Don't forget the tunes
Silence is golden. Correction. WAS golden. How times have changed. Though “quiet on the tee” remains a reasonable rule, there’s no need to treat the course like a library, tip-toeing about in a reverent hush. Don’t be shy. Stuff a Bluetooth-enabled speaker in your bag and pump out tunes as you go about your round. You can turn the volume down when your buddy’s putting. Or if you’ve got a geezer in your group.
Keep a move on
Life used to move at a leisurely pace, allowing for ponderous pre-shot routines and painstaking consultations with your caddy. At least, that’s how Lord Grantham played. But that was then, and this isn’t Downtown Abbey. Chop, chop. Time’s a wastin’. Break out your laser range-finder. Get a quick gauge of your distance. Hit it. Find it. Do it again.
Follow basic phone etiquette
Back in the old days, there were no cell phones. There also wasn’t any penicillin, so let’s not get all weepy about the way things were. Progress has been made. And golf has adapted. Yes, a lot of private clubs ban cell phones altogether. But those snooty places aren’t for you. No need to be phone-phobic. You can bring one. Just set it on vibrate, and only use it if it’s urgent, not for idle chit chat, especially not if you’re holding up play.