"In fact I may not have a drink for a while"
By mustang6560 on 7/26/12
Following his victory in The Open Championship last year, Darren Clarke indulged his senses with a few beers (multiplied by a few beers). His post-major championship celebration even drew criticism by some in his home country.

Unlike Darren, Ernie Els, the 2012 Open Championship winner, celebrated without alcohol. The South African was once a heavy drinker, however, he decided two months before The Open to give up booze for a little while.
"We were having dinner one night a couple of months ago when Ernie suddenly announced: 'I'm not going to bother having a glass of wine tonight.'

"He said: 'In fact I may not have a drink for a while — even if I never have another party night for the rest of my life, I still think I'll be well ahead of the game.'

"And I haven't seen him touch a drop since.
I won't go as far as to say not drinking is the reason Ernie was the last man standing at Royal Lytham & St. Annes (Adam Scott did collapse down the stretch), however, I know it didn't hurt his game. I play better when I don't drink, especially on the putting green. Putting is all about feel, and since alcohol numbs the senses, I never putt as well if I've had more than two beers on the golf course.

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Banker85 says:
to each their own. People might say they golf better buzzed but i dont see how that is possible. Maybe a beer or two or three to loosen up the nerves but after that your not helping your game. Dont get me wrong in a scramble i like drinking having a good time. But if i am out to post a score and GOLF, then i wont have more then a couple beers if any at all.
jeremyheslop says:
While I'm not against someone having a drink during a round (or anytime for that matter) I personally do not drink. For what it's worth it has not helped my putting lol
legitimatebeef says:
Everything in moderation.
Alan3685 says:
Stay thirsty, my friends.
wrhall02 says:
Golf is hard enough to play straight, a drink or two is my max. I save the heavy drinking for the 19th hole.
Matt McGee says:
Play golf first. Drink afterward.
gpickin says:
I think the "typical" golfer here on oob is pretty serious about their golf games, and while they enjoy themselves, they want to do whatever they can to improve, and drinking isn't one of them.

Sometimes though, not thinking too much, and those nerves can be helped with something. I have only drank once while golfing, my opponents were trying to soften me up, they didn't like the results so stop force feeding me :)
I'm glad, I did not feel good out there, drink and heat, not the best in Bakersfield :)
gpickin says:
Oops, missed my point complete LOL - my point is, most golfers, not on oob, see Golf as a drunken escape, much like bowling or a baseball game.
So, I think our answers will be (for the most part) dryer, and maybe not proportionate to most golfers.
Just like our scoring, what scores do we have, and what % of golfers reach those levels... only a small %
mmontisano says:
I've seen it first hand when our brewery sponsors golf events. most of the time it isn't pretty, but there are the select few who play golf better when they've had 4 beers to loosen them up.
mmontisano says:
I'm actually working an event today at a golf course. if you want, I can take video of some drunken swings. ha!
clevelandstever says:
I don't normally drink while golfing, but sometimes if I am really not playing well and start pressing I pound a beer at the turn as "swing lubricant" in order to loosen myself up.
Matt F says:
Somewhat like Banker, I'll have a few if I'm playing in a scramble, but I'm only drinking water if I'm playing normally...looking at my scores, I might have to start having a couple, because it can't really hurt!
Kurt the Knife says:
I used to have a couple vodka shots on the links when I started to get all stiffened up from accumulating a dozen or so bad shots.
Usually caught a few odd glances from the cart girl and other players at 9:00am on the second tee.
falcon50driver says:
Don't drink and Drive, Don't even Putt....Dean Martin
homermania says:
Do you do drugs, Danny?
Every day.
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