Just like other games, golf has a couple of guidelines that are really very easy to remember. These simple rules don’t just make the game orderly, but likewise make all the players disciplined. Most of them don’t even require to be memorized. Common sense is all it takes and you’re good to go to the golf course.
Let’s start with the Dos:
DO know when your turn to hit is
On the tee, the player who had the best score on the previous hole will get the chance to hit first. The player with the second best score goes next and so forth.
For the rest of the hole, the player farthest from the hole gets his turn to hit.
DO know the position of other golfers
If you’re new to golf, you’re likely to make shots inconsistently. Therefore, the direction of the ball may be very unpredictable as it could go anywhere. Regardless, make sure other golfer’s remain unharmed.
DO shout “Fore!” when the ball’s headed to another group or golfer
In any game, there may be instances when a ball sails onto the adjacent side where spectators or other players are staying. Make sure to shout “Fore!” loud enough for them to hear you.
On the other hand, make sure to duck and take cover when hearing a “Fore” call from another golfer or group.
Always, think about safety first.
DO replace your divots
It’s uncommon for your clubs to make some holes in the ground. If you’ve dug a sandpit, cover the holes to level the ground out.
And here are the Don’ts:
DON’T spend too much time preparing to hit
Even if you’re a new golfer, it’s no excuse to spend more time thinking about the swings you’re going to make. If you got hundreds of ideas running in your mind, pick one or two of those during the round.
Before each shot, make sure to limit yourself to two practice swings only.
DON’T step in the putting line of another golfer
When walking on the course, be mindful of your ball. Make sure to never step on another golfer’s line to the hole before he/she has putted.
If the other golfer’s ball marker is not very clear to you, let him/her point it out.
DON’T stand close to the golfer who’s putting or hitting
Be courteous to your fellow golfers by making them comfortable with their shots. Always stand at least 10 feet away from the golfer who’s hitting the ball. This is a must even if you think you’re very unlikely to get hit by the ball or club.
DON’T spend too much time finding your lost ball
There may be days when your shots are really way off the mark. Balls will therefore hit either the woods or weeds. In the interest of all golfers, especially those playing behind you, only spend a maximum of five minutes searching for a ball.
DON’T swear, shout profanities, or throw clubs
Never let emotions overwhelm you. If you’re mad over poor results, make sure to stay composed.
Always remember that golf upholds to the highest degree the values of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and decorum. If you behave well, you’ll do fine on the course.