I do not know about you, but have to empty my pockets except for a few ‘tools’ need to shoot my best scores ever. I found over the years that having bulging pockets is a distraction while making any swing. It is especially distracting while putting because my hands are close to my body. So, to eliminate this challenge I only carry what I need to play golf.
If you are wondering, I only carry one divot repair tool, two ball markers (large and small), 3 tees, and a compact club cleaning tool. This is all I need to play golf. Anything extra is just a waste of weight to carry. Additionally, I carry the tees and ball markers in my left pocket; the divot repair tool and compact club cleaner in my right pocket. I realize this sounds a bit crazy I am very particular on what is carried in each pocket because it prevents any distraction by fumbling around for these important tools.
I know there are many players who carry change, their wallet, keys, and other personal items. Most of the time they are fumbling around with all this stuff looking for something. It is actually quite distracting for me and them as we wait. I realize this sounds a bit like whining, but it is one of my pet peeves waiting for players to find the important tools they need to play golf.
I bet you are wondering where I am leading with the above diatribe. Well, it is quite simple. As a golfer we need to be cognizant of what his happening around us when we are playing. Sometimes the little avoidable things we can control make a huge difference to our playing partners. I guess the word I am looking for is etiquette. This word encompasses such a broad topic that it is difficult to pinpoint all the potential issues that could arise.
Basically, I follow the view that if is likely to bother me, it will likely bother my playing partners. Hence, I avoid doing those things as much a possible. Of course there things I do not realize I am doing that might bother my playing partners, but until I know it bothers someone, I cannot make the necessary change. I try to stay mindful of my playing partners and hopefully I am not annoying them with my play; except of course hitting it straight all the time. 😉
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!