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We all have our own pet peeves when it comes to playing golf, mine being when my playing partners constantly adjust the Velcro on their gloves while I am lining up my shot. This thread is for the purpose to tell us all about the things that just bug you or distract you while playing golf.

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The voices in my head.

The cart girl ... :-D

Guys, we're not talking a giant boom box here......an I-phone and a little Bluetooth speaker.  You literally cannot hear it more than 20 feet away.  It's not bothering the rest of the course.  Really.

Rude golfers.

Example, Monday I was playing golf with my dad and a friend. A par 3 was backed up a bit, 1 group behind. So as we are waiting the group behind us pulls up really close. OK, a bit rude, nothing major. Well as I am getting to hit, they start talking LOUD!!

Lets just say my dad politely told them to shut up (I am lying a bit, it wasn't politely :-P )  The one guy in their group suddenly says something like, "Hey man chill, I was just going to tell them to tone it down". Yea, right, when right after I hit? I mean come on, be aware of your surroundings. Good thing is, the who said that hit his ball into the water on that par 3 when it was his turn. Golf Justice!!!

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Close standers. Like close talkers.

My dad happens to be one of those and I never want to call him out on it but yeah that bugs me too.

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Nothing really distracts me more than the mental image of a bad shot. You could be screaming at me, shining a laser on my ball (it's happened), and none of that would distract me as much as what my own mind can come up with.

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Any talking during my set-up sometimes takes me out of my rhythm, even whispering. Not always but on occasion. I usually don't say anything, just step away and re set up. That gets the point across most of time. I don't get mad cuz I'm guilty of it myself from time to time.
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Golfers are whiners. Oh you are whispering during my shot boohoo. How the heck is that bothering you? As long as it isn't sudden noise it shouldn't affect your swing. People just use it as an excuse for a bad shot. Like the guy above, any talking during his set up messes him up, lol. What about the plane overhead, or the mower, or the birds chirping, or the car going by on a hole next to the road? Do all these things bother you guys too.

That being said I hate when people whisper during my shot or my routine. Messes up my swing bad.

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Birds. The chirping takes me out of it instantly. I know I should learn to just ignore them but it gets me every time. I usually have to step back and reevaluate my shot after I hear them.

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Since they moved the trash days in my county - the damn trash trucks are running around the neighborhood during our first 9 on Saturday mornings.

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The music fans in the next cart. Saw it occasionally in other foursomes last year, and now this season two of last three "pickups" I've played with have been playing the radio or DVDs on their cart.

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Golfers are whiners. Oh you are whispering during my shot boohoo. How the heck is that bothering you? As long as it isn't sudden noise it shouldn't affect your swing. People just use it as an excuse for a bad shot. Like the guy above, any talking during his set up messes him up, lol. What about the plane overhead, or the mower, or the birds chirping, or the car going by on a hole next to the road? Do all these things bother you guys too.

That being said I hate when people whisper during my shot or my routine. Messes up my swing bad.

hahahaha

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People who think it's cool to have music playing in their cart. I mean, this is a golf course not a cook out, we don't need to have music blaring out here.

The music fans in the next cart. Saw it occasionally in other foursomes last year, and now this season two of last three "pickups" I've played with have been playing the radio or DVDs on their cart.

My buddy and I listen to music in the cart.  It's not often that we join another group, but if we do, we ask if it bothers them.  I can't remember anyone ever saying that it did, but we'd turn it off if that was the case.

Personally, I think most golfers would be better off if they toughened up a little and learned to tune out noises and other outside distractions.   It's not brain surgery.  The one thing that bothers me is if our group is out of position and feel that we're holding up players behind us.  I hate that, and will do everything I can to get my group back into position.

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People who think it's cool to have music playing in their cart. I mean, this is a golf course not a cook out, we don't need to have music blaring out here.

I play music almost every round with my buds. I think the ship has sailed on this one. Went into the PGA Store the other day and right when you walk in, there's a huge display of Bluetooth speakers specifically designed for golf carts. It's becoming pretty popular.

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