2012-07-20 / Sports

Weekly Golf Tips By Joel Garyn

6 “Rules” You Need To Know

Understanding how to hit the ball – and what club you need in your bag to do that – is really just the first step to playing and enjoying the game.

Golf is a social sport. You’re playing against people in some kind of competition, friendly or otherwise. It is important to have the knowledge of the rules and the etiquette of the game.

Here are 6 Need-To-Know-Rules, and you’ll be ready for an enjoyable round and impress your friends.

1-Keeping up with your playing partners: Be ready when it’s your turn to go. On the tee, the player who made the lowest score on the previous hole hits first.

From the fairway or on the putting green, the player farthest from the hole plays first. Pick your club and take your practice swings while other players are hitting so you’re ready to go when it’s your turn.

2-Let faster players play through: If no groups are ahead of you on the course and another group catches up and is waiting, finish your hole and let them pass.

3-Take care of the course: The goal is to leave the course better than you found it. If you make a divot, replace the grass (or fill the hole with seed the course provides in little bottles on the cart). When you hit a shot on the green, make sure to fix the dent your ball makes when it hits.

After playing a shot from the sand, rake it smooth, so the next person whose ball lands in the sand does not have their ball come to rest in your foot prints.

4-Pay attention to what’s going on: You don’t want to distract the other players in your group when they’re hitting a shot.

That means standing out of the way – and out of another player’s line of sight – as he or she hits, and being quiet (no talking or rummaging in your bag).You also need to be careful when you’re making practice swings.

5-Watch your step on the green: Go out of your way to avoid the path other players balls will take to the hole. It’s rude to put spike marks on those lines.

Try to avoid stepping on the grass around the hole: Stop a few feet away and reach to get your ball out of the hole.

6- Enjoy Yourself: Your attitude is more important than your score!

You’ll never have any trouble finding playing partners if you shoot 110 and are considerate of the rules of etiquette and are a conscientious player.

A jerk who dispenses unwanted advice complains or throws clubs will play a lot of golf alone, even if he or she shoots 75.

Hope these basic rules of consideration will be useful to those who are not aware of them. Please apply them as part of your game and it will become a permanent part of your golfing experience.

Have a great week – and remember square – center face-solid contact sends the ball to your target correctly. More golf tips will continue in next week’s Wave.

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