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Time to get off that high horse. Your way of "golf" is not the universally right way. Nobody said he is playing by the rules, so that argument is out. But to claim he is not playing golf strictly because he doesn't follow the rules you choose to? That is absurd. So you drive by a soccer match and see people subbing and coming back into the game. You see kids offsides and still scoring goals. You see a goalie hold the ball longer than allowed. Do you stop your car and yell at the kids "You are not playing soccer!!" Why do you have to treat golf with such strictness? What is there to gain? The Principles of the game are not about giving yourself every single minute penalty strokes. The principles of the game are hitting a tiny white ball towards a hole. Hoping to make the ball into the hole at some point.
Thank you for someone finally using tees the right way. Companies like "Brush" and others that can increase distance are simply duping the consumer. I have only ever used Wooden tees, and will put 3 in my pocket to start the round. If I end the round with less than four I know it hasn't rained in a while. Tees are everywhere! For anyone to actually go and buy tees is a travesty. If brush tees were that much greater, the pro's and best amateurs would be using them. I get that the brush tees last a long time but to me, good ol' trusty wood does more than the job!
I never said I was deciding how he plays a game, just that the way he does it isn't golf. He doesn't play by the principles of golf, never mind the rules. Most of the guys I've played with for the last 35 years make their best attempt to play by the rules as they know them. They may make mistakes through ignorance, but they try to do it right. Mr. Boatright doesn't even see the need to make the attempt - in fact he goes out of his way to state that making the attempt is too much effort for him. He seems to know more or less what the proper procedures are under the rules, at least well enough to know that he deliberately ignores them. He says the game is too difficult even playing as loosely as he does it, yet he has apparently never actually tried to play it properly, so he really doesn't have any experiential background to make that claim from. You assert that he plays by the principles, but that isn't the case. The Principles are the foundation that underlie the rules - they are inseparable. You still can play by the principles, even if you aren't playing to the letter of the rules because you lack complete knowledge of the specific procedures involved. You cannot completely ignore the rules and deliberately shortcut them and still say that you are playing by those principles. A player can by the rules as closely as he understands them and get nothing but respect from me even if he makes mistakes along the way, because he is making the effort to play golf. A player like Mr. Boatright who seems to put the same effort into justifying his act of deliberately not playing by the rules deserves no such respect, and no, he is not playing golf. It just looks somewhat like golf to the uninformed.