Unlike most sports, golf is one that you can play while still practicing social distancing. While some states have closed down golf courses, others have kept them open, giving people an opportunity to go outside and get some fresh air. However, that doesn’t mean that you can play exactly how you used to before the coronavirus pandemic.
In order to keep yourself and others safe, you must practice social distancing even while you’re out on the golf course. Here’s how:
Walk, don’t ride in a cart
Even if golf carts are available, walking is often safer. You don’t know how frequently a golf cart has been cleaned, and it could be carrying all sorts of germs from the people who used it before you. So, if you’re playing a few rounds of golf, walk around the course instead of driving around.
Forgo the post-round handshake
It’s tradition to shake hands after a round of golf, but these are unusual times. Frankly, you don’t want to risk a handshake, even if you’re all wearing gloves. If you need to do something to acknowledge the end of a round, tap putter heads, do an air-fist-bump, or simply give each other a nod. Just do anything that doesn’t involve skin-to-skin contact.
Leave the flag in place
Again, you want to avoid touching anything that other people may have or will touch. That includes the flagstick. Keep the flag in place while you’re putting instead of taking it out of the hole in order to stay as safe as possible.
Keep your group small and keep your distance
This should go without saying, but you really need to limit who you come in contact with during these times. Keep your golf group small, no bigger than five or six people, and be sure to stay six feet away from each other at all times.
Here at Heiser Golf, we want to make sure everyone gets through this crisis while also still being able to enjoy a few rounds of their favorite sport. That’s why we are still offering our custom fittings so that you can play your best game even during this pandemic. Contact us today to learn more!