One word should be said about the courtesies of the game. There is no pursuit in life which exhibits the best and the worst of a man so freely as the game of golf. That a control of the temper is absolutely essential for success goes without saying, and there are many little points which suggest a loss of that control if certain rules of etiquette are not strictly observed. The most important of these is the way in which the rules are interpreted; and there seems to be only one way of dealing with the matter. First of all, if a penalty is incurred for any reason, the player should at once admit it, without waiting for his opponent to call his attention to it; and no matter how trifling the breach of rule, or how unimportant the game, the full penalty should be conceded, whether the opponent desires it or not. On the other hand, if the opponent should move his ball, - for instance, in addressing it, - it is his business to count the stroke, for stroke it is, just as much as the longest drive that was ever struck from the tee; and, except when playing for a medal, he should be left entirely to himself in the matter. To put it shortly, the word "claim" has no place in the golfer's vocabulary. It may be argued, of course, that your opponent may then take advantage of you. If he does, your remedy is simple, - never to play with him again. In the meantime, if every golfer were intent upon acting up to the very letter of the law, there could never be any possibility of dispute. After all, it is a game for gentlemen; and, unless that is kept in mind, unpleasantness becomes endless. Perhaps it is this very fact which has made it so popular in this country, where the other great games are in danger of getting entirely into the hands of professionals. That being the case, it is most important that the tendency to multiply tournaments and lavish handsome trophies on indifferent players should be checked at the outset of our golfing history. Ten years ago the best players in the world were content with the custody of one or two small medals which they could not even keep; and I confess that, in the best interests of the game, I wish the same state of things existed now. Possibly we shall have a revulsion of feeling in a short time, and golf will take on again its garb of Caledonian simplicity.

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