While you are all gung-ho about swinging your golf club at a little golf ball, you almost expect to hear one of your parents shout a “be careful” at you before you tee off. It takes you some ways back when you were a kid and your mom or dad would send you to play with the same caveat. Turns out it is not an empty warning in golf. Especially when you are all grown-up and getting a boo-boo could be embarrassing and not endearing.
But then again you wonder what could probably go wrong on the golf course? Huge place, green course, lovely people, golf cart that does 12mph, the idea of a disaster is laughable. Safety comes naturally to such an environment. Unless you are you are lost in the huge place, or you spot a snake on the course, or somebody flings their club at you or a golf cart tries to run you over or if you have been particularly naughty, you could be struck by lightning.
The possibilities of golf accidents might seem a little farfetched to you but according to a report by Consumer Products Safety Commission, golf cart-related injuries alone account to 15,000 cases a year.* Drumroll * golf safety tips!
What can you do so that when you get home from a round of golf, momma doesn’t have to say that she “told you so” ?
SAFETY OF OTHERS IN GOLF
Think of other golfers while preparing for shot
Part of the preparation of a shot in golf is that you make sure that you swing area is clear. It is your responsibility, as well, to see that nobody is standing too close to you when you are about the swing your metal club.
Propelled by the swing speed, the metal body can cause massive damage as documented by many a crime-drama shows
Do not aim at other golfers
Duh! But surprisingly few people get it! You must be paying the club golf fee, but that doesn’t allow you sow wild golf balls. So before you aim your shot, see the target area is clear and the golfers ahead of you are not standing in the trajectory of your shot.
Sometimes it could frustrate you to no end that the group ahead of you is slow. Still the etiquette (and good sense!) demand that you don’t take your shot at them. Instead hail down a marshal of the golf course and let him/her know that the golfers ahead are slow.
Safety first, play next !
‘Fore-caddy’ shortened to ‘Fore!’ is a cry to duck in the Golf lingo. So when you take a shot and realize the golf ball is going to fly onto a group of people in the adjoining fairway, yell ‘Fore’! and they would know to dodge the ball.
Unprecedented mishaps often happen if you aren’t able to spot golfers in the fairway ahead before taking a swing
PERSONAL SAFETY IN GOLF
Stay clear of other golfers when they are playing
As mentioned before, the head of the metal golf club can make crater sized dent in your noggin.
- So stay away from another player who is swinging it. Golf course is pretty huge place.
- Find your haven away from another man’s (or woman’s) club head
Keep an ear out for “Fore”!
When someone yells ‘Fore!’ on a golf course, duck and cover your head.
- Do not wait for a bad rendition of a Tom-and-Jerry-situation to happen to yourself
- If you keep looking the golf ball after you hear the Fore-call, Karma will make sure that it comes and smashes into your face
Golf Cart not Bugatti Veyron
All the driving regulations that you follow while driving a car apply hear as well. Although it’s barely a vehicle it can and has caused far too many accidents than one would expect.
- Wear a seatbelt on the golf cart and don’t rage through the course on it.
- Don’t drive rash and don’t let your feet hang on the sides
Warm-up before any sport helps you loosen up. It gets the blood flowing and makes you more alert in your role as a golfer.
- Stretch your arms, jog on a deserted spot on the course, swing your clubs a couple of times.
For a round of golf you could be spending north of three hours in the sun. The course could silently drain your skin of its moisture and glow.
- Use proper posture right from the practice shots and maintain it all the way. Good posture and swing contributes to the safety against unnecessary strain to your back
- Make sure to put on a sunscreen at least 20 minutes before your get out there.
- You can also use a hat or a visor to keep the sun out of your eyes on the golf course. Safety implies preventing you from burning into a crisp
All that golf walk and discussing the next mayor with your fellow-players could leave you dehydrated.
- So drink lot of water to keep yourself up for the gossip. Water keeps you vigilant and fresh for the whole round of golf.
- You can also pick your favorite health drink (read Gatorade), but it has been proved that excessive consumption of health drinks can damage your liver
Into Golf like any other game. Maybe, more so as it is the nobility amongst sports. But as long as you can keep yourself from smashing down nose bridges with your metal club and cart raging into other players, you are contributing to a safe golf environment!