A Couple Of Musings From A Disgruntled Golfer
By birdieXris on 4/30/13
Chris "birdieXris" Embardino is back at the writing thing with his latest guest column. He originally posted this in the forums, however, we thought it deserved to be featured on the oobgolf home page! Enjoy!
Those of us who are usually singles heading to the golf course know all-to-well what kind of people it's possible to meet on the golf course. I've met all sorts of people from loudmouths with no game, to guys pushing 100 that would whip the heck out of a scratch golfer and are just glad to be outside. For every way there is to play a hole, there's a type of golfer who plays the game. Having been or encountered just about every type of guy out there, I thought it would be fun to put together a few ground rules of how to be a good partner or 'playing competitor' on your normal rounds of golf.
This was written by Chris Embardino, a reader/follower/fellow oober and the opinions are 100% his and do not necessarily reflect those of oobgolf in anyway. Enjoy! I'm sure he's ready for your feedback.
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I have an issue with Rule 2. My season doesn't start until I have all of the yardwork/clean-up under control from the previous winter. This could be anywhere from mid-April to mid-June. If it's my first round of the season, it's early (for me). While I would never actually utter the phrase, I just wanted to point out that not everyone's season starts when the golf season starts.
If I wanted to play with my wife and all her rules, I would. Geezzz...Here's hoping to never get paired with someone so uptight....
MJkern, they are not literal rules, it's just a mode of expressing annoyance.
Xris I understand where you are coming from. I think I've gotten so disgruntled that I hardly play anymore. Never been to your neck of the woods but I would guess that PA like NY has a higher concentration of golf jerks than most other places. It's a shame because this area is like the cradle of golf in the Americas. Where's the pride, where's the tradition?
Tim Horan says:
Hell! Common decency would tell you to keep yer mouth shut unless asked for either advice, tuition, score, dress sense, or inside leg measurement. I have met them all. Be cool, you will know them next time and will most likely decide to go water skiing or anything else for that matter.
I played with a guy last weekend and he was the most self-centered golfer I've ever played with (and I know him). 90% of the comments he made were about his last shot, his last putt, etc. If he was talking, it was about "his" game. I found it to be very annoying. As an example, at the turn we were in the clubhouse grabbing a drink and he mumbled something to the effect of "played pretty well". I tried to anticipate his comment and since I had the low score on the front, I guessed his comment was "You played pretty well" because what golfer starts a conversation about their game? As I started to answer, I realized he was talking about his game. Maybe it's just me, but you shouldn't start a conversation with another golfer by leading "Yea, I'm playing pretty well."
#1: I have a saying: "That's why they don't have do-overs in golf!" ...to be uttered either after a good shot following a horror, or a horror following a good shot.
#2: "It's only March!" is acceptable in this hemisphere, no?
#3: Even worse when you just made a sociable wager with a stranger.
#4: How about the guy that's always touching your ball, and not letting you hit tap-ins!
#5: "Bite!" ...yelled as your ball sails over the green into a pond. Is this a fishing reference?
#6: Gave somebody basic, sound advice upon request. They sucked worse. Awkward...
#7: Some people... wherever their ball ends up is some huge injustice from the grounds crew or course designer...
#8: Yeah, you're some bigshot broker... at the $16 Muni?
#9: And these Brooks Brothers manikins somehow are never hitting it the way "they usually do," right?
#10: Oh yeah, score-keeper guy... what's that eraser for? At least if you're going to skip penalty strokes, you could at least count the number of times you actually hit the ball, or a ball.
#11: Sucky player swearing after every shot? Really?
#12 Big tough guy, eh.... riding in a cart? Go back to your Wii
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