photo credit: ClatieK Hitting out of turn can create high emotion during play. The game is meant to be played so that the player furthest away from the cup hits first. The same player places their oponents on the defensive if they execute a good shot. Playing by the rules always results in greater compitition. There is another side to this story, however.
In some cases it's a good thing to hit out of turn if everyone in your group agrees.. Why is hitting out of turn encouraged? Because of time contraints, a quick round may be required. At other times, for whatever reasons, your group may be lagging behind and causing a delay on the course, in that case, it's “whoever gets to their golf ball first, hits first.” Playing expediently is always the right thing to do.