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I don't get all that bothered by someone standing behind me when I putt because it takes a lot to throw me off my focus when putting.

 

What kills me is when someone makes a movement while I'm hitting irons or a drive. Had this happen a week ago...was playing out of my shoes for the first 8 holes and licking my chops. Then on 9 had a very simple 110 yard shot to the green. In the middle of my backswing my caddie who was about 40yards ahead of me starts walking across the fairway directly in my line. I see him out of the corner of my eye and completely duffed my shot.

 

Certainly had a few words with him after that shot.

 

Hmm, getting distracted by someone 40 yards away? I can see that happening but still.

 

Hey Q. Maybe should have been clearer in my description. I don't get easily bothered by distractions but he was literally walking in front of my shot while my swing was in motion...not standing still.

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As a kid I never caddied, but thought about it and did attend an orientation session when I was about 13. The only thing I remember from that day was being told "don't stand behind the golfer." That statement confused me then, and continues to do so. Where is "behind?"

 

Is it to the golfer's rear (butt side)? That makes sense to me as it meets the common definition of behind. However, golf-wise that seems like the proper spot as you would be out of the golfer's field of vision.

 

Or, in golf, does behind mean down the target line (to the golfer's right as he addresses the ball). To me that could be considered behind as it's behind the direction of play. Plus it potentially could be in the golfer's line of sight.

 

As I've always struggled with "where" stand when partnered with someone I usually focus on the "how far" away part and make sure I'm not even close enough to be crowding. I also make sure I'm still.

 

Where is your "behind"?

Behind the golfer, and behind the ball are the distinctions you should be aware of, i think.

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Played with a guy that, on the very first tee, told me "do you mind - I don't like anyone standing behind me while I hit."

 

I was about 20 yards behind him just off of the cart path.

 

So...

 

I moved over behind the cart and he hit. He moved only about 10 yards behind the tee area and there he stood while I teed it up. I turned around and said "Your turn. Now you can move too."

 

He moved back to the cart and then asked me if I really minded where people stood. I replied that I didn't but if someone is going to tell me to move when I am already that far away two can play at that game.

 

He apologized, told me he just hates when people wiggle around behind him, and we ended up having a great time together and a good round. And no, we didn't make each other move any more. He was just in the habit of doing what he did I guess because he had played with people that were moving all over the place around and behind him while he was addressing the ball.

 

I personally am so much into my shot that I could not care less where anyone behind me is so long as they aren't going to get nailed by my backswing. The normal group of guys I play with are also pretty good about not caring but not walking and talking when others are hitting.

 

Now if you want to get my gander up a bit, hit out of turn on the tee. Everywhere else I like playing "ready golf", but when I made a bird and you made a double don't even think about getting up there first. I earned that right! That could be the makings up an entire new thread. "Anyone else bothered when someone takes your honors?"

 

This one guy a couple of months ago was up on the tee first each and every hole. At first I just let it ride. But then, on a hard par 3, I managed a great tee shot and made the bird. He walked up to the next tee even though I was already there sizing things up and figuring my shot, and started to put his ball on the tee. "Hey, you beat a bird did you?" He replied "I thought we were playing ready golf." To this I said "we are, and I am ready."

 

Drives me nuts when people do that. Sort of like line jumpers I guess.

 

Totally agree. In a match keeping the box is a very good thing. And when I get on a run I'll put the hammer down to keep the box. If some a** decided to jump I'd let him hit then inform him he hit out of turn and make him hit again. Two can play that game.

 

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Interesting. I've played a lot of golf and I've never heard of anyone having an issue with someone being directly behind (as in you're staring at their back) the person hitting. I guess I could see it as being unsettling if you thought they might be close enough to be hit, but I've never given that much thought as I'd hope that whomever is playing with me is smart enough to not get hit with a backswing. I know it's generally taboo to stand directly behind the shot line. I remember as a youth, my uncle chewed my butt big time because I was there-probably 30ft back just as I'd been the entire round except this time he hit a bad shot so it was an issue. I wasn't moving and I think he just wanted an outlet to blame his bad shot on so lesson learned. All that said I have a very hard time following my own tee shot. I encourage someone to stand there to track my shot, provided they're not right on top of me and not doing a rain dance or something. For me it's a combination of aging eyes (and being too stubborn to admit it probably-I pass my driving vision tests!) and training myself to watch the impact point instead of lifting my head early. I'm almost at the point where I won't play a solo round due to this. I can tell if it's left right or straight generally but it makes finding it a bear at best. I might see one in three tee balls with driver.

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Behind not in the literal sense but in terms of your target line. I play with a buddy of mine who is notorious for standing behind. I don't mind it as much but you have to be very still. There are those players who intentionally stand behind other players and figit away becoming a distraction. Best is to stand either directly behind them as not to be in their periferal vision.

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I didn’t want to say this, but having brought an “almost 6 years old” thread, which happens to include the word “behind” in the title makes me say it, after the lengthy discussion in http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1519562-the-drop-by-spieth/

 

Is it really a coincidence? LOL (If you didn't read that thread, my advice is DON'T DO IT! LOL)

 

I guess we’ll have to search for the new implications of anything “left behind”.

 

Have a good day and an even better weekend! :victory:

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A problem with standing behind someone on their line, is that peripheral vision makes you look closer than you are.

Also almost nobody stands completely still and many who stand behind start walking in the middle of the guys swing.

 

Some think they can see better that way. I don't think it helps.

 

Stand to the hitters chest side, if you can. On about half the tees, you will be on the hitters butt side, which is also OK.

When a tour caddie takes the bag away after club selection, where does he go? About 7-10 yards on the golfer's chest side.

 

When someone asks you not to stand behind them, odds are you have done it multiple times and they are tired of it.

Yes some say it doesn't bother them, but that doesn't make it OK. Maybe they don't need their concentration.

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Being in my 70's I have a hard time picking up the ball flight if I'm not near the target line. I play in a senior league and as my habit was near the target line and about 8 to 10 yds back when another player asked me to move as that bothered him. The last thing I want to do is interfere with another player so I moved. After he hits he asked If I saw where it went "nope". After 2 lost balls and penalties he decided it would be fine if I stood where I could see the play flight. Seems as it wasn't that much of a bother after all.

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A problem with standing behind someone on their line, is that peripheral vision makes you look closer than you are.

Also almost nobody stands completely still and many who stand behind start walking in the middle of the guys swing.

 

When someone asks you not to stand behind them, odds are you have done it multiple times and they are tired of it.

 

 

This ^^^

My absolute pet hate, I don't mind it too much on the tee box on the first on comp days when the round is starting and there is a collection of people building to tee off.

But after that move away, it's a golf course, there's no need. Part of the thing I enjoy about golf is the quiet and space that is associated.

 

I regularly tell people to move out from behind me (but usually after I've given them the benefit of the doubt on a shot or two), I played basketball for 25 odd years at a reasonably high level and my peripheral vision is pretty tuned so it does my nut in.

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