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How To Deal With Annoying Golfers

You finally are able to carve out some time to work on your game down at the range mid-week. You get your clubs set up, do some stretching, and then you follow my advice on how to work on your game by imagining actually playing the course.   You pull out your driver like it’s the first tee and go through your routine.  You step up to the ball and just as your about to take your swing back, a couple of guys 3 stalls down start laughing rather loudly and your focus is destroyed.

What do you do?  How do you handle it?

Isn’t golf supposed to be a gentlemanly game with etiquette and consideration for other golfers?

Well, if you’ve been golfing at all lately , you know that has been degrading over the last 2 decades.  But, you can turn this around to your favor.

Watch the video to find out.

Greens and fairways,

Title:Golf Tips: How To Deal With Annoying Golfers

Hi Craig, Today I went to the driving range to practice, there was about 6 guys and ladies hittting some balls.Then two guys pitch up and start hitting balls. Need I have to tell you the talking, laving,joking so that everyone there has to know they are there. Am I a bad guy if I wish they can finish and go home so that everyone there can concentrate to practice? Or advise how to overcome this behavior.

Unfortunately, there are people like this out there. Uncaring, inconsiderate and lazy.

Seems like you’ve got a choice in action

1. You can walk over and politely ask them to be a little quieter so that everyone can focus on their game
just like in a regular tournament. You might be a little squeamish about confronting someone like that but I also think that’s a great way to teach yourself how to overcome fear


2. You can use what they are doing as a “test” of your ability to focus. It’s all how you look at it.
Tiger Woods dad used to try to distract him in practice on purpose to build up his focusing ability.
He would throw clubs in front of him and make noises and Tiger said it was very helpful when
tournament time came because nothing could distract him after what his Dad used to do.

In other words, you can see it as a golden opportunity to practice your mental toughness focusing ability because let’s face it, it’s going to happen to you out on the course. You might as well be prepared for it.

AND, this goes to a bigger point I’d like to make about managing your mental game. It’s the idea that things SHOULD be different than they are.

“My game SHOULD be better right now”

This green SHOULD be smoother

The players ahead of us SHOULD play faster

The people at the course SHOULD be quieter

Get rid of SHOULDs and Musts. All they do is get you frustrated and you are much more likely to play well in a good state than a frustrated one.

greens and fairways
your swing is good enough to go low…

4 Responses

  1. steve says:

    great advice Craig, thanks.

    • Craig Sigl says:

      Thanks Steve. Sometimes we just need reminders of what we already know…this is a simple but powerful one if it’s used all over the course…including when playing behind slow players…
      Greens and Fairways,


  2. Mike says:

    Craig, I love your common sense approach. Many years ago, Christy O’Connor Snr., who was a famous golfer in Ireland & UK, said that if your swing is “off” for whatever reason (lack of focus,, outside influences,,, coming down the home straight with a good score etc etc), sing / hum a song to yourself, not any song, but a waltz because, in his opinion, that’s the tempo of a good swing and would help one to focus and ‘get back on track’.
    And his best advice, in my opinion, for all mid-high handicappers, at the start of each round say the following little prayer “Lord, I don’t need to be long, I just need to be straight. Amen.”

    Have a great day.

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