An old saying says that " well began is half done", it becomes more true in the golf games. Golf games is always regarded as a gentlemen sport, behavior properly is very essential in the game.Knowing better about the golf rules and etiquette can make you play much better in your game. The golfers may feel a little nervous when they play their first round because they don't know what will happen in the game. Well, in this passage, we well learn some basics of rules of etiquette which will help make your first round of golf go easier.
The professional golf skill may not help you win the champion without right golf equipments. As we know, taking the right equipment to the course involves both rules and etiquette. The rules place a limit of 14 clubs in each golfer's bag. There is no minimum number of clubs you must have,and you may want to borrow clubs from your partners in the game.However, Borrowing clubs during a round is permissable under certain circumstances, but it is against the rules in most. So it's best for a beginner to simply make sure he or she has all the clubs they need, up to the maximum of 14. Even if you're not playing strictly by the rules your first time out, you won't want to be badgering your playing partners to borrow equipment. Make sure you have in your golf bag plenty of tees and, most importantly, plenty of golf balls. After all, if it's your first time out, you'll probably be losing a lot of balls! And take a ballmark repair tool with you. You will need one to repair ballmarks on the greens.
For most rounds of golf you play, you'll want to reserve a tee time . You can get a tee time by calling the golf course the day before or several days prior if you want to play and requesting a specific time. Plan to get to the golf course at least 30 minutes early once your group has reserved a tee time, however, you can come earlier so that you can get some warming up.The most important thing you should know that your group might lose its spot and have to wait around for another opening if a tee time is missed, which can take hours on a busy day. So while tee times are not always required, it's a good idea to have one.On the teeing ground , you must place your ball between the tee markers, either even with them or up to two club lengths behind them. Never in front of them. Tee markers are usually small, colored cones or stones or some other similar indicator. For example, if you're playing from the white tees, look for markers painted white.
Golf as a game for gentlemen, dress appropriately is very important, it shows your respect to the other people. Many golf courses have dress codes . A pair of khaki shorts or slacks and a collared golf shirt will almost always meet the requirements, but it's a good idea to check beforehand. Golf shoes are usually not required, and golf gloves are always up to the golfer, but both are good things to have and use.
Tipping is an essential part in the golf courses. As for tipping: Yes, you might have to tip at some golf courses. At municipal courses tipping is almost never an issue. If playing a private, semiprivate or upscale public course , bring some extra bills to tip the " cart jockeys " and the beverage cart drivers. The amount of your tip goes up in direct proportion to the green fee .
The player who has " honors " plays first from the teeing ground. On the first tee, this can be decided randomly draw straws, play paper-rock-scissors, whatever. On ensuing tees, the player with the best score on the preceding hole goes first, the second-best score goes second, and so on. Ties carry over to the next tee box , so you keep your place in the rotation until you beat someone on a hole. "Honors" determines who tees off first; what about the order of play on shots from the fairway ? He who is " away " (or "out") leads the way. The player who is farthest from the hole always plays first, from any position on the golf course other than the tee box. The exception is when all members of the group have agreed to play " ready golf ," meaning hit-when-ready. Ready golf can be played when a group is trying to speed up the round.
“Play it as it lies"--is one of the most fundamental principles of golf, it's an idea that much of the Rules of Golf is built around, which means don't move or touch the ball. Where it comes to rest, whatever state it is in, you most likely have to play it as is.There are exceptions spelled out in the Rules of Golf, but if you want to play by the rules, a good rule of thumb is this: Don't move the ball, don't touch it, don't pick it up unless you are certain that you are allowed to do so under the Rules. Only one exception that is always in place: You are allowed to pick up and clean the ball when it's on the putting green
Out-of-bounds should be clearly marked around the golf course, usually through the use of white stakes or white lines. The penalty for OB is stroke-plus-distance, that is, add one stroke to your score, then go back to where you hit the shot from and hit it again. Of course, that takes time. At busy golf courses you won't have that time because there is likely to be a group behind yours waiting to play. So when you think you've hit a ball out of bounds, you'll need to play a second ball off the tee so you won't have to retrace your steps if the first ball really is OB. Make sure to announce to your playing partners that you are hitting a provisional, then re-tee after everyone else has hit and play your provisional tee ball. If you find your first ball and it is actually in bounds, then you play the first ball. If you can't find your first ball, or find it out of bounds, then play your provisional ball in which case your provisional ball off the tee counts as your third stroke, so your next shot will be your fourth. The same applies to lost balls . If your shot goes deep into the woods, the penalty for a lost ball is stroke-plus-distance, so hit a provisional.
For the golf beginers, you don't want to keep golfers behind you waiting, just as you probably don't want to be kept waiting yourself by slow groups ahead.Slow play has always been an issue on golf courses, which need you to keep up the pace. You need to always be prepared to play when it is your turn to hit. Don't wait until it is your turn to decide which club to use, or to determine the line of a putt; use the time while others are hitting to make those decisions, so that when it's your turn you can step right up and play. If your group is slower than the group immediately behind yours - if your group is holding up another group - it's good etiquette to allow the faster group to play through . Not all groups will want to do this, but many will, and all that do will be very grateful for your show of etiquette.
You need to have a clear notice of the water hazards on golf courses. Yellow stakes or lines indicate a water hazard; red stakes or lines indicate a lateral water hazard. It's the common marks on golf courses. Instead, for "regular" water hazards, take a 1-stroke penalty and drop a ball at any point behind the spot where your original ball crossed into the water hazard, but on the same line of play think of it this way: look at the flag, and look at the spot where your ball crossed into the water hazard; now imagine a straight line drawn back from the flagstick to that spot; then imagine that line extending back behind you - that's the line on which you must drop.For lateral water hazards, drop within two club lengths of the spot where the ball crossed the margin of the hazard, or on the opposite side of the hazard at an equidistant spot.
Last, you should be aware of the course care and safety.Golf courses are there to be enjoyed by all golfers, so part of your responsibility is taking care of the course while you are on it. If you are using a golf cart , always observe the posted cart rules. Even better, a good idea is to keep the cart on the cart paths at all times . Never drive a golf cart close to or through a hazard or within 50 yards of a putting green.You always need to rake sand bunkers after you've hit your shot to smooth out the sand so that ensuing golfers don't have to play out of your footprints, and and always repair your divots in the fairway . Divots are the scrapes or chunks of turf sliced off by iron shots. Repairing a divot might mean picking up the sod that you've chopped up and placing it back in the resulting scrape; or it could mean pouring sand or seed into the spot of the divot. If sand or seed are provided by the course, that's what they want you to do.The most important you should notice other golfers on the course, especially during your swing. Golf clubs can do serious damage if they strike another golfer, and so, too, can golf balls at close range. Don't play your shot until the group ahead is out of range.
For the beginers, all the above rules and suggestion you should keep in your mind, and that will make you become an excellent golfer.