You're a liar
By mustang6560 on 7/6/12
Do you wish your playing partners "good luck" before your round? If so, then you're a liar, according to Pete Dougherty of the Times Union (Albany).
The question remains: Why do golfers, who call penalty shots on themselves for rules violations that only they are aware of, become fawning liars when it comes to the First Tee Toady Ritual? Possibly, we’re attempting to take the gentleman’s game too far, mistaking chivalry for honesty.

Honesty. Can you imagine what we’d hear if, for one round, everyone’s thoughts were actually spoken? For example, I’ve often thought, as my opponent’s ball rolled inexorably toward the cup at the end of an eighteen foot putt with a five foot break, “Ohmigod, it’s breaking right into the hole, this guy’s not that good a putter, what rotten luck I’m having today!”

But as the putt slingshots off the rim of the cup, leaving a tricky sidehiller, I hear myself saying something like, “You were robbed on that one!”
I wish my opponents "good luck" on the first tee because it's common courtesy. But, what I don't say is, "I hope your luck is not as good as mine today".

I am guilty, though, of wishing that my opponents golf ball continues to go right and ends up out of bounds in my head while saying things like "Get down" or "Kick left" out loud. Sure, I enjoy a competitive round of golf with friends, but at the same time, I'm not playing for second place.

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CodeSlinger says:
Only applies when you're in direct competition, either in a tournament or when betting on your game. Just go play for the fun of it, and all of a sudden you realize that your playing partners' scores affect yours not one iota. Frees you up to actually be happy for each other.
Wes11point5 says:
I always say "let's play well" even in a tournament. That is what separates golf from the other sports.....sportsmanship is the standard, not the exception. That being said, I still like to win.
bkuehn1952 says:
My standard tournament phrases are: "Goodluck ... but not too much luck!" or "I hope you play well and finish second". Both said with a smile but everyone knows that is pretty much how we all think.
aaronm04 says:
I like to wish "good luck on second place" to others.
golfingbumunderpar64 says:
Everyone of us ( whos competive and in a competive situation ) might say stuff like " go in the hole ball " when in our heads we are screaming "stopppppppppp, slow down, break away from the hole" every stroke the other person misses just helps your chance of winning even better and we all want to win. When Im playing in the club championship next week I wont say good luck cause the only luck i want for them is bad luck. I wanna win. I will say however lets have some fun that way i dont said like too much of an A-hole.
mtgolfidiot says:
This is a standard conversation with our regular foursome about the professional game. Here's the scenario: You're standing on the 18th tied with your opponent. He has a putt to win the match. Does the professional say to himself "I hope he misses this". Of course he does...
spackler455db says:
I always say "Play well" or "Have fun out there." I try to play my game the best i can and see how things add up when we're done.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
I usually say 'pass me a beer' or 'this should be interesting', something along those lines. I rarely play for money, and when I do it's for a max of 3 or 4 bucks so I really don't care. It's nice to win but I like to see good golf, on TV or preferably in person, by me or whoever.
legitimatebeef says:
I'm a liar??? Well you are a jerk, get away from me.

Saying good luck on the first tee is what you call a formality. It don't mean nothing, just like when ppl say "Nice playing with you" on the 18th green. It's just, what else are you gonna say? "Take care brush your hair"?

Anyways saying good luck is all fine and good. It crosses the line into weird when ppl shout encouragements to their opponents ball though. OK we get it Mr Sportsmanship.
Kurt the Knife says:
I always say, "Lets not hurt anybody this time."
I Love doing that when me and my bud get partnered up with an unfamiliar twosome.
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