Originally Posted by shanksalot
I have to disagree with you it's an excuse to puff out your chest. If nothing is said or done most guys will continue to hit into you. I have played this game for 5 decades and I have seen this behavior get worse every decade. People are in too much or a hurry to hit their tee shot or from the fairway. To assume that if you hit when they are starting to go off the green they will be out of the way is a sure way to eventually hitting someone. Confrontation is not the answer but it needs to be made known to that group that hitting into people is not acceptable. No need to get angry about it but it needs to be brought up. Usually when someone hits into a group they rush up and let you know it was an accident. Sometimes they wave as if to say sorry, but when they do it and don't make any effort to acknowledge their mistake they feel they have done no wrong and will do it again. If this is not nipped in the bud eventually they will be a confrontation and it will get ugly. I think resolving it up front with calmness is the way to stop this behavior. JMHO.
First, to be clear, I am not saying nothing should be said. I'm saying its absurd to react by hitting it back, or throwing it in the water, or running the guy over with your cart or what have you. I am not saying that asking them to stop is puffing out your chest.
So talking only about the over-reaction.....what is the goal? Either deterrence, punishment, or self-chest-puffery. Those are the only options, I think. If it was an accident, there is no need for deterrence or punishment, leaving only chest puffing.
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(I can't imagine that you really believe that if nothing is said or done, most guys will continue to hit into you. 99.9% of the time its a mistake. Maybe they're in a rush and hitting too soon, but they're not trying to hit into you, and if they do, they will dial it back.)
I still have a hard time believing "deliberately" hitting the ball into people is something that occurs often enough to be the topic of discussion. Still, if you've got the type of guy behind you who is trying to hit into you on purpose, I guess to tell you to hurry up, or just for fun, you can do react calmly, or like a jerk. A clam response is more likely to make them feel bad (punishment) and to curb their behavior (who wants to hurt a nice guy?). The only reason for the over-reaction is to satisfy your desire to puff your chest.
I guess a fourth option is just a complete lack of control over your emotions.