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Post by twoeightnine Fri 21 Sep 2012, 3:46 pm

A little while I turned up for a few holes and got asked to join up with some guys who had just hit off so hadn't put on my glove and nailed my drive. So I continued like that and had a great round. I have since tried it a few times since and I the only thing I find is that when I hit from the rough my hand can get ripped by the cord grips if the club moves.

But it got me to wondering why I really wear one and I realised that I always have because that is what everyone else seemed to do. Now it is a habit that I am not comfortable breaking.

Is there anything else that anyone else does just because they saw people doing it so it has become habit? Something like waggling before hitting. I understand the idea but I used to do it just because that is what I saw on TV.

I even knew someone who used to tap his back foot on the floor because that was what Jonny Wilkinson did. We obviously pointed out that Jonny did this to squash his toe so that his foot was hard for kicking the ball not hitting a golf ball but he carried on anyway!

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Post by dynamark Fri 21 Sep 2012, 3:48 pm

Get up in the dark and walk around for 4 hours getting cold and wet

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Post by McLaren Fri 21 Sep 2012, 7:03 pm

This is not something I do, but it seems some people stalk a putt from every angle just because they say the pro's do the same thing. Unless you are a very good putter it seems unlikely looking at it from every angle will help?
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Post by oldparwin Fri 21 Sep 2012, 7:32 pm

More of the younger golfers are taking their hands of the club in the middle of their follow through swing, as that's what the Pros do when they hit a bad shot.

Another is standing staring at the ball for 2/3 minutes after they have missed a putt, both very annoying if you are playing them in a match.

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Post by Nay Fri 21 Sep 2012, 8:01 pm

I shoot 67's week in week out because I saw the pros doing it.

Seriously I don't think there is anything I specifically do because the pros's do. Although I have tried many things to see if they work, none of them did for me.

Though I never used to have a waggle, until the pro I was getting lessons from recommended I get one as I tensed my wrists up so much.

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Post by Slowride Fri 21 Sep 2012, 8:13 pm

oldparwin wrote:Another is standing staring at the ball for 2/3 minutes after they have missed a putt

bit of an exaggeration? if not you should find others to play with

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Post by Skydriver Fri 21 Sep 2012, 8:23 pm

Allowing yourself to be conned into buying something otherwise mundane just because it is labelled as a golf item (e.g. belts, socks, alignment rods...).

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Post by shudofhita4iron Sat 22 Sep 2012, 9:09 am

tap the sand off my shoes after a bunker shot
well i did until i hit my ankle ,now i just stamp my feet

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Post by Plunky Sat 22 Sep 2012, 12:52 pm

If I hit a really good approach shot , then as walk up to the green I modestly acknowledge the applause of an imaginary gallery. But only if there's nobody around.

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Post by navyblueshorts Sat 22 Sep 2012, 2:56 pm

shudofhita4iron wrote:tap the sand off my shoes after a bunker shot
well i did until i hit my ankle ,now i just stamp my feet
That hurts like a b*stard doesn't it?
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Post by shudofhita4iron Sat 22 Sep 2012, 7:29 pm

oh yes first the ankle bone then all your partners laughing hurts aswell

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Post by incontinentia Sat 22 Sep 2012, 7:45 pm

Plunky wrote:If I hit a really good approach shot , then as walk up to the green I modestly acknowledge the applause of an imaginary gallery. But only if there's nobody around.
me too, does yours include a few tips of the cap?

If i hit an approach that's heading for the flag i really exaggerate the eyes going up and down just cos the pro's do it. I'm not sure of the reason for this.
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Post by super_realist Sat 22 Sep 2012, 7:49 pm

I sometimes lift my trouser leg when getting the ball out of the whole, only I exaggerate it to a urine taking degree.

Why do they do this?

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Post by oldparwin Sat 22 Sep 2012, 11:43 pm

Nay bother
I made a comment on a post don't need a Pratt to tell me what I do or do not see.

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I will say the same to you, I do not exaggerate and have no choice as I have to play them in our knockout match play comps.

When I do make comments they are truthfull ones not made up lies, really piddled off by sarky comments

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Post by Plunky Sun 23 Sep 2012, 1:21 am

incontinentia wrote:
Plunky wrote:If I hit a really good approach shot , then as walk up to the green I modestly acknowledge the applause of an imaginary gallery. But only if there's nobody around.
me too, does yours include a few tips of the cap?

If i hit an approach that's heading for the flag i really exaggerate the eyes going up and down just cos the pro's do it. I'm not sure of the reason for this.

Yep, definitely a few tips of the visor. I also like to hold the pose after a good shot. But again, only if there's nobody around. I'm a high handicapper and i don't want low handicappers making fun of me. Very Happy

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Post by Slowride Sun 23 Sep 2012, 8:47 am

oldparwin wrote:Slowride
I will say the same to you, I do not exaggerate and have no choice as I have to play them in our knockout match play comps.

When I do make comments they are truthfull ones not made up lies, really piddled off by sarky comments

dont know what you mean about sarky comments
i just cant believe anyone stands for TWO OR THREE MINUTES looking at a ball that has failed to drop
it may feel that long but it surely cant be

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Post by Nay Sun 23 Sep 2012, 9:17 am

oldparwin wrote:Nay bother
I made a comment on a post don't need a Pratt to tell me what I do or do not see.


Im sorry if my post offended you, however I am unsure why as it has nothing to do with what you posted about.

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Post by mystiroakey Sun 23 Sep 2012, 11:07 am

cant think of anything whats so ever to be honest. I just play the game. I twirl my club, i pose and remain still on my follow through after a good shot. But i am sure that is kinda natural anyway and not because pros might do it!

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Post by mystiroakey Sun 23 Sep 2012, 12:11 pm

BTW twotime i rarely wear a glove. And if its raining or too hot i never wear a glove.

I dont think gloves are a neccesity at all.

But to answer what do we do just because golfers do it. The obvious is having a pint after a round!!


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Post by super_realist Sun 23 Sep 2012, 6:56 pm

Two or three minutes staring at a missed putt is DEFINITELY an exaggeration OP. You may have seen it once (I would have whistled at them to get them to hurry up) but I bet it's not something you see regularly. A three ball could tee off and reach their balls in three minutes. I just don't believe anyone would be that shocked at a missed putt. 20 seconds max.

Ever measured it on a stopwatch?

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Post by McLaren Sun 23 Sep 2012, 7:00 pm

why are we getting pedantic over OP's comment? Whatever the exact time some people seem to spend a lot of time on the green before and after they hit a putt.
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Post by barragan Sun 23 Sep 2012, 7:09 pm

does seem a lot of mississippi's... doesn't really matter though, OP's example is one i find annoying too, though i'm probably guilty of it on occasion - though i don't think i'd take more than 5 mississippi's!

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Post by super_realist Sun 23 Sep 2012, 7:09 pm

Because it's nonsense Mac. Nobody would put up with their playing partners looking forlornly at a putt for 180 seconds, let alone the group behind.

People do spend too much time though over a putt or any other shot though, I'm with you on that. I think the brain acts better on instinct, rather than a prolonged protracted stage of preparation. I take zero practice strokes on any putts and no practice swings either on other shots confident my brain will adjust how far I have to move the ball.

What does a practice swing really achieve? Nothing as far as I can see.

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Post by Slowride Sun 23 Sep 2012, 7:22 pm

i dont think its pedantry over opws comments - just don't like being called a pratt and being told im sarky when all i did was question the time spent

20 seconds would be outrageous to stare down a missed putt but 2 or 3 minutes is clearly an exaggeration

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Post by mystiroakey Sun 23 Sep 2012, 7:41 pm

A practise swing as part of a pre shot routine is probally more important than just random swings, however losening up the body is also helpfull

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Post by oldparwin Sun 23 Sep 2012, 8:44 pm

Nay bother

I owe you an apology, as I totally misread your post, so please accept my apology.

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Post by Nay Sun 23 Sep 2012, 8:53 pm

No Worries OP,

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Post by Lairdy Mon 24 Sep 2012, 10:15 am

Spend £3 or £4 on one ball. There is also the wee dance shuffle when you pick up the tee after a good drive - the one you know you've split the fairway the second you've hit it. The shuffle that leads to your non standing leg kicking back when you bend down and 'weech' the tee out all in one movement.

For the guy who's annoyed at the post missed putt period of disbelief - do you play with Lee Westwood?

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Post by mystiroakey Mon 24 Sep 2012, 11:34 am

What about the lean when trying to levitate the ball from too far right or too far left!

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Post by SmithersJones Mon 24 Sep 2012, 11:35 am

Or indeed talking to it!
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Post by Doon the Water Mon 24 Sep 2012, 10:14 pm

Take my hat off to shake hands.

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Post by McLaren Mon 24 Sep 2012, 10:21 pm

Doon

What sort of hat do you wear?
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Post by Shotrock Mon 24 Sep 2012, 11:05 pm

Talk to my golf ball mid flight or mid putt.

We're not on speaking terms for the most part.

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Post by George1507 Tue 25 Sep 2012, 7:54 am

Taking your hat off when you shake hands is good manners. Nothing to do with what they do on TV.

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Post by super_realist Tue 25 Sep 2012, 7:56 am

Are hats an affectation like I found a glove to be?

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Post by navyblueshorts Tue 25 Sep 2012, 8:23 am

They most certainly are. For the pros they're an irritating advertising billboard which I want to rip off their heads when they're interviewed and the rest just copy the pros. There's no need to wear them in the U.K. what-so-ever unless you happen to play in glasses and it's raining. Might be different in steaming heat elsewhere in the World I guess.
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Post by SmithersJones Tue 25 Sep 2012, 8:28 am

navyblueshorts wrote:They most certainly are. For the pros they're an irritating advertising billboard which I want to rip off their heads when they're interviewed and the rest just copy the pros. There's no need to wear them in the U.K. what-so-ever unless you happen to play in glasses and it's raining. Might be different in steaming heat elsewhere in the World I guess.

I can't play in sunny conditions without a hat on. I often try but between shading my eyes and needing to stop getting a sunburned face (I'm not a ginger but my skin is!) I find I can't do without the shade of a hat.
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Post by Roller_Coaster Tue 25 Sep 2012, 8:28 am

Blazing sunshine - I'll wear a hat to stop my heed a burning as it's not as lush up there as once it was. otherwise not a massive fan of them.

Spain tomorrow and doesn't look like I'll need one there either Sad

I'll bemoan my lack of luck on the holes I dropped shots (generally by hacking out of the rough somewhere I left myself and failing to get up and down from 85 yards) whilst simultaneously regaling the world in how good my birdie from the trees on 10 was despite a consistently bad drive in both instances...

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Post by navyblueshorts Tue 25 Sep 2012, 8:36 am

Forgot about the sunburn potential. That's a fair enough excuse for some but shouldn't have been many wearing them this Summer:-

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Post by Doon the Water Tue 25 Sep 2012, 8:44 am

George I do not wear a hat unless I am golfing or hillwalking.

If I wore a trilby every day I would have the grace to doff it to the ladies.

I also like people who remove their sunglasses when being introduced, good manners that tends to be of a bygone age.

Mac I have a varied range of golfing/walking hats.....my favourite is a Lowe Alpine luggy hat for cold weather.

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Post by mystiroakey Tue 25 Sep 2012, 9:10 am

I think just shaking hands is good enough manners.. Not gonna take off my top hat or sunnys for anyone..

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Post by barragan Tue 25 Sep 2012, 9:51 am

I wear a visor (not a ladies one like brandt) when its wet - essential to keep the rain off my glasses.

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Post by McLaren Tue 25 Sep 2012, 10:55 am

Doon

Is that like a davie crockett hat?
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Post by dynamark Tue 25 Sep 2012, 11:07 am

Doon king of the wild frontier

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Post by incontinentia Tue 25 Sep 2012, 11:56 am

I once drove my SUV into a fire hydrant...
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Post by navyblueshorts Tue 25 Sep 2012, 12:10 pm

incontinentia wrote:I once drove my SUV into a fire hydrant...
Laugh
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Post by raycastleunited Tue 25 Sep 2012, 1:55 pm

Not necessarily things I do myself, but...

- Leaning to the right when you pull the ball, and to the left when you push it.
- Club twirl after a good shot.
- Holding the finish after a good shot.
- Using wooden tees that only last a couple of holes instead of plastic ones that last for months.
- Wearing golf shoes (and golf gear in general) to watch golf. You wouldn't wear golf shoes to go for a walk in the park.
- Wearing a visor instead of a cap.
- Calling a golf course a "track".
- Calling the green the "dance floor".
- Wearing a white belt.
- Wearing any type of fluorescent clothes.
- Believing any clothing with Galvin Green written on it is automatically worth 3 times as much, however rubbish it looks.
- Thinking that you have made it in life when you have a reserved parking space in the members car park.
- Wearing a jacket and tie to have Sunday lunch in a restaurant that looks like the set from Fawlty Towers.
- Wearing wristbands with mystical magic properties.
- Checking your alignment / swing plane / stance every time you stand in front of a mirror (eg in a lift).
- Accurate knowledge of sunrise / sunset times throughout the year.
- Owning a pair of chino's.
- Owning a blazer.

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Post by Doon the Water Tue 25 Sep 2012, 4:00 pm

Mac
Check it out. [on Lowe Alpine website]
Luggie Hat is essential wear for winter golf and hill walking.
It has a small wired visor which you can shape round your glasses [if you wear them that is]. Also has a flap that can be worn up or down dependant on the temperature of your lugs. 100% better than a beanie.

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Post by McLaren Tue 25 Sep 2012, 4:08 pm

Sounds good doon. I shame it is not a davie crockett hat as I liked the image of someone bounding down the fairways with one of them on.
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Post by Caito Tue 25 Sep 2012, 9:26 pm

Interesting to note how many of the Ryder cuppers ditch the hats at Medinah when they are not under sponsors obligations. usually a few.

Personally I tend to wear a cap when it's raining wool hat for cold. rare hot sunny day might risk a visor.

Agree sunglasses and hat off for intros and handshake is good manners not affectation.

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