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Thanks, Lupine Rob. Now, I know the reason why they yell, and also why they use that particular word.
Thanks Kaili. It all makes sense after analyzing the word itself. I am so grateful to you and everyone who stepped in to answer this question. It really was a question that made me ponder every time I heard it. I'm grateful for all the input here.
Ah! Thank you copywriter31. You have added even more to the explanation, and "look ahead" totally makes sense, especially when combined with all the other answers. I'd be the one yelling before each swing. I'm not a very good golfer by any standards.
Oh, I like your clarification of when the golfers yell. I watch too much TV and it always looks like they're yelling it before. I don't play golf, so I really wanted to know. Thanks!
You could just wait for them to move on before hitting...yelling at them is pushy
You are right Boothe56, and one does usually wait. However, sometimes, the person in front is preoccupied with his de-weeding or chatting with other forecaddies, and unaware that you are waiting ... and then one does call out after a small wait. :)
I was with an impatient golfer one time, so I think that is why, after seeing it a lot on TV, I thought "fore" was yelled out "before". Now, I get the gist of the word and it makes sense. It also makes it more comical when I see it on TV and jokes.
That's confirmation. So, thank you Golgal, for your input.