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To what extent is alcohol a part of your golf game? Some of the guys I have played with start working on their buzz as soon as they get to the course in the early morning. One of them told me that he plays better when he's had a mixed drink to start things off. He went on to say that the more he drinks the better he plays. I consider some of them functioning alcoholics. How can being impaired help your golf game? When I started playing with this group I partook in the post game libations. I soon realized that this is not fun, especially the next day hangover. I love golf but I can do without the alcohol. I decided that the only way I can join in any post game gathering is with a non-alcoholic brew. Playing with a group where a good number of players use alcohol as part of their ritual has made me examine how I feel about the mixture of golf and alcohol. I see golf as an athletic pursuit. It requires focus and stamina.
It could seem that using some sort of substance whether it be pot, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol or any other substance to calm or stimulate yourself could be against the rules of golf as far as handicap scoring. True skills and ability make up a big part of golf but mental fortitude is even more of a factor. This being said, to use an outside influence to take the "tension" out of your swing could be questionable.. Obviously, this would be policed solely by the player...