Best Ways To Cheat At Golf
By Kickntrue on 6/8/09
We talk a lot about annoyances on the golf course and one thing that comes up a lot is cheaters, so we know those people are out there (and among us). So let's hear it! They say the best website developers are hackers, and the best locksmith's theives. Heck- look at Catch Me If You Can for a great example of this.

So- leaving a comment on this page is not an admission of guilt in anyway, I promise <!--Kevin, please mark these accounts as "guilty"-->, but I want to know the best way to cheat and get away with it on the golf course. What are the little things you've done, or have seen people do to gain a slight competitive advantage? I found a couple articles that may help get the creative juices flowing.

I'll even start things off, so it doesn't like like I'm trying to be holier-than-thou here. The best way to cheat is to roll your ball giving yourself a better lie when your playing partners aren't looking... and I may have played a ball that wasn't mine from the deep stuff before.


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munk24 says:
Had friend who after chipping or putting wouldnt mark his ball would squat down , pick his ball up and and reset it sometimes a foot closer to hole, also he always kept score and would always beat you out of your money, you felt good because you shot better than you thought , but he always shot better, dont play with him anymore
6/8/09
 
munk24 says:
I have a tip that can take 5 strokes of anybodys game-its called an eraser
----Arnold Palmer

Golf is a game when you yell fore, shoot six, and write down five.
----Paul Harvey
6/8/09
 
dlouder says:
One of my playing friends doesn't like bunker shots, so he'll always drop his ball (for free) behind the bunkers and continue play. He also likes to pick-up when his putts land within 6 inches of the hole, saying "It was going in anyway"... again without adding a stroke. You try to argue with him, and he'll always respond "I'm playing for fun, not competition." Yet, when the game's over with, he's boasting about how close he was to beating you.
6/8/09
 
Kickntrue says:
It will be interesting to see how many "friends" oober's have.
6/8/09
 
dlouder says:
Though that may be the case, kickntrue, I am a stickler to the rules. The only person I'll allow to cheat is my wife, when we are out playing 1on1 for fun. Other than that, I'm on everyone to follow them to the tee.
6/8/09
 
Kickntrue says:
You let your wife cheat? ... Don't post your number on oob anywhere!! Sorry, you tee'd that one right up!

Also- I realize most oober's probably do play 95% closer to the rules than the average hack, but I know there are little things "here and there" that happen. Stories of friends are always better anyway!
6/8/09
 
Ben Crane says:
I know a guy that always picks up after 2 putts no matter if it was in the cup or not. Also play with an OOBer who always finds his ball even when the tee shot is very questionable. He could be playing a Nike the whole time and on the very hole he hit a bad tee shot suddenly his ball is a Callaway on the green. The same guy will ALWAYS find his tee shot no matter how poor, but always insists everyone else hit a provisional.
6/8/09
 
thedteamhr says:
I was playing with a guy, probably a 21 handicap like myself. We are on our 2nd shots on a downward sloping fairway. Due to the downward slope, for some reason, he can't make contact with the ball with his 5 wood. He takes about 6 swing and misses before finally hitting the ball, giving him about a 12 or 13 on the hole. I ask for his score and he says, "give me a bogie".
2 holes later, he starts complaining that everyone is taking too many mulligans and that we need to play by the rules. Complete Jackass.
6/8/09
 
notyourdata says:
Just played with a guy over the weekend. He had a short par 3 to hit and mishit the ball completely. The ball went bout 1 inch. He re-teed and then hit 2 more shots for par. Later on, the same guy would mishit his approach shots and I swear, he didn't count those shots. What's messed up is that he claimed to shoot in the 80's.
6/8/09
 
onedollarwed says:
People play their own way. You get what you put into it. Most people can't deal with the natural fluctuation in scoring/ results. The one thing you can expect from golf is unpredictability. Our scoring varies %5-%10 from round to round even on the same course and the same day. Your score is just a number.
I can understand cheating when a lot of money is at stake, but when playing for fun? Seems backwards too me. These jackasses lose doubly when they take their low handicap into a serious competition.
6/8/09
 
Mjnolan91 says:
I am on the golf team at my school and cheating seems to be unavoidable among our platers. One of my teammates hit over a par 3, back over it again into a bunker, took him 2 to get out, and then a 3 putt. When I asked what he got (just to make sure he was playing honest) he told me bogey, and when I asked if he was sure he threw a fit! Golf is a sport where it is all too easy to cheat, and its no fun for anyone, because at the end of the day you yourself know if you really deserve the score on your scorecard.
6/8/09
 
Bryan K says:
My opinion on cheating is that I want to know if my game is improving. The scores I shoot now are nothing to boast about, and I don't have any intention of doing so. That said, I have yet to golf with someone who does not cheat. Whether they are rolling the ball, taking gimme putts from two feet, or not counting mulligans. I count all of those things because, for instance, when I took the time out to practice two foot putts, I noticed a definite improvement in my game.

Last week, I shot 18 on a 9-hole course with a buddy who consistently "beats" me by about 5-6 strokes. I challenged him on the back 9...all balls must land in the bottom of the cup. I quickly learned that he couldn't consistently sink those two foot putts that he was taking gimmes on. We ended up tied.
6/8/09
 
Bryan K says:
Just to add...in that same round last week, I got into an argument about my score with this same dude on a par 5. I shot a good drive up the left side of the fairway...toed a shot to the right side of the fairway...popped one up just short of the water...and then put it on the green for a chance at saving par. He argued saying that there was no way I could be shooting for par. Yeah...I got a little angry. "You're missing a stroke" he kept saying. If I'm missing a stroke, then tell me which stroke I'm missing.

Sorry...I needed to vent.
6/8/09
 
Mookie says:
I may be dating myself, but "Catch Me If You Can"was a hit song by the Dave Clark for their movie Weekend in London. I still have the LP. And speaking of the cinema, Do we all remember the cheating scene in the golf math between 007 and Goldfinger? When Bond told his caddy that Goldfinger would never find his ball in the thick rough, and the caddy says why not, and Bond says, because I'm standing on it, and then Goldfinger's vaddy (OddJob) rolls a ball down the inside of his pants leg and calls out, yes, aha, he's found it. And later Bond switches Goldfinger's ball to another, and calls him on finishing the hole with different ball than when he started it, and claims the match. Good movie.
6/8/09
 
Mookie says:
I recently read a book by Arnold Palmer on rules, in which he said nearly everyone cheats in some way. For example, when your foursome agrees to something that's not in the rules, it breaks a rule against changing the rules. He himself said his group allow mulligans on the first tee. Even if they don't take the mulligans, he notes, it's a rule violation to agree that they they can.
6/8/09
 
Bryan K says:
Mookie...hilarious, but true. Fact is, I break a couple of rules from time to time...like the one about shooting the same ball throughout a round. That's a tough one for me to follow because I really don't think I have more than one ball of the same kind. The other rule I break from time to time is the one regarding going back to the tee box to rehit if you can't find your ball. Thankfully, I've been getting a lot better at not losing my balls lately, so this one is one that I haven't broken in some time. So, yes...I do break rules from time to time...but only the rules where there is someone of a general consensus (among amateurs at least) that the rules should be changed.
6/8/09
 
Bryan K says:
In fact...I just thought I'd add that some of my partners get annoyed with me because of the fact that I DON'T like to break rules. They yell at me for not rolling my ball when I hit a crappy lie...they yell at me for insisting that I hole a two-foot putt...they yell at me for not taking a mulligan when my drive hits a tree and ends up only 100 yards up the fairway....
6/8/09
 
Mookie says:
I think you play with people who yell too much. There oughta be a rule for that.
6/8/09
 
mjaber says:
I think the easiest way to cheat would be to have an extra ball in your pocket. When you can't find yours, drop it somewhere around where you are looking, and say that's it.
6/8/09
 
Lucky47 says:
Want to play fair, have everyone in your group play by the same rules. We play no gimmies or mulligans and only roll it on the fairway. OB must retee. If I'm keeping score and someone cheats I stop recording there score. This works for our group. Golf is a game, we play to have fun, no stress
6/8/09
 
Bryan K says:
Mookie: lol...I'm beginning to think so, too. It seems I have more fun when I go solo and group up with others on the course.
6/8/09
 
activesense says:
bjohn13...I am totally with you on playing fair to track your score and see how you are improving. I am fairly new to the sport and I play for fun, against the course and against myself. If I cheat then how do I know if I am getting better? Bending some rules like playing the same ball (or not) which will not affect my overall score, IMHO, is acceptable at recreational level. I also allow myself 1 mulligan per 9 holes cos we all skull or shank one now and then.
Anything you do that is going to "illegally" shave strokes off your score is between you, your conscience, and whoever catches you doing it.
6/9/09
 
JWHpurist says:
The Rules are an important structure of this game and should be adhered to in order to record an accurate score and track player development. I have never and will not record a score that in not played within that structure. When I started this game 50+ years ago, I had scores that ranged from 108 to 129,and all were "Legit", but rather embarrassing. It took 20 years of hard work to get down into the "honest high" 70's & low 80's. If I ever get down to "Scratch", it will be done "Ball Down, no "Mulligans or Gimmies", and within all current rules. The people I play with understand that and play that way and we have a lot more fun! JWHpurist
6/9/09
 
JWHpurist says:
I forgot to add that my Father liked to roll his ball to a better lie and would tell me to do the same. I would tell him that I wanted to try to hit a good shot from a "Garbage" lie and if I did I was playing better golf than him. This is what I meant by "having more fun." JWHpurist
6/9/09
 
benhogan531 says:
How about green lifesavers in the fairway.
6/9/09
 
ToddRobb says:
I don't think I have ever cheated on the golf course, the guys that I play with always gamble and always call out the "rules" before the round. Rolling in the fairway and playing it down everywhere else. When we play for money it's never by the "strict rules of golf", so maybe it is cheating. Who cares really? When I play with guys not in my regular group I couldn't care less how they play or count. My standard argument is when playing pick up basketball you don't shoot foul shots and call three seconds do you? Mookie, you're right about Goldfinger, "If that's his ball, I'm Arnold Palmer", "strict rules of golf Goldfinger, 5 minutes to find your ball", "since we're playing strict rules of golf, you lose the hole and the match", classic movie.
6/9/09
 
ForeKris says:
i think my scores and handicap are an indication that i do not cheat. if i did, i must cheat bad too!
6/9/09
 
Hacker Al says:
"He who has the fastest cart, always has the best lie"
-Anonymous
6/9/09
 
dkssage says:
I'm sure this happens frequently, it's a good, I mean bad, way to have a higher handicap to gain an advantage in tournament play. Simply, post a score a couple of shots higher than your score for that day. Come tournament time your handicap index will be a few points higher that what it should be, advantage to the cheater.
6/9/09
 
tennesseeboy says:
Here's a scenario for you. You're in a position like Tiger was in a couple of years ago at the masters. Your ball is by a tree. You can hit it clean but your follow through will wrap the club around the tree, breaking your club (like Tiger) and possibly your wrist.

Do you
a) Sacrifice a $100 club to save a stroke.
b) Take a drop and a penalty.
c) Cheat
6/9/09
 
ibashdaily says:
Sometimes when I am playing, I will take what I call an IOT or Interest Of Time drop. This is when I hit it in a pretty clear rough, but for whatever reason myself nor my partners can find it. I would have no problem standing there for the next 10 minutes looking for it, but we normally have a group behind us and we don't want to slow down the pace of play, so I'll take an IOT drop and move on. I usually count the drop as a stroke, but if we are really rushed and I'm convinced I would have found the ball, I won't. I know it's cheating, but it's better than getting a Titleist embedded in my forehead because the group behind us gets antsy.
6/9/09
 
Kickntrue says:
@tennesseeboy - usually you just move the ball. funny story though. a couple months ago I decided to play it. i did in fact end up with 2 toddler-sized clubs when I was done. One didn't have a grip. the other was missing a clubhead. Hah.
6/9/09
 
ForeKris says:
ibashdaily, I won't take a stoke if it wasn't a slice. Since it's always a slice, i guess i always take a stroke!
6/9/09
 
GameDayDog says:
I played with guys today that never finished their putts.. They had a 3 foot zone of forgiveness... Just pick it up... but I hole out.. and let them do what they do...
6/9/09
 
ToddRobb says:
tennesseeboy, what we do is ask for a "ruling", most times if you ask you will granted a drop with no penalty. It probably happens once every four or five rounds or so.
6/9/09
 
drew1473 says:
One guy I played with when I first started playing always had this zone around the cup that he said "if it is within the putter's length then it is a gimme". Well it just so happens that somehow his putter became 5 or 6 feet long somedays. Sometimes, he would even putt it and then if it didnt go in then he would pick it up and not count the putt and say it was a gimme. Infuriated me to no end.
I quit keeping score when he did that. It could have taken him 3 shots to get on the green and have a 6 ft. putt, try putting it and miss it, and then say he shot a birdie or par. I no longer play with him at all. He would get mad at the end of the round, when I didnt have a score for him and I would tell him when he decides to play honestly and show a little bit of integrity then I will give him his score.
6/9/09
 
Clint24 says:
I dont cheat on the golf course. But yesterday I was playing in a tournament and these two friends cheated badly. I played with them in the first round and they shot over 110 on a touch course. The next round, at an even harder course, the two are playing by themselves. And remember, there is noone watching, no parents (this is a junior league tour), marshalls, noone. One of them takes about a total of an hour 1/2 to look for his ball. But back to the story, they both shoot an 85 and an 87. Tell me how the hell that happens?
6/9/09
 
dooquie says:
I play regularly with a guy who seems he simply cannot count. It drives me mad because I am nothing to brag about, I always earn all my 90 to 100 strokes. But this guy will shoot a 150 and somehow he ends up with a magic score just a couple of strokes higher than me. Then to top it off he will play it off like he is embarrassed over his score. I know it should not bother me because he is just cheating himself but it really makes me fume.

Just the other day this person lost three balls on one hole, two in the water and one OB, then chipped over the green, chipped to the fringe, and four putted to get a bogie on a par four. Both myself and one of my best friends could not believe it.
6/9/09
 
mantajim says:
The 3 inch cheater - places his mark in front of the ball, then replaces the ball in front of the mark.
The three foot cheater - if we're playing 'pick, clean & place' no closer to the hole, because of recent rain, he always moves his a few feet forward.
We usually don't say anything because it's not much help, but everyone knows him as a cheater.
The real cheaters however, are the sandbaggers. Either guys that play a lot but only post their high scores or a few that will just blow a round so a high score is posted.
Kinda rubs your ass the wrong way to play in a tournament with them and have them brag about their winning.
I'd like to see our club adopt a policy of if you play you post or the club post a 72.
As far as putts go, our regular group has adopted a 'If it's for potential money, you putt it out." Now just about everyone putts out.
6/9/09
 
GaryTheGolfer says:
I think is horrible to cheat....you are only cheating yourself. I fricken count EVERY stroke. That means if I screw up and hit the ball a foot I count it. Sometimes I see a friend trying to hit it out of the bunker..he will try 3 or 4 times before it comes out....but he'll only count 1 stroke. And I see this ALL the time from people. Another one is not counting the penalty stroke. People will shoot the ball into the water and try again without counting it.

It's best to be true to yourself and count the real count....then you will know if you are getting better through time.
6/9/09
 
ericboarderco says:
i have a buddy who will hit 2 balls ob, tee up a 3rd, and finesh the par 4 with that ball in 4 strokes and call it a par as we walk to the next hole. next par 3 he'll have a legit birdie. since i record all my strokes, i carry a scorecard. he doesnt. cheat all u want, just dont carry a scorecard. he says thinking about his score is to much pressure and ruins his game. i want to improve and have tried not writing in scores after 9. i worry more when im not paying attention!
6/10/09
 
Backquak says:
I don't take gimmies, i always putt out. I've played with some guys that pick-up and don't count the stroke, those are the big cheaters I think, and some that tap toward the hole and pick-up, counting only one stroke, saying they would have made it, just getting out of the way, I let it go unless there is money on the line. The rules I break are OB or lost ball off the tee. If I can't find it I drop one but I count the strokes like I went back and hit another to this position and play on to keep pace. Thats 1 OB, 1 penalty, hitting 1 to the drop spot laying 3 and hitting 4. I also have never heard that you were suppose to use the same brand and model of ball through the whole round, I have the variety bag, one of every brand and I play whatever I pull out, so I guess I break that rule everytime I loose a ball. The rules of the round should be agreed upon before you start and everyone should play them. There is no point writing a score down if its not legit.
6/10/09
 
JoeSalvato says:
I have been playing with a guy that insists on winter rules,,,,,,bumping the ball, he is playing to about a 6.5 right now,,,,,,he's on here,,,,,,give him some feedback about this!
6/10/09
 
ToddRobb says:
JoeSalvato, If you agree to it before the start of the round, you shouldn't have a problem with it. If you guys say you're playing the ball down and he's playing winter rules, THAT'S a problem.
6/10/09
 
ipv6freely says:
I play by the rules, to the best of my knowledge (there is a TON I don't know), but lying about my score doesn't help me one bit. I'm there to learn and get better, and cheating won't help me do either. I'm still trying to break 40 (on a par 33 front 9)...
6/10/09
 
Johnn04 says:
I hate it when I putt within inches of hole and whoever im playing with hits my ball back to me and gives me a gimme. I like putting out because i like the sound of the ball falling into the cup. lol. And the one thing I personaly hate most is people who have a "putting" ball. God that irritates the shizit out of me. The only rule I break is the stroke and distance rule just because im a "ready golfer" and like to keep up the pace of play. Of course ill take the penalty but ill drop the ball to the closest point where i thought it went in or should be.I aint playing on tour so that rule doesnt really bug me. If im gambling all we wager is a sleeve of pro-v-1's. Its cheap and it gives you something to play for instead of just going out there and hacking at a ball.
6/11/09
 
Swingem says:
I play regularly with a friend. We are both single digit and play from the black tees on a tough course (slope=148)and we play for small money. We play the ball down, winter rules only in the fairway, and only in winter. Lost balls are played as a lateral hazard (no drops in the fairway) with a one stroke penalty to maintain pace of play. Gimmies are at the discression of the opponent, and mulligans are rarely given (perhaps once in 4-5 rounds). A Mulligan may occur if one of us is having an "off" round in an attempt to keep the round close, and would never occur more than once in a round. The kicker is the a mulligan must be "offered" by the opponent in exchange for a mulligan in the same round at the discression of the giver. Gimmies and mulligans are never assumed as given by the player, they must be given by the opponent. The point is that these parameters are understood, there is something at stake, and there is room for some strategic gamesmanship.
6/11/09
 
kyfrydan says:
There is a lot to say for playing ready golf even though is it against the rules...
6/13/09
 
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