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... I ran into this amazingly stupid and careless routine again today. Someone is on the tee with the rest of the group to the left of the tee box. The person on the tee turns to his left and takes practice swings right at the group!?!? In LA about 10 years ago a guy did this and hit his driver into the ground, the shaft broke and hit the guy next to me in the chest. I turned just in time but still got a face full of dirt. Thankfully the jagged shaft didn't hit him but he still had a red welp mark on his chest he showed his friend later in the round, when his friend said he was being a big baby. A few years ago I wasn't paying attention and had the same thing happen, although the head didn't snap off the shaft, but I got covered in wet turf.

... I got paired up with a 3some today and one of the guys turned and started to take a practice swing and I said "WHOA! I apologize for interrupting you but you have 325* in every direction that isn't right at someone, why would you swing at the only place you could hit them?" He looked surprised and said "I don't know. I have always done it this way". I told him about the head snapping off and how the ragged shaft could have done some real damage. 

... I see this all the time and just don't understand why anyone would take a full swing right at people 10 feet away. 

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‘‘Tis why you get to have these moments of teaching.

People are generally ignorant to safety, it’s very strange... I see it day in and day out. Makes me wonder how some folks make it through life without serious injuries.

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There is a tremendous amount of ignorance in the world. I'm continually shocked by what people simply just don't know. I'm glad you spoke up and taught the person today something that may really save him some heartache in the future. I have seen this exact scenario many times resulting in everything from people bleeding to being covered in mud - all for something that literally makes no sense.


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Funny I should find this thread this morning.  While playing yesterday afternoon, I saw a guy take a fairway wood to the left chest.  One of those direct blows that hits with a "thud", pauses for a split second as if it's suspended in mid-air, before falling to the ground.  Guy hit the ground like he was shot with a gun.

It's important to note (I think) this is a day after the conclusion of The Invitational (club championship).  The rough was especially long and thick.  The guy was playing his second from the deep rough less than 100 yards from the tee box on a long par 5 where he topped his drive.  The other two guys in the group were standing directly in front and to the right of the guy swinging the club.  The ball came out dead left, traveling maybe 60 yards.  The club caught up in the thick rough.  The guy let go, I'm sure acting like the guys he sees on TV.  The rest should be self explanatory! 

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Have never seen this...yet.  I hope I never do, but I'm glad you guys posted this.  Now I won't be completely shocked upon seeing such exceptional decision making.

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Not sure why anyone would do that intentionally.  

My question is ... when you're taking a practice swing with a Driver in your hands, HOW do you take a divot??  I mean c'mon .... all of my practice swings (when I take them) are hovered over the ground.  I despise it when people take a hair piece out with their practice swing as well as their regular swing.  On par 3's especially.

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Great time for a teaching moment though. You never know,next time he sees this happening, he might say something and so on. This is how safety and proper etiquette can exponentially grow in the golfer economy. Now if only you could have a teaching moment for those ball marks😲

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Great time for a teaching moment though. You never know,next time he sees this happening, he might say something and so on. This is how safety and proper etiquette can exponentially grow in the golfer economy. Now if only you could have a teaching moment for those ball marks


You can. It’s contagious.

I played with a group of fellas last month, I started fixing random pitch marks.

Over the next set of holes they all joined in.

Everyone just needs someone to set a good example. Yes, some are too far gone to give a crap.

Another example I was out with my second youngest out and there was a group of HS kids on the hole over from me that were cussing like sailors. I said hey, how’d your mom feel if she heard you talking like that. They apologized, “sorry sir” and went on with their day.

Sometimes a little jab or course correction can make a difference.
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Why would anyone even think of doing this.  Fist off don't you want to be practicing your swing at the target you should be aiming at....not to mention even the danger of it.   

Was he completely oblivious other golf protocol during the round as well, like where to stand while you're hitting/putting and fixing ball marks and repairing divots?

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This is mind boggling to me - I can honestly say that I do not recall ever seeing anyone take a practice swing towards his or her playing partners.

 

Someone earlier mentioned taking a divot with driver, I’ve seen that and done it myself accidentally even though I intended to hover the club above the ground. It’s among the 100 or so reasons why I’d never be aiming at people while taking a practice swing. :)

 

You handled it perfectly Chisag and given any one of us the ideal way to do the same should we encounter it on the course.

 

 

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When I was a caddy we were taught that you always stand on the right side of the tee.  Ignoring the fact that a few lefties play the game, this puts everyone in the view of a right handed golfer so they don't have to be wondering if there is someone wandering around behind them while they are swinging.

I am trying to think of preshot routines that I have seen, and I can only think of swings down the target line or swings while facing the target, which would be right at a group standing on the left side of the tee (unless the swinger is back from the tees far enough).

Standing on the right should be out of the way for everyone, unless there is a lefty there to throw everything off. 

Now, if I was facing the target and there was a group on the left, I  would make sure to move somewhere so I am not laying sod on the front of their new golf outfits (that is an admission that I might on "super rare" occasions have a practice swing that might have missed a ball entirely).

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4 minutes ago, romeopapazulu said:

When I was a caddy we were taught that you always stand on the right side of the tee.  Ignoring the fact that a few lefties play the game, this puts everyone in the view of a right handed golfer so they don't have to be wondering if there is someone wandering around behind them while they are swinging.

I am trying to think of preshot routines that I have seen, and I can only think of swings down the target line or swings while facing the target, which would be right at a group standing on the left side of the tee (unless the swinger is back from the tees far enough).

Standing on the right should be out of the way for everyone, unless there is a lefty there to throw everything off. 

Now, if I was facing the target and there was a group on the left, I  would make sure to move somewhere so I am not laying sod on the front of their new golf outfits (that is an admission that I might on "super rare" occasions have a practice swing that might have missed a ball entirely).

i have learned form friends of mine who are tour caddies, to always stand on the right of the person teeing off, or hitting from the fairway.  That way you also eliminate the possibility of being hit in their back swing should they either fall way off balance or step back to take another practice swing without knowing how close you are.  

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... Since most people play from carts, both riding or push carts, 99.9% of the time they stand on the side of the tee box next to the cart path or the direction they approached the tee box. In a casual round, I don't think I can remember golfers leaving their carts and crossing the tee box to the other side while someone is teeing off. 

... And to those of you that have never experienced someone swinging at you standing on the left side, I am not talking about standing ON the tee box and someone a few feet away taking a practice swing right at you. I am talking about standing to the side of the tee box, usually on a slightly lower level as most tee boxes are raised or crowned a little. So 10-15 feet away, but still in the path of an inadvertent divot.

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3 hours ago, chisag said:

... Since most people play from carts, both riding or push carts, 99.9% of the time they stand on the side of the tee box next to the cart path or the direction they approached the tee box. In a casual round, I don't think I can remember golfers leaving their carts and crossing the tee box to the other side while someone is teeing off. 

... And to those of you that have never experienced someone swinging at you standing on the left side, I am not talking about standing ON the tee box and someone a few feet away taking a practice swing right at you. I am talking about standing to the side of the tee box, usually on a slightly lower level as most tee boxes are raised or crowned a little. So 10-15 feet away, but still in the path of an inadvertent divot.

I'm finally a 1 percenter!!   I know what you're saying, and see that a lot.  But I always walk across to the right side, even if it's crossing the entire box.   It's just as natural as putting the tee in the ground for me. 

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On 8/20/2019 at 2:53 PM, Golfspy_CG2 said:

don't you want to be practicing your swing at the target you should be aiming at

I was going to ask the same rhetorical question. To me, the *only* logical direction to take your tee box practice swing towards your target .. eg. the rehearsal / visualization process. 

Aside from that, why you you ever swing *at* someone standing near you...??

Anyway, thanks Chisag for trying to make the [golf] world a safer place!

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On 8/19/2019 at 9:00 PM, Shankster said:

People are generally ignorant to safety, it’s very strange... I see it day in and day out. Makes me wonder how some folks make it through life without serious injuries.

And hence we have the Darwin Award.

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