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18 Oct, 2010

Since when did it become acceptable to spit on the putting green?

Posted by: aaa_janitor In: Putting Greens

I have noticed a lot more golfers spitting on the course these past few years, even at Augusta! The recent US Open was even worse.

First, I think it is disgusting and unprofessional for PGA tour pros to do that. Worst of all, why do some players spit on the putting green? Is spitting now an acceptable part of golf etiquette among pros?

I also see players damaging the tee box and putting green after bad shots. There should be a stroke penalty for that. If you must hack up something after a bad shot, hack at the deep rough. I have never seen Nicklaus and Watson behave like that and it’s shocking to see so many talented young guys on tour be so unprofessional

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4 Responses to "Since when did it become acceptable to spit on the putting green?"

1 | green_lantern66

October 18th, 2010 at 8:00 am


It’s not, and you’re right- it’s absolutely disgusting, inconsiderate and shows a complete lack of etiquette.

For all those spitters- how would you feel if your perfect approach shot hit the green, but landed in snot-infused hack juice? Sure, you get to mark, lift and clean, but do you REALLY want to put your hands on that? It’s the same as if the ball landed in goose or coyote poop. Whether you’re a germaphobe or not- yuck. What if your ball marker had to sit on that junk? Blah.

The sh!tty thing is that most amateurs emulate the pros… even the stupid things they do. Be your own golfer- not the next Tiger, or Nicklaus, or Van de Velde, or whoever- and be considerate of your fellow weekend warriors.

2 | Matt

October 18th, 2010 at 8:00 am


I agree, it’s gross. I don’t know why they let golfers do that. It’s also horrible to damage the green and tee box. I’ve personally seen, when golfing, one of the players in front of me, drive their club into the ground.

3 | john

October 18th, 2010 at 8:00 am


I agree.When you allow the John Dalys,Boo Weeklys and these
"bubbas" on the tour you will continue to see that kind of behavior.
Now on a more positive note;have you seen Zach Johnson show
one bit of anger? There’s still hope for the sport.

4 | James L

October 18th, 2010 at 8:00 am


When you miss a putt worth half a million dollars, you can talk about tour golf. Till then be happy to play at all.

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