This is something that's become a real issue for me this season due to a recent adjustment to my swing which has resulted in a far more consistent ball flight.
Ironically, the recently introduced rule about only being able to submit competition cards, which was supposed to reduce sandbagging, is actually turning me into one, albeit unintentionally.
I play off of 13 and have done so for over a year now but after improving my swing, I'm scoring well over 40 points on stableford quite frequently with the social group I play with at weekends (an interchangeable bunch of about 25 guys). I played a doubles better ball with an 18 handicapper a few weeks back and we were gross par for the round when the dust settled, thoroughly smashing the two unfortunate chaps on the other side who actually played quite well.
Unfortunately, I've only been able to get to one competition this season due to diary clashes and the expectation I placed on myself to get a hefty cut meant I started off poorly, making 50 out but then relaxed and came back in 39. Overal, another 0.1 increase... sigh.
I know the guys I play with will tolerate it for a good while yet because we are all friends but I've noticed a few exchanges of looks around the table in the bar afterwards when they thought I wasn't looking.
If I was totally consistent it would be easier but I'm still capable of carding a 20 over gross which means I could come off as a bit arrogant if I request to have my handicap cut or volunteer to play off a lower number in social situations.
Most worrying is the captains day coming up in August. I won it last year with 43 points and if it happens again this year I suspect I may get strung up from the nearest tree.