Originally Posted by TJBam
I have not been playing long and I have never seen anyone do that. I thought it was the thing of movies, but lo and behold, one grown man with his putter lodged into the hole, stretching out to his ball and disfiguring the hole, while the other one stands over him approvingly supervising. They both played mallets of course to make matters worse.
I was waiting for the Golf Channel to pop out of the woods like me and my partner were about to get "punk'd."
Let me add that guest fees for this course are approx $95 prime time Sunday mornings and $45 for twilight. Not exactly a goat trail.
I've been playing golf for nigh onto 45 years and I have seen the same and version of it ever since I started playing golf. Only once have I seen anything close to it in a league. The regulars in the league had a colored tape band around the shaft of their putters at something like 18" or 20"...don't remember which. But, they measured same way. Head of putter in the hole and then if the ball was inside the tape mark...it was a gimmee and pick it up. I played as a guest with them once. But, other than that, never seen it in a league, tournament club, or anything that was not your typical Saturday round with the guys playing for nominal stuff. My Saturday group is pretty generous at giving putts. We do not play for much at all, mostly who is buying drinks. Most everything else is played by the rules. I really don't take my Saturday morning rounds with them very seriously. For me, it is more like practice.
I might add, basically our Saturday morning stuff is playing for skins, played more like a match. And, in match play, you can give putts.