Given that golf is an elegant and refined sport, no wonder it relies on so many etiquette rules designed to ensure a comfortable playing environment for every player. In case you are not familiar with golf etiquette, we have selected some essential mistakes that you must avoid at all costs if you want to be considered a respectful golf player.
You are being loud
One of the rules of golf is that you have to be quiet while playing so make sure you follow this rule. Don’t talk when it’s your turn and don’t stand on the side and talk while the other players are performing a shot. It’s disrespectful to speak loud, to talk on the phone, or to entertain a conversation during a golf game.
You don’t repair the course
If you have hit the course and the grass has been damaged, don’t go to the next hole before repairing the damage. Use the special tools you have in your bag to repair the grass and to cover the slopes you made while performing your shots so the players who will hit after you will enjoy great playing conditions.
You keep your cart on the green
Never keep your cart on the green because it will damage it. Leave the golf cart a little further in a place that will not interfere with anyone’s trajectory. Grab all the necessary clubs so you won’t have to go to the cart too often and disturb the other players.
You are being violent
Never curse, use a high voice level, or hit the ground with the club if you have missed a shot. Any violent behavior is banned from the golf course and you must not exteriorize your frustration caused by failure in a violent way. Remember that golf is an elegant sport and violence is not admitted n the course.
You drive the cart too fast
Avoid driving the golf cart as if you were in a rally because it will seem disrespectful to the other players. Remember that you must take good care of the golf course and that you must not drive too fast. You wouldn’t like it if someone would drive their cart at high speeds.
You look for the ball for too long
You shouldn’t be looking for the lost ball more than 5 minutes because it will delay the golf game. If you haven’t found the ball within 5 minutes, simply throw a new one and continue playing so you won’t interfere with the well-developing of the game.
You stand close to the other players
Avoid sitting too close to other players while they are trying to hit because you could become an obstacle in their way. Keep a fair distance during the game and avoid getting in anyone’s way whether they are from your team or not.
You are not dressed properly
Golf equipment is essential when it comes to etiquette and both men and women must be dressed properly with items that are decent and neat. Players have a wide range of golf apparel to choose from so showing on the course wearing an improper outfit can be considered a mistake.