According to Wikipedia a gimme is "When a player has only a very short putt left to play, other players may grant a gimme (i.e. one stroke is counted), but the ball is not actually played."
In match play, an opponent can concede a putt, or grant a gimme on any other shot, if they are out of the hole. And, the Equitable Stroke Control sets a maximum per-hole score that you can turn in for handicap purposes. So, for handicap purposes, it would acceptable to pick up your ball if you have reached your maximum number of shots, unless you are in a stroke play competition. Here are the Equitable Stroke Control maximums....
|Course Handicap||Maximum Score|
|40 or more||10|
Personally, when I am golfing with friends, and no money is on the line, they can have a "gimme" any time they want. It is up to them to protect the integrity of their handicap, and since they are my friend, I will not question their character. As for my own game, I will take putts from 18" and closer, because according to Dave Pelz, golfers only make 83% of their three foot putts.
After reading the "Breakfast Ball" thread, it seems as if golf purists refuse to accept "two shots on the first tee" as acceptable to the game of golf, especially as it applies to the Rues of Golf and for handicap purposes. So, I was just wondering how SandTrap contributors feel about gimme's.
So, the big question is, "When do you grant a gimme, or concede a putt to yourself?"