Golf is a very traditional game, and it is a game that is full of concentration. There are many observed practices that are upheld at golf competitions that are as integral to golf as golf clubs and golf balls. One of these traditions is to be very quiet when someone is about to set up to take a shot.
Golf announcers whisper to make sure that they do not disturb the golfer making the shot that they are commenting on. This can be very distracting, and the golf announcers are held to the same standard as the observers, who also have to be quiet. It is also just part of the established way that golf is commentated at this point, so everyone expects that this is how the commentating will be done.
Does Everyone Have to Be Quiet at a Golf Competition?
Actually, yes. Everyone who is spectating near the course will be asked to be completely silent when a golfer is getting ready to take a shot. You can also expect that you will be told to be quiet if you are speaking loudly even when there is no golfer ready to take a shot. This is just part of the experience of being on the course during a competition. This is very different from sporting events like football or basketball, and it can be confusing to some people when they go to their first golf competition.
Make sure that you are prepared for this if you decide to watch golf on TV as well. Some people find this to be really frustrating until they get used to it, just because they are used to loud announcers, loud crowds, and commentating with lots of energy and excitement to it. That is not to say that there are never moments where the golf commentators speak loudly, but they are rare.
If you are used to an NFL stadium or a baseball game, you might be really confused by the level of quiet that is expected at a golf tournament. Watching golf on TV is a very different experience than watching other sports, in large part due to the quiet.
Golfing is a Quiet Sport
Golfing is one of those sports that is steeped in tradition. One of the traditions is for commentating and the crowd watching golf tournaments to be quiet. This is meant to be respectful to the concentration needed for the game to be played, and it is also just an accepted part of the experience of playing and watching the sport. You will find that golf commentating is always quiet unless the tournament has not begun or is concluded.
Golfers are almost never loud either, but they might celebrate when they know they have won or if they do something really extraordinary that they are aware was a very important moment in their game. This is also short-lived and might be over within moments. Golf is a very different sport from other televised sports in that it is quiet and the commentating is not loud either.
This article was last updated on April 10, 2023 .