In the clubs you folks are members of, would you say the sandbaggers outnumber the vanity handicappers, or vice versa?
Im my club (about 120 guys), I'd say the baggers hold the edge, but there are quite a few of both. Many of the older guys are regulars in the regional SIRS (Sons in Retirement) events, and they all seem to be baggers. That must be a pretty cutthroat circuit. There are guys with handicaps in the mid-teens who I wouldn't consider giving more than one stroke to in any sort of money game.
At the opposite end of the spectrum are a couple of guys who work at the course. One of the marshals, a little banty rooster-type in his mid-50s, claims to be an 8. I'd take him on straight up for a $20 Nassau without even having to think about it.
Then there's a younger guy (late 20s) whose been working the counter in the pro shop for the last 8 months or so. He claims to be scratch, but I've played quite a few holes either with or in the near vicinity of him and I've never seen him make a birdie. I've seen plenty of bogeys and some doubles, though, and I've seen some God-awful swings from him on the driving range. If he had to give me 6 a side, I'd sprint to the first tee as fast as I could with the deed to my house in my hand. Maybe he's just setting me up for a hustle, but I don't think so. I believe he's really no better than a legitimate 7 or 8, tops.
What's the ratio in your experience?