If you’re a novice golfer, ‘Etiquette’ is a word that you will often hear as the spirit of the game. Golf is usually played without the supervision of an adjudicator. The game clings to the integrity of the individual − to show consideration for other players, enshrine the course and to conform to the rules.
All players are expected to be disciplined, always demonstrating civility and sportsmanship, despite how competitive they may be. Precisely, golf etiquette is quintessence of the game that beginners learn as they go on the course, while playing with practiced golfers. So, if you are new to the game, or just need to re-acquaint yourself with golf etiquette, Azerbaijan Golf Federation (AGF) highlights some basic guidelines that will help make the game more enjoyable for everyone.
Arrive early to your tee time
If your tee time is at 2:30 pm, don’t turn up at 2:30. Moreover, there is no extra “5-minute rule” when it comes to surly beginners. You should reach the course by at least 20 minutes prior to your tee time. If you want to practice some warm-up balls, add more 15-20 minutes.
Line up your putts while others are putting
Usually, beginners don’t line up their putt until the preceding players have already marked their ball. Golf players ought to be proactive. Line up your putt while others are playing their shot, but ensure that you’re not distracting others. And just after their ball starts rolling, start your routine.
Take safety precautions
Players must ensure that nobody stands around or in a position to be hit by the ball, club or when they make a stroke or practice swing. As a safety precaution, players must wait until the preceding players are out of range. Also, it is always better to alert the greenstaff when they are ready to make a stroke that might imperil them.
Lastly, don’t act contrite for your play!
Golf’s complexity gets to all of us. The game is actually hard. You don’t have to act contrite in front of your partners at a bad shot. Keep your head up and a smile on your face. Rejoice a little when you hit a fine shot, and laugh off the bad. Beginners usually underperform on the golf course and easily get aggravated. However, this should not be the case because we are human beings who play, not robots. All players need two sets of essentials – practical and technical. We Azerbaijan Golf Federation, ensure that each novice player gets personal access to the world’s most famous golf instructors and immersive on-course and range programs.
Etiquette is integral part golf’s core values. With an earnest plan when you practice, your game is bound to get better. Happy Golfing!