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Bad Habits

Eliminate Putting Bad Habits 

from your game.


We may not be capable of great golf, but we can always set a good example as far as the Etiquette of the game is concerned.


In the Ezine on Etiquette three important instances of poor form are listed.

  1. Stepping on another player's line (or through-line).
  2. Standing close to or directly behind the ball of other players in your group (or the hole) when they are putting.
  3. Failure to repair pitch marks with due care.

In addition to these bad habits there are a few others that you should be aware of so that you can avoid them.

Putter as Crutch

Watch how others, both pros and amateur golfers, mark their ball or retrieve it from the hole. You will notice that they lean on their putter to retain their balance.

The following is a statement by Frank Thomas, former technical director of the USGA, "When removing the ball from the hole you can put 40 to 50 pounds on the putter in trying to keep your balance. Most of the time during this ballet-like pose, only the putter toe is in contact."

Dropping Flag

In Rule 1.2 Standards of Player Conduct it states under sub-section 1.2a Conduct Expected of All Players that all players should take good care of the course. For example, replacing divots, smoothing bunkers, repairing ball marks, and not causing unnecessary damage to the course.

You can do your part by ensuring that no damage is done to the putting green when putting down your golf bag or the flagstick.

It is far better to place your golf bag or the flagstick off the putting green or at least lower them gently.

Putter to Remove Ball

To avoid damaging the hole you should not use the head of your putter or any other club  to remove a ball from the hole.

If you have difficulty bending over and keeping your balance, fit your putter with a suction cup.


The Definitions section of the Rules describes a ball-marker as an artificial object such as a tee, a coin, an object made to be a ball-marker or another small piece of equipment.

It is considered poor etiquette to use an unusual object that could be distracting to other golfers.

Scratching an arrow on the putting surface is poor form.

Cleaning Ball

Rule 13-1e states that you are not allowed to test the surface of any putting green by rolling a ball, or roughening or scraping the surface.

It is recommended that you clean your ball in other ways to eliminate any question that you are testing the surface of the putting green.

Use a damp towel or cloth to clean your ball. Never rub it on the putting green.

Putting Bad Habits

When you play golf you are representing yourself. What would you like people to think of you and your consideration for others?

I believe that we should go out of our way to be a role model, and a good example to fellow players.

  • We should therefore reflect occasionally on how we behave when we play golf. What are your Putting Bad Habits?


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