Archive for the ‘Etiquette’ Category

Get a Golf Handicap Certificate with TSG …

Sunday, February 1st, 2015


When you first take up the game of golf, you quickly find that one of the first things ‘other’ golfers asks you is “What’s your Golf Handicap?”

Of course, if you’ve only just taken up the game, the chances are you won’t have one, but that’s where TSG can help …

TSG Golf Handicap Certificate

TSG Golf Handicap Certificate

How does it work …

We have worked hard to establish a tried and tested formula on the site, in order that golfers of any standard can calculate their golf handicap with very little effort….

The TSG Handicap Tracker allows you to enter in your scorecard after every round (hole by hole). After taking into account the course layout, the course SSS (Standard Scratch Score) and your existing Golf Handicap – this starts at 28 for men and 36 for women.

It will then deduce what your new handicap is, after every round.

The TSG Handicap Certificate can be found (and printed) under the My Handicap Menu tab on the main Members page.

Is the TSG Handicap Certificate  accepted at golf clubs?

This certificate is widely accepted by golf clubs and golf courses all over the world and at the time of going to press, we have never heard of anyone having been refused entry with it.

Of course, our certificate is not authenticated by CONGU. This is because The Social Golfer does not own a golf course, but otherwise the certificate is calculated using the same calculation.

Tracking Your Game …

The TSG Handicap Tracker can not only produce you a Golf Handicap Certificate once you have entered in your scores, the TSG system will also allow you to track you scores over time AND allow you to compare your stats with your friends and your fellow TSGers.

Keep a track of your Putts, Bunkers, Lost balls and much more.

All of your stats are recordable and with gentle analysis, this will help to understand which parts of your game need improvement and which area of your game is taking shape.

Many TSGers now use this system to keep their entire golfing history all in one place.

We have continued to update the system with new improvements and sections and will continue to respond to all requests from our members on how to improve it.

However, if you’re looking for an affordable and accurate way of tracking you golf handicap, look no further than TSG.

TSG Golf Handicap Tracker

TSG Golf Handicap Tracker

Is it accurate?

Well, that’s open to debate! We believe adamantly that a TSG Golf Handicap Certificate is actually MORE accurate and reflective of your playing standard than a standard CONGU club handicap.

Why? Well the TSG system lets you enter in a score EVERY time you play.

In addition, whilst many of our members are club members, almost all will tell you that their TSG Handicap is lower than the one provided by their club and therefore more ‘in tune’ with their playing ability.

Of course, the TSG certificate is not accepted in club competitions but it is accepted at ALL TSG events and even some well known amateur tours.

How much does it cost?

The TSG Golf Handicap Certificate and Handicap Tracking is included in the TSG annual PRO membership subscription fee of £24.99.

Start tracking your Golf Handicap today…

By Ian Mullins


Slow Play means ‘Ready golf’…

Friday, June 6th, 2014
Slow Play

Slow Play

Slow Play on the golf course is usually a habit acquired over time, with the accumulation of many bad habits.

Or it’s the result of the golfer never having been taught proper golf etiquette, meaning a slow player can usually be encouraged to play quicker.

Of course, that golfer has to be aware they are being slow; and that’s where your golf partners have a part to play.

We often take a look at other golfers on the course and notice the little things they do on the course but when we take an honest look at ourselves, we would probably discover we’re all guilty of doing some of the same things!

Why is Slow Play an issue?

When ‘Monty’ got me into golf, he started me off with golf etiquette and stressed that other golfers don’t really mind if you don’t play well but they will if you avoid Slow Play.

I enjoy playing at a reasonable pace and like to ‘walk’ a round a golf in 3 & 1/2 hours or less, if possible.

However, before we run down a list of suggestions for keeping up with play, it’s important to note that many of these tips have nothing to do with ‘rushing’, but rather with simply being ‘ready to play’.

With common sense and good etiquette on the course, social golf can be enjoyed by all.

And of course, it is also good manners and courteous to your playing partners that you are ready to go and not holding up the course.

Just think how many extra tee times course would have available IF everyone kept pace and a result would be a reduction in green fees for all.

Tips for addressing Slow Play and for keeping pace on the golf course …

• Leave your mobile phone in the car (or at least put it on silent) unless it’s your Golf GPS device
• Be ready to play when it is your tee time (having executed your practice routine beforehand)
• Don’t discount the value of adequate nutrition on the ability to keep up
• Try playing ‘Ready Golf’ where order of play is based on who is ready and not on ‘the honour’
• Take off the driver head cover before you get to the first tee and leave it off until the final tee shot

• Choose the correct tees to play from – if you’re a high-handicapper, you probably shouldn’t be playing off the Championship tees
• Play the game you can manage, keep control and not try to over hit just because your playing partners are longer than you
• Work on a concise pre-shot routine – limit practice strokes to one or two at the most
• Pay attention to your partners’ drives – if they lose sight of their ball, you can help direct them to it
• If you plan to hit the ball 180 yards and the group in front is 250 yards away, don’t wait for them to clear the fairway/green

• Members of a group should not travel as a pack – each member of the group should walk directly to their own ball
• If you are unsure whether your ball has come to rest, out of bounds or lost, immediately hit a provisional
• If you are searching for a lost ball and are willing to spend a few minutes looking for it, allow the group behind to play through
• Don’t ask playing partners to help finding a lost ball until they have played their own shots first
• Use the time you spend getting to your ball to think/visualise about the next shot – the yardage, the club selection

• Approach the ball from behind – along your line of intended play
• When two players are riding in a buggy, drive to the first ball and drop off the first player with a choice of clubs
• If using a buggy on a path-only day, take more than one club with you when you walk from the buggy to your ball
• Park your buggy/trolley/bag close to where you will be playing your shot
• Never delay making a stroke because you’re having a conversation with a playing partner. Put the conversation on hold

And if that doesn’t do it, there’s even more tips to avoid Slow Play …

• Leave buggy/trolley/bag at the side of the green on the way to the next tee
• Begin reading the green and lining up putts as soon as you reach the green. Make this part of your putting routine
• If you are not in the middle of a matchplay/medal think about not marking lag putts and putt out
• After putting out, don’t stand around the chatting – leave the green quickly so the group behind can play
• Leaving the green, don’t ‘faff’, move to the next tee, put away your club away, then mark your scorecard

• If you’re the type who likes to offer tips to playing partners, save it for the range or the 19th!
• Walk at a good pace between shots – speeding up your gait a little is good for your health
• Carry tees, ball markers, divot repairers and an extra golf ball in your pockets so you never have to return to your golf bag
• When chipping around the green, carry both the club you’ll be chipping with, and your putter
• Consider putting with a glove on (if you wear a glove)

Slow Play is an issue on the Professional tours as well at the local golf course…

Over the last few years, many of the Tour professionals have been penalised for slow play and it’s becoming an even bigger issue as the TV companies start to complain that it is effecting the schedules.

But do the Pro’s care about slow play? If you’re making $100k per tournament (and that’s just the sponsors money) do you care if your making your playing partner wait or indeed the audiences at home?!

All of us have seen a golfer who appears oblivious to what’s going on around them, who wastes time, who ‘faffs about’ on the course and slows down play. And if you haven’t seen that golfer … IT’S PROBABLY YOU!

The bottom line is, slow play is the responsibility of everyone, as soon as it’s your turn to play, you should be READY to make the stroke.

By Steve ‘The Power’ Slater