Never Have I Ever...
By mustang6560 on 10/27/11
Never Have I Ever, like golf, is a game played by gentlemen. And just like golf, Never Have I Ever requires its players to be honest and act with integrity. So now's the time to clean out the skeleton's in your golf closet and answer this week's question.
Thanks to Brian "bkuehn1952" Keuhn for submitting this week's Never Have I Ever question.
Never have I ever lied about my handicap.
Oh, great question! I've never lied per se about my handicap, but I have rounded down before in mixed company (scratch golfers and such). I've also given the range too, like "Oh, I'm a 12-15 handicap". I'm not sure if that counts as lying, but it's borderline so I guess I have answer in the affirmative. Yes, I've lied about my handicap...
What you say?
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I Have lied about it. I have some golf stuff in my office so when someone asks me i will say i am a 9 hcp. I guess because i have always and still dream of being a single digit hcp. But i dont lie all the time. I go with the range too "oh im a 11-14 hcp." This game is fun to play with chicks too.
Who else remembers the cadillac commercial from a while back with the guys standing at the trunk of the car getting ready for the round. Some other "cooler and wiser" guys come up walking past and one of the guys at the trunk asks: "excuse me, can someone shoot 'about 75'"?
Walking guy: "who, him? No."
You can always tell a BSer in the crowd. I never give a range. I give my index to the number. If someone asks "how can you be a decimal?" then i know they're FOS and whatever they told me is probably wrong.
Purely from a negotiating standpoint, I will verbally fatten up my handicap if we are talking about getting or giving strokes. If no money or honor is on the line, I give an accurate number when asked. So the answer is "yes", I have lied about my handicap.
So many times it is hard to count, I say infinity most often. I lied to win a free burner 6 iron. I lied to get a free grip. I lied at my work outing so I did not have to check the highest handicap box. But deep down I know the real truth, I am a terrible golfer that is obsessed with the game.
Never straight up lied about it, but usually give a range.
I used to, unintentionally, when I was in my 20s. Back then I didn't really understand handicaps, I thought a handicap was your best score minus 72. I.e. if you recently shot a 95 at a 5000 yard garbage track, you were a 23 handicap. Little did I know that was probably 5 or more strokes better than what I actually was when I started tracking it.
Thankfully it never mattered, it was usually just conversation amongst someone I got paired up with at a muni.
Yes, I have lied about my handicap.. I was a mixture of bkuehn and jrbrizzle..
I give the full number decimal and all, it lets people know that I am hardcore. Besides, around here a 9.3 commands respect. It's a golf wasteland. Most ppl don't even know the definition of handicap. Can't tell you how many times I've had to break it down for someone, on the golf course no less. "It's not your average... best ten scores out of your last twenty blah blah blah...throws out your worst scores blah blah blah..."
I have fibbed about my index...but only upwards...happened last weekend. I was aksed to join a bet and knew they guys were and they were wanting too many strokes. I stil lost money, but would have lost a lot more.
I have never lied about being a lower index.
I always reply with "you want my index or my course handicap"
Never. I've yet to break 116 let alone 100, so I'm so far embedded in the land of 28+ it wouldn't be worth lying anyway as it'd be too easy to find me out!
Ben Crane says:
I did once when I was in college. It was a time of experimenting. Didn't like it and haven't done it since.
I have lied if that means giving a range (9-11), I usaully say I'm a 9 but I have been playing like a 20 lately.
Mostly all I get is "Oh you know what your handicap is? geez, you have to be better than me". But don't lie about my number, i'm proud of where it used to be versus where it is now :)
Never lie intentionally, but will qualify that I might not be playing to my index. And similar to @ajbaird90 will ask to figure out what someone is really asking, especially if I don't have prior knowledge of how much they golf.
Although I have had others lie about my HC, mainly b/c they didn't think HC indexes were lower than "average score over par".
Euhm... yes, in order to get access to a certain course. Otherwise, no.
when i first got back into golf after a lengthy sabbatical, i claimed i was a 12 because i thought i could go straight to what i was shooting when i stopped playing. but that didn't happen and i was probably more around an 18 to 20.
now i give it to the decimal because i've worked hard to get there. i still can't wait for that day when i can claim a single digit though.
Matt F says:
No, because it's a work in progress, albeit going backwards at the moment. But I also say, when asked what my handicap is, "I play golf".
Good one Ben.
I don't lie about it, everyone I golf with knows about how good I am anyway. The course I play on is par 68 so it might skew it a little, but I still say whatever it is but "it's not an official handicap".
Sort of. I didn't correct the somewhat inflated course handicap a tourney organizer gave me (which I didn't notice on the card until the 2nd tee) in a 2-man-team best ball tournament. Notorious sand-bagging in that tournament, so I knew we had no shot at the net prizes (and we didn't), so I didn't say anything. Had we actually placed in the net prizes, I'd like to think I would have felt sufficiently guilty and would have spoken up. Came in 2nd gross, though.
I am not a great golfer but, I can produce a few great shots. I am proud to be a 20 handicap and not afraid to say it because I have improved so much from where I used to be. Although, a few years ago when I was 25.9, and I told my friend I was 25.9 for a tourney he was signing us up for, I later found out he lied about my handicap and said I was a "MAX". I was the horse that day because two of the four(him and his buddy) were slamming the single malt scotch. We won second. It was later that night I found out he lied. I was pissed off, but glad to have $60 because I was broke.
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