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Imurg

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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..
 

Orikoru

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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!
 

tobybarker

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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.
 

jim8flog

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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.
 

jim8flog

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Highs and lows of golf

Played an open on Monday won nearest the pin on the 18th woke up the next day with an Achilles strain so no golf for a while.

At least I can drown my sorrows with the whiskey (Bourbon) and wine I won.
 
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The late 50s (I’m guessing) yr old fella I played with yesterday off 23 who took the game up in April, but swings and strikes the ball like a SF handicapper.

Of course this is all down to him playing other various stick and ball games since a kid so his hand-to-eye coordination is superb, and he has the golf fearlessness of a young lad. But when like me you’re struggling, and you meet and play with such a nice guy playing as he did, well I didn‘t know whether to 😂 or 😢.
 

Kaz

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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.
I use one. Much easier/quicker to locate your marker and to see it when assessing a long putt from behind the hole. But I always also have a small one in my pocket which I use instead if anywhere near a PP's line.

Nearly had an interesting rules issue recently when we had to search a green to try and locate an opponent's ball marker. Did find it within 3 mins though! :ROFLMAO:
 
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As I rebuild my game I am working hard on establishing ‘process’ - I have previously played without any process to my shot-making to talk of. However I am having problems with an important aspect of it, in that I have discovered that my alignment was very right biased when I thought it was straight.

I have discovered this when I pick an alignment spot in the ground. When I address the ball my head is convinced the spot is aligned for a shot way left, and I now know that it’s not. I am working on accepting this, but it is especially difficult when putting as my focus is so much on believing my spot on the green is ‘correct’, and not ‘way left’, that my distance control has gone out of the window - hitting most putts terribly short. But at least I know what I have to work on 🙄

As if the game wasn‘t hard enough. Anyway - off to the course shortly for 9 holes by myself to build on what I’m doing on the range.
 
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