Paying Attention on the Golf Course

Bruce Gingrich has served as CEO and owner of Lifechek Drug in Richmond, Texas, for the last 25 years. Outside of work, Bruce Gingrich enjoys staying active by playing golf. A longtime member of the Sweetwater Country Club, he also enjoys traveling and playing on new courses whenever possible.

Golf can be difficult for newcomers not only because of the inherent challenge of putting the ball in the hole but also because for every official rule of the sport, there exists an unspoken article of etiquette players are expected to comply with. This holds especially true for recreational golfers at a club or public course, as their behavior affects all other golfers on the course. For a number of reasons, one of the most important aspects of on-course etiquette involves simply paying attention. First and foremost, vigilant golfers are less likely to be struck by a wayward ball or errant swing. While such injuries are not exceedingly common on a golf course, they do result in some of the most serious injuries in the sport. Keeping one’s eye on the player teeing off while remaining at a safe distance should essentially eliminate all possibilities of this happening.

Pace of play is also important when considering that individual and groups of golfers follow one another along the course. Unobservant golfers who are not ready for their turn at the tee or can’t find their balls in the fairway can cost their group a great deal of time over the course of 18 holes, which can cause problems for groups playing behind at a normal pace. With this in mind, golfers should ready their clubs in advance and always be prepared to step up to the tee or onto the green when their time comes.

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