Golf is one of the most respected and long-lasting sports in the world. Even if you’re new to golf or have been playing for a long time, you know that golf etiquette is seen as a must-have when you’re out on the links. Though golf etiquette isn’t quite what it used to be, there are still certain expectations that people expect of you when you go on the course. But how do you develop these etiquette habits over time and apply them to your life on the golf course? At Totally Driven, our golf professionals have been in this for years and know the ins and outs of the game and etiquette expectations better than anyone. When you come to our facility to get your clubs fitted, we can also give you golf lessons, as well as training, so you have a better understanding of the game and its traditions. Here, our golf pros will discuss some common rules of golf etiquette, so you have a better understanding of the game.
Be Kind to Your Caddie
In many places, caddies are older people of retirement age or younger kids working a part-time job to save up. Oftentimes, these workers just want to be around others who love the game of golf and learn more about the game and build relationships. By being standoffish toward your caddie and turning them off to wanting to work with you, not only is it rude, but you’re also ruining your chance of learning course tips and tricks. Caddies spend hours on the course nearly every day and learn all the hidden secrets of it both from watching golfers and from listening to experienced golfers who frequent the course. Building rapport and a relationship with your caddie and working with the same one consistently can do a lot for you while golfing.
Play at a Reasonable Pace
When you’re on a public golf course or even a member at a private club, you need to notice your surroundings and play at a pace that doesn’t delay or rush those ahead of or behind you. There’s nothing worse than feeling rushed while you’re out on the course because you can get flustered and mess up your shots. To ensure you’re playing at a reasonable pace, show up on time for your tee time and start immediately. Additionally, if you hit a ball into a hazard and can’t find it, like water or the woods, don’t spend too long looking for it as it can delay the people who teed off behind you. Pay attention to your surroundings and how quickly people behind you are playing. Not every course will have the same difficulty level, so if you think one course might take you longer than others, tee off sooner than you would otherwise to help those who come before or after you. For more advice, contact Totally Driven today.
Don’t Mark Up the Course
When you’re golfing, the course is going to take a hit, but there are things you can do to help keep the course looking good. If you take a swing and it takes a chunk out of the grass, it’s common practice to replace the grass and smooth it out, so those coming behind you don’t have to deal with it. Additionally, most courses keep rakes and other things near hazards, like bunkers, so you can rake out your footprints and marks from where you swing your club.
Limit Noise and Movements
Even if you’re new to golf, you know it’s a game of concentration, and common courtesy is to limit the amount of noise and movement you make when others are golfing. If you’ve ever watched a tournament on TV, you’ve heard the crowd go quiet before a shot and the hush sound that comes before the shot. Before you hit the course or practice facility, make sure you check your surroundings and are conscientious of those around you. You don’t want to be too loud and distract others because that can lead to a negative experience for them. Additionally, you need to avoid excessive movements when others around you are trying to line up their shots. Even the slightest distraction can cause someone to hit their ball off-target, which leads to a lower score and frustration across the board. Pay attention when you’re on the course and take it into consideration if there are others around.
Contact Totally Driven Today
If you’re in the Twin Cities metro area and looking for a team of golf professionals to help you improve your golf game, get better clubs, and improve your understanding of the game, contact Totally Driven today. Since we opened for business, we’ve helped countless golfers improve their games. To learn more or schedule a fitting, give us a call at 952-681-2728 or message us on our contact page today.