Golf Random Irritations

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People who use casino chips as ball markers. Played against one in an open this week and had to ask him to move it on just about every putt as he refused to tap in from outside a foot
They are rather ‘look at me’ are they not. That said…my club sells them in the shop…so there is obviously sufficient market for them…though often I am asked when one is used whether or not I am ok with it as it is rather large. A little baffling why those who use actually bother as most who use them seem to know they can be distracting or obstructive for others. Anyway. A pretty minor golfing irritation indeed.
 

harpo_72

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People who are put off by unmarked balls nowhere
I just couldn't sleep at all last night, got up for my 8am tee time, felt too rough to go and had to go back to bed. Only just got up, feel really rough. Had a few of these lately
is something sub consciously playing on your mind ?
 

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They are rather ‘look at me’ are they not. That said…my club sells them in the shop…so there is obviously sufficient market for them…though often I am asked when one is used whether or not I am ok with it as it is rather large. A little baffling why those who use actually bother as most who use them seem to know they can be distracting or obstructive for others. Anyway. A pretty minor golfing irritation indeed.
I don't know why they exist. I thought the whole point of a marker was to remove the obstacle of a ball potentially being struck, and replace it with something flat that a ball could easily roll over with deviating much. You can't roll it over a poker chip, it would hit it and change direction - so it's not fit for purpose.
 

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I don't know why they exist. I thought the whole point of a marker was to remove the obstacle of a ball potentially being struck, and replace it with something flat that a ball could easily roll over with deviating much. You can't roll it over a poker chip, it would hit it and change direction - so it's not fit for purpose.
The purpose of a ball marker is to mark the position of the ball.
If the marker is on the line of another player's putt then you can move it.
There is no need for a marker to be on the line of a putt and the ball to roll over it.
You can use anything to mark the position as long as you're able to replace the ball in the same spot.
Brian Barnes used a beer bottle..
 

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The purpose of a ball marker is to mark the position of the ball.
If the marker is on the line of another player's putt then you can move it.
There is no need for a marker to be on the line of a putt and the ball to roll over it.
You can use anything to mark the position as long as you're able to replace the ball in the same spot.
Brian Barnes used a beer bottle..
By that logic then you might as well just move the ball if it's on someone's line and then move it back afterwards. No need for markers at all. 🤔
 

harpo_72

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Went to the range, hit the ball okay but still confidence is low, seem to be dwelling on the bad ones as opposed to the good stuff. I’ll hit a few warm ups before my match tomorrow to check the driver is still doing the same thing… I just need to get it away so I can play a 2nd shot!
 

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The purpose of a ball marker is to mark the position of the ball.
If the marker is on the line of another player's putt then you can move it.
There is no need for a marker to be on the line of a putt and the ball to roll over it.
You can use anything to mark the position as long as you're able to replace the ball in the same spot.
Brian Barnes used a beer bottle..
A thin marker such as a small coin is one thing..... Even if it's slightly off your line and you still manage to hit it (which of us always hits it on our intended line?) Turn there's not much harm done. But thick chips? They can and do stop your ball. So you end up having to continually ask them to move it. It's an irritation, that's all. I never said it was the end of the world.
 

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Just had a note from the club that we have a group of travellers have set up camp on the playing fields next to the course. Kids already stealing balls from fairways, 11 rakes snapped and dog turd and holes dug in bunkers.

We have kinda feared this as the playing fields are wide open (albeit privately owned) and the sad truth is it’s a surprise it’s taken this long.

Playing at half 5 so will no doubt see the full scale of the problem playing 16 through 18 that border the fields.
We once had them set up on our driving range ( failure of the adjoining land owner to install a fence) we lost a great a deal of income as result. At least we finally managed to get the landowner to install a fence once they were gone. We were renting some of the land from them so had something to apply pressure with.
 
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