Golf Etiquette

Golf etiquette refers to a set of rules and practices designed to make the game of golf safer and more enjoyable for golfers and to minimize possible damage to golf equipment and courses.

Although many of these practices are not part of the formal rules of golf, golfers are customarily expected to observe them.


Some of the golf etiquette in golf:

Slow Play

Slow play is a critical problem with the game of golf, and cannot be attributed to any one factor. It should not be correlated with skill level, age, gender, or experience. However, it does represent a significant issue for many golfers, often stemming from a single or twosome playing into a group with higher numbers. Regardless, slow players should yield the field of play if there is substantive room in front of them. To do otherwise is remiss, and represents a deviation from golf etiquette.
From the first drive to the last hole, each player should be ready to play when it is their turn. Normally, the player furthest from the hole (being “away”) plays first, and continues until another player becomes “away.” While this is a good tradition to follow, golfers may play out of turn if their playing partners agree that it will speed up the pace of play. A golfer should avoid taking unreasonable time over their swing, which might well produce a bad shot. 
Golfers should try to follow closely the group ahead of them, and not to be “pushed” by the group behind them. One rule of thumb is that golfers should have to wait on the group in front of them to hole out as they are teeing up. Otherwise, their pace of play may be too slow.

Silence

Golf requires concentration, so silence is recommended on the golf course during actual play. Speaking among golfers should be conducted in as low a tone of voice as possible. Golfers should refrain from talking to other players when they are about to hit the ball. Cell phones should not be used on the course. A loud tone of voice is recommended only to warn people of imminent danger, such as an errant golf shot.

Golf Attire

Some golf courses mandate policies regarding attire, so golfers are recommended to inquire about clothing rules. The usual golfing attire for men are slacks, a collared shirt, and golf shoes. For women, a golfing outfit usually consists of a knee-length skirt, a collared shirt, and golf shoes. Many golfers also wear golf hats, which differ depending on players’ needs and preferences.

Although many of these practices are not part of the formal rules of golf, golfers are customarily expected to observe them.

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