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  1. I carry a small tack hammer. But sometimes the ground is so dry and cold you need a sledge hammer. On days like this I just hit fairway woods off the tee.
  2. I try to arrive about an hour prior to my tee time. I do fuss some before the tee time in making sure I'm ready to play. Things like having a wet towel, GPS is on and correctly set, Balls are marked, loosened some old muscles on the range, etc. But I do it so I am ready to play and not screwing around on the course with stuff I should have already completed. On the course I try to be ready when it is my turn and use my time between shots getting ready for the next shot. On the other hand, I make it a point to not feel "rushed" on the course, I try to be efficient when it is my turn, but not feel hurried. So, IMO, being fussy and taking some time to prepare prior to your tee time, doesn't indicate one is a slow player on the course. It also doesn't indicate they are not a slow player. I suspect there is no correlation at all.
  3. I have only played a few times. Sometimes it is one of the formats used in a multi-day tournament.
  4. Of course you're correct and I suppose I should have used more precise language consistent with the USGA rule book. But I only meant that I was in the bunker because I hit a poor shot and was now paying the price, penalty if you will, for such a shot.
  5. It has been my observation it is pretty quick for anybody, especially for a course that has significant walks between green to the next tee.
  6. As it turns out, I don't think many of the courses I play spend much on maintaining the bunkers as they can be very inconsistent from one to the next. But, a few courses do clearly spend some $$ on bunker maintenance. However I personally don't mind less than perfect bunkers (we all have to play the same course) and wouldn't care if the courses turned them all into "grass bunkers". I would like, in the latter case, for the maintenance crew to keep the grass short enough I can find my ball. As I remind myself when in a bunker, it is a penalty area and you shouldn't be here in the first place, so shut up and play.
  7. Indeed it does (ego handicaps hurt in Tournaments). When money is on the line, everyone knows the rules. Some even know rules that don't exist, which is why I carry a rule book in my bag. Don't hear me wrong, I am not a rules Nazi on casual rounds and don't, unless ask, tell people the rules. However when I fork over a couple of hundred bucks or more to play in a tournament, I expect all to play by the rules and I'll speak up if you are not and I see it.
  8. ghalfaire

    Pace Problem

    I read many of the posts since my last one where I stated a couple of courses I know will remove slow foursomes if they don't keep up. I don't really agree with that as a universal policy as it wouldn't work in many places. However what I believe is important to help control slow play is that: 1. the course have a policy on pace of play; 2. Player know what the policy is before they tee off; 3. The policy is consistently enforced, whatever it is. Certainly the policy should be reasonable and consistent with the course difficulty and clientele. So while there is no perfect solution I suspect, at least if all courses had a known policy on pace of play, everyone would know what is expected of them before they made the tee time.
  9. ghalfaire

    Pace Problem

    IDK: I have seen several threads on the Pace of Play subject and have concluded it is a complex problem. Having said that I do know of courses that insist on a pace of play that leads to a round of not more than 4 hours 30 minutes. They do this by monitoring play and if you get behind you'll be ask to pick up and go the next hole and if you refuse you'll be ask to leave and they refund your green fees. Now, I should add both of these courses are high end resort courses and are very difficult (front tee slopes are like 125 or so). I would suspect their clients are mostly very good golfers and came to town to specifically play these sorts of courses and escape the snow for a week or so. I am not sure this policy would work on a municipal course where in general the green fees are significantly lower and so are the course slopes.
  10. I only meant to intimate that this wind speed has to be considered in club selection and how much it will move the ball flight, therefore complicates the round some. Where I play in the Summer this is also just a breeze, but one you need consider.
  11. I dislike playing in the wind. Which is unfortunate as in our higher elevations where I play mostly in summer, it is often windy. I define windy as over 15mph with gusts higher. I hit a fairly high ball and have never really mastered the "Tiger" stinger (not for lack of effort on my part). Other environmental conditions don't bother me as much as Wind, but certainly any adverse condition can affect you game some.
  12. An interesting thread. Something I had not thought about before. HCP: Well as someone mentioned above if you're the C or D player, no one expects much from you except getting your required drives in. HCB: Getting lessons on the course during a competition. This doesn't help, and frankly if I wanted a lesson I'd make an appointment for one. During a competition I just want to play and contribute as much as I can to the team. I don't mind advice on club selection or reading greens and such. But, I don't want to hear what is wrong or what is correct about my swing during a competition.
  13. No I don't with the exception of when the course has "winter rules" (around here that is usually means over seeding and in the mountains it means aeration).
  14. ghalfaire

    Pace Problem

    I am not against people keeping up with the group in front of them, they should. But I was implying that a player who's average with a 3 wood is 200, can probably sometimes, not often, hit is 215-220. Also, as frustrating as slow play is, if often isn't the guys in front of you that are the problem, they were waiting too. So give them a break. Don't bust a blood vessel because a player in front of you is uncomfortable with hitting a shot that MIGHT make the green while the group in front of them is putting out. In my case I got hit while walking off the green. It was a slow day and somewhere more than two groups ahead of my group was a slow group, and the ranger wasn't doing their job. Had the fellow who hit me waited 15 seconds I would have been in the cart and gone. Had he hit me in the head I probably wouldn't be here to write this. So I will repeat in case I wasn't clear the first time. It just isn't worth endangering someone so you can save a few seconds or even a few minutes on the time it takes to compete a round, regardless of circumstances. I dislike slow play as much as you do and groups that don't keep up and don't even try to, piss me off, but I am not going to ever hit a shot that I think has even a remote chance of hurting someone.
  15. ghalfaire

    Pace Problem

    Having just played a 4.5 hour round in 95 degree heat yesterday I can understand your frustration. But having been hit by a golf ball on fly ending up in the hospital with blood clots in my leg a few years back, I am not sympathetic. How about it isn't worth taking a chance on doing another golfer permanent damage so you can save 30 seconds on your round? I do share your frustration on slow play. The folks I play with usually finish a round in 10 to 20 minutes under 4 hours. Not real fast but not a bad pace either. IMO slow play is caused from a variety of factors and more complex than just "slow players", although I concur that is part of the problem. But it just isn't worth taking a chance on hurting someone to save a few second/minutes of time. BTW I belong to a private CC and slow play isn't limited to public course.
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