By Elliott Heath published
Jeremy Ellwood talks through seven things that are frowned upon on the golf course
7 Biggest Golf Etiquette Mistakes
Rule 1 in the new Rules of Golf book talks about standards of player conduct and things like integrity, honesty, applying the Rules, showing respect to other players and taking good care of the course.
However there are some who do make etiquette mistakes and in this video, Jeremy Ellwood explains the 7 biggest mistakes all golfers should avoid making while out on the course!
7 Biggest Golf Etiquette Mistakes
1) Give players courtesy by taking your club out of your bag before or after your playing partner has hit, NOT during their shot. Another one to think about is not having your shadow on the line of a playing partners shot.
A shadow on your line can be very distracting when putting, especially as any little movements, perhaps with a club, become exaggerated when the shadows are long.
2) Mobile phones - Ideally, we wouldn't have them with us on the course but in this day and age we do. Set it to silent, check it occasionally if you need to and if you need to reply to anything, do it a) when it's not your turn to play and b) when it's not distracting to other players. We're not saying don't take your phone out with you, just use it with courtesy to your playing partners.
3) Take good care of the course - Repair pitch marks on the greens. We're not advocating spending hours repairing them but why not do two or three? Don't hold up play but if we all repaired multiple pitch marks the greens would be in much better condition.
4) In bunkers, think of the people coming into it after you and rake it properly. Who wants to get into a bunker to find your ball in a footprint?
5) Don't mark your scorecard on the green - Even if the course is busy, it can be frustrating for people behind watching you tot up your score. Put the flagstick in and move on to the next hole where you can mark the card on the tee.
6) Make sure you hit when players ahead are out of range. The safest thing to do is to wait until a group ahead are well out of range, it can come across as rude and dangerous to constantly be hitting golf balls up the backsides of the group in front when they have nowhere to go. Rein in the frustration and be patient.
7) Wave the group behind through whenever you need to, for example if you can't find a golf ball. If you're playing with a slow player, let the group behind through. It's all about having a little bit of thought for others, and as the Rules say, showing them consideration.
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. Elliott graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He is obsessed with the game and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey. His handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Honma TR20B
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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