Golfing recreationally or professionally requires a certain level of respect for the etiquette of the sport. There are rules and there are expectations on the course that everyone, no exceptions, is expected to follow. Children and adults should only set foot onto the golfing green if they are willing to follow the golfing agenda and get into the spirit of things. This guide is here to explain just how to observe proper golfing manners at the club and on the green.
If you’re going to golf properly, you want to look the part, and purchasing some specific golf clothing is the only way to do it! There is a traditional male and female golf fashion followed by seasoned players; however, activewear style pieces as shown above are also acceptable. Most courses have strict policies about what you must wear, and will even prohibit gameplay if someone shows up dressed incorrectly.
Never Lose Your Cool on the Course
It’s not good to lose your temper in any sport, but it does happen. Frustrating things happen during tee time just as easily, and it is poor form to shout, swear, or tantrum in any way when around other people. If this were to happen, you would be asked to leave and probably not return!
If you can, arrive at the course at least half an hour before it’s time to start playing. By doing this, you are allowing warm-up time, for yourself and your clubs. To play a proper game at your best standard, you have to get a feel for the day and the course. Some things that make the game run more smoothly are taking a looking at what the weather is doing, in particular the wind. Alongside this, you have to make sure not to tailgate other players. Being too close can feel like a form of harassment during what is supposed to be a relaxing sporting experience.
Respect Other Players’ Space
Your game is your game, but other people are bound to be playing on the course. As mentioned above, making fellow golfers feel pressured to take their shot is not respectful, and will ultimately result in you being asked to leave. Instead, make peace with waiting for a little while. A part of golf is spending time watching other players from a distance and being patient while fellow players do their thing.
Do Not Cause Damage to the Green
Above all, never intentionally (out of anger) cause damage to the green. If you do manage to break some ground, as happens sometimes, try as best you can to fix it up. If unsolvable, notify one of the attendants as soon as possible so that the issue does not impact other golfers on the course.
Golf has a fair amount of rules and regulations and is, in fact, one of the most etiquette focused sports to still exist. These enforcements exist to detract from the possibility of injury to the body or damage to the course.
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