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I played a short muni course (par 68) recently with new group of friends. I'm just getting back into playing after taking a few years off. The driver is the only club that has stayed consistent through my hiatus, so naturally I tend to hit that off the tee more often than not. Most of the holes set up driver, short wedge for me through the front nine. I was up 3 strokes on everyone after nine. As we were waiting to tee off on #10, one of my playing partners tells me that I am essentially cheating and I needed to be hitting irons off the tee to properly play this course. Do you think he's right? Or just being a sore loser?

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LOL, that is hilarious. Tell him that he can also choose to use a driver, but if he chooses to use irons, then yes, it's almost like cheating the advantage he has given you, hahahah. What a dumb arse

Walking and waiting are two different things although they both begin with w.

Alright Bryson, tell us who was complaining, Rory or Phil?

LOL, that is hilarious. Tell him that he can also choose to use a driver, but if he chooses to use irons, then yes, it's almost like cheating the advantage he has given you, hahahah. What a dumb arse comment to make unless he was joking.

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There's some merit to play the course as intended but sometimes the course designer was a drunk. If you can blast it with driver over obstacles with no consequences, keep banging driver.

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I ended up reducing the number of driver tee shots on the back nine, not because of his reasoning, but instead, because the short holes would cause us to have to wait until the group in front were up on the green putting. Taking the driver out was slowing us down. Of course, my back nine score was much worse than my front nine. I need to get my iron game back!

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'Taking the driver out was slowing us down.'

Did it really? I would have imagined the other way round. Waiting for the green to clear would mean only you would have been able to make your approach shot to the green, all the others would have had to get to their balls before hitting to the green. As you all teed up with an iron you were able to be at your balls just to see the green clear. To me that sounds the quicker way.

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Sounds like someone who can't hit their driver.

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That guy is a sore loser.

Also, it’s complete fallacy that “waiting for the green to clear slows us down”. I call BS. Those guys that can’t reach hit their shots as normal. You wait for the green to clear. It clears. You hit it up by the green somewhere.

NOBODY in the group has to wait to hit their SECOND shot because the green is already clear. They walk/drive to the ball, line it up and hit. No waiting

Basically, you are choosing to wait on the tee box instead of choosing to wait in the fairway. You’re back in position on the tee box on the next hole.

Play the club that gives you your best birdie opportunities.

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When playing with friends, sometimes the short guys will hit first, then start walking, stop when the green is clear, let the big driver swing, and let him catch up. Gets them to their balls faster and can sometimes help watch the big hitter find his drive being closer to the landing spot.

We veeery seldom have to do this though, as it's usually not necessary.

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