There are no excuse for beginners to make mistakes when it comes to playing just because they are new to the game. That’s why we are here to help you. Golf etiquette’s are set of rules and practices designed to make the game of golf safer and more enjoyable for golfers and to minimize possible damage to golf equipment and courses. Although many of these practices are not part of the formal rules of golf, golfers are customarily expected to observe them. Here are some of the common mistakes beginners do that you need to avoid:
- Not repairing your pitch marks. When the ball lands on the green, it can sometimes leave an in indent which will screw up putts. If you don’t repair it properly, you can destroy the root. Also fix your divots and rake sand traps.
- Not keeping up with the pace of play. Be ready to take your shot when it’s your turn.
- Talking while people are taking their shot. Or talking loud enough that people putting or teeing off on other holes can hear you. Just be considerate.
- Not picking up your tees. If it’s not broken, you can reuse it. If it is broken, just toss it in the garbage. If you’re on a par 3, you can consider leaving the top of the tee for someone else to use.
- Giving unsolicited advice. I almost never give advice on the course unless I’m with a friend who I know would appreciate and use it. And when I do give it, it’s only for high-visibility, easily correctable mistakes, plus I’ll start by asking if they want advice. Giving people unsolicited advice is in poor form and you might even hurt their game by making them think too much which can throw off their swing.
- Hitting your ball near other people. If they could be in range, just wait. If you accidentally hit it near them, yell “Fore!” or something to warn them.
- Not letting people play through. If your group is slower and the group behind you has to wait a lot for you to finish, let them play the next hole first.
- Parking the golf cart or pull cart on the green. Greens are super sensitive and very expensive to repair so don’t risk damaging them.
- Standing very close to the cup. The ground around the cup is not going to be very strong so if you stand near very close to the lip of the cup, you risk damaging it.
- Walking or casting a shadow on people’s putting lines. Putting is hard enough as it is without other players distracting you.
- Standing too close to a player swinging his club. Some people apparently need to learn this lesson the hard way.
Learn to have fun while playing. You paid the green fee to have fun. Gloat a little when you hit a good shot and laugh off the bad. If you want the complete list, you can read the Golf Rules for more precise information at USGA.