Not a fan, but I don't care for music on the course unless it's to drown out someone who eats with their mouth open.
Jack Nicklaus wrote that he had 'Moon River' running in his head as he competed and ultimately won the tourney. Was he humming the tune, singing aloud or only mouthing those meaningful lyrics? On another ST thread, the use of music, whether via boombox or earbuds, is debated as whether a violation of the rules. Namely the rule that forbids any assistance when making a shot, which some believe extends to the mental conditioning that my go along with continual listening, even when between shots.
No debate necessary it's covered in depth by Decision 14-3/16. We had to penalize a player in one of our association tournaments earlier this year for this exact infraction.
Personally, I do not like to listen to music while hitting balls but I do on occasion while practicing my putting. I do like to listen to music early in the morning on the way to the course and while stretching. I like heavy metal it wakes me up!
i listen to music when i play by myself. i recently found a 18 hole course that does not have much activity on it. its nice to get in a beat and just practice on the swing and contact. yesterday i found something out on my irons (been hitting then like chit ). so saturday will probably play 18 alone and work on my swing position and have fun.
whenever i play, i always seem to have a song stuck in my head anyways...so playing most of my rounds alone on a quiet course, i often put a playlist on my phone, put the phone in my bag and listen to music as i walk. i know i am not distracting others, as there are often not many others on this course, and because i cant even hear the music from the distance of my bag being off the green on a par 3 to the pin. obviously, if i see someone coming up an adjacent fairway i turn the music off, but even when i play in my work league, im humming a song or thinking of the lyrics during my shot.
i shot a 38 in my league 2 nights ago against the leagues #1 handicapped player to beat him straight up...all the while having Soul To Squeeze by RCHP in my head.
in my opinion, it is way better to have music in your head than those 15 swing thoughts....it really helps me just "play golf" rather than tinker during a round
Sheesh....I don't even have that!!
I just hop inside "BLACK BETTY"....and crank the tunes on the way to the course!