Week One: Distance and Direction, Revisited

Students will be able to:

  • learn the types of grip in golf; use training aids for aim and alignment; understand the significance of different ball positions; and explain why it is necessary to maintain posture throughout the swing

  • learn how to line up the ball and clubface in putting and use new putting drills for distance and direction

  • apply putting green etiquette

  • understand the difference between rules and etiquette

  • define respect

Quiz 1

Golf Grips

Aim and Alignment

Week 1 Notes:

  1. Introduction

    • 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 Playing course.

  2. Etiquette

    • 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.

  3. Watch the video lesson below: