the Green Etiquette
The green surface is likely the most etiquette sensitive
area on the golf course. There are a few practices that
the average golfer must be aware of in order to maintain
the respect courtesy of fellow players.
Perhaps the most important involves when a golfer walks
in relation to others golf balls and the hole. When
walking onto a green surface it is imperative that every
golfer takes note of the location of every golf ball
on the green in order to make sure that he/she does
not walk on an area of grass that a fellow golfer will
be putting their next putt. Whenever possible walk around
the outside of the ball and not over the line along
which a ball will soon be travelling. This means whenever
it is possible without wasting time avoid large stepping
or jumping over the line when a ball might be travelling.
The reason for this is twofold.
First one must realize that you have not actually looked
at the line of the players ball and you don't really
know if they will be dealing with a one, two or five
foot break, therefor you could very well large step
yourself directly along the players line.
Second when a golfer large steps or jumps over the
another's line even if he/she has successfully avoided
stepping along the other players line, the force of
the foot upon the ground is at least doubled in comparison
to that of the force of a regular walking step. This
can cause involuntary damage to the green or at least
create a much larger foot impression on the green which
a player latter on in the day may have to putt over.