On time for Tee-Time

Checking in 15 minutes before your tee time is recommended and allows you time to pay, purchase golf balls if necessary and maybe a few putts on the practice green.  Checking in at your tee time delays the tee sheet and everyone else for the rest of the day.

Who Hits First?

On the first Tee you can spin a tee in the air and who it points at when it lands can go first.  During a round, the golfer with the lowest score on the prior holes gets to go first, or has the “honor”, on the next tee box.

Where to Stand? (Video)

When someone else is hitting a golf shot never stand in their line of site, as will be distraction and difficult for the golfer to focus on their shot..  This means directly behind or ahead of them.  In addition, never stand directly behind them.   The best place to stance equal distance to their ball and several feet a way.

Watch Your Shadow!

Avoid standing in a position where your shadow will fall within the player’s line of site.  Your shadow may cause the golfer to lose focus and shank their shot and then they will blame it on you!  lol.

Quiet Please

Being Quiet while someone is preparing, setting up and swinging a golf club is the foundation of etiquette in golf.  This includes hands in pockets jiggling coins, rustling thru your bag looking for a ball or tee, bodily noises like sneezing, and especially talking to others or on a cell phone.  No matter how soft you think you are talking to your friend, the golfer can hear you.  Just be Quiet Please.

Stop Driving Cart (Video)

Respect is a core value that is displayed in golf and being quiet while some else is hitting is a sign of respect.  Pay attention to the world around you and stop driving the cart even if you are driving by a hole that is not yours and someone is about to hit a shot or putt on the green.  Give others respect and the golf gods will reward you with a good bounce or two.

Identify Your Ball

Golf balls have names and numbers stamped to help identify which ball is yours.  However, adding a mark of your choice, such as dots or a smiley face, with a sharpie personalizes your ball and ensures you can identify which ball is yours no matter where you ball lands.  This is important if you hit your ball onto another hole and some else approaches your ball.

Mark Your Ball on the Green

Mark your ball on the green when your golf ball in the path of some else’s putt.  When marking your ball you must avoid walking in any other golf balls path or “line” to the hole.  Walking in some else’s line will stamp your foot print in the grass and may make the putting surface uneven.  Mark your ball with a coin or special marker and place marker directly behind and as close to the golf ball as possible without touching the your ball.  When placing your ball back down place the ball directly in front and as close as possible to the marker.

Place Bag Off Green

Avoid walking across the green with a bag on your shoulder.  Do your best to walk around to the exit point and always place your bag off the green on the fringe and never on the green.

Lay Down Flag Stick

After removing a flagstick, lay the flat stick down on the green to avoid any unnecessary damage to the putting surface.

Don’t Step on My Line (Video)

Whether you’re marking your ball or approaching your ball on green you MUST be aware of everyone else’s ball on or around the green and avoid walking in the “line” or path between each of their balls and the hole.  This may require you walking around the outside of everyone to eventually get to your ball.  With multiple golfers this may get tricky so pay attention.

Fix Your Ball Mark

Fixing your ball mark helps repair the green, keep the grass healthy, and ensures a smooth putting surface for everyone.  Begin repairing behind the highest point of the mark by inserting repair tool and gently pull the top of tool towards the center.  Continue working around the ball mark pulling turf towards the center of the mark.  Finish the repair by gently pressing the bottom of the putter on the mark to smoothen the surface.

Pick Up Your Feet on the Green

Always pick up your feet while walking around a green.  Preventing any scuffs or unnecessary damage to the green will ensure a smooth putting surface for everyone.

Replace Your Divot (Video)

Closed to the target line refers to your feet, hips or shoulders aligned/pointed right of the target line.  Your shoulders and hips are closed to the target line on the downswing and open to target line after you hit the ball.  Keeping your shoulders closed to the target line on the downswing is a good thing and helps eliminate a slice by delivering the club on a path from inside the target line.

How to Rake a Bunker

Enter the bunker from it’s low point and walk in a direction line to your ball.  Place rake in bunker behind you.  After hitting your shot, rake the sand around impact and rake all the sand as you walk out of the bunker leaving no trace of your steps leaving the surface better than how you found it.

How to Enter & Exit a Bunker (Video)

The trail arm or trail side of body is the side of your body farthest away from the target or direction you are trying to hit the ball  The right hand, right arm and right side of body are the trail side for a right handed golfer.

Ready Golf – Exiting a Green

Camera angle looking directly at the front side of the golfer with camera eye aimed level on the hands.

Where to Leave Your Bag at the Green

Camera angle looking at the golfer to the side with camera view filming down the range and camera eye directly on & level with hands.

Dress Code

The Center of Mass of your body is basically your core region.  How you move the center of mass of your body back and thru will influence the pressure the created between your feet and the ground.

 

Private Club Etiquette

How you move the center of mass of the golf club is everything for swinging the club efficiently for power, accuracy and consistency.

Play Ready Golf

Swing Direction is the path the club head travels as it approaches the ball and the path the club head travels after impact to the finish.  An Outside-to-In swing direction as shown in this picture is the major influence if you slice the golf ball.  The ideal swing direction will approach the ball from inside the target line and exit impact to the finish inside the target line.

Angle of Attack – Driver

The angle of attack when swinging a driver will be slightly up on the upward to side of swing arc.  An upward angle of attack is supported by teeing the ball up off the ground and positioning the ball off the inside of lead foot.

Angle of Attack – Iron

The angle of attack for ANY club (iron, hybrid or fairway) when hitting a golf ball directly off the ground will be slightly traveling on the downward side of the swing arc allowing the loft of the club to hit the ball in the air and the club to continue traveling to its low point and interacting with the turf.