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Where to stand when your opponent his hitting the ball on the fairway?

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I am just getting into golf and was a little confused with this one,sorry if the answer is obvious.Was playing with a golfer yesterday that has played regularly for over 40 years,I was standing to his backside while he was addressing the ball on the fairway and he told me NEVER stand there when someone his hitting the ball because he can see me in his peripheral vision?He said always stand facing his chest,that way I’m out of his vision and never stand in line with the ball to his right either.I have no problem doing whatever he prefers,but is this common practice?When I golf with my other friends we usually stand 10 feet back in line with the ball to see the flight of it in case the hitter loses vision of it.

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  • Lefty96Lefty96 Members  243WRX Points: 173Posts: 243 Fairways
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    Generally it is good form to stand either directly in front of the person (so the ball is between you and them, I think this is what he mean by facing his chest) or to stand behind their backside so that you are completely out of sight. You definitely shouldn’t stand in this line behind the ball. One little move in the middle of his swing can cause him to take his mind off the ball. It’s just good form to stand out of sight.

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    As a referee, I was told to stand where I could see his buttocks or his belt buckle.

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  • dvboydvboy Members  19WRX Points: 18Posts: 19 Bunkers
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    Thanks,that makes sense,the main point I was trying to figure out was if it’s bad etiquette to stand to the back side of the player(facing his back,not in line with his shot).He was very adamant that is very poor etiquette to stand there and I just don’t see the logic of that,but wasn’t going to argue with someone who’s credentials way exceed mine.

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    It's not bad etiquette. He's got a poor swing if he's turning his head on his backswing. Just make sure you're not like 5 feet away from him. Give the same distance as you would if you were in front of him looking at the ball.

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    On -, @dvboy said:

    Thanks,that makes sense,the main point I was trying to figure out was if it’s bad etiquette to stand to the back side of the player(facing his back,not in line with his shot).He was very adamant that is very poor etiquette to stand there and I just don’t see the logic of that,but wasn’t going to argue with someone who’s credentials way exceed mine.

    Lots of people have specific things that annoy them, things that would be just fine otherwise, and this seems like one of them. I agree with the others who have posted, standing in a spot where the player cannot see you is generally fine, including directly behind the player's back. But if any individual says that bothers him, respect that individual and find someplace else to stand. And if he wants to argue that standing behind a player is bad etiquette, you can refer him to this forum, and we can argue about it for hundreds of posts. >:)
    I generally don't like someone standing behind the ball and watching down the line, unless he's a bit further back than the 10 feet you say you prefer. If I ever have a problem with where someone is standing, I simply ask them politely not to stand there, and then apologize for my own sensitivity.

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    On -, @davep043 said:

    On -, @dvboy said:

    Thanks,that makes sense,the main point I was trying to figure out was if it’s bad etiquette to stand to the back side of the player(facing his back,not in line with his shot).He was very adamant that is very poor etiquette to stand there and I just don’t see the logic of that,but wasn’t going to argue with someone who’s credentials way exceed mine.

    Lots of people have specific things that annoy them, things that would be just fine otherwise, and this seems like one of them. I agree with the others who have posted, standing in a spot where the player cannot see you is generally fine, including directly behind the player's back. But if any individual says that bothers him, respect that individual and find someplace else to stand. And if he wants to argue that standing behind a player is bad etiquette, you can refer him to this forum, and we can argue about it for hundreds of posts. >:)
    I generally don't like someone standing behind the ball and watching down the line, unless he's a bit further back than the 10 feet you say you prefer. If I ever have a problem with where someone is standing, I simply ask them politely not to stand there, and then apologize for my own sensitivity.

    Well put my friend,I think that sums things up nicely :)

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    If I am in a situation where I need to help watch the ball flight I will stand on or close to the line well back from the player. I have bad vision and if I am not behind the ball I will never pick it up. I haven't had anyone object to this practice. If I am playing with someone or a couple that I am familiar with and trust their skills I may be 30 to 50 yards ahead and off to the side of the line of play, depends on the situation and individuals involved.

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  • North ButteNorth Butte Members  11811WRX Points: 1,607Posts: 11,811 Titanium Tees
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    It sounds strange but I often stand where the player's golf bag is between me and him. My theory is, if he's OK with his own bag in his line of sight 8 feet from him then surely he's OK with me standing, in that same direction, 25-30 feet away.

    But some guys are liable to object to anyone, anywhere, no matter how careful they try to be. In that case just do as they ask and make a mental note never to play with them again.

    P.S. I mostly play with walking golfers. But standing on the far side of a golf cart is also a pretty safe bet.

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    Behind him if he’s away and I’m in his line,or at my ball

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    I personally don't care where anyone stands. In fact, I've never even thought about it until this thread. As long as I can't hit you with my swing, we are good to go. I know a few guys that are more specific on where buddies stand, but there are those like me who've never even thought about it.

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    The main problem with standing behind someone on their line is that most don't stand still or
    start walking in the backswing. Perif vision makes you look closer than you are.
    Running up on the tee to watch from behind is even worse.
    We often stand to someones back, because we have 2 choices, backside or beltbuckle. Just don't be
    so close. It's a big course. If a golfer sets their bag or cart 5-10 yards away, don't stand inside that.

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  • shortstop20shortstop20 Hit 'em straight! South DakotaMembers  1174WRX Points: 148Handicap: 6Posts: 1,174 Platinum Tees
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    Depends. If the player is fidgeting then I’m not going to be real happy about you standing behind me on my target line and possibly distracting me. If I know you’re the type of person that will be still, then I don’t care.

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  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX  15230WRX Points: 1,276Posts: 15,230 ClubWRX
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    I’ve got to remeber to find more things to get annoyed with on the course!😀

    I’m like 596 above, as long as I can’t reach you I don’t care where you are, and my ball is usually on it’s way before anyone has time to get fidgety. I watch from behind a lot so I can better see the ball flight.

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    I love etiquette questions. So many people that play golf and don't know the basics.
    The thing is to allow the other player every opportunity to hit their best shot, which can mean accommodating requests that may not make any sense to you. Everyone sees the game a little different. I get a picture of the shot and then I set up and make the swing. If someone moves, talks, asks me a question after I get the picture, I have to start all over again.
    Never stand behind anyone in their line (unless you're 20 yards behind them). The best place to stand is either equal to the player playing, front or behind, and at least 10 to 15 feet away from them. Give them all the space in the world. Space is free of charge.
    Nice little guide here.

    https://www.bnl.gov/bera/activities/golf/golf/etiquette.htm

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    I get annoyed if someone is standing directly behind me when I'm hitting. I dont know why, but I do, and I know that they dont mean any disrespect.
    I treat others the same way I like to be treated, so I never stand where the other golfer can see me.

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    Should be beside your ball if he's playing out of the fairway...

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