What Is Golf Etiquette?

Golf Etiquette
The game of golf is unusual in the fact that referees and officials are normally absent when the game is being played, this relies on honesty and integrity by the players to obey the rules and show consideration to other players, sportsmanship and courtesy is the spirit of golf, and this should be emphasized to all new golfers. Etiquette on the golf course is not just for good manners, it is also for safety and this should be remembered at all times.

Golf is a game of concentration, so distractions should be avoided. Cell phones should be turned off on the golf course. Raised voices should only be used to warn other players of impending peril. Rustling money or papers, whispering, or removing or replacing golf clubs in the golf bag should be avoided while another player is taking their shot. Unnecessary movements can be a distraction especially if within the peripheral vision of a player taking their shot. Do not stand close to another golfer that is taking a shot or even just practicing, this is not only distracting for the player, it is also dangerous.

Slow Play
Players should never hold up play unnecessarily, sometimes it is unavoidable but care should be taken to avoid holding up golfers behind them. To this end they should endeavor to be ready to take their shot when it is their turn to play. In the normal course of events the golfer whose ball is furthest from the hole is the next player to take their shot. Always wait for the group in front to be out of playing range before taking a shot. If you think that your golf ball has gone out of bounds or is in a water hazard then you should play a provisional ball, if you find your original ball and it is playable, then you simply pick up your provisional ball, however if your ball is lost then you will not have to return to your previous position to retake the shot.

Players should be careful to replace and repair any divots made by them on the fairway and any pitch marks (indentations) made by the golf ball impacting on the putting green. Sand should be raked after bunker shots to remove any traces of your presence, the rake should be replaced at the side of the bunker, not in the bunker. All damage on a golf course by a golfer should be repaired.

On the Green
Care should be taken not to damage the putting surface of the green, golf bags and golf trolleys should not be on the green. Players should take care to avoid standing on the line of play of another golfers shot, impressions caused by golf shoes on the green can cause the golf ball to roll off line. Casting a shadow on another player or on their putting line or the hole when they are putting can be a distraction and should therefore be avoided.

Golf etiquette is an important part of the game of golf, it should be learned and adhered to at all times.

Avoiding Thin Shot In Golf

First of all, the thin shot is not always a bad shot. Some of the better golfers even play it intensionally at times, but for most golfers it is a mis-hit, and so avoiding the thin shot in golf can be a priority for some, especially if it is a frequently recurring problem. In any case, at least one swing fault will be a contributory factor, it often goes hand-in-hand with the dreaded golf slice.

So what exactly is a thin shot in golf, apart from being the opposite of a fat shot?

The simplest explanation is when the bottom of the club head, or blade, makes contact too high with the golf ball, usually at the midway point or slightly below. This sends the ball off on a low trajectory which usually ends up traveling further than intended and the direction of the shot is often unpredictable leading to an inconsistent golf swing.

Thin shots are generally caused by players pulling their body up prior to impact, common among golfers that hunch their shoulders forward at address, or releasing the club to early so that the club head gets ahead of the hands before impact.

Having the wrong swing plane can also cause thin shots in golf. Standing too far from the ball can make the golfer hunch their shoulders forward making them have to stretch in order to reach the ball, this produce a flatter swing plane regardless of the golf club used. Standing too upright produces a lot of fault symptoms, normally a slice because the club head will follow an out-to-in swing plane, but a thin shot is also a common result.

Swaying towards your back foot during the back swing and not swaying back during the downswing enough can also cause a thin shot. Just try and avoid swaying all together, it's not necessary and too hard to judge right that it's best not to do it at all. Swaying is not the same thing as the weight transfer towards your back foot on the back swing and towards your front foot on the downswing, this is different from swaying. You can easily improve your golf swing just by eliminating the unwanted swaying motion.

Your shoulders, point too far left or right, at address can also produce thin shots and is often overlooked as a source of this mis-hit.

These are some of the more common things to look out for when you're avoiding thin shot in golf. If you understand the swing faults that cause it you'll have a far better chance of deciding which fault you have to correct and eliminate it for good.

Improve Your Golf With Custom Fitted Clubs

What do most golfers do when they're having trouble with their golf swing or not getting the results they want?

Well, it’s amazing how many golfers read everything that they need to know about a backswing, downswing, stance, and grip but tend to forget about one very important aspect of their game – club fitting. Listen, if your club doesn't fit you perfectly there is a good chance you are adding loft or flex to the shaft that could create a variety of bad shots.

Let me just get one thing straight before I go any further. If you suck at golf there is no magic way to improve your game and make you a better golfer. There is no custom fitted, top of the line, golf clubs that will do this for you. This is not what I am trying to say. However, if you play a decent game of golf you can greatly benefit from golf club fitting. There is an excellent chance that you will fix many areas of your game such as a slice or hook. Most golfers from beginners to experienced are playing with the wrong equipment and it’s hurting their game significantly.

Customizing your golf club to your grip size could correct that nasty slice or hook almost overnight. While a custom fitted club length will give you a more consistent swing that will also minimize the risks of injury. These are two key factors in the improvements that you can make in your game and, as you already know, a major part of the type of game that you play is consistency.

When you are looking for a club fitting there are a few things that you will want to inquire about before choosing just any club fitter to handle this important task for you. It’s important that you are looking for a good club fitter that will take various factors into consideration. One of the best techniques to finding a reputable club fitter in your area is to visit your local course and talk to the top amateurs. Find out who they are using for their club fittings and repairs.

I have seen numerous players add 20-30 yards almost instantly to their drives by getting fitted for the proper shaft. Just grabbing a stock driver off of the shelf and assuming that, just because it is Nike or Callaway, it should fit your swing. Take the time to get properly fitted and I promise you will see instant results.

The Fade Golf Shot

The Golf Fade v. The Golf Slice

The fade golf shot is the baby brother of the slice golf shot, and like the slice it starts off heading left (righties) of the target and then curves right back towards the target again. The big difference between the slice and the fade is how much it curves to the right, a slice usually continues curving well off target. The golf slice, being more severe, is never a good golf shot and is regarded as a fault, whereas the golf fade is a very useful shot to have in your armory. Because of the spin imparted on the golf ball it flies higher and lands softer with very little run on the ball making it an excellent approach shot for the green, it also decreases the distance the ball would normally travel so this has to be taken into account.

Jack Nicklaus used the fade golf shot extensively and Lee Trevino is another great golfer that sung the praises of the fade shot, but they are not alone, all tour pros use the fade shot, some more than others, indeed tour pros seldom hit a straight shot, they prefer to get shape into their golf shots which gives them greater control over the golf ball.

Most new or weekend golfers hit fades and slices all the time, with them though, it is a fault because it is unintended and they have no control over the direction or extent of the shot, or even when it happens. However, the techniques to produce the fade are the same, even if the weekend golfers are doing it accidentally.

To produce a fade we need to impart clockwise spin on the golf ball, this is best done by changing the swing plane from in-to-out to an out-to-in one. This is when the club head crosses over the target line during the downswing, it causes the club head to come across the golf ball at impact which causes the ball to spin clockwise. It's important that the club face remains square to the target line at impact to avoid turning the fade into a slice.

The easiest way to do this is to set up as normal but line up feet, hips and shoulders slightly left of the target but keep the club face lined up on the target. You should feel as if you're using a slightly open stance, the rest of your swing remains the same as normal. Some golfers find it helpful to position the golf ball slightly forward in their stance than they normally would, but don't overdo this, the width of a ball or very slightly more should be plenty.

If you find this awkward or difficult to execute correctly then try setting up for a normal straight shot making sure that the club face is aiming directly for the target, then, keeping the club face still, simply realign your body to aim left of the target then take your normal golf swing.

Once you manage to produce the fade golf shot on demand you'll be surprised how often you will use it. But, before you decide to make it your favorite shot get to the driving range and perfect it first. This is not a shot that is kept solely for your driver or as a tee shot, you can use this with almost all of your golf clubs and is most useful as an approach shot to the green. But it does take practice, so practice the golf fade with your irons as well as fairway woods.