Originally Posted by mdl
I disagree with you as others have. I've said here before I'm not as obsessive as some guys here, pacing the green during all reasonable opportunities scanning for ball marks to fix and fixing 5+ on every green, but it seems lame not to fix ones you do notice even if they're not right next to yours.
But even given you've allowed frustration with ever reappearing dead spots to dissuade you from fixing any ball marks other than your own, you could at least try fixing your buddy's ball marks. If he just accepts that and thinks, "Nice, my buddy'll do my work for me", then he's even lamer than he sounds and maybe you should look for new golf buddies but at least you're not responsible for bringing someone to the course who's leaving it in worse shape.
But it seems like for most guys at least hearing you explain to others that you're rushing in to fix his mark before he gets there because he refuses to learn to do it right and leaves a big 3 week dead spot behind every time he hits the green might shame him into bothering to start doing it right.
I hear you on this one and I understand. I'll try to balance it out and not get frustrated too much.
Actually I never rush in before my friend to fix his, I just calmly tell him that he has been killing them green. Problem is if I fix his marks, he'd laugh and think I'm a know it all busy body.
He also thinks he is a better golfer than me and knows more, which is true... He is a better golfer than me and he is 20 years older.
So about his share, it's like damned if I do, damned if I don't.
And about other ppl's mess, it's come to the point that I feel like as if I'm cleaning after my children's intentional mess and not letting them learn and take responsibility.
But yes, I'll try to calm down and balance it out.