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How good are you at golf etiquette - Here are the top 10 rules!

How good are you at golf etiquette – Here are the top 10 rules!

How good are you at golf etiquette – Here are the top 10 rules!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Good golf etiquette is so easy. You just have to pay attention to what you and your fellow competitors are doing at all times!  Playing golf with people who are standing in the wrong place or moving and talking while you are playing can be a distraction you don’t need on the course.  So pay attention the next time you go out to play.  And if you are a beginner, don’t be afraid to ask the most experienced golfers in the group to help you out once in a while.  We were all beginners at one time in our lives!  Thanks to Golf Digest for re-posting this oldie but goodie by Arnold Palmer!

How good are you at golf etiquette - Here are the top 10 rules!

Some people can sleep anywhere, but here is not the place!

I. DON’T BE THE SLOWEST PLAYER.

In my casual games at Bay Hill, we get around in under four hours — and that’s in fivesomes. Evaluate your pace of play honestly and often, and if you’re consistently the slowest one in your group, you’re a slow player, period. Encourage everyone to move quickly enough, so you find yourself right behind the group in front several times, both early and late in the round.

Remember the old staples of getting around in good time: Play “ready golf” (hit when ready, even if you aren’t away) until you reach the green, be prepared to play when it’s your turn on the tee and green, and never search for a lost ball for more than five minutes.

II. KEEP YOUR TEMPER UNDER CONTROL.

In the final of the Western Pennsylvania Junior, when I was 17, I let my putter fly over the gallery after missing a short putt. I won the match, but when I got in the car with my parents for the ride home, there were no congratulations, just dead silence. Eventually, my father said, “If I ever see you throw a club again, you will never play in another golf tournament.” That wake-up call stayed with me. I haven’t thrown a club since.

Throwing clubs, sulking, and barking profanity make everyone uneasy. We all have our moments of frustration, but the trick is to vent in an inoffensive way. For example, I often follow a bad hole by hitting the next tee shot a little harder — for better or worse.

III. RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE’S TIME.

Because time is our most valuable commodity, there are few good reasons for breaking a golf date. Deciding last-minute clean the garage on Saturday, or getting a call that the auto-repair shop can move up your appointment by a day, just doesn’t cut it.

Always make your tee times, and show up for your lesson with the pro a little early. Social functions are no exception.

IV. REPAIR THE GROUND YOU PLAY ON.

I have a penknife that’s my pet tool for fixing ball marks, but a tee or one of those two-pronged devices is fine. As for divots, replace them or use the seed mix packed on the side of your cart.

Rake bunkers like you mean it. Ever notice that the worse the bunker shot, the poorer the job a guy does raking the sand? Make the area nice and smooth — don’t leave deep furrows from the rake. Before you exit the bunker, ask yourself, Would I be upset if I had to play from that spot?

V. BE A SILENT PARTNER.

During one of my last tour events as a player, I noticed another pro making practice swings in my field of vision as I was getting ready to hit a shot. I stopped, walked over and reminded him (maybe too sternly) that it was my turn to play. The point is, stand still from the time a player sets himself until the ball has left the club.

Even with the advent of spikeless shoes, the etiquette rule of never walking in someone’s line of play on the putting green is an absolute. The area around the hole, in particular, is sacred ground. The first thing to note when you walk onto a green is the location of every ball in your group, then steer clear of their lines to the hole.

Know where to stand and when to keep quiet. Position yourself directly across or at a diagonal from a player setting up. Never stand on the line of play, either beyond the hole or directly behind the ball. When a player is about to hit a shot, think of the fairway as a cathedral, the green a library.

To read the rest of these important golf etiquette rules, go here!

Source: Golf Digest

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14 Golf Etiquette Rules you should not break - I hate # 12!

14 Golf Etiquette Rules you should not break – I hate # 12!

14 Golf Etiquette Rules you should not break – I hate # 12!

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There is nothing more annoying on a golf course than playing with a golfer with no idea of golf etiquette.  Now, I fully understand that beginners have to learn this, but in those instances, the golfer should alert others in the group and say, “I am still learning the game. If I make an error, please point it out to me”. Then, golfers will be only too happy to help out!  My suggestion to beginner golfers is to go to your local pro and take a lesson, not on your golf swing, but on the basic rules and etiquette that you will need to know in the first few rounds.  This will make the game more enjoyable for everyone!

Thanks to  of Golf Digest for writing such an educational article! 

Showing up less than 15 minutes before your tee time

 

Putting with too many balls on the practice green

 
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Failing to pick up the flagstick

 
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Things Every Beginner Golfer Should Know before Playing!

Things Every Beginner Golfer Should Know before Playing!

Things Every Beginner Golfer Should Know before Playing!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

This is a great article that I wish every beginner golfer would read before ever venturing out on a golf course.  It would make things a lot easier on them if they felt confident that they knew the proper etiquette.  So many golfers have indicated to me that they do not feel comfortable playing with anyone other than their spouse or friend because they are scared they will “mess up.”  Golf Digest has put together a great list of 42 things a beginner needs to know.  Read on!

1. How to mark your ball.

 
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10 Most Ignored Golf Etiquette Rules – #8 is most annoying!

10 Most Ignored Golf Etiquette Rules – #8 is most annoying!
 
Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below this article about golf etiquette.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

If these unspoken rules of golf are adhered to, you will enjoy your round.

Unfortunately, sometimes you are paired with a less-than-courteous player who commits one or more of the following sins, and it’s a royal pain.

Everyone is familiar with the etiquette regarding not talking while someone is playing a shot, not throwing clubs, and swearing profusely. But there are seven more points of good behavior that need to be followed to make the game enjoyable for all.

#8, #4, and #1 are particularly aggravating to me!

I’ve been playing golf for over 20 years and am quite comfortable with the fact that I stink. And to be honest, I’m quite comfortable in the fact that most people I’m paired-up with also stink. I’ve always said: “You don’t have to be good at golf to love it or play it.” However, golf etiquette is another story completely and quite necessary on the golf course.

Anybody who was taught to play this game the right way knows what I’m talking about – those unspoken rules of golf that show respect to your fellow players. You know; do not step in someone’s line; don’t put your bag on the green; no talking while someone is swinging; etc.

The aforementioned rules are classic and well-known. But there are other, less obvious etiquette laws that golfers ignore all the time. Below are 10 discourteous acts that many uncultivated types employ on a regular basis:

10) Hitting on the Cart Girl.

10 Most Ignored Golf Etiquette Rules - #8 is most annoying!
This has got to be the worst come-on ever. It’s right up there with hitting on the waitress. Look, everybody knows the MOFOBETE will probably be hot – that’s why she got the job in the first place. But we men inevitably regress into gawking Cro-Magnon’s and can’t help but treat these girls like they’re dancing on a pole instead of serving us a beer.

10 Most Ignored Golf Etiquette Rules – #8 is most annoying!

9) Throwing your Clubs

10 Most Ignored Golf Etiquette Rules - #8 is most annoying!
I actually polled people about this in a post I wrote last year. Sure, it might be funny for the first time or two someone follows-up a wretched shot with a toss of the old club. But if that same person is constantly flinging the war sticks across the fairway, it can get annoying fast. You’ve heard the saying “there’s no crying in baseball?” Well, there should be no temper-tantrums in golf.

8) Golf Etiquette: Talking on your Cell Phone

10 Most Ignored Golf Etiquette Rules - #8 is most annoying!
There’s actually an entire site dedicated to cell phone behavior. In golf, unless you’re waiting at the turn, there’s no reason to be chatting-away while walking up the fairway. And I guarantee the conversation won’t end just because it’s someone’s turn to hit – nope…you’ll just talk softer (but not soft enough) and inevitably will end the call by saying “OK, Bye” really loudly. How about keeping the phone in your bag and on mute during the round?

7) Texting During Someone’s Swing

10 Most Ignored Golf Etiquette Rules - #8 is most annoying!

Low-angle footage of male golf player texting on his phone before teeing off

I know you think you’re being discreet by texting instead of talking, but I can still see your stupid fingers going a mile a minute in my peripheral vision. Isn’t golf hard enough without multitasking? There’s no reason to: Tweet about every shot; upload course pics to your Facebook page; or checkin at the 5th hole on Foursquare. Please note the last sentence of #8.

6) Swearing Profusely…at Yourself


It’s totally cool if you want to call yourself an “asshole” after a poor shot. I get it – you’re frustrated and you needed to express yourself – completely understandable. But don’t go running away with it. There’s absolutely no reason to carry on verbally abusing yourself over a slice you’ve had since the 10th grade. I mean, where is your self respect? Really, it’s embarrassing – for both you and your foursome.

To see the other 5 golf etiquette rules, go here!

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Are you a new golfer - 10 etiquette rules you need to know!

Are you a new golfer – 10 etiquette rules you need to know!

Are you a new golfer – 10 etiquette rules you need to know!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Golf etiquette is important if you want to play any golf.

You don’t have to be the best golfer in the world, but if you’re respectable about it, golfers will welcome you with open arms.

Here are 10 reminders for sticking to good golf etiquette. Thanks to OnlineGolf for sharing!

Spread the word. Teach your golfing pals. Let’s make this game the best it can be.

Are you a new golfer - 10 etiquette rules you need to know!

 

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Do you know the Most Common Mistakes people make in Golf?

Do you know the Most Common Mistakes people make in Golf?

Do you know the Most Common Mistakes people make in Golf?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

 How many of the 36 most common mistakes in golf do you make?  

I think #3 is a huge no-no!  Golfing attire is definitely one mistake that many people make.  Blue jeans and Cargo pants are two of my pet peeves.  And don’t get me started on clubfitting.  The moment you buy a set of clubs off the rack, they are wrong for you!  

 
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Do you know the Most Common Mistakes people make in Golf?
 
 

We don’t love the term “mistakes” here. It sounds kind of pompous and preachy, like we’re going to rap you on the knuckles or start slapping behinds if we get you to admit to any of these little gaffes. That’s not our intent at all (even if you’re into that kind of thing). We’re well aware of our own shortcomings—in fact, they were the catalyst for and provider of much of the content that follows. Think of our advice as coming from a good friend, a caring golf partner or the guy you tortured last Saturday by taking three practice swings before every damn shot.

Our so-called mistakes are not limited to swing or playing faults. In fact, the bulk of them fall into the social and emotional realms, like hitting on the beverage-cart girl or thinking everybody wants to hear the blow-by-blow of the 98 you just fired. Our tips are mostly common sense, which golf sometimes has a funny way of taking away from us. So open your mind, and let’s go.

Do you know the Most Common Mistakes people make in Golf?

1.TALKING TO ANOTHER GUY’S BALL

Screaming “Get up! Get up!” when your playing partner’s ball is flirting with a water hazard doesn’t promote friendship the way the screamer thinks. Most partners are ambivalent about it, but opponents downright hate it. Why? Well-intentioned though your shouts may be, there’s always the suspicion that you aren’t as sincere as you would be if it were your ball.

2. NOT PLAYING READY GOLF

“Is it you or me?” “After you.” “Are you sure?” Meanwhile, paint is drying, civilizations are rising and falling, and the folks playing behind you are trying to quell their rising fury. Forget the honor—hit when ready.

3. WEARING BLACK SOCKS WITH KHAKIS

“The contrast is murder,” says our fashion guru, Marty Hackel. “Black is excellent for funerals and job interviews in law enforcement, but it doesn’t go well with neutral-colored golf clothing. Your socks should be the same color—or lighter—than your pants or shorts.”

4. STUFFING YOUR FACE RIGHT BEFORE YOU TEE OFF

The legendary Paul Runyan, winner of the 1934 and ’38 PGA Championships, said his easiest opponent was one who had just consumed ham for breakfast. Too slow to digest. Likewise, scarfing down the Double Eagle Burger before heading to the first tee will teach you a hard lesson about playing golf in the throes of digestion.

Common mistakes

5. NOT GETTING FIT FOR CLUBS

Back when bloodletting and reading tea leaves were all the rage, golfers performed clubfitting in some strange ways. To test shaft flex, they waggled the club or even leaned on it. For lie angle, they simply peered down at address. Today, the performance advantages—especially distance—of getting fit make it the only way to go.

6. GOING FOR THE FLAG

It’s a free country: You can fire at that pin set three paces from the edge of a pond if you like. But when you’re weary of writing Xs on your scorecard, you’ll learn there’s no shame in aiming for the middle of the green. As Ken Venturi used to say: “Take your par, and walk away quietly.”

7. HAVING NO CLUE ABOUT YELLOW STAKES

If you hit into a yellow-staked area, you have three options:(1) Play it as it lies; (2) Drop as far back as you want, keeping the point where your ball went in between you and the hole; (3) Replay from where you last hit the ball. Nos. 2 and 3 will cost you a stroke.

Check out the rest of these common golfing mistakes here.

Source: Golf Digest

 
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Is golfing manners and golf etiquette on the wane?

Is golfing manners and golf etiquette on the wane?

Is golfing manners and golf etiquette on the wane?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

How do you feel about the dress code and behavior on the course?

Do you think golf etiquette is a thing of the past, or do you think to grow the game, we have to be more lenient with the rules about dress and behavior on the course? Weigh in with your thoughts.

Is golfing manners and golf etiquette on the wane?

How hard is it to dress appropriately on the golf course? These golfers on the left look great! It’s not that hard!

Many of us understand that golf is a sport which is synonymous with good behavior and that it projects a clean image. I love the respect it fosters . . . from being on time for your round, being quiet while your partners are hitting a shot, counting penalties when you break a rule, and even the clothing that is considered appropriate for golf.

Unfortunately, in the last decade, I’ve seen an increase of players who don’t share these ‘mannerly’ characteristics of the game. Attire on the course should be neat and tidy, where the collared shirt (for men) doesn’t conflict with the slacks or shorts, and it also needs to be tucked in. It’s disheartening to see guys with mismatching, poorly-fitting outfits, especially where an old tee-shirt is hanging out over a huge stomach.

Worst of all, and a pet peeve of mine since the 1980s, is seeing someone wearing a cap on backward.

Off-course or on, that look immediately reduces the wearer’s IQ by several points, for me.

It is also quite a turn-off to witness boorish behavior such as drunkenness, using the great outdoors as a bathroom, or propositioning the snack cart driver.

I came from a period where all men took their hats off when entering a room, so you know that none of the above behavior was tolerated. The golf industry has suffered in the recent recession and is loathe to turn players away.

 

Is golfing manners and golf etiquette on the wane? 

I understand a photographer having his cap on backward, as the peak gets in the way. But on the golf course, the whole purpose of a cap is to protect your face from the sun!

 

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

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