Golf is a game of etiquette, professionalism, good manners, and fair play. Or at least I think it is! Over the past while, I have notice a change in what is considered acceptable behavior on the golf course. An increase of professional players throwing their clubs in the water, purposely breaking their clubs, and flopping their clubs out of their hands at the end of a swing seems to be growing in frequency.
I could expand the list, but I think you get my point. Personally, I do like the current trend of professionals reacting in an unacceptable manner. As the game of kings, golf is a gentlemanly game that should be respected. I believe that professional golfers should lead the way with proper and respectful behaviour on the golf course.
I realize my view might be a bit ‘old fashioned’, but I am a bit of a traditionalist. I realize that everyone loses control from time to time ( I have over the years) and I do not have the pressure of making my livelihood at golf, but the élite should demonstrate a slightly higher standard of decorum.
Here is a more extreme example from my past. I played in a military tournament where about 20 of us were trying to make a 5-man squad to represent our Base at a regional tournament. (I have talked about this military event before) I was grouped with an older player (this was about 13 years ago) and a young player. As the round progressed, the younger player became more aggressive and verbal with is reaction to his poor play. By the end of the round, he was hitting his bag as if his club was a baseball bat, throwing his clubs, his language was unacceptable in any venue, and his tantrums lasted longer and longer. When we finished, the older player reported this inappropriate behaviour to the tournament organizer and the younger player was asked not to return. This might seem harsh, but our round was not enjoyable and the poor antics did affect our game. Ultimately, who would want someone who acts so poorly representing your organization at a larger event!
My point to this diatribe, is that golf is a sport that exemplifies sportsmanship. It is a game were our behaviour is as important as our play.
Golf is a game of etiquette, professionalism, good manners, and fair play. I try every time I play to follow these tenants to ensure my round and those in my group enjoy their time on the links!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!