8 minute window es a LOT !!! you also took 5 mins to finish 8th hole so this group ahead of you took 13 minutes to have a snack!! at my home course that´s at least penalty or DQ. You are only allowed to stop 5 minutes if your pace with the group ahead is good, if not you cannot stop.
In this case i would let the other group know and tee off ahead of them, reinforcing the fact that they where 1 or more holes behind the next group.
I'm hoping to play both days. In chicago for work now and its hard to believe that it will be playable on the weekend back in dayton. Fingers crossed for rounds 6 and 7 of the year. Maybe 8 if I'm really pushing it
I think one thing that is not being addressed is that wood bats force you to change your entire approach at the plate. It's a lot more that just the added "pop" from the sweet spot of a metal bat. which BBCor addressed a bit. but decreased weight (increasing swing speed), a bigger sweet spot (requiring less precision). and most importantly, significantly more forgiveness on non-sweetspot hits. specifically, but not limited to the fact that you can hit metal bats off the hands on the tapered area and not only not break your bat, but sometimes come away with a decent hit. Once you switch to wood bats, you have to learn that you can no longer swing at pitches you have become accustomed to swinging at your whole life. not to mention that the move to a wood bat typically signifies moving up a level where you'll have to swing a heavier bat at pitches that are coming harder.
I believe that the comparison from baseball bats to golfers switching to a different golf ball is not as easily dismissed as some of the comments in this thread are suggesting.