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buzzthecatbuzzthecat OHMembers  93WRX Points: 112Handicap: 2Posts: 93 Fairways
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Have you ever played with someone who said this to you? Happened to me last night. It's happened a few times in my life. Sometimes it's tongue-in-cheek, sometimes it's not. I've never seen someone so impressed with a 245yd thinned driver...at least it was down the middle. I always get a kick out of it when this happens. I tell them they're crazy and that they simply have no idea how good even a scratch player is compared to me.

FYI - This is in no way a humble-brag. I shot a 38 (+2) on 9 and hit what I thought were some pretty squirrely shots...missed a couple shorties too.

Anway, I'd love to hear some stories of when someone thought you were a golfing god!

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  • kgeisler13kgeisler13 ClubWRX  408WRX Points: 69Handicap: 6Posts: 408 ClubWRX
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    I use to get this all the time from older guys because I hit it pretty far (insert WRX joke about self proclaimed lenghth) but I am a 7 handicap and I understand I am no where close to tour caliber.

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  • gioguy21gioguy21 NJMembers  8165WRX Points: 1,386Handicap: +1.5 (1194646)Posts: 8,165 Titanium Tees
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    yes. i've had this happen quite often

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  • LeftDaddyLeftDaddy Members  957WRX Points: 302Handicap: 9Posts: 957 Golden Tee
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    Yep. It’s amazing when you occasionally get paired with a 30 handicap or whatever and you shoot 82 but they are wondering when you are going to quit your job and try to make the tour. It just goes to show you how clueless even mildly avid golfers can be sometimes. There’s 70 yards between my drive and theirs, but also probably 50 - 70 between Koepka’s and mine. I guess to them I look like Brooks Koepka 🤣

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  • sprcoopsprcoop Tucson, AZMembers  1007WRX Points: 234Handicap: 16.7Posts: 1,007 Platinum Tees
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    I have never had anyone say that but they have commented they can't believe I'm an 18 HC (as in it should be lower) after I look competent and string 3 PARs together. Then my true colors come out and and they are like, "Oh... OK, I get it now".

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    Used to get it all the time in my 20's and 30's. "Did you ever consider trying for the Tour?" Somehow a 72 was mind blowing. It's the level of golf that many guys are used to seeing
    My stock answer was always, "nope I maxed out as a pretty good college player. A tour caliber guy would shoot 65 here without breaking a sweat"
    And my favorite "have you ever tried Long Drive?" When you can actually hit it 300 and older guys bunt it 210 (thinking its 250), they tend to think you are a Jason Z or Jamie S

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  • SNIPERBBBSNIPERBBB Hit Ball Hard SE OhioMembers  3422WRX Points: 891Handicap: 2.9Posts: 3,422 Titanium Tees
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    Usually from 30+cap weekend warrior strangers. I sympathize with Tiger when he was talking about the guys at tournaments that yell "You da man!" just for getting the ball airborne.

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    Id rather have people tell me I need lessons. It's more motivational.
    You just want to scream out "YES I HAVE HAD LESSONS! I QUIT THEM AND JOINED GOLFWRX!"
    Jk haha

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  • 2putttom2putttom # 1 Oregon Duck fan Members  10322WRX Points: 571Handicap: 12Posts: 10,322 Titanium Tees
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    just last night at men's league. Sank a thirty footer for a dbl.

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  • GHIN n JuiceGHIN n Juice Wingpointe GC...Never Forgotten Members  1890WRX Points: 329Posts: 1,890 Platinum Tees
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    I must not be THAT good, lol. I used to get people who would ask where I played in college. Sadly I would have to tell them I barely made my high school team.

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    The only tour anyone has ever told me to go on was a brewery tour.

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    Sometimes when I play as a single and play through another group, I'll hit one really close on a par 3, and they say something like "Wow, you must be like 5 under." I just say "Sure." with a smile and proceed to spray it around for my 78. haha

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  • BNGLBNGL Jupiter, FloridaMembers  1958WRX Points: 701Posts: 1,958 Platinum Tees
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    Yeah it’s flattering to say the least.
    Our club VP invited me to play The Old Course at Broken Sound with him and some members. One of whom was CEO of a big time company and he is a regular in the AT&T, extremely nice guy. We had a little game going and I played the tips shot 66 on course that I had never seen before, the a-ha moment if you will was when I drove 7th and made an 8 footer for an eagle two. He commented as we walked up the the par 3 8th if you’re my partner at the ATT we’ll win every year. We signed the card and he remarked, “66?!? What the f*** are you doing growing grass?”

    Been friends to this day, he’s been nothing short of fantastic to me and my girlfriend. He tried to pull some strings a couple years ago and have me be his partner in the Seminole Pro Member but it just didn’t work out. We ended up playing the Jupiter Hills Pro Member and basically whatever else he wants haha.

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    Oh man this was EXACTLY what I wasn’t hoping this thread was about, thank you sir.

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    On -, @BNGL said:

    Yeah it’s flattering to say the least.
    Our club VP invited me to play The Old Course at Broken Sound with him and some members. One of whom was CEO of a big time company and he is a regular in the AT&T, extremely nice guy. We had a little game going and I played the tips shot 66 on course that I had never seen before, the a-ha moment if you will was when I drove 7th and made an 8 footer for an eagle two. He commented as we walked up the the par 3 8th if you’re my partner at the ATT we’ll win every year. We signed the card and he remarked, “66?!? What the f*** are you doing growing grass?”

    Been friends to this day, he’s been nothing short of fantastic to me and my girlfriend. He tried to pull some strings a couple years ago and have me be his partner in the Seminole Pro Member but it just didn’t work out. We ended up playing the Jupiter Hills Pro Member and basically whatever else he wants haha.

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  • Big A HGBig A HG Members  686WRX Points: 213Posts: 686 Golden Tee
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    I used to get the "did you play in college" a lot, but never the "you should be on tour". I usually play to a low-mid single digit handicap and end up playing with a lot of strangers on public courses when I get paired up.

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    It's rare to find a good golfer, I can say in the 32 years I've been playing, outside of competitive golf or my normal 4some, it's easily in the single digits with the amount of guys I've been paired with that shot in the 70's. It's rare so I guess when high handicap sees that, they probably think the guys good enough to play pro golf. A couple years back playing with my Dad, the pair we were playing with insisted that I was lying to them about who I was and I had to be on tour. I guess it's nice thinking somebody thinks my game is that good, but it also got a little old after dealing with it all round.

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    No one has suggested I was pro or even college caliber, but as I play in a couple of leagues that have a lot of older guys they all think I'm "the big hitter." I've stopped trying to set them straight, but my average drive is 250-260 with an occasional 300 yard mistake. When I hit one in the 275+ range literally all of them "know" it was at least 300. Like others have suggested, if you have never seen a pro play in person you can easily be impressed by mediocrity.

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  • RichieHuntRichieHunt Members  4072WRX Points: 763Posts: 4,072 Titanium Tees
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    I've gotten it from both sides of the spectrum.

    I remember going to one range and a good dozen people or so decided to gather and watch me hit balls. And at this time of my life, ballstriking was not my forte.

    Then I'll get times where I'm playing under par, playing really excellent golf and somebody will ask "what are you...about a 5 handicap?"

    Then I'll tell them I'm a +1 (or so, depends on my handicap variance) and they'll be completely shocked.

    Weird, I guess.

    RH

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    On -, @RichieHunt said:

    I've gotten it from both sides of the spectrum.

    I remember going to one range and a good dozen people or so decided to gather and watch me hit balls. And at this time of my life, ballstriking was not my forte.

    Then I'll get times where I'm playing under par, playing really excellent golf and somebody will ask "what are you...about a 5 handicap?"

    Then I'll tell them I'm a +1 (or so, depends on my handicap variance) and they'll be completely shocked.

    Weird, I guess.

    RH

    So if someone comes up to you while you’re under par and asks if you’re a 5 handicap do you then have to explain to them what it means to be a + ?

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    On -, @tenny352 said:

    I've actually had someone say the exact opposite to me. Went golfing with a group of people from work years ago and afterwards one of the guys said that they thought I should have golfed better for how much I play. I actually didn't really have a bad round but I couldn't have agreed with him more.

    This happened to me a few months ago. I get the "where did you play in college" question here and there, but this one was not - and from a friend, no less! He asked me to play in a scramble in a couple of days when someone bailed. I said sure. He said "we're gonna win this thing, right?" Yeah, right. He was terrible (and knew it), his other friends were former weekend regulars who hadn't played in a few years due to kids.

    I did the things the "A" player is supposed to do - hit it long, get on the green in regulations, get our putts close. I played pretty well, didn't hit any clankers and had a stretch where I went 4 under in 3 holes on my own ball. As a group, we did about what I expected we'd do. We shot -10. Winners shot -19. Got done and my friend says "you know, I expected more out of me today." I said "then I'm curious about your expectations." He just repeated "I expected more out of you" a few times until his friend says "what the **** did you expect? He played fine, we would have shot even without him. Did you see yourself play today?"

    I'm not sure what this guy thinks a low handicapper is supposed to be. I think in his mind, he didn't see me hit a shot he didn't think he couldn't hit. Which might be true - I just happened to do it 50 more times that day than he did.

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    Once. A guy randomly played in our group and spent most of the back 9 trying to convince me I should give the PGA Tour a go. Told me I just needed to quit my job to practice more. He was a nice guy just had no clue. I joked with him a little about it at first but it got a bit tiresome. After shooting somewhere around 78 from the tips that day I told him I didn’t stand a chance. If I shot 65 or better every round I’d consider trying something. But I’d never broken 70 at that point so no chance.

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    On -, @kc_hacker said:

    On -, @tenny352 said:

    I'm not sure what this guy thinks a low handicapper is supposed to be. I think in his mind, he didn't see me hit a shot he didn't think he couldn't hit. Which might be true - I just happened to do it 50 more times that day than he did.

    This is real crux of it all isn't it? It's not the superior quality of the shots, but the consistency.

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