Mo­biles a no-no on the greens

Weekend Witness - - Sport - CHARLES SEV­ERN Pre­ferred lies

WHEN the cell­phone first hit the mar­ket, it was a nov­elty and af­ter 20 years it has be­come such a part of our lives that we wouldn’t leave home with­out it.

Of course the lat­est smart­phones are truly re­mark­able; they can per­form many func­tions that we take for granted. It still seems in­cred­i­ble that you just press a few but­tons and you can talk to a per­son on the other side of the world.

There are times when the cell­phone is ir­ri­tat­ing and a men­ace and the damn thing should be switched off. For ex­am­ple, in the the­atre, at a funeral, in a li­brary, in a hospi­tal ward or in church.

The golf course is def­i­nitely an­other one. Talk­ing on a cell­phone on the golf course is dis­cour­te­ous to one’s play­ing part­ners.

It’s even worse if it hap­pens to ring, and can you imag­ine if it rang on some­one’s back swing?

It is ac­knowl­edged that many busi­ness­men play golf dur­ing the week, es­pe­cially on Wed­nes­days. This is the day that most golf clubs hold mid­week com­pe­ti­tions. Th­ese guys are the main cell­phone of­fend­ers; surely they can man­age a cou­ple of hours with­out the phone.

If some­thing really im­por­tant is about to hap­pen busi­ness-wise, then they shouldn’t play golf that day, or al­ter­na­tively switch on the phone at the half­way house to make a call or re­trieve mes­sages.

Even though there are still some golfers who don’t show con­sid­er­a­tion to their play­ing com­pan­ions, things are im­prov­ing; th­ese days most golfers ei­ther leave their phones in the car or switch them to silent.

Cell­phones are banned from cour­ses where pro­fes­sional tour­na­ments are played but it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to con­trol.

At one time cam­eras were the en­emy to pro­fes­sion­als, click­ing away on back swings but th­ese days tech­nol­ogy has brought us a gad­get that both rings and takes pic­tures. How times have changed. At least phones don’t cough or sneeze.

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