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Poll: Do You Prefer To Have A Wager When You Play Golf?


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Poll: Golf Wagering (65 member(s) have cast votes)

Do You Prefer Having A Wager When You Play Golf?

  1. No, I’d rather not (23 votes [35.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 35.38%

  2. Yes, but only a small wager like rounds of drinks or $10-20/round (31 votes [47.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 47.69%

  3. Yes, the more $ the better (11 votes [16.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.92%

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#1 Middler

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 03:08 AM

No right or wrong, bad or good. Just testing the conclusion of the linked article on this audience. It is still winter where I am, and cabin fever has set in...

https://www.golfdige...gambling-kaplan

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Roughly 80 percent of male golfers 18 and up gamble when they play, according to a 2013 Golf Digest survey.

Most of us enjoy a small wager when we play. Even the USGA is OK with that. But for some golfers it doesn't start to get interesting until big, big, BIG MONEY is at stake.

Edited by Middler, 18 March 2018 - 03:09 AM.

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#2 MtlJeff

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 10:12 AM

I can't believe its 80 percent

I typically do not
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Posted 18 March 2018 - 10:41 AM

Yeah I have a hard time believing it is 80% also. And I don't gamble on the course.
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Posted 18 March 2018 - 10:43 AM

There’s no way it’s 80%.

I’m pretty indifferent to it; I’ll usually not, but if somebody wants to throw down a $20 Nassau, fine by me.

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 11:05 AM

View Postraynorfan1, on 18 March 2018 - 10:43 AM, said:

There's no way it's 80%.

I'm pretty indifferent to it; I'll usually not, but if somebody wants to throw down a $20 Nassau, fine by me.
I wouldn't have guessed it's that high either, but obviously Golf Digest has more resources available than I do by a mile. Wonder who their polling population was, but I was only curious what it was like here. Not trying to (dis)prove anything. I'd rather not gamble, but I'll sometimes go along with a small wager like a round of drinks after. I have known a (very) few people who were (very) disappointed if their playing partners didn't want to wager a lot. The article said it can make you play better, that hasn't been my personal experience. It either hurts or makes no difference to me.

Edited by Middler, 18 March 2018 - 11:08 AM.

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Posted 18 March 2018 - 11:48 AM

I’m surprised it is 80% for the entire golfing population.  

But I’d guess it is more than 90% for players who are 5 hdcp or less.

I’ll bet it is 99% for scratch or better.

This is a too each his own topic and some people are morally opposed to gambling.  Perfectly valid position.  My father was against it and it really bothered him that I was playing for quarters and dollars as a teenager.  

But cash on the line is one of the easiest ways to simulate tournament pressure during a Thursday round with your buddies.  

Being able to pull the trigger when trying to win something - or not lose - is a formative experience for many golfers.

The very first time I ever shot under par for 18 holes was in a money game I probably should not have been in.  The money got up there pretty quickly and it was hole-to-hole presses and tense.  I didn’t even realize I was under par until I birdied 18 and halve the hole and my partner literally hugged me.  $50+ bucks was a lot of money for a 17 year old in the 80s.  

These days it is normally $25 per man, 4-6 groups and rules I don’t even begin to keep up with.  Fortunately we have a guy that keeps track of everything and distributes the cash in the 19th hole...where the winners are expected to buy drinks.  It all evens out.
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Posted 19 March 2018 - 11:30 PM

My foursome does most of the time... not a lot of money and we usually play like $5-$5-$5 where we all end up partnered against the others as we switch teams every 6 holes....  keeps it interesting.  Other times it's just me and one other going head to head for a beer or a few bucks.  I definitely tend to play better while this goes on, though.
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Posted 20 March 2018 - 11:37 AM

I'm only comfortable with penny-ante.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:15 PM

Gambling is immoral.

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 01:25 AM

I almost can’t take the club back unless there’s something on the line. The more the better baby

Enjoy the chase.

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 07:37 AM

I like playing for small $, but it has to be a simple wager.  Playing golf and executing shots gives me enough to think about without adding anything else.
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Posted 21 March 2018 - 08:32 AM

I haven’t played a non-tournament round of golf without money on the line in years.  Probably at least 5 years.  Doesn’t have to be a lot, just something to keep my focus up throughout the round.  Just playing for fun?  That invites lazy swings and lack of focus.  I’d rather be on the lake.

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 10:55 PM

I'm definitely someone who wants some money on iy. I just feel like it increases my focus and keeps me more involved even after a blow up hole.

I typically play a points/ skins game with a $15 buy in. And I will generally play $1 trash on the side. If you're on in trash you can easily add another $20 or lose it just as quick
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Posted 23 March 2018 - 04:51 AM

Interesting, we’re 70.5% wagering here so far. Not far from the 80% in the article. I guess I should be open to small wagers, but I won’t initiate betting. It won’t change my focus one way or another...
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Posted 24 March 2018 - 08:57 AM

If it’s not a real comp or money on the line then it’s not a real round. I’m just going to practice, drop balls, hit random shots, and not going to post the score.


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Posted 24 March 2018 - 11:39 AM

Me and my usual playing partner have a seasons long bet on our season that's fair for us. We both tend to struggle on par threes so we take our scores straight up and whoever has the lower score on them wins the round. The person with the most rounds at the end of the year wins the bet and he's treated to a nice dinner. Bragging rights go with the dinner as well. It definitely adds pressure to the round as some of you have said which makes them better.

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 11:50 AM

Wouldn’t say I “prefer” it but I definitely enjoy it when there is one.

Seems to force me to concentrate more in the middle of the round when you can sometimes get a little lax.

Agree with others though, 80% seems way highly. Must have done the polling at a Mickelson club.

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 02:17 PM

I change things too often to ever feel like I'm playing to my full capability, and I rarely bet unless I feel I have even odds or better. So my golf game rarely reaches a level of consistency that I'm eager to bet on.

Also, betting generally causes riskier play (depending on the type of bet), which leads to poorer results. It just isn't as fun for me unless I completely ignore my score and get my satisfaction out of beating my opponent. I'd rather see my golf buddies all play well rather than spending the round hoping that the others play worse than me. When I'm playing with people I don't know, as long as it's a simple score-based bet it's fine. When the game gets too complicated, I generally get the feeling that I'm getting hustled more than getting outplayed.

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 03:49 PM

my boys and I bet every round; I don't bet with strangers

we follow the rules/white stakes/drops/

2 of them are scratch and plus players and do a lot of tournaments; we love betting

it's not much but it's added pressure on a 3 foot putt.  Bragging rights are on the line weekly.  And that's how we do it.  

I can understand those who don't like gambling.  I feel the same way about about  drinking while golfing and not drinking while at golf tournaments.
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Posted 30 April 2018 - 03:41 AM

  • "You don't know what pressure is until you've played for $5 a hole with only $2 in your pocket."
Sometimes I want a swing or a stroke to mean more than one tally on a scorecard. I want to have the courage and confidence to bet on myself with something on the line.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 10:21 PM

Been years since I have. Can't think of anyone of the members at our course who do, league or otherwise.

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