Golf Etiquette for Juniors

golf etiquette junior golfer
golf etiquette junior golfer

 A thorough understanding and practice of golf etiquette will serve the junior golfer in ways you can't begin to imagine on the course and in the course of life. 

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My junior golfers leave their clothes all over their rooms, never make their beds and wouldn't know how to load a dishwasher but its amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks and rake the sand traps.  My boys are fanatical about protecting the golf course and field.  This is golf etiquette and, as Bobby Jones said, is as much a part of the game as the shots played.  

Golf is a game rooted in integrity and honor, and etiquette is as much assimilated by observation as learned on the course from the very first round you play.  One of the great advantages of having your child play junior golf is that they learn etiquette, personal responsibility and how to interact with others in a polite and meaningful way in a competitive setting.  The ability to look a guy in the eye that just beat you into the ground, shake his hand, sit down with him and sign the scorecard and thank him for the game - will serve the junior golfer in ways you can't begin to imagine as they grow up.  

The following are some important points of etiquette that a junior golfer must be familiar with:

  • On the first tee, introduce yourself to your playing partners and shake hands.
  • Put an identifying mark on your golf ball and let your playing partners know what ball you are playing with.
  • Respect the dress code.  The golf dress code usually requires a collared shirt, long pants or bermuda length short pants. No denim, athletic pants or tee shirts.
  • Don't dilly-dally.  Keep up with the pace of play.  If a ball is lost you have 5 minutes to look for it.  Be ready to play the shot when you get to it and have the range finder out.
  • Replace divots.
  • Rake the bunker after you have played out of the sand.
  • On the green, repair your pitch marks.
  • On the green, don't step on your playing partners' lines and mark your ball.
  • Don't make unnecessary movement or noise while a playing partner is playing a shot and keep behind him and out of his peripheral vision until he has finished the shot. Watch where your shadow is too.
  • Control your temper.  On the US Kids tour, club throwing will probably result in a DQ particularly in State, Regional and International tournaments.
  • At the end of the round, remove your hat, shake hands with your playing partners and thank them for the game.

The First Tee is a partnership between the LPGA, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, and the USGA to introduce more American kids to golf, especially from disadvantaged areas. The people who teach golf in the program have grown up in the game and recognize the unique opportunity of blending the rules and etiquette of golf with life and leadership skills instilling important values into kids and teens through the game of golf.  

The First Tee has its Nine Core Values that nicely sum up the core concepts in teaching more than golf to juniors:

the first tee 9 core values - golf etiquette for juniors

When you play by the rules, defy mental demons, overcome every challenge, and enjoy a walk in the country at the same time - that's being alive.

That's Arnold Palmer.  That's etiquette and life lessons all rolled into one by one of the most legendary gentlemen in this glorious game. 

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