Golf is more than just a game for the elite, it is something that gentlemen practice and indulge in as a social event. It is quite different from other games in the aspect that even the wildest of celebration only consists of mild clapping and slow cheers. The players who indulge in it are across all age groups and backgrounds yet they are treated equally and every player must acknowledge the other with a display of gratitude and open affection. If you wish to gain more knowledge about the game, read through the following few paragraphs and find out the rules of playing golf.
The gentleman’s game:
There is a very particular set of conduct that players abide by.
- Etiquette: The most important part of the game is that one has to maintain the proper decorum and respect the game. Any form of unruly behavior is neither tolerated nor promoted. Victory or defeat, the expression has to be slight. Keeping in track with the traditions, the winner of every tournament is crowned by the last year’s winner and so on. This is done to ensure that the culture of humility is maintained and everybody knows that they have to give the chance to someone else next year. After some time, the coats that they are awarded is taken back by the club to be displayed in its gallery. Defeat or victory, everything is equally.
- The ball: The golf ball has actually many of the rules of playing golf about it. If there is any form of tampering with it, the player is immediately banned from competition further. After that he or she might not be invited the coming year. Even if the ball has to be removed for a genuine purpose, the spot must be marked before it is picked up and returned to the same spot later. Water, sand, trees or grass everything is separately dealt with. You must be able to demonstrate your ability within the game without having to tamper with the ball.
- General points: Before the start of every session, the invitees are read the general rules to make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to the game. Unless you are at a hole, you can play practice shots. Interacting amongst the player is also strictly prohibited. You can neither ask nor give advice from or to another player. This means that all importance is placed upon the individuality of the player and his or her own ability. If you have to have a conversation, you can talk at the most with your partner or your caddie.
- Ball unplayable: If you feel like the ball is unplayable, you can at your own penalty of one stroke pick up and reposition the ball within two club lengths of where it originally was (only as long as it is a non underwater hazard).
The game is only for those who are perfectly in tune with their game and an honest person at heart.