Prior to playing a stroke or making a practice swing, the
player should ensure that no one is standing close by or in a
position to be hit by the club, the ball or any stones, pebbles,
twigs or the like which may be moved by the stroke or swing.
Consideration for Other Players
The player who has the honor should be allowed to play before
his opponent or fellow-competitor tees his ball.
No one should move, talk or stand close to or
directly behind the ball or the hole when a player is addressing the ball or making a stroke.
No player should play until the players in front
are out of range.
Pace of Play
In the interest of all, players should play without delay.
If a player believes his ball may be lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds, to save time,
he should play a provisional ball.
Players searching for a ball should signal the
players behind them to pass as soon as it becomes apparent that the
ball will not easily be found. They should not search for five
minutes before doing so. They should not continue play until the
players following them have passed and are out of range.
When the play of a hole has been completed,
players should immediately leave the putting green.
If a match fails to keep its place on the course and loses more than one clear hole on the players in
front, it should invite the match following to pass.