Top Golfing Pet Peeves
By new2thegame on 8/7/08
By Mallory Oliver, oobgolf intern
We all have pet peeves, those annoying little things the rest of humanity seems to do that just send us over the edge. Well author Peter Post has written a new book that covers the pet peeves of golfers. Post's book , Playing Through: A Guide to the Unwritten Rules of Golf, spends each chapter looking at a different annoying habit and then explains how to handle such behaviors. To find what irritated golfers most, Post surveyed hundreds of golfers and came up with a top list.
The topics in the book range from cheating to the number one complaint of slow play. So what is it that irritates you more than anything else on the course and what do you do to fix it?
**The book will be released on August 18th and looks to be a rather interesting read.
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dont play slow , i dont care if you suck jjust play with pace ... 1 shot behind the next group !!!
Slow play is annoying....sometimes it can't be avoided...but the one thing that I hate the most is......
1.)Ball goes into weeds/water, golfer follows ball into weeds/water, golfer comes out with 5 balls of which none of them are the one the golfer played...so golfer continues to look for THEIR ball.
2.) Golfer hits ball in play, weeds/water line he hole, golfer takes slow stroll through weeds/water on the way to their ball to come out with the nastiest discolored and unplayable balls imaginable.
If you hit a ball out of play...and there is another group within a hole and a half from you....let it go. Take a new ball out and play that...in a matter of fact...I will give you a sleeve of balls just to keep moving!
I would agree, slow play is my biggest pet peeve. Be prepared when it's your time to hit. Whatever else you're doing can wait until after your stroke.
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Slow play by far is the most frusterating thing possible on a golf course. Great seeing a player who is shooting 150 on the day, take 3 or 4 practice swings step up to the ball and hit it 20 yards and repeat. Ive played with people of this skill level (which is fine) but they did not let their ability slow the group which is important. Do not know too many people that want to play golf for 6/7 hours and only get in 18 holes.
Ben Crane says:
Slow play is #1 for me too, but since it has been mentioned extensively already I would say my #2 and #3 pet peeves are:
#2 - Not yelling Fore! when someone hits a bad shot on a neigbhoring hole. I hate having a ball land close to me and having some jerk ride over and say "Sorry, I didn't think anybody was there"
#3 - Being hit into when you are clearly being held up by a group in front of you. What's the rush? You are just going to have to wait even longer before you hit again.
I know this is going to sound crazy, but I don't mind slow play, maybe because I get to play 3 or 4 times a week, it doesn't bother me. I actually like chipping balls between holes while waiting.
What drives me crazy is when someone looks for a lost ball FOREVER!!!! If you're in the woods, you're going to have to drop one anyway, so drop one, take the penalty and keep it movin.
Slow play is always annoying. Be ready to hit your shot people! When it's your shot, don't talk to me or pontificate on what you have to do. Address your ball and do it or not.
Nobody cares how bad you play b/c we've all played poorly at one time or another. But if you play bad, play bad fast.
My biggest pet peeve is actually the lack of liquids on the course. I think all courses should provide frequent water stations with fresh water. On a hot summer day- I often find courses who's water jugs are empty. That's unacceptable. If you have no free water- you better have the food cart out. Another annoyance is when I see the cart girl on the 4th hole and she tells me its her last time around for the day.
Slow play is inevitable on popular courses, or on comfortable weekends. Often, players behind our group glare at us. We have nowhere to go, and there are blocks of foursomes in front. If you don't like slow play - drive further or stay off peak times.
My pet peaves: Groups who don't know the etiquette of letting others play through! (Yesterday, a threesome who saw me (single) on the 3rd hole of an empty course let me stew behind them for 3 holes. They even pretended to hurry up off the tees after hitting, while I waited nearby. I had to crush a drive clear over their heads around a blind dog-leg to get them to finally let me through. They acted all innocent. Once past there were no other golfers all the way?!?!? Courses don't seem to employ rangers or rovers or utilize starters the way they used to. Players have to resort to the only means possible to communicate. Doesn't anyone enforce etiquette? Is it printed on scorecards or on signs?
Pet peaves? Got lots.
1# Shut up while I'm putting!
2# Shut up while I'm teeing off! I don't care if you could have hit your shot farther, straighter, blah, blah.
#3 Be prepared when it's your turn to hit. Have your club, ball, tee, yardage, drink, snack, copy of Golf Digest. Whatever you need to hit the damn ball when you're supposed to.
Just today, let a group of 4 with "carts" while our threesome (all walking) normally slow players anyways let them pass. Which was a bad idea because after we did our tee shots we let them pass and after that it took all four of them at least 15+ minutes to finish out the hole. Then after they finished on the green they talked for 5 minutes around their carts next to the green. After that they finally left and we finished the hole got to the next hole and they were still on the green of a "par 3!!!". Then because they told so long we had to let another foursome with carts pass us we only got 6 holes done in three hours because of the first foursome. Good thing it was practice game or I would have been steamed.
Ben Crane says:
Pet peeve #4 - Few rangers to enforce slow play and a couple of them in York, PA (You know who you are!) that won't do anything even when they witness the slow play.
Most of us are doing our best to make it all work, but as mere players we can't run 500 yds to have a chat with the goup in front. What is the etiquette with carts vs. walkers? Anything official?
OK, "goup." I meant goons, or goofs!
I correct it... IGNORANT slow play is the biggest pet peeve. It's one thing to be slow but to be slow and not let people through is just plain awful.
It depends where you live. When I lived in NoCal in the cities, it was rare to not be on a crowded course, or to struggle to get a tee time. Here in New England, there are only leagues in the summer, and spring and late fall/winter find many courses fairly empty - running skeleton crews and offering special discount rates. Very different situations.
Not yelling "FORE" is by far the biggest pet peeve for me. It's not just annoying, it's dangerous. It is the only thing in which I will speak to another player.
Slow play is annoying, but it can be avoided by playing the right courses at the right time. And if you can't, I enjoy the weather and spend more time thinking about my shot to hit the best round I can.
Eric Duquene says:
Someone behind me who thinks that this is a sprint and moreover is a jerk about my group waiting till the group in front of us is definitely out of hitting range. Yes most of the time I dont drive it that far but there is always 1-4 great drives in every round I play and I would rather slow play down a little than hit into the group in front of me.
Be respectful and I will return the favor. Be a jerk and I will make your round miserable.
My only pet peeve is when some is 30 yards or so from the pin and only takes there sand wedge... then they get on the green and take the mile stroll back to the cart to get their putter...
When the ball hangs on the lip of the hole and the idiot actually thinks "shadowing" it will make it fall in! And doesn't think anyone else notices what he's doing!
I have 2
1. Playing a round with someone that takes multiple mulligans & ridicules gimmies improves their lie everywhere and then claims to have beaten you when you just ground out a legitimate Bogey round on a rough day.
2. Some of the slowest players I know complaing about slow play - I definitely think one of the biggest causes of slow play is that nobody admits they are a slow player.
I agree with several of the posters above - being ready to hit when it is your turn is the best thing everyone can do to speed play.
Terp is right about these cheaters. They're shooting themselves in the foot. If they're able to improve their game they can never show any improvement on their scorecard - 'cause they've never shot a double bogie in their life!!! Won't they wake up and realize the benifits of a high handicap?
One great thing about Oob is looking at everyone's scoring charts. They're all jagged lines. Most cheaters can't handle a bad round. Well if every other round is "bad" for them (planets aren't aligned for the magic round) they fall apart.
That reminds me of another pet peeve (I might really be stepping in it here): There are all these peopl who claim that they play better after one or sometimes two beers. Have you seen yourself play after that magic number of beers?
my biggest is terrible course conditions, i played on a course 2day that was like puttin on a price is right plinko board!
I have to add a couple...
-- Not fixing ball marks.
-- When someone tries to give you advice while on the course, especially if it wasn't requested.
-- Taking 6-7-...practice swings.
I hate @sshole members at some courses who think that just cause they're members they can treat everyone else like $hit. Example: Waiting for some one to finish on green before i hit my approach only to be nearly hit with a ball. The member told me that i should have hit my shot and that he wasn't waiting. What the hell do you play golf for if you want to act like that? There's a reason its called a gentleman's game. So just calm down and treat people with some respect.
players that don't put an identification mark on their ball - Wasted 5+ minutes Friday because the guy I was playing with hit his ball into an adjacent fairway and couldn't positively identify his ball from the balls being played by another group on that hole - we had to wait until they all teed off and got out to us in the fairway before we could figure it out.
Knowing your brand & number isn't enough - lots of peopple play top flight 3's - just put a mark on it.
Just adding to the list: i hate unsolicited advice, ESPECIALLY from someone who is 3x the handicap of me. Just because i'm having a bad day or hit a bad shot isn't automatically a reason for some guy who only shoots 72 if he stops after 9 holes to give me advice on "what i'm doing wrong". "oh you know what you're doing wrong? you're coming from the outside/ moving your feet/ not getting your bottom half through the ball/ etc/etc /etc". I can't stand that.
Tied with slow play as my second, it's people that ruin the course because they're angry. Swiping at the green/ tee boxes and taking chunks out. Most people that do that aren't good enough to be angry at themselves. if the game was that easy, we'd all be pros.
birdieXris: Know exactly what you mean! Best advice: Stop playing with those guys, or better still, play for a few $$$ according to handicaps, and monitor every shot they make! You'll play for free all the time and drink for free in the clubhouse!
I have 3 that get under my skin:
1. Marshals not monitoring the course. There would be less slow players if the marshals man up and get players moving.
2. Ball marked greens. I've had more putts miss because of an old ball mark that I didn't notice, than I can think of. The rule is when you reach the green, fix 2 ball marks even if their not yours.
3. Groups of 4 that don't let you play through. I play by myself often and it would be nice if a group of 4 (slow players) would acknowledge the fact that you're playing alone and are playing much faster than them.
Pettier Peeves: Water hazards, trees in middle of fairways, and sand traps everywhere! Par 5's longer than 471 yards; par 4's longer than 300 yards; par 3's longer than 120 yards. Golf courses in "dry" counties, (where alcohol is not allowed).
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