We live in a world that is constantly on the run – and is subsequently always straddling the line between decent etiquette and downright rude behavior. This is particularly true in golf – and yet one needn’t make a trip to the golf course to understand how blurred these boundaries have become. In fact, all you have to do is get in your car and drive around for a little while.
“Road rage” – or, quite simply, bad etiquette while driving – is a prime example of society’s crumbling social graces. In a recent opinion piece for the Delaware County Times, one write found this to be the case, citing the similarities between golf and driving etiquette – and no, we’re not talking about driving off of the tee.
We all know just how widespread “road rage” is. Heck, many of us live with it on a day to day basis. But for the world of golf to be compared with perhaps one of the most etiquette-deprived areas of our lives suggests something to us here at Ediquete LLC: golf is losing its treasured reputation for player courtesy.
Finding our inner manners – on the road and on the green
It’s not too hard to ditch the bad attitude while driving in a car: simply placing an emphasis on safety and patience is often enough to shake drivers out of a funk. So why does it seem to be especially hard for golfers to make a similar effort on the green?
There are a number of reasons: first, getting frustrated when playing a game – any game – is common because these games can bring out our competitive instincts. Second, the culture of golf has changed. It’s not just a way to spend an idle Saturday afternoon anymore. Instead, golf has evolved into one of the most-covered sports in the world, a field of competition where it can be hard to separate details of the game from essentials in life.
However, identifying this difference is the key to unlocking your inner gentleman (or lady), whether you’re driving through rush hour traffic or stuck between two golfing parties on the green.
Make etiquette that much easier with the WISP
Of course, not everyone can master good etiquette overnight – and that’s where the WISP golf tool comes in. The WISP is an easy and portable way to clear sand from the putting green. Because leaving the golf course the way you found it is one of the primary directives of good golf etiquette, the WISP golf tool is an essential way to show other golfers that you’re respectful of their rights as well as your own.
Just try it – we know you’ll not only find a new sense of pride for the way you care for the golf course, but that you’ll actually enjoy using the golf tool as well.