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“FORE!”

 

The call that everybody knows means “Umm, I just hit a terrible shot and it may kill someone, so lookout!” seems to be being said less and less these days. Not just by the average golfer on the course, but alarmingly, by the tour pro.

 

Again, and again, tournament after tournament, this call seemingly has disappeared from the vocabulary of tour pros. Why? Do they not realise that this is a courtesy call? This is a call that forewarns galleries down the fairway that a speeding missile, in the shape of a golf ball, is heading your way, so take cover!

 

Why are the pros not calling this anymore? It seems quite amazing to think they care so little for crowd safety that they just silently watch their ball collide with spectators. We all remember the interview with Ian Baker Finch where he was struck by an errant shot. He grabbed for his hurt head, turned around to where it came from and angrily yelled “Fore!”

 

Why do we yell fore?  Well, it’s derived from the term "fore-caddy", a caddy waiting down range from the golfer to find where the ball lands. These caddies were often warned about oncoming golf balls by a shout of the term "fore-caddy" which was eventually shortened to just "fore!" (Wikipedia)

 

So, there you have it. It’s a warning. It’s common courtesy. There is no reason to extend the call by saying fore left or fore right, just fore will do. Yell it as loud as you can because other players will be far away sometimes, but make sure you say it, because if your ball happens to hit another player, "Did you call Fore?" will be the first question they will ask before perhaps punching your head in if the answer is no. There will be no Danny Noonan to save you with his worn grip speech.

 

And to every tour pro that just might happen to read this, you are not exempt from this call. You set the tone for golfers the world over, so do the right thing and make the call.

 

“Gunga galunga”

 

Tiger says nothing here.                                                                                   The Judge should've called it here.