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Do You Prefer to Walk or Ride?

Do you prefer to walk or ride? (on a walk-able course)  

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  1. 1. If you're playing 9 holes, do you prefer to walk or ride?

    • Walk
      70
    • Ride
      13
    • Either is fine, depends on my mood, playing partners, or some other reason
      16
  2. 2. If you're playing 18 holes, do you prefer to walk or ride?

    • Walk
      53
    • Ride
      34
    • Either is fine, depends on my mood, playing partners, or some other reason
      12
  3. 3. If/when you walk, do you feel that you score better, worse, or no difference?

    • Score better when I walk
      38
    • Score worse when I walk
      5
    • No difference in score when I walk
      56


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On 12/5/2019 at 1:43 PM, Acemyass said:

I for myself almost always walk. Some lbs to much. So it can't be wrong to walk instead of taking it the easy way and the cart.

Also, driving would take away something from me. Golf is a sport in the end and driving around the course just don't fit my definition of sports.

How do you take it?

Eh, I don't think golf is a sport, so it's kinda besides the point lol

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Reasons why an otherwise healthy young person might take a cart instead of walking:

  • Their friends are all taking carts.
  • They want to carry more things (a six pack, a FlightScope, a bunch of layers) than is comfortable to do while walking.
  • They want to get more holes in (I can play faster in a cart even on cart path only days than I can walking) and/or they are limited in how much time they have to play and can only play if they drive/ride.
  • It's hot. Or cold. Or going to rain.
  • The green fee includes it.
  • The course requires it.
  • They're not as healthy as they look in a non-obvious way (they sprained their knee recently, they have a heart transplant like my friend, whatever).
  • They've always ridden in a cart.
  • They enjoy riding in or driving a cart.
  • They have an important athletic event later (a MLB manager in the 90s, IIRC, let his pitchers play as much golf as they wanted so long as they rode in carts so their legs could stay fresh).
  • They want to use the cart's GPS system.
  • They don't have a stand bag and/or a push cart.

The list is longer than that, too. Sorry, I'm not going to judge the people for those things. Like I said, I prefer to walk most of the time, but not all the time. The times I'm in a cart don't make me less of a golfer.

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I love to walk when playing, but I enjoy riding occasionally as well. I feel like I’ve gotten to know my course a lot better by walking 50+ rounds. When I played 36 holes last month, I played the first round with a few teammates. We stopped at the turn to get a quick bite to eat, and they insisted I ride the back since I had another eighteen holes to play after that, which I was totally ok with. Either one is fine with me, but if I choose, I’d prefer walking.

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I prefer to walk.  But my favorite course, and also where most of my friends play, has lots of 100' elevation changes, so I am happy to take a cart.  But the muni close to my house where I practice alot and zip around 9 or 18 with a push cart while walking/running (the running part seems to be frowned upon by my friends) is my choice for 3-4 days a week.  But because of my elbow injury I have not done the walking/running thing for 7 months.  And have gained 8 pounds on my 5' 10", 165 pound frame.

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15 minutes ago, Double Mocha Man said:

(the running part seems to be frowned upon by my friends)

🤣🤣 When I take my pushcart out (I'm 50/50 pushcart or carry) I like to jog to my ball, especially on uphill holes. One time the group in front of me took offense to this because they thought I was trying to pressure them to play faster. At one point in the middle of the round when I was waiting to play my approach, one of the twosomes drove back down the fairway in their cart (no judgement, just a fact of the event) to confront me about this. I thought it was pretty silly. I told them to go enjoy their round of golf and leave me alone to enjoy mine, and they left.

They did play faster after that, which was nice, but they weren't slowing down my group anyways.

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5 minutes ago, Darkfrog said:

🤣🤣 When I take my pushcart out (I'm 50/50 pushcart or carry) I like to jog to my ball, especially on uphill holes. One time the group in front of me took offense to this because they thought I was trying to pressure them to play faster. At one point in the middle of the round when I was waiting to play my approach, one of the twosomes drove back down the fairway in their cart (no judgement, just a fact of the event) to confront me about this. I thought it was pretty silly. I told them to go enjoy their round of golf and leave me alone to enjoy mine, and they left.

They did play faster after that, which was nice, but they weren't slowing down my group anyways.

Mr. Frog... good for you for jogging to your ball.  Screw my friends (love 'em) but I will continue running.  I am healthier than they are and outdrive them by 30-40 yards...

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@iacas the only point I don't like is "too cold". Rounds are unbearable when its under 40 F if you are riding, but walking them feels a-okay

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@iacas kind of addressed it, but I would call it more overall injuries suffered when young.  I was a really good athlete back in the day, but, after caving in my right knee for the third time, I needed surgery. The ACL reconstruction surgical technique had just been developed. So, I went in for that. I have a suture scar close to a foot and a half long on the inside of my right leg! 

But, after rehab, I went right back to walking and carrying. When you're young, you can do anything. But, after some years, my knee started to let me know that it did not like that anymore! So, I bought a pull cart and used it. Problem solved! At least for a while. 

Eventually, walking 18 holes with a pull cart came to be a burden. This is the progression of injury. Things don't get better, they only get worse! 

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1 hour ago, Bonvivant said:

@iacas the only point I don't like is "too cold". Rounds are unbearable when its under 40 F if you are riding, but walking them feels a-okay

Not if you have a heater in your cart.

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I prefer to walk. But will ride if the green fee includes cart or if my friends ride. 

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I used to love to walk.  But now, on the north side of 60, with 5 knee surgeries behind me, I am now relegated to carts.

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I prefer to walk, I feel get more into my round when I walk.  My home course is a good walk as well.  I will ride if it’s an event or playing a golf course isn’t walkable, where it makes more sense to ride. 

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As a rule of thumb I tend to walk.  I have a 2 wheeled cart and am OK to push it and play without a caddie.  The only courses I would prefer to have a cart is one where there are a lot of steep uphills.  I find it more tiring to climb than it should be.  I suppose being unfit and time catching up to me has that effect.

I have never objected to a cart but rarely see a need to pay separately for that.  If it is built into the green fee or is mandatory, I will use the cart.  Of course carts tend to be quicker and less exhausting so that is a big plus.

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