Now that you have bought your first set of clubs and eight dozen top-flight golf balls you are a golfer. You have revamped your wardrobe in full Nike attire making you look like Tiger Woods, so you must be a golfer. So why are you still not getting the respect when on the golf course? Simple, there is more to being a golfer than having the flashy gear and best equipment.
When starting golf it is essential that the new golfer go to the range for many weeks or months before stepping out onto the course. Here you will learn the basic feel of the golf swing and find out what works for you. Each golf swing is like DNA and needs to be tuned into a working art form. Visiting the range will also allow you to pick up many tips from fellow golfers that have found things that work for them. It is vital that you know how to navigate a golf course and you do that by managing your shots on the range before playing a round out in the wild. In Germany there is a golfers license that is issued to all golfers. This means that you must pass a golfing test and have a certain handicap to be able to play there. Since the United States does not have this, it is respectful to other golfers to keep pace of play up by knowing how to manage your swing and golf game.
When making your first outing to the course (and every time after that), pace of play is the most important thing to remember. Keeping your pace of play at around two hours per nine holes will keep you out of any trouble on the course and with your fellow players. Many golfers will feel disrespected when waiting all day for a beginning golfer. This is a bad stigma that has followed new golfers and it is actually very easy to avoid. If you are slowing people up behind you, simply let them play through! If you want to hit 3 mulligans on each shot, then it is respectful to let them go ahead of you. When the next group comes up behind you, do the same thing with them. If you do not like doing this, only hit one mulligan at most when playing. Also, when approaching double par, it is respectful to pick up for the sake of your fellow playing partners. If you are following the pace of play aspect on the golf course, there is no reason anyone around you should complain. This is the number one reason why people don’t like beginners and if you can follow this, you will earn that respect.
It doesn’t really matter what score you shoot or what handicap you have. If you do not respect others while on the course, nobody will respect you. Keep these two essential tips above in mind when playing golf and you will enjoy your rounds much more than usual!