Tiger Woods/Source: PGA
Let’s be honest: there are a few golfers out there who view etiquette and personal behavior as being separate from their golf skills. As long as you can hit a drive past 250 yards and stay on the green, they figure, the rest of golf really doesn’t matter.
But these types of golfers don’t live in a vacuum, and the rules of life apply to them just as they apply to anyone else. Consider the story of Tiger Woods, formerly the world’s long-standing number one golfer who has lost his top slot in the wake of a persistent injury (and a very public marriage scandal). There’s no doubt that Tiger Woods remains one of the most skilled and talented golfers in the world – and perhaps ever. But golf is not played in a vacuum. The mental aspects of golf far outweigh the physical, to the point where even golfers of Woods’ caliber are not immune to the effects of a personal life gone awry.
Woods has made headlines (and been a topic on our blog) a lot in the past few months –- but consider why: once Woods’ personal life began to overshadow his golf skills, media coverage of his performance went by the wayside…and focused front and center on his behavior instead.
Golf is Not Played in a Vacuum
As we stated, golfers don’t live in a vacuum. This is especially true for professional golfers like Woods, whose personal lives are held up to close scrutiny and shared all around the world. But even amateur golfers need to realize that performance is not only about what happens between the club and the ball, but what happens between their ears – and how they relate to fellow players on the green.
This is especially true for people who don’t consider golf etiquette a necessary part of the game. They’d prefer to leave sand on the green for the next party to clean up. They don’t rake up their bad shots, don’t repair their divots, and don’t really care enough to stay quiet when other people are trying to swing.
We find that it’s much easier to concentrate on building your skills when etiquette is a habit – a routine that you don’t even have to think about. Replacing divots and wisping sand from the putting surface should be second nature – and with the right tools, any golfer can bring better playability, aesthetic beauty and maintenance to every single shot, every time they play.
Welcome to the next generation in golf etiquette
The WISP golf tool is a great way to make sure etiquette is an easy and efficient staple of your golf routine – so easy, in fact, that you barely have to think about it. Simply leave the green the way you found it by wisping sand into the putting surface after tracking it onto the green or displacing it after a bunker shot.
Talk to your course superintendent today, and request a WISP demonstration to see how this innovative tool works to solve the problem of sand on the putting green.