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2013-11-04 08:49:22 AM
Because of all things you can do for leisure fresh air, moderate exercise, and checking beer cart girls in tiny skirts is clearly the worst choice......
 
2013-11-04 08:50:01 AM

Egoy3k: Because of all things you can do for leisure fresh air, moderate exercise, and checking (out) beer cart girls in tiny skirts is clearly the worst choice......



FTFM
 
2013-11-04 09:32:22 AM
If it takes you 6 hours to play all the groups stacking up behind you want to kill you.


4 hours and 20 minutes on a Par 72, learn it, use it.

/Constantly stuck behind "scratch" golfers that take 5 minutes looking at a 4 foot putt and then blow it 18 feet past the hole.
//Stop pretending you're good, the rest of us just want to enjoy our outing
///Yes I understand the rules say you can spend up to 5 minutes looking for a lost ball, if you take longer than 2 before dropping we all hate you.
 
2013-11-04 09:43:14 AM
Sort of want.
 
2013-11-04 10:19:01 AM

Egoy3k: Egoy3k: Because of all things you can do for leisure fresh air, moderate exercise, and checking (out) beer cart girls in tiny skirts is clearly the worst choice......


FTFM


And you're allowed to drink liquor while operating a motor vehicle.

Great sport.
 
2013-11-04 10:30:36 AM
Only problem for me is that I hate wearing a watch while I play. I also empty my pockets except for two golf balls in one (so I don't have to return to the cart if I need to drop) and a few tees and a divot tool/ball marker in the other.

I'm probably not a good enough golfer that this would be useful anyway.

Would a gadget like this be legal under PGA rules?
 
2013-11-04 10:32:48 AM
Playing that slow will get you kicked off the course, subby.
 
2013-11-04 10:33:09 AM
Wasted?

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2013-11-04 10:36:07 AM

Egoy3k: Because of all things you can do for leisure fresh air, moderate exercise, and checking beer cart girls in tiny skirts is clearly the worst choice......


I play a really short muni where a lot of the players are girls in short skirts.

So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

I think DMDs are something the USGA now regrets, but the cart is out of the barn.

Discuss.
 
2013-11-04 10:47:01 AM

Monkey2: Only problem for me is that I hate wearing a watch while I play. I also empty my pockets except for two golf balls in one (so I don't have to return to the cart if I need to drop) and a few tees and a divot tool/ball marker in the other.

I'm probably not a good enough golfer that this would be useful anyway.

Would a gadget like this be legal under PGA rules?


Or USGA even...
 
2013-11-04 10:58:36 AM

Monkey2: Monkey2: Only problem for me is that I hate wearing a watch while I play. I also empty my pockets except for two golf balls in one (so I don't have to return to the cart if I need to drop) and a few tees and a divot tool/ball marker in the other.

I'm probably not a good enough golfer that this would be useful anyway.

Would a gadget like this be legal under PGA rules?

Or USGA even...


USGA yes, PGA no.  That's what they do on Tuesday-Wednesday.  Play a round and the caddy carries the range finder, makes notes of distances from different positions and writes it down.  That's what's in the book every player keeps in his back pocket.

Though AFAIK the USGA reserves the right to restrict the devices during tournaments, but if you're on your local course that follows USGA rules, feel free to use one.

Honestly I don't mind DMD if used sparingly but the dudes that use them like every shot and then end up hitting the ball 200 yards left or right of whatever they were measuring too piss me off.   I'm a 20 handicap so not good, but I have enough sense to know that speed of play is the number one issue with enjoying a round, so I'm not going to screw up the days of the 50 groups behind me so that I can figure out if a shot is 120 yards or 144 yards.  I'll just grab the 9 and hit that and move on.
 
2013-11-04 10:59:05 AM
Not sure why this is newsworthy, or somehow surprising. The S4 FTA is a 2nd generation GPS watch, first gen came out a few years ago. Handhelds have been around for almost a decade.

Not legal for tournament play, perfectly legal for casual play. IMHO the game would go a lot faster if personal GPS was REQUIRED for every player.
 
2013-11-04 11:02:27 AM
People have been using GPS golf apps for as long as smart-phones have been around.
 
2013-11-04 11:16:50 AM

DoBeDoBeDo: Monkey2: Monkey2: Only problem for me is that I hate wearing a watch while I play. I also empty my pockets except for two golf balls in one (so I don't have to return to the cart if I need to drop) and a few tees and a divot tool/ball marker in the other.

I'm probably not a good enough golfer that this would be useful anyway.

Would a gadget like this be legal under PGA rules?

Or USGA even...

USGA yes, PGA no.  That's what they do on Tuesday-Wednesday.  Play a round and the caddy carries the range finder, makes notes of distances from different positions and writes it down.  That's what's in the book every player keeps in his back pocket.

Though AFAIK the USGA reserves the right to restrict the devices during tournaments, but if you're on your local course that follows USGA rules, feel free to use one.

Honestly I don't mind DMD if used sparingly but the dudes that use them like every shot and then end up hitting the ball 200 yards left or right of whatever they were measuring too piss me off.   I'm a 20 handicap so not good, but I have enough sense to know that speed of play is the number one issue with enjoying a round, so I'm not going to screw up the days of the 50 groups behind me so that I can figure out if a shot is 120 yards or 144 yards.  I'll just grab the 9 and hit that and move on.


Thanks for the info and though I won't admit my handicap here, it sounds like we have a similar attitude towards the game. Never used DMD myself. I play mostly muni courses (read: cow pasture with flags) and if I think I am holding up the group behind me at all, I wave them through and park the cart in the shade. It's extra beer drinking time in my book.
 
2013-11-04 11:17:08 AM
Of course, you actually have to play courses that have uploaded coordinate data to the company that supplies the data to Garmin.  I refuse to pay $60 on a round when I can walk the city/public courses around here for $35 on the weekends and $1/hole during the week.  GPS range finders are useless here.

Also, as far as I care, they are worthless pieces of junk.  If you want to spend $350 to get "accurate" yardage, then go ahead and waste your money.

As I was taught by my grandfather and dad about playing golf:

-If you're good enough to need to know the difference between 130 yards and 135, you're good enough to eyeball it yourself.
-If you're good enough to know the difference between every iron 1-S/P/L in your bag, you're good enough not to need all of them.
-Don't waste your money on professional gear/clubs/balls because you will never be good enough for them to make a difference in your score.  If you ever are good enough, then you won't have to pay for them.

Hence why I play in tennis shoes, no gloves, no range finder, balls I fish out of the pond, tees I pick up on the box, and a franken-set of clubs of dubious origin with only a D, 3W, 3, 4, 6, 9, P, S, putter.  And I still enjoy myself and play better than the guys I get matched up with.
 
2013-11-04 12:27:44 PM

DoBeDoBeDo: If it takes you 6 hours to play all the groups stacking up behind you want to kill you.


4 hours and 20 minutes on a Par 72, learn it, use it.

/Constantly stuck behind "scratch" golfers that take 5 minutes looking at a 4 foot putt and then blow it 18 feet past the hole.
//Stop pretending you're good, the rest of us just want to enjoy our outing
///Yes I understand the rules say you can spend up to 5 minutes looking for a lost ball, if you take longer than 2 before dropping we all hate you.


Otoh, whiny biatches with no patience who can't handle standing outdoors for a few more minutes with their friends shouldn't even be allowed in public, much less on the course.
 
2013-11-04 01:30:30 PM
The course I play has GPS in every golf cart. I use a free DM app on my phone, just to get the rough distance to the green. It doesn't slow me down, just helps me pick the right club.
 
2013-11-04 01:49:30 PM

Smackledorfer: DoBeDoBeDo: If it takes you 6 hours to play all the groups stacking up behind you want to kill you.


4 hours and 20 minutes on a Par 72, learn it, use it.

/Constantly stuck behind "scratch" golfers that take 5 minutes looking at a 4 foot putt and then blow it 18 feet past the hole.
//Stop pretending you're good, the rest of us just want to enjoy our outing
///Yes I understand the rules say you can spend up to 5 minutes looking for a lost ball, if you take longer than 2 before dropping we all hate you.

Otoh, whiny biatches with no patience who can't handle standing outdoors for a few more minutes with their friends shouldn't even be allowed in public, much less on the course.


Not really, that's why pace of play is one of the top concerns for golf courses.  Rangers exist for a reason, talk to one you'll find out that assholes that think they are the next Tiger Woods while playing on a public course and actually scoring in the 90's (though they'll write something around 80-85 on their cards) are the number 1 complaint the course gets in relation to the behavior of other players.

If you were good you'd be on a tour somewhere, the rest of us are trying to squeeze this in before we have to go home and mow the lawn or a host of other chores and tasks, have some decency and maintain the posted pace of play (4 hours and 20 minutes) for a par 72 round.  It's there for a reason, MOST of us can abide by it, if you can't stay away from courses that ask you to follow that rule.
 
2013-11-04 03:31:29 PM

DoBeDoBeDo: If it takes you 6 hours to play all the groups stacking up behind you want to kill you.


4 hours and 20 minutes on a Par 72, learn it, use it.

/Constantly stuck behind "scratch" golfers that take 5 minutes looking at a 4 foot putt and then blow it 18 feet past the hole.
//Stop pretending you're good, the rest of us just want to enjoy our outing
///Yes I understand the rules say you can spend up to 5 minutes looking for a lost ball, if you take longer than 2 before dropping we all hate you.


ALL OF THIS
 
2013-11-05 01:10:02 AM
the pitch n putt in austin is fun; personally i prefer penick golf course and hancock (oldest in texas).
 
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