Originally Posted by Jason M Henley
I can understand complaints about sandbagging handicaps (guy says he's a 19 and then shoot 79) but if its the other way then who cares? Its only that person who suffers. If I say I'm a 7 but can't break 90 on a par 70 course then the only impact to you can be for the better.
So it must simply be something that gets on your nerves.
I maintain my handicap so I can monitor my progress and play in competitive events. To me, "fun" is working hard and getting better and then seeing my handicap go down. I was pretty pumped the first time it go below 10.
I mostly agree with you, however, a lot of clubs have tournaments where the teams are chosen by blind draws. That means you sign up for a tournament hoping to play for something and get stuck with one of these vanity-cappers who, coincidentally, "is having one of the worst days of my life. I don't know what's going on today." I'll tell you what's going on, you are actually counting all of your strokes for once.
I also don't think that it is getting on anybody's nerves (other than their playing partners), at least in Shorty's case, he's simply saying that he thinks its meaningless. And, for a lot of people, he is correct.