I'm curious as to what the consensus is on the topic. I have seen a few threads about both. I personally think that vanity capping is much worse. I have a friend who has just started keeping a handicap this year. Today on the first hole he hit one out of bounds and found it so he played it from our driving range. On hole 6 he donated a ball to the parking lot and then proceeded to also hit his provisional out of bounds. Instead of shooting 5 off the tee he goes and finds the first ball he hit O.B. and plays his second shot from there. Through out the round he took many practice shots and even nailed a 15 footer with the pin in. He also conveniently found a ball and he wasn't sure it was his so he played it anyway. He currently plays to a 25.9 (the way he keeps score) and so when I make fun of him for not following the rules he says, "does it matter if I'm a 25 or a 30, I'm still bad."
I'm not entirely sure how sandbagging occurs. Is it people just reporting false rounds, or is it people not following ESC when entering? The reason I think vanity capping is worse is that simply enough it is blatant cheating. If I told you one golfer was cheating on his round and another golfer was playing every stroke by the rules to the T, 100% of you would say that the person playing by the rules is the one playing the game right. But if you say that the cheater is a vanity capper and the person playing by the rules isn't following ESC and coin him a sandbagger the role gets reversed and the vanity capper is more acceptable. Another reason I think vanity scores are worse, is that when you take handicap out of it vanity scores are much worse. I am bothered much more when my friends claims to par a hole that he should of been shooting 5 off the tee, then when he plays well below his ability and cards a 12 on a par 5.
It bothers me a lot more listening to someone claiming that they have done something that they have not done then someone downplaying their game. I understand how sandbagging is more of an issue in tournaments and how vanity caps pretty much shoot themselves in the foot, but the cheating involved with vanity capping is what sells it to me.
Anyone else have an opinion of what is worse?