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On a crowded training ground, when should you feel compelled to give up your spot?

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When jammed bays, how many buckets is too many buckets?

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Hayes of Boston writes:

That day, I was hitting balls in a crowded field with another golfer standing behind me, waiting to take my place. When I finished my bucket I wanted to keep practicing until I had a refill – at which point the guy behind me gave me a stink eye and muttered something under his breath. He was clearly upset that I didn’t give up my spot. Was that supposed to?

What about “driving”? Whether it’s on the road or on the range, people are prone to it temper tantrums. Fortunately, the “rage range” is less serious. And easy to avoid.

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An angry golfer throws a club.

9 blunt mistakes in etiquette arranged!

by:

Josh Sens



For starters, let’s admit that not all practice facilities Are the same. based on your description, Literature It assumes you were in a normal pay-per-bucket commercial range, and that you weren’t there for the informal warm-up before the round. You’re there to spend money for the right to practice.

In this scenario, it’s first-come, first-served, and unless the establishment is like a seedy hotel and rents out its booths by the hour, you’re free to hit balls in the same spot from dawn to dusk, looking for answers in the dirt – or Astroturf – if that’s your kind. Masochistic thing you are, and no one can rightly fault your etiquette.

Ranges in a golf club are a different story. It is used primarily for Warm up before the tour. This means that when it’s crowded, you should pay attention to people waiting and strive to work quickly through your bag until your muscles are sufficiently relaxed and/or you’ve learned whatever you may have brought for the course that day. Then let someone else step in.

This does not mean that you should feel compelled to rush, hitting putts so quickly that you have a new ball before the previous one lands. But you also shouldn’t go back for a refill. Be aware. Hitting ball after ball while another golfer is looking at you makes you like one of those passive aggressive motorists who intentionally delay when they know someone is waiting for their parking spot.


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Is rolling your pushcart across the green a breach of etiquette?

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It’s important to note that etiquette in crowded areas works both ways. If you are a waiting golfer, look for someone hitting the driver or their bucket is nearly empty – this indicates that they are preparing to finish their sessions. Try to avoid setting up camp behind someone who is just starting to hit, which will be frustrating to you and possibly upsetting to them.

On the run, as on the road, clear communication can prevent clashes. Just as you must use your turn signal at an intersection, you must also alert other golfers to your intentions at range. If you plan to keep hitting and there’s someone waiting, politely tell them your Hogan-like aspirations: “Just to let you know, I’ll be staying here for a while.”

They may not be happy. But they have no right to be angry.

Josh Sens

Josh Sens

Golf.com contributor

Josh Sens, golf, food and travel writer, has been a contributor to GOLF Magazine since 2004 and now contributes across all GOLF platforms. His work has been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing. He is also the co-author, with Sami Hagar, of Have Any Fun Yet: The Cooking & Partying Handbook.

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