Merit badge requirements
- 1. Discuss safety on the golf course. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while golfing, including heat reactions, dehydration, blisters, sprains, and strains.
- 2. Study the USGA Rules of Golf now in use.
- a. Tell about the three categories of golf etiquette.
- b. Show that you know about the definitions of golf terms.
- c. Show that you understand the "Rules of Amateur Status."
- 3. Tell about your understanding of the USGA system of handicapping.
- 4. Do the following:
- a. Tell about the early history of golf.
- b. Describe its early years in the United States.
- c. Tell about the accomplishments of a top golfer of your choice.
- 5. Discuss with your counselor vocational opportunities related to golf.
- 6. Do the following:
- a. Tell how golf can contribute to a healthy lifestyle, mentally and physically.
- b. Tell how a golf exercise plan can help you play better. Show two exercises that would improve your game.
- 7. Show the following:
- a. The proper grip, stance, posture, and key fundamentals of a good swing.
- b. The full wood shot, played from a tee.
- c. The fairway wood shot.
- d. The long iron shot.
- e. The short iron shot.
- f. The approach, chip-and-run, and pitch shots.
- g. The sand iron shot, bunker, or heavy rough recovery shots.
- h. A sound putting stroke
- 8. Play a minimum of two nine-hole rounds or one 18-hole round of golf with another golfer about your age and with your counselor, or an adult approved by your counselor. Do the following: :
- a. Follow the "Rules of Golf".
- b. Practice good golf etiquette.
- c. Show respect to fellow golfers, committee, sponsor, and gallery.
Source: 2007 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)