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Golf Advice for Beginners

July 29, 2008

Fun fact:  did you know that Rule 8 of the USGA golf rules says that “during a stipulated round, a player must not give advice to anyone in the competition playing on the course other than his partner, or ask for advice from anyone other than his partner or either of their caddies”?

Needless to say, in spite of Rule 8, I have gotten a lot of tips out on the course – you could say I’m an advice magnet.  Could it be that I have not yet managed to look like I know what I’m doing?  Ha…

Joking aside, I have gotten a lot of good pointers on and off the course — from my husband on the psychology of golf (“if you’re going to let this get to you, you should quit now…”) to a fitness fanatic friend (“legs and core, legs and core, legs and core…”).  One of the most helpful pointers came when I was playing Northwest in Silver Spring, Maryland.  A gentleman joined our group and when I apologized in advance for my beginner’s knowledge of golf etiquette, he gave me a tip on the spot.  He explained that when putting, you should move your bag to the far side of the green, both to avoid getting hit by an overeager golfer in a group behind you, and to keep from delaying play by having to walk all the way to the front of the green to retrieve your bag after putting.  I had no idea about this and appreciated both the good advice and the gracious way it was delivered.  It turned out that the kind gentleman advising me was a 40-year veteran of the New York Times and the founder of The Hill and Politico newspapers – Marty Tolchin.  It’s amazing who you might meet on the golf course, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post…

So my question to all you golfers is, what was the best (or the worst) golf advice you’ve ever received?