A gentlemen recently asked me a question which he wasn’t sure was etiquette related or rules related. The question is about playing order. He wanted to know if it is a rule that the person who won the previous hole goes first, or just etiquette. This is actually a really good question and there are two basic answers, one for stroke play and one for match play.
In stroke play it is common courtesy or etiquette for the person who shot the lowest score on the previous hole to go first. It is not a rule and if it speeds up play for other players to go first, in other words “ready golf,” then do it.
It is also common courtesy for the farthest player from the hole to go first but is also not a rule. In the interest of pace of play, or perhaps getting a tap-in putt out of the way of a longer putt, the closer player can and should go first. In my opinion “honors” is trumped by pace of play. Always go for the faster option!
Match play is a different animal than stroke play with regards to playing order. In match play the person who won the previous hole must go first. Further, the person farther from the hole must go first. If another player goes out of order, his opponent(s) may require that his shot be replayed.
The gentleman who asked the question also asked if a golfer who has the honor can “defer” playing first and make his opponent play first. The answer to this question is no.
Click book to stop choking…
If I would have gotten this book a couple of days earlier it might have saved me the $2.00 I lost in my Sunday nassau. I hate giving strokes to higher handicappers!
Next on the book list is Gary Player’s book, Don’t Choke: A Champion’s Guide to Winning Under Pressure.
The book is not just about golf. It is about handling high pressure situations in anywhere.
I’ll be reading this one soon and posting a full review so stay tuned.
Gary Player Interview
I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Player last year during the Humana Challenge. It was a top highlight of my modest blogging career without a doubt.
Perhaps I can interview him again and talk about this book. I’ll see what I can do.
Use No-Chipping Sign as Target When Practicing Chipping
While at the practice putting green last week I found a golfer there practicing his chipping. After watching him for a few minutes I realized the brilliance of what he was doing. He was using the “no chipping” sign as part of his chipping practice. He positioned his landing spot to be just over the no-chipping sign, and he would try to chip in such a way that the ball would land just over it, then release nicely to the hole.
I highly recommend using the no-chipping sign as a golf training aid when working on chipping. I’ve used the no-chipping sign for my short game drills ever since and I’ve noticed quite an improvement in my short game stats.
Had my first round in over a month, and only my 3rd round since about November. It was the first league day for one of my two men’s associations. Conditions were pristine. No wind and warm enough to have to take off my sweater.
Golf is Still Golf
I started out making six pars in a row. Then on the 7th hole of this 9-hole league I made a birdie. The “SCCS” kicked in after that, “swollen cerebral cortex syndrome.” I promptly made a double on a par-3 which I had pitching wedge in my hand on the tee. Duh. Finished with a par for a round of +1.
So golf is still golf. You think you have it, then you make a dumb double.
I’m surprised at my seeming lack of rust. I hope I’m ahead of the game, so to speak, this year as opposed to most winters where the game which comes out of hibernation is one of a 20 handicap, taking me most of the summer to get back to a 1.
I have a new gamer driver which I seem to really hit a mile. Review coming as soon as I feel I have enough rounds to fully evaluate it. I also have a new putter grip, new laser, new golf GPS watch, new sand wedge, new irons, new bag, new golf balls, new shoes, about 10 new shirts…
The review gear has been stacking up over the winter.
It’s nice to be back playing golf. The game of golf is right where I left it, triumphs and tragedies. It’s like I never left.
10th Hole – RIver Oaks
We’ve had record high temperatures this past week or two. While Boston is getting hammered with snow, ski town Utah is hitting 69 degrees and breaking February temp records by not just a degree or two, but seven! Last year my home course was closed from December 24th to March 1st. This year it is shorts and short sleeve polos on February 8th! That can mean only one thing…
Played with my local director of golf and a couple of other pals yesterday. It was my 2nd round in 2015 and 3rd round since November. It was sure to be a mess of a round with all the rust, right? Guess not. Shot a 70 somehow.
Apparently my glutes were fully activated, per Tiger Woods’s comments a few days ago.
The problem is that I think my glutes stayed activated after the round, and well into the night. I could not sleep much at all. If only I could activate and deactivate my glutes at will.