Welcome to Max’s Intermediate 1 Course Page!
Week 1 Notes:
The USGA determines all rules in golf.
This guide will provide a basic overview of the rules of golf. The rules are covered in greater detail in the Intermediate 2 course.
To preserve the traditions of the game of golf, we should practice good golf etiquette before, during, and after our round of golf. Your behavior will have an effect on everyone around you.
Slow play affects everyone playing behind you. A conscious effort to play your round at a good pace will make the game of golf more enjoyable for everyone. Please be aware if the course that you are playing has been issued a USGA Pace Rating by the regional golf association in your area and follow the time par.
Etiquette is a standard of behavior, or an unwritten code of values, one should uphold during play. One CANNOT be penalized for poor etiquette, while one CAN and WILL be penalized for a breach of rules. We will discuss major rules during this course, but examples of etiquette are included below.
Examples of etiquette include: raking the bunker when you finish hitting, tending the flagstick for your opponent or partner, saying good job when your opponent or partner hits, upholding honors in order of play, marking your ball, allowing whoever is farthest from the hole to hit first, shaking hands with your opponent or partner before and after play, stepping over each others’ putting lines, moving your shadow when it interferes with another player’s line, repairing ball marks and filling divots, using fore appropriately, etc.
This week, we studied Aim and Alignment, and how you can use your clubs, ball, and alignment stick to practice more efficiently. Please try to come out to West Point and PRACTICE this week!
Week 2 Notes:
Teeing Ground- the starting point of the golf hole
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The teeing ground is composed of several tee boxes, usually some variation of black, gold, blue, white, red, and green. Each tee box has two tee markers, and these markers, which are always colored, define where you may tee up the ball.
You may tee the ball up to two club-lengths behind the tee markers. This means you cannot tee up the ball in front of the markers, more than two club-lengths behind the markers, or outside the markers. To clarify on the last point, you can stand outside of the markers, but the ball itself must lie between the two markers. The penalty for breaking this rule is two strokes.
If a ball, when not in play, falls off a tee or is knocked off by the player while addressing it, it may be re-teed without penalty. But if the player intended to strike the ball, then a stroke was made and the stroke counts but no penalty is incurred.
Addressing the ball means you have taken your stance. Intending to hit the ball means you have already taken your stance and are now going to hit the ball. The ball is in play once you have intention to hit it.
Playing the Ball
Play the ball as it lies. This is the MOST important rule in golf and your ULTIMATE goal!
Play the course as you find it. Do not improve your lie, the area of your intended stance or swing, or your line of play by moving, bending, or breaking anything fixed or growing, except in fairly taking your stance or making your stroke.
Do not press anything down or build a stance. The penalty for improving your lie is two strokes.
If your ball lies in a bunker or water hazard, do not touch the ground in the bunker or water before your downswing. The penalty for grounding your club in a hazard is two strokes.
If your club strikes the ball more than once in a single stroke (double-hitting), count the stroke and add a penalty stroke.
If you play a wrong ball, you incur a two stroke penalty and must then play the correct ball.
Tools to Succeed in Golf: ball, tee, ball marker, divot repair tool
This week we talked about the difference between pitching and chipping, and how we use the swing to generate loft. You should be able to determine whether to chip or pitch given your lie on the course. Please PRACTICE this week. PRACTICE makes PERFECT, right?
We also talked a bit about putting green etiquette. Click here for a quick video on the basics, but we will return to this later on in the course.
I’m Max Meier, a second year Information Systems and Economics major at UF. That sounds complicated, so to break it down, I am studying technology and computer science, as well as the processes that make our country successful. I also have a degree in history, so if you have any questions on your history homework, I can gladly help you!
I’ve been teaching golf for nearly 5 years, and I have taught hundreds of students ages 2-70 from all skill levels and backgrounds. I was manager of the largest junior golf program in Palm Beach, where I developed and led beginner, intermediate, advanced, and tournament-level golf classes from 2015-2018. I am excited to be your instructor and to help you learn more about golf as well as develop skills you can carry with you for the rest of your life.
I don’t really sleep, so you can contact me whenever with questions! My cell is 561-719-8578 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you this semester!