I check out your site every week, love the game and watch it on TV regularly but I don’t like to see pro golfers and even some amateurs doing an extreme “fist pump” on the green whenever they sink a putt, especially in Match Play. I don’t feel it has a place in golf. When Valerie quoted from the “Spirit of the Game” in the Rules Book a couple of weeks ago, it doesn’t seem as if the wording in that encourages the fist pump either.
I wonder if you would share your opinion with us on this topic?
I am pleased you are enjoying the site and thanks for your support and sharing our passion for the game.
In the Etiquette section of the Rules of Golf it provides guidelines on the manner in which the game of golf should be played and in essence how we should conduct ourselves. This needs to be revisited by golfers from time to time.
In “ The Spirit of the Game” section , it not only explains that the game of golf is one that relies on integrity of those who participate and for the most part is played without supervision of a referee or umpire. It goes on to say, that golfers are expected to conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be.
Bob, I believe the excessive pumping of the fist – not only by the player but his caddie –during the round whenever the golfer sinks a crucial putt, especially in Matchplay is of concern. Simply because this is how some elite golfers conduct themselves, it seems to have become acceptable. This is an expression of extreme and unbridled competitiveness.
Let’s not take away from an outward expression of an internal thrill of victory, be it a hole-in-one on Saturday morning with our buddies, or winning the US Open. However, I agree that a defiant fist-pump challenging the world, is not endearing, and a little over the top. Too much may be too much.
In your opinion, does the fist pump have a place in golf? Share your thoughts below with us and other Frankly Friends…