Originally Posted by madolive3
We have a guy that plays with us occasionally who it seems is always asking me which club I'm using or how or where am I hitting my tee shot.
He also takes several practice swings and takes forever on every shot. We hate playing with him but he works with us, so it's almost unavoidable sometimes.
When does the clock start on his swing, is it forty seconds to take a shot and seeking advice from anyone but a teammate is a penalty? Thanks, I just want to be sure when I warn him that I'll start adding strokes to his score.
Another thing, he also cheats when I ask him is score on a hole, he'll lie and shave some of his strokes., hate playing with the guy.
It sounds like your playing partner could use a talking to. You see this among beginners mostly out of ignorance. Even the stroke shaving thing, it can be hard to track strokes in your head until you get used to it. The best way of solving it is to play things like best-ball matches where he is paired with someone who will set him straight kindly. Much of golf is learned on the course. Nothing like a better or more experienced player setting the tone. Depending on where you play, you might even be able to get the pro or an assistant out on the course with you to play that role.
The Rule (6-7) is you are to play without "undue delay." What that means in terms of seconds is not defined in the rules (but the USGA does have guidelines for what a committee could define if it wants). The general idea is from the time when you could reasonably hit the ball (i.e. you have found it, it is clear in front of you, and you have the honor), you have 40 seconds. If you are the first to hit from the tee, fairway, or putt on the green, you get an extra 10 seconds.
The advice thing (8-1) can be tricky. You are entitled to ask and give factual information about the course, e.g. where is the 150 marker, distance from tee to a bunker. What a sprinkler head says. If someone says "what did you hit there" - you can always answer with "the marker right there says 148." Keep in mind, after the play of a shot, you can discuss things like clubs used, but be careful on the green. Someone misses, a "My putt broke the same way!" can be advice because they still have a putt coming back. Again, pair the guy with an experienced player (who you will all owe a beer later for doing this) who can say "Oh don't ask them, that's against the rules." He can help the guy keep pace and keep track of his strokes.