There are things that we sometimes forget when we play golf. It is not the equipment, but it has something to do with ourselves. Or, perhaps a pet peeve that continuously bothers us when we play golf. Even professionals had their share of blunders while playing golf. These things may seem unimportant, but they affect one’s performance.

We have listed some of the common, but often forgotten little things, that can affect your golf performance.

Size matters

Aside from looking unpolished, your ill-fitting clothes and shoes can make you feel uncomfortable and unconfident. Your clothes and shoes have an effect on your performance. Imagine tugging at your clothes all the time whenever you are about to make a swing. Or your feet, screaming for justice because they’ve had enough of your tight shoes? It is a big hassle! From the time you shop, pick the right size of clothes and shoes so that it will be the least of your concern on the turf.

Remember your sunscreen

It is not vanity. Sunscreen protects your skin from the dangerous UV rays from the sun. Apply sunscreen before the game and a little bit more if you have been under the sun for more than an hour. You can also use lip balm to prevent chapped lips.

Eating way too much before you tee off

Yes, we understand that it is going to be a long and productive day on the greens. But that doesn’t mean that it is your last meal. Eating too much food will make you feel bloated and even sleepy. This stuffiness will affect your performance in a negative way. So next time, eat smart, so you do not have to carry excess baggage when you play.

Being too attached to your phone

Resist. I repeat, resist. Just resist the temptation to touch your phone while you are playing. It is considered rude by some. It will also distract you from your game. You are on the golf course to play, not check your emails. If something critical and urgent comes up, your staff or your wife will surely call you. Focus on the game instead.

Ready but hesitant

You may have experienced this in one of your games. Either you are the one being too polite to confirm if it is your turn or you are the other team waiting for a turn. Remember, time is gold. While you are exchanging pleasantries and what not, there is someone behind you waiting. If you are ready, just go and hit that ball, please.

Shout Fore!

You had a perfect shot in your head. You hit the ball and off it went. Unfortunately, it seemed that the ball had a mind of its own and went the other way. Time to shout, “Fore!” Saying “Fore!” is not just about etiquette, but a rule of safety. As long as there is a possibility of hitting someone, just say it. You can also say “Fore right” or “Fore left” to let people know the direction where the ball is coming.

We hope that these gentle reminders would be helpful for your next golf game