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  1. Just say, “Please, I am not caddying today. I am competing. Please respect the difference.”
  2. I am with Pepper. I could see asking once or twice if, and only if, he/she was close by. Otherwise figure it out on your own. Or get one. To constantly ask is bad etiquette. The battery on my laser went dead a few weeks ago during a round. No big deal. Get on with it.
  3. We typically use stableford points only in a few tournaments each season. So I look at both par and course rating. I play from 2 tees on my home course. One is 6450 (71.3) and the other is 6900 (73.2). Par is 72. So net par is a good barometer as par and course rating are so close. When playing away, I look at course rating. Some of the Senior match play comps are played from shorter tees/courses with lower ratings. (Example would be par 72, but rated around 69.) These shorter tees/courses often have short par 5’s. Playing those holes well often makes the difference in whether you play to the
  4. You provide good info all the time. Thanks This confirms why the right hole location on Augusta National #12 is tougher for righties, and better for lefties. Basically any hole with an angled green going away from you - from front left to back right? Phil commented after the round that some of the tough holes at Kiawah also were better for him.
  5. Random thoughts: As mentioned the "bonus for excellence" multiplier of .96 is history. That provided a real advantage for a lower handicap player in a series of comps. (Anything can happen in a one-off comp. And typically in a large field tournament, one or more of the mid to higher handicap players will have a good day making it difficult for a low/scratch handicapper to win.) In general, but not always, lower guys tend to be less erratic and have fewer adjustments to their hole scores. The USGA used to say vanity caps were much more prevalent - 2 to 3 times the number of sandbag
  6. A great man of golf. Thank you Tom!
  7. I believe it is more likely there was a reason the email was sent. And the HC is hoping specific individual(s) adjust their behavior.
  8. Tell us about the hole. Par 4? Any penalty areas, etc? Not being able to warm up properly is a problem (IMO). Don’t put so much emphasis on it. Change your goal. Think where you want to be after 3 holes, or something like that.
  9. I believe you often have to say something or it will continue. Most of these guys know what they are doing. It’s a real character flaw. In almost 30 years of playing inter club matches, I’ve encountered it all at some point. But last weekend beat them all. I played against a real piece of work in a four ball match. I made him replay a shot on the back side when he hit way out of turn. (I’ve never done it before. Hope to never do it again.) Lots of bad etiquette happened prior to that call. I got screamed at and called every awful name. He was self centered, rude and it was gamesmansh
  10. Too many courses do not have a real HC, it’s just the pro. At other clubs back in the day, they disliked the idea of meetings so much they tried a Knuth Point system - where you earn points for placing high in net events. Get enough points and the reduction to your handicap was automatic.
  11. Whether or not to post a penalty score is always up to the discretion of the HC. It’s probably just stating a policy publicly so it looks “fair and applies to all,” when really the concern is an individual or a few individuals who are winning $$ in net tournaments way too often. Some guys are just determined baggers and use all their craftiness to keep the handicap above where it should be. In this case, you probably have some guys who win too much cash in club tournaments and they are playing and not posting some good scores from some of their “casual” rounds. Typically you would never see a
  12. I agree. Let us know how it goes. My home track has a 580+ yard hole where I play it as a 3 shot hole. There is too much trouble in play on the tee shot - OB left and a hazard on the right if I hit driver. But your concerns are real and many mid and high handicaps struggle on par 5’s. That is why you often see those holes ranked high in stroke allocation rankings. But they are the most birdied holes for your scratch and pro players. I personally think the choke point is a little too penal on this hole. Removing the big tree and a few others on the right would make it a better hole. A
  13. Yes. Pull the clubs you are comfortable using. For me, it’s typically 8i to LW depending the shot; distance, carry, run out, undulations, and soon. So I’m at the Old Course a few years ago and had a chip shot, and Douglas my caddie says, “Seve would’ve used a 9i here.” I agreed on the shot type. I laughed, Douglas was a beauty, former club pro, knew the game and I said OK, “give me the PW, loft is about the same as Seve’s 9i.” Chipped it up there close. He had a flask. A little Whisky doesn’t hurt. He was a character. Good times.
  14. https://www.golfwrx.com/181715/biomechanics-and-how-they-affect-swing-plane/ check out that article. I am 6’6” with 6’9” wingspan. My 5i is 38.5 and lie of 64*. My measurements from that article fit my more upright swing plane. I have been lucky. I was fit correctly 20 years ago with Cleveland TA3’s and have used same length and lie angle since. Reconfirmed each time when purchasing new iron sets. But everybody is different. Good luck.
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