I practice when i am playing with a group. Its in my preshot routine. I developed some drills i do in my preshot to help me make the shot i want. Its a way for me to gain practice time while i play. DiMarco use to do this when he won the masters, he would draw the club back and stop, so he had the right position.
Unfortunately, what you are demanding as a right is the same as doing any other activity where you basically have to share, but you don't want to share.
Normally, if you wanted to play on your own you'd wait your turn. And that turn would be at the very end of the field. You have zero standing in the field.
HUH??? Explain this to me. I understand this if the golf course was packed, if sticking a single would disrupt the flow, if that was the case i would team up with another person, twosome or threesome. But this golf course was nearly empty. The next group infront of me was about 5 holes ahead, and there was no one behind the guy behind me. That guy didn't catch me once. Like i said, if he was playing faster than me, then he had the right to come up to the tee box and ask to pass through, and i would say yes. I don't like to hold people up, but with my game and the speed of which i play, that doesn't happen often. If there is no one infront of me, i can finish 9 holes in an hour or less. Like i said, i understand he might have been ticked off because i was being rude in his eyes. Like i have the right to be ticked off because he tried to hit me with a golf ball. Like i said, i will no know that if someone was on the 9th tee, i will wait and let them play through first, but i will not stop playing a round of golf by myself. To me its still competative, i play it were it lies, i putt everything out, i play by the rules of golf. To say otherwise means your just judgemental and like to be ignorant.
You were clearly not playing as fast as you thought you were AND, you're "checking your phone" while people are behind you waiting. "Check" you bleedin' phone when you've finished. You're playing golf.
Yes i was checking my phone, as i walked to my golf ball. Is there a waist of time there. Tell me what else i could be doing to speed up my game when i am walking between shots. Let me know and i will make sure to incorporate that into my game. If there is some magical way to get me from the tee box to my 2nd shot, let me know. Otherwise, don't make an ignorant comment. That guy still had no right to complain. If i happen to slow myself down by a few seconds per shot, he still didn't catch me. So whats the problem. What if my cell phone had a gps on it. I got an app for it. Your going to complain then that i was checking my phone, a smartphone can be a useful tool on the golf course. Heck maybe the cellphone is were i keep my score, or stats. Maybe i was putting in that i hit a GIR, or i hit a fairway. But i if i did that on a score card would you complain i was taking to long, hell i had to put pen to scorecard, heck i might write to slow. (note the sarcasm)
You are confused because you think that others are demanding that you do something you don't want to do, but you don't seem to get that in this circumstance you don't actually have that right. You have to fit in with what everyone else needs to do. In a crowded room, do you sit in the middle of a three seat sofa and claim that you enjoy space around you and you don't enjoy crowds or sitting next to others, while there are people wanting to sit down?
No one demanded anything, he asked, i said no. If your going to ask a question in which you don't want to have a certain response, then don't ask the question. On an open course, with no one out there but a few groups, were there will be no chance of messing up the pace, i see no problem with playing by myself. Hell i have been on a course, were my dad and I were the first ones off. A twosome rides past us on the first hole to tee off on the second. They skipped the first hole, didn't ask, just went ahead. My dad and I were not pissed off, we didn't rush to launch drivers at them, we let them play through. They thought they were faster, yet we caught them on some holes, but we never bothered them or pressured them. We were fine with it. The problem is that some people think there entitled to having there way, so they expect a yes when they get a no, then they do something stupid, which could have hurt me. I would say my response was more right than his. If its a crowded room, and i took a space on the couch, i would not reserve the seats around me for myself just because i enjoy the space. Like i said, if it the golf course was crowded, then i would have joined up. I do not infringe upon the pace of the golf course. The starter said i could go off the back. I did not push anyone or hold anyone up. That situation of the couch does not apply to the situation of yesterday.