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Poll Results: Is it better to play fast or play by the rules?

 
  • 56% (21)
    Play Fast
  • 43% (16)
    Play by the Rules
37 Total Votes  
post #37 of 110

"You have 5 minutes to look for your first one but I'm deducting 2 minutes from your provisional shot and 45 seconds from the drive to the woods.  Your time starts now."

post #38 of 110

I read several of the comments on this thread and just don't agree with the OP's premise that you can either play by the rules or play quickly.  I don't believe these are mutually exclusive events.  From what I have seen most of slow play is due to inattention of the players.  Stupid stuff like plum bobbing 3 foot putts, not walking 20 yards from the cart to prepare to hit your next shot while you cart partner hit theirs, etc.  If all, regardless of skill level, would pay attention to the game and play ready golf there wouldn't be all these thread on slow play because slow play would be a rare event.

post #39 of 110
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tristanhilton85 View Post

The two aren't exclusive. I do both... play fast and by the rules.

 

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Originally Posted by iacas View Post

Yes.

 

TRUE or TRUE evaluates to TRUE.

 

So both.

 

This is not an xor question.

 

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Originally Posted by turtleback View Post

 

False dichotomy.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post

 

They are not mutually exclusive.  Your poll is meaningless.  I've been playing by the rules for more than 20 years, and I'm one of the quicker players you'll find (and my regular fourball plays as I do).  The rules don't cause slow play.  That's an unfounded myth. g1_wacko.gif

 

Do you guys even read things written here or do you just jump to conclusions?  In my first post I said that of course people on this forum can play fast and within the rules.  I was asking about the average golfer, not one that seeks out to join a golf forum. 

post #40 of 110
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Originally Posted by trackster View Post

Do you guys even read things written here or do you just jump to conclusions?

 

Yes.

post #41 of 110
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Originally Posted by trackster View Post

 
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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post

 

They are not mutually exclusive.  Your poll is meaningless.  I've been playing by the rules for more than 20 years, and I'm one of the quicker players you'll find (and my regular fourball plays as I do).  The rules don't cause slow play.  That's an unfounded myth. g1_wacko.gif

 

Do you guys even read things written here or do you just jump to conclusions?  In my first post I said that of course people on this forum can play fast and within the rules.  I was asking about the average golfer, not one that seeks out to join a golf forum. 

 

The average golfer doesn't play by the rules and he is a slow player as well, so what's the point again? z4_blink.gif

post #42 of 110

The league I'm in many players go by "winter rules" so they can roll the ball around or "fluff" it up in the rough. Even though I'm not a low handicapper I play my ball how it lies, whether it's buried in rough, under a tree, whatever because I need to learn these shots if I am to become a good golfer. I don't judge the other guys for doing it but it bothers me when they encourage me to do it also. There are people who don't count all their strokes either. To me, since it is league and our scores matter, this bothers me overall but not enough to say anything.

post #43 of 110
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post

 

The average golfer doesn't play by the rules and he is a slow player as well, so what's the point again? z4_blink.gif

 

What is the point of discussing anything on this site?  Oh yes that's right, it's a golf forum, my mistake!

post #44 of 110
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Originally Posted by trackster View Post

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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post

 

The average golfer doesn't play by the rules and he is a slow player as well, so what's the point again? z4_blink.gif

 

What is the point of discussing anything on this site?  Oh yes that's right, it's a golf forum, my mistake!

 

I didn't say anything about not discussing it.  I just can't figure out where its going.  When the basic premise of the thread is flawed, it makes reasoned discussion difficult.

post #45 of 110
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Originally Posted by trackster View Post

 

 

 

 

Do you guys even read things written here or do you just jump to conclusions?  In my first post I said that of course people on this forum can play fast and within the rules.  I was asking about the average golfer, not one that seeks out to join a golf forum. 

Yes, I read what was written.

 

I'll put it this way: The vast majority of "average" golfers do neither; they do not play by the rules and they aren't particularly quick either. They have room for improvement in both categories, and my point is that they can improve at both because following the rules does not cause somebody to be a slow player.

 

I'll admit that at times following the rules could slow things down for a minute or two, but overall does not cause slow play. The only rule situation I can think of that would cause any sort of delay would be having to go back to the tee or whatever because of a lost ball/OB, but really, that takes all of 5 minutes. Not a huge difference between a 4:00 hr round and one that is 4:05. If it's getting to the point that you have to constantly take the "walk of shame" than you simply need to take more provisionals. 

 

Like I said earlier (do you read what is written?), the issue I have with the question is that it makes it seem that following the rules causes slow play and it does not. There are a number of things that cause a course to slow down to a crawl, but players playing by the rules isn't one of them. I've never been watching the group ahead and thought to myself "hey, that guy took a correct drop out of that hazard, damn today's going to be a long day." However, I have thought "oh crap, it's obvious these guys are here to drink, today's gonna be a long one." Please note, I'm not saying that following the rules will make you a fast player either, there are plenty of guys who play by the rules that are slow; I'm just saying that playing by the rules isn't the reason they are slow.

 

So to answer your original question; for the average player it is better to play fast AND by the rules as they don't have to choose between the two.

post #46 of 110

I get paired up a lot and I honestly don't think I've ever played with anybody who has played by all the rules.  

 

I don't think it's important for average golfers to play by the rules - it's definitely more important for them to play fast.  But breaking the rules can sometimes be slow, too . .for example, the other week I was stuck behind a foursome that was hitting 2-4 drives each on every tee. 

 

One rule I break all the time which does help speed things up is that I play OB (and lost balls) as lateral. 

post #47 of 110

Following the rules can induce slow play. If someone is consistently driving balls into the woods, then spending a couple minutes each time looking for the ball, you are adding considerable time to your match. Following the rules when you are at least an intermediate golfer is easy and really doesn't influence pace of play at all....however, for your average weekend warrior following the rules can cause them to slow down in order to avoid further penalty.

 

The wonderful thing about golf is that it is an individual sport, and the level of satisfaction you take from your success is purely your own. The rules you choose to follow or ignore are yours!! Unless you are in a tourney or going for HC, who gives a shit?  Honestly, I don't care if the foursome in front of me is using foot wedges or mulligans...as long as they are moving around the course at an acceptable pace, I am a happy camper!

post #48 of 110
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Originally Posted by mvarley84 View Post

Following the rules can induce slow play. If someone is consistently driving balls into the woods, then spending a couple minutes each time looking for the ball, you are adding considerable time to your match. Following the rules when you are at least an intermediate golfer is easy and really doesn't influence pace of play at all....however, for your average weekend warrior following the rules can cause them to slow down in order to avoid further penalty.

 

The wonderful thing about golf is that it is an individual sport, and the level of satisfaction you take from your success is purely your own. The rules you choose to follow or ignore are yours!! Unless you are in a tourney or going for HC, who gives a shit?  Honestly, I don't care if the foursome in front of me is using foot wedges or mulligans...as long as they are moving around the course at an acceptable pace, I am a happy camper!

 

 

Not if the time spent looking is time waiting on people in front of you.  If you are normally a fast player, you should have plenty of time to take 2 or 3 minutes to do a ball search and still never fall behind.  

post #49 of 110
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Originally Posted by trackster View Post

 

What is the point of discussing anything on this site?  Oh yes that's right, it's a golf forum, my mistake!

 

I hear you.  I'm not sure why it seems so hard for some.  Disregarding the rules can definitely speed up play.  I can think of a few ways:

playing another off the tee because that is quicker than looking for the one in the woods

kicking out from behind a tree

dropping a ball and playing before even really looking for it in the woods

playing from the fringe because that is easier than playing from the bunker you just hit into

picking up a 5 and a half foot gimme instead of possibly 3 putting from there

 

Of course you can play fast and by the rules, as so many have pointed out.  But your question is valid.

 

post #50 of 110
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Originally Posted by Meltdwhiskey View Post

 

I hear you.  I'm not sure why it seems so hard for some.  Disregarding the rules can definitely speed up play.  I can think of a few ways:

playing another off the tee because that is quicker than looking for the one in the woods

kicking out from behind a tree

dropping a ball and playing before even really looking for it in the woods

playing from the fringe because that is easier than playing from the bunker you just hit into

picking up a 5 and a half foot gimme instead of possibly 3 putting from there

 

Of course you can play fast and by the rules, as so many have pointed out.  But your question is valid.

 

 

Why even play golf? Just go play putt-putt. 

 

You're eliminating everything that makes golf....golf.

post #51 of 110

I'm not trying to eliminate anything.  I totally agree that those things are what make golf golf.  Just trying to say that there is some validity to the original question asked. IF a person was to do some of those things, they would probably get finished a little faster.  

 

As to your question Why even play golf?  I don't know.  But I see plenty of people do plenty of that stuff.  Their brand of fun I guess.

post #52 of 110
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Originally Posted by Slice of Life View Post

 

Why even play golf? Just go play putt-putt. 

 

You're eliminating everything that makes golf....golf.

 

How? Golf is an individual sport...You set your own rules and expectations. As long as you are following the course etiquette guidelines then who cares how other people play.

post #53 of 110
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Originally Posted by mvarley84 View Post

How? Golf is an individual sport...You set your own rules and expectations.

 

No you don't.

post #54 of 110
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Originally Posted by mvarley84 View Post

 

How? Golf is an individual sport...You set your own rules and expectations. As long as you are following the course etiquette guidelines then who cares how other people play.

 

that statement right there goes against everything that golf stands for. The pinnacle of golf, which puts it above all other sports is the fact that golfers call penalties on themselves. They accept they penalty. They don't throw there hands up in the air and say, "I didn't do it". Going back to Bobby Jones calling a penalty on himself, its a game that invokes pride from golfers who play by the strict rules of golf. The rules are as much part of the game as the course, the golfer, the clubs. Its speaks of the tradition of a game founded hundreds of years ago.

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