Always be considerate to fellow golfers

2013-11-01 00:00

SECTION 1 of the Rules of Golf dedicates four pages to the etiquette of the game.

This is because it’s one of the basic principles of golf. It outlines how to behave on the course, such as “players should always show consideration to other players and should not disturb their play by talking, moving or making unnecessary noise”.

Many golfers are so easily distracted and one could say that it’s similar to a batsman when slip fielders are talking or when someone walks in front of the sight-screen as the bowler is running in to deliver the ball. A batsman will back away.

Some golfers are very easily distracted with just the slightest noise bothering them, whereas others can play their shots no matter what is going on around them.

Being distracted is not confined to amateur golfers; the professionals have to deal with large crowds who are capable of just about anything especially in the U.S. Camera shutters were the biggest problem until the cellphone arrived. This gadget has ring-tones with a multitude of different high-pitched beeps and it has a camera to boot.

Golf courses that have holes close to a road have the potential to upset those who are easily distracted. Noisy exhausts and loud hooters are a menace to them.

In this part of the world, Hadeda birds are a major distraction. These noisy birds that reside on golf courses always seem to squawk on a golfer’s backswing. It’s happened to all of us; that squawk is so sudden and so loud, a fluffed shot is almost inevitable.

The most common distractions though, are unfortunately from other golfers and the guilty players are those who don’t get distracted. They don’t understand what the fuss is all about. They will talk, move about or cough. (By the way, whispering is worse). So spare a thought for those poor golfers who are easily distracted.

They don’t move a muscle when others are playing, so give them a break and show some consideration.

From the 19th hole:

A businessman was interviewing applicants for the position of divisional manager. He devised a simple test to select the most suitable person for the job.

He asked each applicant the question, “What is two and two?”

The first applicant was a journalist. His answer was “twenty-two”.

The second applicant was an engineer. He pulled out a calculator and showed the answer to be between 3,999999 and 4,000001.

The next person was a lawyer. He stated that in the case of Jenkins v. Berger (ref. 1917 Tvl) two and two was proven to be four.

The last applicant was an accountant. When asked, he got up from his chair, went over to the door, closed it then came back and sat down.

He leaned across the desk and said in a low voice, “How much would you like it to be?”

He got the job.

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