Golf is perceived as a quiet, refined sport and one that requires civility among its players. Even if you’re not new to the game, it is a good idea to brush up on your golf etiquette from time to time. If you are just starting out, it is essential to learn these important rules before you tee off.
1. Arrive early - Golfers who arrive less than 15 minutes before their scheduled tee time can impose delays on the rest of the tee sheet for the day. Golf Digest suggests arriving 30 minutes early so you have time to check in, warm up and start your game relaxed.
2. Turn off your phone – It is annoying to hear others’ conversations on the course, but when a loud ringtone happens right during your backswing, it can throw off your shot. At the very least, silence your phone’s settings. If you must take a call on the course, move away from other players, talk quietly and keep it brief says Golf Digest.
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3. Watch the line – According to Gray Box, the “line” is the path a ball will take from its position on the green to the hole. When you walk on someone else’s line, your feet can leave imprints that are distracting. Be mindful of the lines of your fellow players and avoid them.
4. Avoid slow play – Watch the pace of the group in front of you and try to keep pace with them, advises Golf. Walk at a reasonable pace between shots, and if you are not ready to play when it is your turn, encourage another player to shoot ahead of you.
5. Avoid distracting others – When others are shooting, don’t stand in their field of sight where you are likely to distract them. Golf advises being silent and stopping all conversation with others while someone else is concentrating on their shot.
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6. Don’t hog the practice green – Unless you are by yourself, limit balls on the practice green to two says Golf Digest. Any more than two balls can be obnoxious and limits space for other golfers.
7. Keep your cool – It is understandable to get frustrated and show emotion when your game isn’t going well. However, according to Golf, volatile displays of anger, bad temper, and poor sportsmanship are unacceptable.
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