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By Jim Corbett

The First Habit — Play Safely

  • Stay behind those in your group who are hitting
  • Be sure the group ahead is out of range before hitting
  • Don’t take practice swings in the direction of others

The Second Habit — Maintain a Good Pace of Play

  • Be ready when it is your turn
  • Take one practice swing, then hit the ball
  • Move off the green when play is completed
  • When looking for a lost ball let others play through
  • Keep an eye on every shot in your group

For new players: Pick up if you’re taking too long. Start again on the next hole.

The Third Habit — Repair What You Have Disturbed

  • Replace divots, repair ball marks on greens, rake bunkers

Also — Don’t disturb what you are not willing to or able to repair:

  • Don’t make spike marks on the green
  • Don’t litter (including cigar and cigarette butts)
  • Keep all carts away from greens

The Fourth Habit — Be Respectful of Others

  • Be quiet on the tees, in the fairways and on the greens
  • Be invisible (including your shadow) when someone is hitting
  • Step over (or go around) the path of other players’ putts
  • If you are slow, let faster groups play through
  • If there is no room to move ahead, don’t request to play through
  • Be courteous; don’t use rude, obnoxious language

The Fifth Habit — Understand the Rules

  • Know whose turn it is
  • Keep score accurately and honestly
  • Don’t ground your club in the hazards
  • Play it where it lies
  • Learn how and when to tend the flag
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The Sixth Habit — Know Your Game

  • Play with reasonable expectations
  • Learn how far you can hit each club
  • Control your game — and your temper
  • Take lessons

The Seventh Habit — Respect the Game

  • Learn about the game
  • You ARE a part of the tradition — Play like it!

Remember: your game of golf is important — but it is not more important than the other games of golf that are happening all around you!

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