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Golf Is Like Having Good Table Manners
Golf Etiquette is primarily about safety and keeping the game moving. Aside from the usual set of rules for play, there are some expectations of golfers that, when ignored, can ruin the game. Golf has many times been referred to as the 'gentleman/gentle lady's' game, thus we see a set of social rules that all players are expected to follow. Swinging metal clubs and small, fast moving, flying balls can make for a dangerous combination if you are not paying attention to your own actions and the actions of those around you.
Unlike most other sports, there can be more than one game played on the green. In fact there are usually many games going on at the same time that are not related to the other games around them. In order to keep things safe and moving along smoothly, it is important to follow a few standard rules.
The next step is to pace your self. Keep moving and be ready to play when it is your turn. Remember that there are groups of golfers behind you who want to play too. If you loose a ball, the rules say that you have a maximum of five minutes to find it.
That does not mean you must use the entire five minutes. If you loose one and have been looking for a minute or two just chalk it up as a usual golf expense and get on with it! If you seem to be playing more slowly than the group behind you, be nice and let them play through. You won't feel rushed and they won't feel held back. It is also a good idea to bring a few clubs with you to each hole if you are not sure what you will need to use. No one wants to watch you walk back and forth to the golf cart all day!
Finally, remember that it is every golfer�s duty to help take care of the course. Drive your cart on the path if there is one, and keep it away from the green. Repair your divots and ball marks, rake the sand trap and do your best to avoid damage to the course in general.
These few tips will no doubt make your game and that of those around you run quickly, smoothly and safely.
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