You may have heard several golfers yelling “fore” when they hit a ball. Although it is a not a new term, you may not react to it appropriately if you are a new golfer and are unaware of this word. In older times around middle ages, the term “forecaddie” was used to refer to those persons who were hired by golfers to keep track of a ball and the location where their shots were expected to hit the ground. Thus, yelling the word “fore” meant “ahead.” This used to indicate that a forecaddie needed to watch out ahead at the location where they were placed to keep track of a ball.
In those times, yelling out “fore” or “forecaddie” before teeing off saved the time a person took to locate a ball. This also saved many balls from getting lost at the golf site, as it alerted a forecaddie to keep a watch on them. As of today too, the term “fore” is used as an alert to a ball heading toward other golfers when any errant shot is played by a hitting golfer. Although most of the golf players yell it once while hitting a shot, they may also shout loudly multiple times when they see their errant shot going out of sight.
It is also acceptable in the game to shout out this term repeatedly. While some people react to this yelling by looking for the ball that is hit, they should actually concentrate on their security. Those hearing the “fore” shout should react by saving their face and bending down. This keeps them secure from any unforeseen dangers of being hit by a shot. One never knows the direction from which a flying ball could come hitting. Thus, golfers usually follow this etiquette of shouting “fore” when they know that their ball has a risk of hitting other golfers