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The JOY of playing with new golfers

2bGood2bGood Members Posts: 5,323 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

I have been forced to play with new golfer lately - like, brand new, first time on the course! and wow once you get your head around it, it is really joyful.

I love it when they hit a 100 yard drive that they thrilled about because "it went in the air!" Or when they actually hit the sweet spot - boy they love that!

I play most of my rounds with fellow low capper and scratch golfer, and we complain when we hit a fade instead of a draw that ends up 280 yard in the fairway. It really is a joy to play with golfers that get excited when the club face actually makes contact with the ball.

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  • AimeeAimee Members Posts: 505 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Last summer I played with a woman who had maybe been out 3 times, a hodge podge of clubs, but she was athletic and you could tell she would be a good golfer without much effort. I lent her a club to hit on a par 3 and she got her first par, she was so happy, it was fun.

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  • cardoustiecardoustie haha, we don't play for 5's Tasmania to CanadaMembers Posts: 12,579 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I didn't know Bushwood let players out of that caliber

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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Open Championship! IowaClubWRX Posts: 18,413 ClubWRX

    Those new golfers are happy with any kind of pizza!

  • Under2hoursUnder2hours Members Posts: 1,494 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I like giving simple instructions and usually this is the case when playing in a scramble. As a "self-taught" hack, I think I know some simple alignment and swings that work for a beginner. They do not work when a better golfer, but to start they make things easier imo (and usually once they try).

  • MelloYelloMelloYello Upstate, SCMembers Posts: 3,545 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I've played with a slew of different guys this year of varying skill. Some are single digit handicaps and others are high handicaps. I can honestly say that it's fun either way. It just depends on the person and their attitude.

    I tend to think that the best golf is chill golf. Whether he's shooting 75 or 105, it's the guy who's way too into it talking only about golf that's annoying to those around him.

    When it comes to beginners, so long as guys aren't worried about whether I'm worried about them, it's great. Some players can't help but feel embarrassed. No matter how many times you try and reassure them, they're clearly in their own heads.

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  • jwhite86jwhite86 ClubWRX Posts: 640 ClubWRX

    I enjoy playing with new to the game players...
    I also enjoy playing with experienced players that don't take the game too seriously... I enjoy watching them swing as hard as they can and play their 50 yards slice

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  • Neverfadeaway86Neverfadeaway86 Members Posts: 265 ✭✭✭✭

    I still say its that "one shot" that keeps me coming back for more. I still have a long way to go but in the last 3 years I went from shooting 120's to 100's to 90's to every now and again 85-90. I still have moments where I top the ball 50 yards etc... I was lucky to have people in my group that are similar in skill level and some that were much better. I think it's important to keep all this in perspective that it's just a game and to have fun !!

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  • RoodyRoody You ride her until she bucks you or don't ride at all Rochester, NYMembers Posts: 1,113 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    A woman I work with just started playing golf in the past year or so. She knows I'm a golf nut, so she asks me a lot of questions because I "seem to know everything about golf" (of course I do, I'm a member of GolfWRX).

    A few weeks ago a few of us got selected to play in a charity scramble for work, and she was one of them. She was so nervous beforehand, and said to me "this is my first real scramble, I am so worried I'm gonna hit a bad shot and the rest of the group will be annoyed with how bad I am". I assured her that no one really cares in scrambles, especially ones for charity. That and she'll have two other guys who are decent golfers on her team, and they'll take care of the pressure shots.

    It's nice to see the enthusiasm.

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  • bigred90gtbigred90gt Lefty Boomers Posts: 4,474 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @2bGood said:
    I have been forced to play with new golfer lately - like, brand new, first time on the course! and wow once you get your head around it, it is really joyful.

    I love it when they hit a 100 yard drive that they thrilled about because "it went in the air!" Or when they actually hit the sweet spot - boy they love that!

    I play most of my rounds with fellow low capper and scratch golfer, and we complain when we hit a fade instead of a draw that ends up 280 yard in the fairway. It really is a joy to play with golfers that get excited when the club face actually makes contact with the ball.

    I've been playing most of my golf over the last year with my wife. She had never owned clubs before I bought her a set, and had only "played golf" once (she tells me she really just drove the cart around for some friends, hit a few balls and drank some beer). I think I get more excited about her good shots than she does. It is a lot of fun to watch her get better as time goes on.

  • bigred90gtbigred90gt Lefty Boomers Posts: 4,474 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @Neverfadeaway86 said:
    I still say its that "one shot" that keeps me coming back for more. I still have a long way to go but in the last 3 years I went from shooting 120's to 100's to 90's to every now and again 85-90. I still have moments where I top the ball 50 yards etc... I was lucky to have people in my group that are similar in skill level and some that were much better. I think it's important to keep all this in perspective that it's just a game and to have fun !!

    I've been playing for nearly 2 decades, and have been as low as a 2 index (currently a 6), and I STILL top the ball a few feet on occasion. It happens, just like shanks, chili dips, skulled shots, hooks and slices. It's all just part of the game.

  • SnapHooker_605SnapHooker_605 Members Posts: 827 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @bigred90gt said:

    @Neverfadeaway86 said:
    I still say its that "one shot" that keeps me coming back for more. I still have a long way to go but in the last 3 years I went from shooting 120's to 100's to 90's to every now and again 85-90. I still have moments where I top the ball 50 yards etc... I was lucky to have people in my group that are similar in skill level and some that were much better. I think it's important to keep all this in perspective that it's just a game and to have fun !!

    I've been playing for nearly 2 decades, and have been as low as a 2 index (currently a 6), and I STILL top the ball a few feet on occasion. It happens, just like shanks, chili dips, skulled shots, hooks and slices. It's all just part of the game.

    Exactly!!! And one of the best feelings is cold topping one, hitting a decent follow up shot, making a par putt, and feeling completely excited and guilty about it at the same time! I have a buddy who just started playing a few years ago, and playing with him is more enjoyable than anybody else. The sheer amount of progress he's made in 2 summers is outstanding, it is like playing with a different player now. The first time he chipped in for a deuce on the hardest par 3 on the course is something we will never forget (nor will anyone else playing that day, they definitely heard the shouts).

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  • Man_O_WarMan_O_War Members Posts: 2,958 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    funny...we all started this way...

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  • BeerPerHoleBeerPerHole Members Posts: 1,288 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    As a beginner I was the worst golfer I've ever seen. Amazing I stuck with it. I remember that when playing with newbies now. Man, I stunk it up.

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  • 2bGood2bGood Members Posts: 5,323 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @bigred90gt said:

    @Neverfadeaway86 said:
    I still say its that "one shot" that keeps me coming back for more. I still have a long way to go but in the last 3 years I went from shooting 120's to 100's to 90's to every now and again 85-90. I still have moments where I top the ball 50 yards etc... I was lucky to have people in my group that are similar in skill level and some that were much better. I think it's important to keep all this in perspective that it's just a game and to have fun !!

    I've been playing for nearly 2 decades, and have been as low as a 2 index (currently a 6), and I STILL top the ball a few feet on occasion. It happens, just like shanks, chili dips, skulled shots, hooks and slices. It's all just part of the game.

    Yes it amazing how newer golf don't get that. I even saw Tiger top a 3 wood 150 yards once live.

    Personally I love saving par from some trashy drive that only went 50 yards. I had one the other day on a 320 yard par 4. I can't get to the green so I hit a 220 yard club off the tee box, I heel top it 100 yards. So I hit the same club again pin high on the green. Make my 2 putt. Green in Reg, 2 putt par.

  • FergusonFerguson Members Posts: 5,192 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Jul 10, 2019 10:23am #16

    The only problem with the new folks is when they try to emulate the actions of golfers they see on TV (Tubi, stick , Hulu, netflix, powerset, Jami, Xumo or whatever).

  • bigred90gtbigred90gt Lefty Boomers Posts: 4,474 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @2bGood said:

    @bigred90gt said:

    @Neverfadeaway86 said:
    I still say its that "one shot" that keeps me coming back for more. I still have a long way to go but in the last 3 years I went from shooting 120's to 100's to 90's to every now and again 85-90. I still have moments where I top the ball 50 yards etc... I was lucky to have people in my group that are similar in skill level and some that were much better. I think it's important to keep all this in perspective that it's just a game and to have fun !!

    I've been playing for nearly 2 decades, and have been as low as a 2 index (currently a 6), and I STILL top the ball a few feet on occasion. It happens, just like shanks, chili dips, skulled shots, hooks and slices. It's all just part of the game.

    Yes it amazing how newer golf don't get that. I even saw Tiger top a 3 wood 150 yards once live.

    Personally I love saving par from some trashy drive that only went 50 yards. I had one the other day on a 320 yard par 4. I can't get to the green so I hit a 220 yard club off the tee box, I heel top it 100 yards. So I hit the same club again pin high on the green. Make my 2 putt. Green in Reg, 2 putt par.

    Yep, those are the best par saves. The redemption shots.

    I watched Steve Stricker (who as most people know is one of the better ball strikers) straight shank a ball from the middle of the fairway.

  • smashdnsmashdn Let's cut them trees down. Members Posts: 1,491 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I don't like playing with ball hawks. Let's get moving, you'll be in the weeds and woods plenty today to find some balls.

  • Murphy76Murphy76 Members Posts: 102 ✭✭✭

    One of the best things I was told when I first started golfing:

    "The only person who cares about your score is you." Really took the self-imposed pressure off

  • HatsForBatsHatsForBats Members Posts: 1,815 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    In the proper place and time it is great to see.

    The first thing I tell them is it is OK to play poorly as long as you do it quickly.

  • ctsgolfctsgolf Members Posts: 186 ✭✭✭

    @2bGood said:

    @bigred90gt said:

    @Neverfadeaway86 said:
    I still say its that "one shot" that keeps me coming back for more. I still have a long way to go but in the last 3 years I went from shooting 120's to 100's to 90's to every now and again 85-90. I still have moments where I top the ball 50 yards etc... I was lucky to have people in my group that are similar in skill level and some that were much better. I think it's important to keep all this in perspective that it's just a game and to have fun !!

    I've been playing for nearly 2 decades, and have been as low as a 2 index (currently a 6), and I STILL top the ball a few feet on occasion. It happens, just like shanks, chili dips, skulled shots, hooks and slices. It's all just part of the game.

    Yes it amazing how newer golf don't get that. I even saw Tiger top a 3 wood 150 yards once live.

    Personally I love saving par from some trashy drive that only went 50 yards. I had one the other day on a 320 yard par 4. I can't get to the green so I hit a 220 yard club off the tee box, I heel top it 100 yards. So I hit the same club again pin high on the green. Make my 2 putt. Green in Reg, 2 putt par.

    I had one Monday night. Currently playing to a 4.1. Hole plays 430 yards, very elevated tee box. Shanked driver ~110 yards at most. Ball sitting in the rough, well above my feet; flushed a 3i to ~105 yards, middle of the fairway. SW to ~17ft, drained the putt for par.

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  • shanxshanx Members Posts: 855 ✭✭✭✭✭

    A few "newb" stories come to mind.

    I was a single golfer, early for my tee time at a busy course on the outskirts of NYC. I was hovering around the first tee/putting green, killing time waiting for my tee time. An Asian 20something kid walks up to the starter and says "I want to play golf". Starter brings the kid into the shop, signs him up, kid gets tossed in with a 3 some of Asian ladies. They tee off, I go back to puttering around. About 20 mins later, the group returns, the kid is hanging his head. "This kid doesn't know how to play golf, he doesn't have tees, he has one ball that he lost, he drove the cart on the first two greens" one of the ladies blurts out, "He is a disgrace to golfers". One of the other ladies takes his bag off the cart, and tosses it at the starter, "you need to give him lessons!". The 3some stormed off...Everyone looked at each other as if to say "what just happened?"

    I work for a Korean company, and I am often invited to play golf to improve business relations with Korean businessmen. One time we were playing a very nice semi private club, I was playing with a co-worker and two guys from Korea. We all arrived, warmed up, had coffee, got ready to tee off. "Watch out for this guy, he is screen golf champion in Korea" one of my coworkers told me. This screen golfer was decked out, all white, full staff bag, looked like a guy from the Asian Tour. Screen golfer goes up to the first tee, dribbles one about 50 yards. Next shot goes 20 yards, this goes on for the entire front 9, the dude did not get one single ball airborne. "How is this guy the champion?" I asked. "This is the first time he has ever hit a ball off grass, he has never played golf outside. He does not know how to hit golf ball under these conditions."

  • SNIPERBBBSNIPERBBB Hit Ball Hard SE OhioMembers Posts: 2,797 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    My mens league team started a player down this year due to the retirement of my previous partner. So the sponsor of the team brought in his grandson who was still in highschool and really hadnt played much golf let alone competitive golf. I probably ruined him the first night as I had a HIO 5 holes in.

    I think he did finally shoot under 50 the last night of the playoffs. Hes got the potential to be fairly good, just needs to work on consistent ball striking, too many rolled drives and chunked approaches.

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  • JedaigekiJedaigeki Members Posts: 296 ✭✭✭✭

    Last year as Captain of my club I made an effort to play with as many different members as possible over the year. This included getting the cimpetition secretary to organise draws so I always played with someone I hadn't played with yet.
    My proudest "achivement" though is signing 17 cards for new handicaps (1 of which was less than 100) the pleasure I got from watching these people hit a decent shot and be overjoyed with it made it worth the long round.
    The benefit of my years efforts is there is always someone in the bar now to buy me a drink :-)

  • dayvei214dayvei214 Members Posts: 113 ✭✭✭

    I like to play with newbie golfers when they know when to pick up the ball and move along. I'm all for new guys getting on the course and empathetic when they aren't doing well,but I also rather not play a 5-6 hour round, because newbie doesn't know when to pick up and putts it 15 time tee to green with his 7 iron.

  • NeverFail26NeverFail26 Members Posts: 13 ✭✭

    It is fun. I’ve only been playing about 3 years now, but quite a few friends recently picked it up. Nothing quite like the excitement of the very first GIR, Par, Birdie, and Eagle. My first birdie was pure luck but so exciting. Thin an uphill shot on a par 5, it bounces off the hill in front of me and lands on the green. Eagle putt ends up short, make the birdie

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