What belies the inexperience of a lot of posters here - and I don't mean this in a mean way - is that many haven't been playing long and they apply their imaginings of how they would feel in a pressure situation like a US Open qualifier.
Fact is, a + handicapper is better than virtually every other player he tees it up with 99.9% of the time. Unless, of course he is regularly playing in serious events where everyone else is a legitimate better than scratch player.
A+ 3 player doesn't suffer from nerves to the point where he blows out a score by 25 strokes. He can certainly stop trying and give up and blow out a score, but the notion that competition play is a new and frightening experience for these guys is ridiculous. That's not saying he doesn't get nervous - he should and he does, but not in the way some people think.
It's kind of the reverse of the posters who say they played at Sawgrass and don't really understand the difficulty of the island green because they hit an 8 iron onto it with no problem. IT's just naivety and a lack of experience of the bigger picture.
And I'll wager that the OP is was the only player any qualifying field who played Cobra wedges from 2006 (from his old set) that he thinks are conforming.
And that is not a comment about the need to be a gear head, it's about knowing the rules.