Golf Etiquette Tips

Golf Etiquette Tips

There are plenty of rules in golf that players have to heed. Whether they are written rules set forth by the PGA (Professional Golf Association) or the golf course, or rules that are considered golf etiquette, golf rules are set in place to be followed for the safety and enjoyment of all the golfers on the course. Beginning golfers will quickly learn the need for these rules by the situations that arise during play. Golf etiquette answers questions like who hits first, what to do if you can’t find your ball and how to handle faster golfers behind you.

Play Ready Golf

It should take around four hours to finish a round of golf on an 18-hole course. That means that you have between 10 to 15 minutes to play each hole. Remember, if you waste five minutes on every hole, you are adding an hour and a half to your round. To speed up the pace of play, players are advised to play “ready golf.”  You can do this by focusing on your next shot immediately after hitting. Take a good look at where your ball landed and determine where you would like it to go on the next shot. Then pick out the right club before you reach the ball. You can also speed play by parking the golf cart in between both players’ balls, so both players in the cart can walk to their ball simultaneously.

Tee Box Etiquette

Many players begin the shot before they address the ball, as well they should. This is called the “preshot routine,” when a player assesses the shot, determines a target line, checks the grip and otherwise gets mentally prepared to hit the ball. The other players should watch and follow the ball so the person teeing off does not have to lift out of the shot to see where the ball lands. However, the others in the foursome must not be in the hitter’s line of vision, not even in his peripheral vision. They can position themselves 10-15 feet to the left and slightly behind the person teeing off, for a right handed hitter. There should be no chit chat or distractions when someone is hitting. And of course, no cell phones.

Golf Cart Etiquette

When driving a golf cart, safety is of primary concern. Many golf carts have rules posted at the front of the cart such as keeping arms and legs in the cart, waiting until all passengers are seated before moving and limiting the cart use to two passengers. Carts should be kept away from the tee box and about 30 feet away from greens. Look out for signs that say “No carts beyond this point” or arrows pointing in the direction of the cart path. Golf carts should not be driven close to grassy mounds, bunkers or water hazards. Most golf courses do not allow carts on the fairway of a par 3 hole. Just like driving a car, there is no drinking and driving of a golf cart.

Caring for the Golf Course

Sometimes after a heavy rain you will arrive at the golf course for your tee time and see a sign noting “cart path only.” That means that the course is so wet that golf carts may leave an indentation in the fairway, so until the course dries out players are asked to stick to the path and walk to the ball. Often there will be a 90 degree rule. In this case, players are asked to keep to a 90 degree angle when on the course. In other words, after players tee off, they use the cart path to arrive at the ball, and then drive at a right angle to the ball, straight across. They can then drive straight from the ball to the next shot. All turns are at 90 degrees. Players must also keep the cart away from environmentally sensitive areas on the course, repair divots and ball marks on the green, and rake bunkers.

Golf Etiquette around the Green

When you get to the green, you may have one or two clubs with you such as your pitching wedge and sand wedge in addition to your putter. To save time, it is not necessary to return the clubs to the cart at this point. Simply place the clubs at the fringe of the putting green between the hole and the golf cart, away from the high grass of the rough. If you are furthest from the hole, it is your turn to hit. Make sure you do not walk into your golf partner’s line, the imaginary line between the hole and his or her ball. Simply walk around it, and hit. After you putt, check to see if your shadow is across your golf partner’s ball or line, and if it is, move. As with any golf shot, there should be no distractions like talking, moving or making noise while someone is hitting.

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How to Golf

How to Golf

How to Golf

As a newbie, the first thing that you should know about playing golf is that perfecting your game requires practice, discipline and time. Prior to you hitting your play, you should know how weak or strong your grip should be and how to choose clubs and balls that are best suited for your style. Additionally you need to practice your swing movements, in order to avoid hooking and slicing, so that you will be able to achieve the highest tees and shot. A newbie will generally experience frustration because of injuries to the knees, hips and wrist; however, all you need to do is stick to the rules and tips of playing golf.

Listed below are some golf tips that will help to improve a newbie’s game:

  • Ensure that you engage in some warm up pro exercises before you make your first shot. Warm up exercises such as arm circling, toe touching and stretching not only help to relax your muscles, but they also help you to hit a distant shot. As a newbie, you will not yet know the club and the style that best suits you; therefore, you should try your best not to spend thousands of dollars on golf equipment at the beginner stage. It is important for every newbie to purchase golf gloves that have imprinted holes, as not only will they allow you to have a firm grip while holding the club, but they will also prevent you from getting blisters once you begin your golf lessons.
  • It is also important for a newbie to work on his or her swing movements; this is primarily due to the fact that they improve your stretching, thereby giving you the edge needed to hit a good distant shot. You should first try some swings without actually hitting the ball, once you have an idea of what to do, then you can go ahead and drive the ball.
  • You cannot learn golf tips for beginners, without talking about gripping. It should be your palms and not your hands that handle the club. You should always have a neutral grip, meaning that your grip should never been too weak or too tight. While taking golf lessons, you will learn that there are two ways to grip the club, either in a hammer-like style or a baseball-like style. In order to achieve the perfect shot, you should have a perfect coordination between your pinky finger and your opposite index finger. It is also very important that you adjust your feet in such a manner that there is perfect balance of your body weight, so that your feet do not move during forward swing or back swing movements.
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how to golfAs a newbie, the first thing that you should know about playing golf is that perfecting your game requires practice, discipline and time. Prior to you hitting your play, you should know how weak or strong your grip should be and how to choose clubs and balls that are best suited for your style. Additionally you need to practice your swing movements, in order to avoid hooking and slicing, so that you will be able to achieve the highest tees and shot. A newbie will generally experience frustration because of injuries to the knees, hips and wrist; however, all you need to do is stick to the rules and tips of playing golf.

Listed below are some golf tips that will help to improve a newbie’s game:

  • Ensure that you engage in some warm up pro exercises before you make your first shot. Warm up exercises such as arm circling, toe touching and stretching not only help to relax your muscles, but they also help you to hit a distant shot. As a newbie, you will not yet know the club and the style that best suits you; therefore, you should try your best not to spend thousands of dollars on golf equipment at the beginner stage. It is important for every newbie to purchase golf gloves that have imprinted holes, as not only will they allow you to have a firm grip while holding the club, but they will also prevent you from getting blisters once you begin your golf lessons.
  • It is also important for a newbie to work on his or her swing movements; this is primarily due to the fact that they improve your stretching, thereby giving you the edge needed to hit a good distant shot. You should first try some swings without actually hitting the ball, once you have an idea of what to do, then you can go ahead and drive the ball.

You cannot learn golf tips for beginners, without talking about gripping. It should be your palms and not your hands that handle the club. You should always have a neutral grip, meaning that your grip should never been too weak or too tight. While taking golf lessons, you will learn that there are two ways to grip the club, either in a hammer-like style or a baseball-like style. In order to achieve the perfect shot, you should have a perfect coordination between your pinky finger and your opposite index finger. It is also very important that you adjust your feet in such a manner that there is perfect balance of your body weight, so that your feet do not move during forward swing or back swing movements.

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