Golf Etiquette Tips For The Beginner

By: George Gabriel

I've played with a lot of golfers who truly take the game ofgolf seriously and a lot of golfers who don't. It's okay to havefun out there, keeping in mind respect for other players who dotake it serious.

The tee box

Think of the tee box as a stage with a spotlight. Everybody getshis or her turn to shine. Try to remain quiet and out of thegolfer's view, including your shadow that may hinder thegolfer's concentration at address. The best position to standwhen a player is addressing the golf ball would be to the otherside, opposite of his golfer's arm extension. You should bestanding far enough back to see the club head and golf ball ofthe player addressing the ball. By taking this position, youwould definitely be giving the player room to concentrate,unless he can see your shadow or hear the chatter of your clubsor talk. When you must stand behind or front of a golferaddressing his or her shot, take a second to ask if it's okayand or are you far enough away. Act like a caddie when anotherplayer is playing a shot. Watch the golf ball finish rolling andmark the spot with a tree or bush. A lot of golfers do not liketo watch their ball land, if it's a bad shot. By doing this foryour fellow golfer, it will help speed up play. Try to refrainfrom yelling nice shot or great shot, when you're around anothertee box or green. When you must tell a joke, wait until it'syou're stage.

The green

Around the green can be a little more complex for the newgolfer. Fix as many golf marks as you can, besides your own. Alot of golfers do not fix their ball marks on approaches to thegreen. Sometimes players get excited about their golf shot andforget. Ask other player's to help, if there is more than acouple and your not holding up other players behind you.

There are typically four or three golf balls lying on the green.The key goal here is not to walk on another's players line tothe golf hole. When you find another player is further back fromthe hole, you should mark your ball. When approaching your golfball, you have to be careful as to where you walk. Anotherplayer's line to the hole should not have a big footprint to goover. Try stepping over the player's line to the hole, or goaround carefully watching for other player's golf positions tothe hole. When you're not sure, because of a marked ball. Askyour competitor where his ball is marked. When another golfer isabout to putt, stay still until he or she takes their puttingstroke, unless they give you the okay to walk. When you mustwalk to where you want to go. Do not stop, walk, stop, and walkagain. It could be more distracting than a continuous walk.

The golfer closer to the hole should tend the pin. Ask yourcompetitor if they need the stick tended. When tending the pin,be careful not to cast a shadow over the player's line. Alsokeep the flag from waving in the wind by holding it against theflagstick. Position yourself with both feet together away fromthe hole. Bend the flagstick slightly if you have to keep yourfeet out of another player's line. When the shot is taken, pullthe pin so your competitor does not get penalized for hittingthe flagstick. When it's someone else's turn, ask if he or sheneeds the pin tended. When you think you may need it tended, asksomeone to hold it for you.

The game of golf originated out of fun. There are those thattake it quite seriously. Follow most of these tips, and it couldbe quite enjoyable, and you may not have a problem finding afoursome to tee it up with

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