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On 6/24/2022 at 10:12 AM, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather Number 51: 
 

Would you rather...

Show up at the course with not enough time to get ready to play? You have just enough time to get from your car to the first tee, maybe take a few practice swings and that's about all.

or 


Show up at the course with way too much time to get ready? Let's say 3 hours early? And just for fun let's pretend the course has no bar or restaurant. You can get water or snacks, but no "real" food. 

And in case it matters let's say your buddies with which you are playing all show up about 40 minutes before your tee-time. 

I work full time not in golf, have a wife who works full time on an opposite schedule than me, and two young kids who are not yet old enough to golf.

Getting to the course 3 hours early with a ton of time to practice followed by time on the course sounds like an absolute dream to me.

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Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

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1 hour ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

Our church men’s group is very laid back (option 2 pretty much describes the format) so that’s the format I am most used to (except we say “good” of w/in 3’). The former I have not had the opportunity to play with so no experience there.  Given that, I am in the option 2 camp as I really just want to play “relaxed” and not “stressed”. 

 

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9 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

The latter group, absolutely. People can do anything they want as long as they move along at a proper pace. That is the beauty of golf, how someone plays has little bearing on what I do. I would ask them to not give me putts but other than that, all is good as long as they don't badger me to play for money.

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12 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

The first one. I don't care what they do, but don't knock my ball back to me, etc.

And then don't brag about your 78 with liberal drops, gimmes, etc.

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12 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

The serious group, for one reason only.  I don't care at all what other people in their own round, they can take all the breakfast balls and illegal drops they want.  But don't touch my ball for "gimmes."

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12 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

The former. As long as they’re not the type that’s gonna bitch about me taking an unplayable to the committee. But that’s a story for another day.

1 minute ago, Friz said:

The serious group, for one reason only.  I don't care at all what other people in their own round, they can take all the breakfast balls and illegal drops they want.  But don't touch my ball for "gimmes."

I know this is a little against the rules of the thread… Erik forgive me. On the gimmes discussion briefly, what if you’re playing a form of Match Play (i.e. Four-ball is the most common)

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55 minutes ago, onthehunt526 said:

I know this is a little against the rules of the thread… Erik forgive me. On the gimmes discussion briefly, what if you’re playing a form of Match Play (i.e. Four-ball is the most common)

Within the rules of the contest, then that's fine.  But typically all the golf I play is just me vs the course, and in that situation I would just want my own round to be respected

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14 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

Most of the time I think I would be happier playing with the second group. 

But I think either group can be either fun or not fun to play with. I think it depends on their attitude and self-awareness., If they are nice and respectful to me, are in a good mood or at least not stomping around angry, not jabbering, etc., they can play any way they choose to play. If I'm in a group where we are all competing, then hands down of course I want the former. 

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17 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

Hands down the first group.  It helps me play better golf.  Hitting out of turn is only an issue in match play

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20 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

The first group.

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22 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

In general, I much prefer to play by the Rules, so I'd prefer the first group.  However, getting "upset" when someone hits out of turn is over the top.  In Stroke Play, there's no penalty, so why be upset?  In Match Play, you can require your opponent to replay the shot without getting upset.  I'm reading this as if ALL players in the group try their best to play within the Rules, so playing out of turn would be pretty rare anyway.  So yes, play by the Rules, but no, don't get upset.  

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22 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

The simple fact of the matter is that I'm not really good enough to take things too seriously myself, so I guess I'll take the second group. I'm not above picking up on a hole here and there and haven't even kept a handicap for the past couple of years. I also really don't care much about how anyone else in my group plays anyway.

That said, I'd make a point of having them not knock balls back to me. I like to putt them out particularly if its for par or better. 

 

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On 9/28/2022 at 9:37 AM, ChetlovesMer said:

Would You Rather #52:

Would you rather play in a group where the folks you play with take each round incredibly seriously? They are complete sticklers for the rules. They even get upset if anyone hits out of turn.

or 

Would you rather play with a group that's very casual with the rules? They take "breakfast balls", They knock your ball back to you every time you are inside 5 feet and say "That's good." They play out of bounds as if it's a lateral hazard. They take very liberal drops. 

I’d rather play with the first group. I have nothing against the second group and occasionally play with people like that but that’s not golf, it’s golf-adjacent. I played with some friends like that just a couple of weeks ago and we had a good time, but I went ahead and declared it a practice round before I teed off 😃

2 hours ago, DaveP043 said:

However, getting "upset" when someone hits out of turn is over the top.

Agreed.

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Would you rather #53: 

Would you rather....

Shoot 10 shots worse than your typical score, hit the ball terrible most of the round, make mistakes that annoy you, but have your first ever hole-in-one,

~or~

Shoot your best round ever, passing whatever milestone you are aiming for (break 70, break 80, etc.) by 3 shots, but without a hole-in-one or other "special" holes or shots. 

 

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3 minutes ago, Big Lex said:

Would you rather #53: 

Would you rather....

Shoot 10 shots worse than your typical score, hit the ball terrible most of the round, make mistakes that annoy you, but have your first ever hole-in-one,

~or~

Shoot your best round ever, passing whatever milestone you are aiming for (break 70, break 80, etc.) by 3 shots, but without a hole-in-one or other "special" holes or shots. 

 

Hole in one, easily.

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1 hour ago, Big Lex said:

Would you rather #53: 

Would you rather....

Shoot 10 shots worse than your typical score, hit the ball terrible most of the round, make mistakes that annoy you, but have your first ever hole-in-one,

~or~

Shoot your best round ever, passing whatever milestone you are aiming for (break 70, break 80, etc.) by 3 shots, but without a hole-in-one or other "special" holes or shots. 

 

This one is easy for me, I've had 3 aces, so I'd take the personal best score, 3 under par.

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2 hours ago, Big Lex said:

Would you rather #53: 

Would you rather....

Shoot 10 shots worse than your typical score, hit the ball terrible most of the round, make mistakes that annoy you, but have your first ever hole-in-one,

~or~

Shoot your best round ever, passing whatever milestone you are aiming for (break 70, break 80, etc.) by 3 shots, but without a hole-in-one or other "special" holes or shots. 

 

Easy - the second option, no questions asked as the name of the game is to have the lowest score possible (think book “Lowest Score Wins”). Never had a hole-in-one (been real close a couple of times), best rounds played are those that border on boring (lots of pars with a birdie or two thrown in), so an all time low score would be well remembered.  

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