Originally Posted by turtleback
Now you are changing your story. At first you said you only play casually. Now it turns out that sometimes you play "practice" rounds where you don't hit off bare lies (I don't really see why that would be the distinction between a real round and a practice round - how does rolling your ball off of bare lies enhance your practice?) and sometimes play with a regular group and follow the rules - despite the fact that originally you said you ONLY played casually. But then again your screen name is Paradox, so maybe it really does all make sense.
It gets too complicated if you qualify each round as "casual" or "serious". For that reason I play every round as if it was "serious", even when it's actually "casual". I play regular rounds with golfers of all abilities, from club pros to a couple of guys who struggle to break 110. I play my game the same regardless of who I'm playing with. Nothing else makes sense.
One pet peeve with Paradox's policy of teaching his father on the course. I've been stuck behind someone more than once who was trying to give lessons to a friend or relative and that is some of the worst agony I've experienced on a golf course. Save the teaching for the range, chipping and putting greens. Unless the course is empty, leave the playing lessons to the pros.
By the way, the first Rule of Golf is:
The Game of Golf consists of playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules.
Note the last 5 words. If you leave them off, then you are only playing a game which resembles golf. I have a good friend who rarely breaks 100, yet he plays every round by the rules, counts every stroke. We have a great time together, and we have immense fun. So the theory that a high handicapper can't have fun and still play golf is pure bunk. That way when he does have that occasional exceptional round, he knows that he really did it right.