In my humble opinion, one of the most important aspects to the game of golf is how a player conducts himself/herself on and around the golf course. The game is difficult enough as it is, why throw in players who simply have no real respect for the game, your game, the course or even the clubhouse.
We may all think in the back of our heads that we were taught to behave ourselves and that this holds true on the course. Sometimes simply having good manners is not enough in the game of golf.
Author, Yves C Ton-That, has created another great resource and guide for us to ‘self-check’ and learn Golf Etiquette. He takes us through many, if not all, the key areas on and around golf showing us how to properly conduct ourselves. I was given a great opportunity to review his Golf Etiquette Quick Reference — A Golfer’s Guide to Correct Conduct book and we would like to share our thoughts.
Golf Etiquette as defined by the USGA:
Unlike many sports, golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be.
While this is a solid definition, there are many other factors to take into consideration when it comes to conducting yourself on and off the course. Yves C. Ton-That akes us on a nice and easy to read journey capturing almost every aspect of ‘correct conduct’ as a golfer.
Who is Yves C. Ton-That
Yves C. Ton-That is not only a rules official, but an author of 10 golf books on golf that have been translated into more that 20 languages. In fact, so of his work has even been filmed. Not only is Mr. C. Ton-That an author of books and numerous published articles across the globe, he also carries a 4 handicap and has completed his law degree.
Mr. C. To-That has an intense passion for golf and wants all players in the world to enjoy the game by understanding the basics.
Breaking Down The Golfer’s Guide to Correct Conduct
I am a huge stickler for etiquette on the course. There is nothing more annoying than teeing up with someone who claims to ‘know it all’ and you realize from the get go you are in for a long day with someone who really has no clue. What I love about Golf Etiquette Quick Reference is that it is compact (pocket size–like the size of an IPhone 6Plus) and delves deep into practically every aspect of how to conduct yourself.
Mr. C. Ton-That has broken down the book perfectly for easy reading and understanding. The tabs are color-coded for easy selection of which area of the golf course you may need to refer to and the tabs occur practically in order of how your day who look — before, during and after the round. To top it off, the author has included an awesome terminology page that sets you up for success.
In addition, the utilization of graphics/pictures is spot on and at times gives you a little chuckle. I really enjoyed the use of the visual pictures showing exactly what the description were to the right.
Above and beyond all else, the author simply nails it with every part of the game. He talks to us about etiquette before the round including even calling the Golf Course you will be playing and how to ask questions like: Dress code, cell phone policy, fees…etc. He then walks us through how to conduct ourselves on the tee, fairway and rough, hazards, fringe and greens and after round expectations.
Bottom line, Golf Etiquette Quick Reference – A Golfer’s Guide to Correct Conduct will give you confidence no matter where you play before, during and after the round. Easy to read, pocket sized to keep close to you for a quick reference and durable to withstand the test of time. This is a book that every golfer should have in their bag.
I absolutely love this ‘little’ reference guide. Every golfer on the planet should have one and if you know a fellow golfer who doesn’t have this guide to ‘correct conduct’, please get them one.
From the front cover to the final word, you will have all the information you need to be a better more confident golfer on and off the course. Yves C. Ton-That has made it simple to read and understand with perfect explanations. Hey, I even learned a couple things I never thought of and I am a former LPGA Tour Player.
This is one ‘golf bag accessory’ that I consider essential to all golfers so we can all ‘play nicely’ and enjoy our golfing days. You can click below to check it out. Remember, you can get it in about 20 different languages!
The Golf Etiquette Quick Reference – A Golfer’s Guide to Correct Conduct is already in my bag and I can promise you I have plenty of friends that will be receiving this from me as a token of my appreciation for their golf friendship.
‘keep smiling and always believe’