BEGINNER GOLF BASICS - PART 1



How to Conduct Yourself on the Golf Course

Steps

On the Tee Box

  1. Mark your ball.Use a sharpie marker of your preferred color to make any personal marking on the golf ball that you would like. For example, some people put their initials and others use a few dots.
  2. Go to the first tee after all members of the group in front of you have hit and are walking to their balls.
    • Depending on your strength and experience, choose the tee box that you feel is appropriate.
    • The better and stronger you are, the further back you should play.
  3. Shake hands and introduce yourself to your partner when you arrive on the first tee box.
    • If you are already familiar with your playing partner/s it is still proper to shake their hands.
  4. Identify your golf ball.
    • Have your ball in your hand and say the name, number, and marking, which is located on each ball.
    • If you have very similar markings or ball types, you may want to consider using a different ball to avoid confusion.
  5. Turn off your cell phone.
    • Or at least put it on silence to avoid the loud noises from being a distraction to those around you.

On the Fairway

  1. Watch your partner's shot.
    • If they cannot find their ball:
      • First hit your ball and then assist them in finding their ball.
      • Spend a maximum of 5 minutes looking, but you may want to spend less time to keep up with the group in front of you.
    • If you cannot find your ball:
      • Hit a provisional, which is a second ball just in case you cannot find your original.
      • Go to the place where you think your ball went in and start looking.
      • Spend a maximum of 5 minutes before either taking a drop or hitting your provisional.
    • If not lost:
      • Go straight to your ball.
      • Take a maximum of one to two practice swings to ensure fast pace of play.
  2. Stand a safe distance away from partner/s when hitting.
    • As a safety precaution and a courtesy, make sure you are not in their line of sight when they are hitting.
    • Stand somewhere off to the side of the person.
  3. Have person furthest back hit first.
  4. Walk quickly to your next ball after the person furthest up hits.
    • Pace of play is extremely important to ensure a timely round in addition to preventing back ups on the course.
    • Despite your level of expertise, being able to play fast is pertinent to the game of golf.
  5. Fix your divots.A divot is a chunk of grass out of the ground that you make when you hit the ground.
    • If you can find your chunk of grass, retrieve it, place it back in the hole, and step on it .
    • If you cannot find your grass, locate a box of sand and fertilizer mix.
    • Take a big scoop.
    • Shake it into the divot and smooth it over.
    • If you cannot find either then do your best to smooth it, maybe by stepping on it, and continue playing.
  6. Be quiet when your partner/s are swinging.

At Sand Traps

  1. Find the rake.Before stepping in the sand, locate the rake which should be somewhere around the trap and place it at the closest point to your ball, still around the edge.
  2. Rake the trap.After you hit your ball out of the sand you leave footprints and ball marks. It is important to rake these before moving on so someone else does not land in your footprint/blemish.
    • Start from the furthest back mark and rake back and forth until smooth and even.
  3. Walk backwards in the same spots as original for most efficient raking.

On the Green

  1. Fix your ball mark on the green.
    • Find where your ball made a dent in the green.
    • Either with a tee or a repair tool, insert in the ground around the mark
    • In a forward motion press the tool into the mark in three opposite places.
    • Pat mark down with your putter.
  2. Mark your ball.
    • Place a ball mark directly behind your ball when looking at the hole.
    • Pick up your ball until you are the furthest one from the hole.
    • You can use a ball mark, a quarter, or sometimes they put little ball marks on your glove.
  3. Take out the flag.
    • The person who is closest to the flag should take it out.
    • Place the flag on the green but to the side so it is not in anyone's line.
  4. Walk around your partner's line between their ball and the hole.
    • The purpose of this is so you do not make marks with you shoes where they are putting.
  5. Make sure your shadow is not over you partner's line.
  6. Put the flag back in.
    • The person that puts out first should then go stand by the flag and put it back in once everyone else has finished putting.
  7. Shake your partner's hand or hug them on the last green and say "It was nice playing with you".
    • This shows good sportsmanship and ends the round with respect for your partner/s.





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