Basic Golf Etiquette Every Golfer Needs To Know

Friday, March 25th, 2022
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Golf is a game that is enjoyed by many, and it can be easy to forget the proper etiquette while playing. Whether you are a beginner or experienced golfer, it is important to be aware of the basic rules and etiquette of golf. This will ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience on the course. Below are some of the most important golf etiquette tips to remember.

Don’t Play Too Slow

One of the most important things to remember is to keep up with the pace of play. No one wants to be stuck behind a group that is taking their sweet time on every shot. If you are new to the game, try to find a group that is playing at your level so you can keep up. Always be prepared to hit when it’s your turn, and try to keep your shot around 40 seconds. It should never take you more than a minute.

Be Considerate Of Others

While golf is a game, it is also important to be considerate of others. This means being aware of your noise level, not being disruptive to other players, and not talking while others are hitting. Another thing to remember is to never walk in another players putting line. Your footprint could alter the path, so it’s best to walk behind the ball or over the putting line. It is also important to be aware of your surroundings while on the course. Make sure no one in your group or surrounding areas is in your way before you swing, and vice versa. If your ball is heading towards another group always remember to yell “fore!” so they know to watch out.

Keep Calm

If you hit a bad shot, it’s important to stay calm. Getting mad, yelling, and throwing your club will only aggravate the situation and make things worse. Never throw your club or hit it on the ground because it could cause divots. Take a deep breath, assess the situation, and figure out what you need to do to get back on track.

Be Kind To The Course

The golf course is there for everyone to enjoy, so it’s important to take care of it. This means not throwing your clubs, fixing your divots, and raking the sand traps when you’re done. This helps to keep the course looking nice. You can fix the divots by replacing the turf/sod patch, or filling it with sand. If the course wants you to fill your divots with sand, it will be provided on the golf carts. Another way to respect the course is to follow cart rules. Depending on the course you are at, you might see “cart path only” signs, or “90-degree rule” signs. Cart path only means that the golf cart must stay on the paths and never be driven onto the fairway. The 90-degree rule means that you can drive on the fairway, but you can only drive off the path at a 90-degree angle. Drive until you are even with your ball, and then turn the cart off of the path at 90-degrees to drive to your ball.

Sign Up For Golf School!

Now that you’ve brushed up on the basic golfing etiquette, it’s time to get on the course! To learn more about golfing basics or to take a class, visit the Academy of Golf Dynamics at 1700 Kahala Sunset Drive in Spicewood, Texas. You can reach us at (512) 261-3300 or Send Us An Email for more information.