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Alcohol and Golf  

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  1. 1. How much do you drink when you play?

    • Not at all
      41
    • Rarely
      36
    • Occasionally
      27
    • Often
      16
    • Always or nearly all the time
      9


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I don't drink on the golf course.  It's typically too hot and it would just dehydrate me.  I'm all about a few drinks afterwards... typically rum... sometimes vodka... never beer.

It doesn't bother me if someone drinks when playing.  I've never played with someone who exceeded their limits.

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12 hours ago, Psyber said:

My brother doesn't play golf and drink. He actually happens to be playing golf while he's drinking.

Reminds me of the saying, "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.":-P

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On 3/18/2016 at 5:01 PM, Patch said:

I voted on occassions. Even then it will just be a couple of beers. I still have to drive home after the round. Even when I have a couple of beers, it's usually when I am out with friends/relatives. 

Another issue with me is that I play alot of golf in warmer, and hot weather. Alcohol and high temps don't collide well with each other. 

As for playing better when drinking, it's not impossible. There is a point where relaxation sets in before stupidity does  when consuming alcohol. A relaxed golfer will play better.

Other than lots of water when golfing, I would have to say my own personal addiction would have to be diet cherry dr pepper. 

I live in the UK where we are allowed to drink as much as we want and then drive. Some say otherwise, but they are only policemen 

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1 hour ago, paininthenuts said:

I live in the UK where we are allowed to drink as much as we want and then drive. Some say otherwise, but they are only policemen 

How much can the policemen drink? 

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11 minutes ago, boogielicious said:

How much can the policemen drink? 

Seriously, I live in a village, and although most of the locals are aware of the drink driving laws, the majority take notice of them. As it happens I always tee off early, so alcohol isn't an issue. 

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3 hours ago, paininthenuts said:

I live in the UK where we are allowed to drink as much as we want and then drive. Some say otherwise, but they are only policemen 

Yeah, I can buy that. I have been across that  pond a few times, and been in a pub or two over there. 

However, unless you, or a loved one, have personally experienced the drunk driver causing an injury riddled car crash, most folks dont truly understand what actually goes on. 

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Drinking alcohol while hitting the links can absolutely improve your overall game and I'll tell you why. After 2-3 drinks, your muscles will naturally be more relaxed and any potential mental anxiety will be less apparent. This isn't the case for everyone so let's not generalize this, but for some, this 100% helps.

This isn't to say the more you drink the better you get, after more than 4 drinks, your golf game can easily start to decline rapidly. Your muscles become too relaxed and the term "getting lazy" with your swing is very real.

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1 hour ago, BrofessionalGolfer said:

Drinking alcohol while hitting the links can absolutely improve your overall game and I'll tell you why. After 2-3 drinks, your muscles will naturally be more relaxed and any potential mental anxiety will be less apparent. This isn't the case for everyone so let's not generalize this, but for some, this 100% helps.

This isn't to say the more you drink the better you get, after more than 4 drinks, your golf game can easily start to decline rapidly. Your muscles become too relaxed and the term "getting lazy" with your swing is very real.

100% agree.

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OK. This is just between you Guys and me but I will concede that I cannot play golf without at least a couple of drinks, even if I have to tee off at 7 in the morning. It just stops an horrendous twitch that I will get on every shot I play if I am stone cold sober.  Last year I managed to get into the final of my clubs summer singles knockout tourney and was playing a Guy off plus one in the 36 hole final. I was crapping myself so filled up a health drink bottle with neat vodka and sipped it just a couple of times here and there. I had a couple of half time beers and we were all square after 36 holes. I beat him on the 38th after hitting a one iron off the deck to 10 foot receiving a handicap shot and just before hitting the shot I had the last slurp of that bottle of vodka. Childish and stupid but job done!

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Call me weak minded, but 1 drink per 9 holes does help me relax over the ball when playing with my buddies for bragging rights. More than that and my putting goes south.

Never drink when playing alone. 

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I drink 90% of the rounds I play but I literally never get drunk.  Usually, I spend the first six to nine holes drinking at least a liter of water and snacking on fruit, nuts, and maybe a protein bar. Then I'll have a have few beers. Occasionally, it gets to five beers but usually less. And if I'm playing 36 holes, I don't drink at all the first 18.

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Depends on what they have. There are some beers that I wouldn't drink for free and at the courses I play no pro bartenders so choices are few. If I am driving I don't period. 

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For many guys a round of golf is an escape.  One reason for slow play is all the temporary-leave-of-absence types who are in no hurry to proceed...the longer the round takes the better.  I get it and I don't get it.  In the winter months I am not averse to an occasional nip - to stimulate blood flow and promote clear thinking - but in the spring, summer, and fall, I drink water...and lots of it.  The once popular canine anecdote probably sums it up best.

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