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I probably give up a shot every few rounds. Why? Because I'm not playing for a living. Because it's a practice round while helping my kid. Hell, sometimes I just pick up my ball or step up and hit a putt without reading it or taking a practice stroke because it's more important to me to watch what she's doing and help her out. Because I'm playing through a group and I want to get off the tee box quickly.
But even the casual rounds I play with another student or some friends, where I'm actually shooting a score and not worrying about @NatalieB or whomever else, it's just not worth spending an extra ten seconds on every shot to save a half a shot a round or whatever. It's not going to cost me $40,000. It's not going to cost me a spot on the PGA Tour for two years, or even next year. That shot every round or two or three doesn't change my life one iota. Spending ten seconds less on every shot does.
To be clear, I'm not running around the course. I have my pre-shot routine. I usually do it. I give shots a little time, I just don't double-check every number, I don't toss grass in the air and stare at the tree tops, I don't look at my green map from 180 yards out, etc.
Okay… But that's not the statement I objected to.
The average amateur both shouldn't and doesn't care as much as the average PGA Tour pro cares about their shots. Even five more seconds per shot with four golfers shooting 85 is 25 more minutes per round (and I only added the 5 seconds to 75 shots, as they'll have about nine tap-ins per round).
All for their lives to also change… not at all.
Except that they'll be 25 minutes later to get back to their wife and children, or annoy the golfers behind them, or whatever…
Couple things on sunscreen:
1. Don't use the spray on kind like Coppertone 'Sport' after you've dressed for golf and apply it at the course just before teeing off. You'll ruin those nice Adidas and Nike golf shirts. I had a couple that were completely ruined by whatever chemicals are present in the product.
2. Our local news (Cleveland) did a clinical study of all the top brands available over the counter at any retailer. Some claimed to be spf 50 or 70 or whatever. The brand that clearly delivered on what its label indicated was Wal-Mart Equate brand spf 30 and 50 lotions. Both were spot-on with protection claims and substantiated by testing labs. The report also concluded that lotions were more effective than spray on products.
I slather on the Wal-Mart Equate brand, spf #50 before playing. I can burn right through spf 30 over an 18-hole round so the 50 actually does provide better protection.