Q I’m new to the game and feel like I’m walking on eggshells every time my group is on the green. I’m afraid I’ll do something wrong. Any etiquette advice?
AFor starters, this is not a good time to crack open a cold one or tell that joke about the lawyer, the car salesman and St Peter.The putting green is a sacred place in golf, and the No 1 thing to remember is that you should be quiet and still when someone else is putting.The other rules of conduct are more ambiguous and vary from golfer to golfer, but you’ll make more friends than enemies if you don’t step on the path another player’s ball will likely take to reach the hole. Nor should you step on the path a ball might take should it go a few feet past the hole( known as the through line ). Another polite gesture is to walk behind – not in front of – a person when he or she is reading a putt. Finally, if you’re playing with strangers or “purists,” mark and lift your ball if they would likely see it when it’s their turn to putt.
Why do pros use steel-shafted irons instead of graphite?
Based on personal experience, we’d have to say that steel looks better when it’s helicoptered through the air after topping a shot into a pond. But the real reason is perception, says Keith S barbaro, Taylor Made’ s vice president of tour operations. “Most believe the only advantage graphite has over steel is less vibration,” he says. “So players who use graphite do so because they have wrist, hand or elbow problems.” Some also believe graphite isn’t as consistent, but players like Matt Kuchar and Brandt Snedeker prefer it. Unlike tour players, most average golfers need all the swing speed they can get, and graphite shafts generally help you swing your irons faster. Less vibration on those shanks and chunks is a bonus.
What is the etiquette on lining up a putt while someone else is putting?
If we had it our way, all four golfers would putt at the same time. Let’s keep it moving! Seriously, it’s okay to prepare for your turn while others are putting. Just be smart about it. Do whatever you need to do until they stand over the ball ready to hit the putt. Then be still. There’s plenty of time in those other moments when you can get ready.