- It's a good idea to warm up before playing an official round, working through each type of golf club beginning with short irons and ending with wooden ones.
- Local rules can vary from course to course, so it's important to check them and make sure everyone is comfortable with the established guidelines. It's also polite for each player to mark his or her ball to distinguish them from one another.
- There are certain measures that can keep the pacing equal for groups in front of and behind one another. About 30 to 45 seconds should be allotted for club selection and a shot. In between shots, the walk should be kept to a reasonable speed.
- It's courteous to rake the area behind each step taken and the footprints left by each player. Furthermore, smoothing putting areas after use is a good idea.
These guidelines and more can help a game of golf run fairly and smoothly. For more, visit www.pga.com.