts and drive carefully. Golf etiquette requires keeping your cart off the grass as much as possible.
- Never throw clubs in anger. In addition to being rude and childish, it could also be dangerous.
Maintain a Good Pace
- Keep the round moving by being prepared to hit your shot when it is your turn. You probably don't like waiting on other groups - don't make other groups wait on you.
- The player who is away hits first in a group. However, in friendly matches (as opposed to tournament play), this rule can be ignored in favor of “ready play” – players hit as they are ready. All players should agree to “ready play” before it is put into effect.
- According to the Rules of Golf, do not spend more than three minutes searching for a lost ball.
- Keep pace with the group ahead of you.
- When two players in a cart hit on opposite sides, drive to the first ball and drop off that player with her clubs then drive to the second ball. After both players hit, meet up farther down the hole.
- When walking from your cart to your ball, take a couple clubs with you. Taking only one club then having to return to the cart to retrieve a different club is a huge time-waster.
- Leave the putting green as soon as your group has finished putting.
Be Kind to the Course
- Observe cart rules. Some courses will post "cart path only" signs; others will ask you to observe the "90-degree rule." Do as you are instructed.
- Keep carts away from greens and hazards.
- Repair all divots.
- Repair all ball marks on the green.
- Always rake sand traps after hitting to erase your footprints and damage to the area where your ball was.
- Never take a divot on a practice swing.