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    • I've noticed something similar around here but at a lower level, say scratch-3.0. There were several guys in a tournament last year with that type of game but obviously play more often than they post scores. My guess is that betting is such a big part of the golf culture here that they like their stroke position in their weekly golf group and don't want to mess it up by posting more scores.
    • I tried 18birdies yesterday and it's also good. A little busy in the menus if you're just interested in scoring a round of golf, but it's good. The one issue I had with it was getting quick GPS updates as I walked up to the tee box from the cart. It seemed to stick at the cart instead of updating where I was as I neared the tee box. I looked all over for a setting to be more aggressive on GPS updates, but I found none. I'm curious if any of you have noticed that?
    • Years ago I used Golfshot.  I liked it quite a bit then. Now that I'm playing again, I defaulted to it but looked to see what else is available now. I tried 18birdies yesterday and it's also good. A little busy in the menus if you're just interested in scoring a round of golf, but it's good. The one issue I had with it was getting quick GPS updates as I walked up to the tee box from the cart. It seemed to stick at the cart instead of updating where I was as I neared the tee box. I looked all over for a setting to be more aggressive on GPS updates, but I found none. 
    • There are some players with low handicaps who rarely post scores.  For them, the only reason to have a handicap is to qualify for tournament handicap cut-offs.  To attempt to qualify for the US Amateur one needs an index of 2.4 or less.  A true +1 doesn't really care whether his handicap is +1 or 2.1 since he virtually never plays anything but scratch. Then there are players who selectively post in order to qualify.  I know in talking to one such vanity handicapper, his motivation was to play qualifiers at relatively exclusive venues.  He knew he did not belong.  All he wanted was access to the qualifying sites.  These players become painfully obvious once play begins.  The USGA and various State organizations do try to limit these player's ability to enter their events (e.g. the USGA's "letter").  If the event is low enough on the totem pole, like the Michigan Senior Match Play Championship, the Association is generally fine with these "field fillers" paying $100+ to be eliminated before the Match Play stage. I feel sorry for the good players paired with these poseurs. 
    • You should really look at: Rule 14, which tells you of a couple of ways you can mark your ball, including placing a club next to the ball. Definition of Ball Marker, which talks about a number of different things with which you can mark the ball (including "an object made to be a ball marker") The section in the Equipment Rules that @Missouri Swede quoted, which talks about when an object manufactured to be a ball marker becomes an alignment device.  The 2-inch limit applies only to objects intended to be a ball marker. The definition of "ball marker" allows you to use a "small piece of equipment".  A tee may not be longer than 4 inches, so that's about the maximum size that would classify as a "small piece of equipment" in my interpretation.  
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