Originally Posted by David in FL
I was invited to go out and play with them at Champions Gate today. Probably a good thing that I didn't go. I could have affected my likelihood of ever getting invited to anything cool again!
I think Matt's point was that amongst buddies, handicaps relative to each other remain the same since they all tend to play by whatever set of rules the group allows. What he failed to mention, is that anyone playing under a relaxed set of rules and posting scores is going to be at a HUGE disadvantage if they ever decide to play in any kind of net competition where the real rules are required. In effect, they're reverse sand-baggers......
Ah, I see. I thought the grammar seemed tortured, so I didn't quite grasp where Matt was going with that. That woulda been pretty cool if you made today's event to get a personal look at how things were working at the event, if there was confusion about some "rulings", and maybe get some more details on things: how exactly do the drops work (always drop on fairway?), do they condone non-comforming clubs/anchored putter for the future, etc.
Seems like they're really patting themselves on the back for this initiative and now occasionally mocking the rules purists a bit for not being "fun" people. They need to relax a bit on that angle, and just stick to the metaphor of Charlie's that golf is a big open house, and these relaxed rules are just a way to get to the front porch. All are welcome inside the house to where the real rules are invoked, but everyone is allowed to mill about on the porch enjoying a drink and good music too, if they're more comfortable with that. Start mocking the people inside the house, and it takes on a different tone!
Oh, and I think a real handicap must come from inside the house. No porch handicaps