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Yelling "FORE!" - When Do You, and How Do You React?

Yelling FORE!  

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  1. 1. When someone yells "fore," and they can see you, what do you do?

    • Cover my head and duck in place
      66
    • Cover my head and run to another place
      6
    • Something else
      3
  2. 2. When someone yells "fore," and they can't see you, what do you do?

    • Cover my head and duck in place
      65
    • Cover my head and run to another place
      4
    • Something else
      6
  3. 3. Which best describes when you yell "fore"?

    • I yell when I think there's a good chance people will be hit or I can't see if there are people in the area.
      62
    • I always yell "fore" regardless.
      13


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I tried to make the best poll options I could (without making three questions with ten answers each or something), but basically, I:

  • yell "fore" when I can't see where the ball is going (i.e. it's over a line of trees or over a hill toward another tee box, green, etc.).
  • yell "fore" when the ball is likely to hit someone that I can see.
  • do not yell "fore" if I can see that the ball is not going to hit anyone.

When someone else yells "fore," I:

  • cover my head and duck in place when I don't know the source of the yell or I can't see the source.
  • run away while covering my head if the people yelling "fore" can see me.

This may not be what y'all do, but basically, if I can see that my ball is not going to hit someone, I don't yell. Yelling may cause them to run INTO the golf ball, when if they keep walking or standing as they are, they'll be safe.

I apply the same logic when I'm on the receiving end of the yell. If the people can see me, I assume they think it's going to hit me, so I'll run while covering my head. The direction I run is governed by some logic - if there are trees nearby, I'll run under them, as a deflection will take speed off the golf ball. Or I'll try to guess whether the ball is slicing or hooking, or likely to be long or short… that sort of thing (though running toward the person who hit the golf ball is generally not something I do).

It's somewhat of a game theory type approach, as I see it. I read a day or two ago here at TST that you're supposed to cover your head and stay in place, but you're staying in an area that prompted someone to yell "fore." So I say going to a different area increases your chances of not being hit. That's if they can see you. If they can't see you (or you can't see them), and you're just in a general area where a ball may be coming, I feel it's better to cover your head and make yourself as small as possible by bending down (or better yet if you can duck behind your bag, or a cart, or something very quickly).

I have two stories here:

  • The 17th green at Lake View is forward and right of the 18th tee at Lake View. A number of years ago I hit a pull that was hit toward the location of some people walking off the green (we gave them plenty of time - it was a big pull). I saw that if they kept walking, the ball would miss behind them (it also ended up hitting about 15 yards beyond them). They were upset at first, but I explained that if I had yelled "fore" and they had stopped, they'd have likely gotten hit, while if they had done as they did, they had no chance of getting hit. They understood the logic and told me that made sense.
  • Someone on this forum, at a biennial event… yelled "fore" and I covered my head and ran, because he could see me (the approach shot was from about 100 yards away). I ran about 15 yards and the ball landed about a foot in front of me. It would have missed me by 15 yards had he not yelled, but yelling implied to me that he could see the ball was likely going to hit me… and so moving out of the area made the most sense. I felt that the mistake there was in yelling "fore" for a ball that wasn't going to hit anyone - I was standing there, not moving, and the ball was clearly not going to hit me.

I don't think there's any right or wrong thing here. My default is to duck and cover, and I only ever choose to "cover and run" when I'm fairly certain that the person can see me and see that I'm likely to be hit. For example, were I at a PGA Tour stop, I'd duck and cover, because that's going to be a generalized "fore" intended for any number of people, and there'd be nowhere to run, anyway. If I'm standing on the green with three other golfers, and a golfer on a par four nearby says "fore," I duck and cover, because I don't know which golfer it might hit, and so running toward one of them wouldn't do anything, either.

One last thing: one thing I never do is look toward the direction the yell came from or try to see the golf ball flying through the air. Both of those just expose your face to the ball.

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Regardless of whether or not I can see the person who yelled I duck and usually run behind or inside of my cart. Its natural for me to move towards some sort of cover (cart, tress, etc..) and even if I don't have cover I usual move somewhere other than where I am standing...figure a moving target is harder to hit...(though its possible I could move to exactly where the ball is going). 

I only yell "fore" if I think there is a reasonable chance someone will get hit or if I am not completely certain people are not in the possible landing area of the ball. And when I yell it...I YELL it. I can stand it when people are quiet about it. 

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I will usually duck down, cover my head with my arms and hands (like a boxer blocks a punch) and turn away from the voice where the "fore" is coming. I probably also crouch down a little and think small. 

I will yell fore if people are in the general area of the direction of my shot. I do my best to try and yell early. 

If someone hits a ball in my direction, I would like for them to yell fore so I know it's coming. I like to think the way I duck down will minimize the chance of getting hit in the head or face. I wouldn't want to get hit at all, but protecting the head of face would be my top priority.

 

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I'll be honest, the first thing I do when someone yells, "Fore!" is to look in that direction to see if they're looking towards me. Then I turn away and duck in place.

I only yell when I think the ball has a chance to hit someone. Sometimes I lose sight of the ball completely and it lands near people. I always feel bad when that happens.

4 minutes ago, HJJ003 said:

And when I yell it...I YELL it. I can stand it when people are quiet about it. 

Yea, me too. And I'm loud.

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Just now, billchao said:

Sometimes I lose sight of the ball completely and it lands near people. I always feel bad when that happens.

This happens to me too. I'm not the best at picking up my ball mid flight on drives. 

 

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I duck and cover in place, always. I yell (loudly!) when I don't see where the ball is going relative to people or when I see that people are inline to get hit (I can't necessarily judge the distance very well). I do not yell fore if I can see people might get hit if they heard the yell and started moving in that direction (with some margin). I have thus watched a skulled ball fly head high, only a couple of paces away from someone who was standing still on a green and not yelled fore. If I had said anything, they might have moved: this way, they were out of danger...

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I just cover my head. Anywhere else I'm hit I'll be fine.

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I voted with the masses. This assuming i am not wearing head phones, and have my hearing aids in place. You have to be able to hear the warning to react to it. 

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If I hear “fore” I always duck and cover my head no matter where the ball might be. 

Also I yell “fore” if there is any of the ball hit by my group heads toward anywhere but our own fairway or rough. 

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If the Fore! is behind me I'll just duck and cover in place. If the Fore! is in front of me, and I can spot who's yelling in time, if I'm near the cart I'll try to duck behind the cart, especially behind the golf bags. They give a lot of cover.

However, I've had balls land with 5 feet of me and the guy who hit it never uttered a peep! I really scream those guys out! The word is FORE!,  a$$hole!

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I've had too many close calls and squeeze myself into a ball so quickly. I am especially paranoid when out of sight to people standing on tee box either because below hill or sharp dogleg.

After reading @iacas's accounts, will try and assess quickly before yelling fore.

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I too cover my head and duck any time I hear "fore".  I have only been hit by another golfer once.  It was  drive and it caught me in the left shin, on the fly.  I went down like I'd been shot with a 30-30.  Certainly hurt and the fellow did yell "fore", but I didn't hear it.  Anyway the fellow was very apologetic and I was able to walk after a minute or so, but didn't finish the round.  It hurt.

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I would yell fore for sure. Not going to assess if I better not yell because they are walking away from the target line. Not enough time, not sure about ballflight. I also yell if the guy in my flight keeps silent when he hits a ball to the other fairway.

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I duck and cover only and don't run because I usually am not sure where the ball is coming from and don't want to run into it.

I yell 'FORE" when I think it is going to hit someone or if I can't see the next fairway and am reasonably certain someone is over there. 

I have a LOUD voice. Anyone who has been coached by me can attest to this. :-P

I've only hit one person and I didn't yell FORE, but for good reason. My fairway was clear. I hit my driver down the right side, but still in my fairway. As the ball started to descend, a golfer appeared in a trot from the adjacent fairway. I had no time to yell. The ball bounced once and then into the golfer's leg. I felt awful and ran down to see if he was OK. He was and he apologized to me for what he said was, "being dumb'. I was glad he was OK.

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I pretty much use the average logic here. 

Cover your head and duck/crouch down when you hear FORE!

Yell FORE when it is going Left or Right into where people are or might be.

I too have a loud voice and that helps as the whispers who say they said it but sometimes its tough to hear 200 - 300 yards away.

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