Shot a 96 lastnight at Dauphin Highlands. It's a fairly difficult course [for my level anyway] but it's probably the 2nd best round I've done. I was under a 100 last week as well, I hope this trend continues.
I have a best friend who will not count mulligans when tallying his score but he's not bragging about his score later. It doesn't bother me, but the guy you're describing, I wouldn't be golfing with him. It's one thing to move your golf ball that's sitting on a stone or something like that, but to keep getting himself out of trouble by moving his ball around, that's the work of a dishonest man.
Yeah the thing that got me was that hitting a nice used to be the highlight of each hole. But then after doing that, hosing up the approach shots and then putting 4 times just drove me crazy. Now...I don't give a damn so much about a crushing drive. I care more about getting the ball on the green with one shot [approach] and then putting once or twice. That is much more satisfying.
Not sure if this counts, but my buddy has a serious slicing problem. He hits the ball off the tee and it sails to the right. He goes over to where he hit it [near a green] and asks the guy over there, "Did you see a ball this way?". They find it in the cup! D'oh!
I am tempted to do the same thing, I hit well with a 5 iron when I place it on a tee but when it's on the ground I sometimes duff the ball. I have to get to the point where I'm not duffing the ball before I ignore my driver all together.
I've been playing for about 3 years now. The first couple of years I played maybe 12 times, this past year I've been playing as often as I can, maybe 14 or 16 times so far this year. I got an unlimited range pass at my local golf course and made the decision to work almost exclusively on my short game. So I spent hours and hours with a wedge in my hand, then over to the practice green to putt for hours and hours. You get the idea.
I play my 2 buddies from work...