Originally Posted by rehmwa
Cargo shorts......but don't get people started on that... (i'd also accept 1 or 2 "extra" balls in your pockets if in a mockery mood)
I'll keep it in mind - if anyone starts to 'pat down' the field sometime I'll know why now.
seems to be three camps here:
1 - keep a spare in case you lose your ball and your cart is over on the other side of the fairway - or even 20 feet away is still a delay
2 - keep a spare to slip into the cup when no one is looking
3 - actually #1, but now self conscious about it..... ; )
I'm a 1 (pocket has ball, 5/6 tees, and my divot tool/ball marker - nothing else, absolutely, not even the receipt). But I'm self conscious about pace of play and lost balls. I'm also the guy with 2 dozen balls in the bag but only loses 2 or 3 at most during a round. Sue me.
On topic: how to deal with them?
1 - if they play for money......I don't play with them
2 - if they don't play for money.....encourage them, if it results in ready(er) golf
I guess my perspective on golf is different than some of you. I rarely gamble and if I do, it's generally closest to the pin on a par-3 for the next beer.
I've got a few friends who I think occasionally forget a stroke or two, but nothing is riding on their scores, so it doesn't matter. However, if we were to gamble, I am confident that not a single one of them would drop a ball without including the stroke and penalty and I am just as confident that my friends know I would do the same - we're honest enough and trust each other enough that there would be no issue about a spare ball in the pocket being used for cheating.
But it seems like some of you on-course gamblers don't trust your friends to this extent or they don't trust you. That's kind of sad. Precautions or no, I wouldn't want to play for money with friends like that. I guess announcing the marked balls when playing in a tournament with people you don't necessarily know makes sense and gives warning that you're being completely upfront.
A few balls in the pocket isn't an issue for me playing in shorts - I don't go for some tight bun-hugging Euro threads, so my shorts are loose enough and the pockets are large enough to carry 3 balls, 4 or so tees, a pencil, and a ball mark repair tool without me ever noticing it. I guess I must have less sensitive thighs than some of you. In cooler weather, I'll usually play in a pair of casual khakis, which are looser than jeans and have almost as much pocket room as shorts, although I might put spare balls in the pockets of a jacket, if I'm wearing one.