Removing Your Hat Is A Sign of Respect!

I believe that removing your hat after a round and shaking hands with your opponent is a sign of respect for the game and opponents. A majority of golfers agree with me and yet there is seems to be a growing number of people who believe that this tradition has out lived its usefulness. I realize that some traditions surrounding our society are changing, but I do not believe that removing your hat to shake hands after a round of golf should be one!

I was taught by my father some hat etiquette. Many of the instances, like a church or funeral, still hold true. Additionally, removing your hat at table before eating is very important. As an older member of my family I have tried to instill some of these traditions (especially removing your hat at the table when eating) into the young members of the family. I believe it is important and shows respect to many of the people in the vicinity.

Back to golfing; the majority of golfers agree that removing your hat after a round is important:

Removing ones hat as a sign of respect has many historical references. The primary one deals with medieval knights removing their helmets when feeling safe within a group. Moving forward, there are many different iterations about how we arrived at today’s version of why we remove our hat, but the bottom line is that we should still remove it after a round of golf.

On the flip side of the argument, the best reason not to remove one’s hat is because the first thing a person does is run their hands through their sweat soak hair or over their sweat soaked head, then shake hands. I agree that is gross and I can say without a doubt that I have never do this. Additionally, many did not see the correlation of removing one’s had and respect. They just don’t look a things that way. I can respect their view, but adamantly disagree.

Given our current climate, shaking hands also garnered some negative views. I think shaking hands is also respectful to your opponent and should continue in the future. Until the rules relating social distancing are change removing and tipping one’s hat will have to do.

Lastly, I found out something I did not know about removing our hat. When removing our hat, we should hold it in your hand so the inner lining is never visible. This is something I did not know. Thus I have learned something new today so the day is not wasted. I am not sure why, but it seems to be a thing. There are many articles on this topic, but Patrick Allen’s article: Everything You Need To Know About Proper Hat Etiquette from lifehacker is short and to the point.

Removing one’s hat and shaking hands after a round of golf is proper etiquette and a sign of respect. I think this is one tradition that should remain and I will continue to follow it as long as I am able. How about you?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

6 thoughts on “Removing Your Hat Is A Sign of Respect!

  1. Hi Jim,
    sadly in New Zealand removing your hat after a round of golf is not something that happens very often. I always do it, and from now now will make sure i hold the cap so the inside is not visible.Did not know that either.


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  2. Jim, I think handshakes and the cheeky peck peck from the LPGA Tour will be out of fashion but may make a return for the 2021 season. As soon as we’ve got this thing whipped, there will be a desire to return to the level of sportsmanship that golf loves and is famous for. Oh, and Clorox Wipes will be mandatory equipment.




    • Brian,

      I am not sure the entire golfing world will return to handshakes and pecks in 2021, if even at all. COVID has changed our society and I am not sure if most golfers will change back. I am sure the more experienced players like ourselves will want to see handshakes return, but he younger players may just forgo it all together. I guess only time will tell.

      Cheers Jim

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  3. For now and the immediate future, I think tipping ones hat will have to do since the medical community advises against shaking hands for the foreseeable future. And they aren’t talking until May. They are talking the next couple of years. Judging from the fools out protesting I doubt human nature will make that feasible unless this pandemic gets much worse and hits more people closer to home, but for the sake of my family I plan to take that advice to heart as much as it goes against old habits and my upbringing.

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    • Kevin

      You are right of course. I was talking about the holistic view of showing respect to your playing partners. I will not be shaking hands either. Probably just remove my hat, nod and thank them for a great round. Life is changing and I plan to adjust to the ever-changing conditions in the future.

      Cheers Jim


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