Ready Golf and Marking Your Golf Ball

Ready golf is a huge topic and continues to garner attention around the world. The governing bodies are trying to speed up play to attract new and younger players to the links. I think this is an admiral goal and see some changes that will help reach their objective. But, there comes a time where ready golf changes the pace of play so much that players cannot attain a groove or tempo to their game. And marking their ball on the green is a perfect example.

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Golf Etiquette on the Green

Golf etiquette is one of my core reasons for playing. I like the gentlemanly aspect of interacting with other players at a mature level. It brings civility to the game of kings, unmatched in the sporting world. Name another sport where the playing relationship is rooted in the core values of honesty, integrity and fair play. We monitor our own actions, call our own penalties, and conduct ourselves in such a way as to ensure everyone enjoys their round of golf. Etiquette, especially on the green, is a guiding principle.

Understanding etiquette is not as simple as it sounds. The PGA has outlined some etiquette guidelines that everyone should read. However, for most beginners, etiquette generally falls into the category of “You don’t know what you don’t know”! Etiquette has never been explained to them and as such, they do not understand that they are doing anything wrong. Below are a few pictures to help address this knowledge gap!

Flag in Sight Line

When placing the pin down, be aware of the ball location and do not place the pin in the sight line of a player.

Flag in Sight Line2

The pin was placed away from the player, but is still in the sight line. 

Cart in Sight Line

Avoid placing your clubs in the sight line of a player. 

Person in Sight Line

Avoid standing in the sight line of a player. If you want to watch as their ball rolls to the pin, stand-off to the side and move to a better viewing location after contact.

Shadows in Sight Line

Avoid having your shadow in the player’s sight line. This is a potential problem early in the morning or late in the evening.

Proper Location of Flag

This is a good example of the proper placement of the pin. Behind the player, out of their sight line to the hole.

These are just a few examples of golf etiquette on the green. As the weeks unfold, I will bring you more examples from the cheap seats of the do’s and don’ts that make each round of golf enjoyable!

If you have any etiquette examples or stories to share, please do not hold back!

Thanks to my friend Jean for helping with the photo shoot. I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!