Golfing is one of the most popular American pastimes. Some people do it to relax and release stress, while others do it for some light exercise and to enjoy the outdoor scenery. While a seasoned golf player probably finds the sport relaxing and fun, a beginner probably finds it stressful. Aside from all the formal things you'll have to learn as a beginner, like how to swing and what the perfect stance is, there are a lot of unspoken etiquette rules that need to be learned as well. Since nobody wants to be that new player that's unintentionally breaking all the rules, brushing up on your golf etiquette is a good thing to do before hitting the course. Read on to find out what the unspoken rules of etiquette are on the golf course.

1. Silence is Golden

While golf is a sport that is typically played with other people, there are times when it's vital to be silent and keep the distractions to a minimum. Golf is a precision sport that requires a lot of concentration, so it's important to quiet down so everyone can take their best shot. And your voice isn't the only distraction to worry about; any electronics that are with you on the course should be on silent.

2. Pay Attention to Where You Stand

Standing too close to the ball, behind the hole, or anywhere that gets in the way of the players line of vision can be a distraction and a safety hazard. Because golf is usually played on a sunny day, it's also important to be aware of where your shadow is falling.

3. Look Out For Your Fellow Players

If you take a shot and see the ball is headed towards another player or a golf course employee, you can warn them by yelling, "Fore!" If the ball looks like it's going to fall short of its target, the phrase is "Get up!"

4. Play at a Good Pace

It's important to play at a pace that keeps up with the group in front of you. If your group is delayed for some reason, let the group behind you go in front of you, regardless of how many players there are in that group.

5. Have Respect for the Game

Golf etiquette has been passed down throughout the years, so it's important to show respect for the game. Don't yell too loudly. Shake hands with your fellow players after a round. Have sportsmanship.

By learning these unwritten rules of golf before hitting the course, you'll be able to focus more on the actual sport and make the game more enjoyable for everyone. To learn more, contact the pros at Sterling Golf Services