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Mulligans, do you take them?

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Poll: Mulligans, do you take them? (73 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you take Mulligans?

  1. Yes (14 votes [19.18%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 19.18%

  2. No (35 votes [47.95%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 47.95%

  3. No, but I don't care if others do (24 votes [32.88%] - View)

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#1 leopoldstotch

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:47 AM

Hi team,

Recently broke 90 for the first time, two rounds later I did it again.
Pretty happy because it was a goal of mine last year to do it 5 times and it's taken this long this season to accomplish that.


Anyway, I took full advantage of my mulligans. We usually have a free drop on the front and the back, but only off the tee. Obviously there's a lot of things we don't do properly, but mulligans are one of those things that we just play with.

so what do you guys do? and if you did take mulligans and then stop, at a certain handicap or what?

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#2 Sean2

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:52 AM

No, no mulligans. I can't say I shot "x" if I took a mulligan(s).
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:53 AM

uhhhhHHHH,   No.




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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:53 AM

If this is a serious post, then NO, you didn't break 90.
If you are just trolling for responses, then carry on.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:04 AM

Not really mulligans I guess, as I will always play my first ball. But if it is late in the evening or early in the morning and i have the course all to myself I will hit a couple extras on wonky swings to get the feel back, but again, I still only play the first stroke.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:06 AM

View Postmacedan, on 11 July 2018 - 11:04 AM, said:

Not really mulligans I guess, as I will always play my first ball. But if it is late in the evening or early in the morning and i have the course all to myself I will hit a couple extras on wonky swings to get the feel back, but again, I still only play the first stroke.

Same here.

I used to give myself one on the front and one on the back. But then I wouldn’t have accurate scores. So, no longer.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:09 AM

View PostNDS55, on 11 July 2018 - 10:53 AM, said:

If this is a serious post, then NO, you didn't break 90.
If you are just trolling for responses, then carry on.

That's kind of why I wanted to ask the consensus, because yes technically I did not break 90 because i got 2 penalty free drops.


Wanted to see how strong or relaxed people were about this part of the game.
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:18 AM

View Postleopoldstotch, on 11 July 2018 - 11:09 AM, said:

View PostNDS55, on 11 July 2018 - 10:53 AM, said:

If this is a serious post, then NO, you didn't break 90.
If you are just trolling for responses, then carry on.

That's kind of why I wanted to ask the consensus, because yes technically I did not break 90 because i got 2 penalty free drops.


Wanted to see how strong or relaxed people were about this part of the game.

It all depends what you want out of the game. Some folks just enjoy knocking the ball around and hanging out with their friends. Others take the game a bit more seriously, and play by all the rules as they want to take a measure of how their game is improving.

That said, one can't say he shot an "x" if he took some mulligans. It just doesn't work that way.
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:27 AM

View Postleopoldstotch, on 11 July 2018 - 11:09 AM, said:

View PostNDS55, on 11 July 2018 - 10:53 AM, said:

If this is a serious post, then NO, you didn't break 90.
If you are just trolling for responses, then carry on.

That's kind of why I wanted to ask the consensus, because yes technically I did not break 90 because i got 2 penalty free drops.


Wanted to see how strong or relaxed people were about this part of the game.

I don't really care about people taking mulligans so long as they don't turn in the score. I'm not sure why I would even care about that as they are only hurting themselves. That said, you didn't "technically" fail to break 90. You literally did not break 90. It is the other way around. ;)
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:29 AM

View Postleopoldstotch, on 11 July 2018 - 10:47 AM, said:

Hi team,

Recently broke 90 for the first time, two rounds later I did it again.
Pretty happy because it was a goal of mine last year to do it 5 times and it's taken this long this season to accomplish that.


Anyway, I took full advantage of my mulligans. We usually have a free drop on the front and the back, but only off the tee. Obviously there's a lot of things we don't do properly, but mulligans are one of those things that we just play with.

so what do you guys do? and if you did take mulligans and then stop, at a certain handicap or what?
how did you break 90 taking mulligans?


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:29 AM

only use on the first tee box.  (never warm up on range)

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:32 AM

View Posttsecor, on 11 July 2018 - 11:29 AM, said:

View Postleopoldstotch, on 11 July 2018 - 10:47 AM, said:

Hi team,

Recently broke 90 for the first time, two rounds later I did it again.
Pretty happy because it was a goal of mine last year to do it 5 times and it's taken this long this season to accomplish that.


Anyway, I took full advantage of my mulligans. We usually have a free drop on the front and the back, but only off the tee. Obviously there's a lot of things we don't do properly, but mulligans are one of those things that we just play with.

so what do you guys do? and if you did take mulligans and then stop, at a certain handicap or what?
how did you break 90 taking mulligans?
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I am inclined to agree with everyone on the board that I didn't break 90.

Fair is fair! But i think people are getting a bit hung up on that part of the discussion haha
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:32 AM

If you care about your score (not a requirement) then you cant take mulligans, end of story.  Also, you should amend your poll to say Yes; No; No - but I don't care if others do as long as they don't tell me what they scored

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 11:35 AM

Sure, if I'm on my own and there's no one behind me I'll take them if I duff a shot. Most of my rounds are played solo, so it's not as if my scores count for handicap purposes anyway.
I'm certainly not going to claim I shot <x> if it included a mulligan or two though.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 01:32 PM

You broke 90, with 2 mulligans. You did it but you get an asterick. Lol.... You can’t record this as real, of course not. But look at it this way. You have probably played two mulligans forever. So it is still a milestone for you. And for those all caught up in reality, celebrate your finally breaking 92. What is wrong with that?  : )


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 01:45 PM

No, but I will take an occasional provisional off the tee if I know I wont be able to find the ball at all. But thats a stroke, it's not 'free'. I take drops from fairway shots or approach shots, but thats also a stroke.
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 01:50 PM

On the range all the time.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:06 PM

When I first started playing golf I took a Mulligan on the front and one on the back.  It helps with confidence and the ability you know you can have.  As I got better I reduced it too one and then to none.  You always hear people talking about the mental side of going low.  This helped me do that.  

So ya, please feel free to tell me I don't play by the rules and how it affects the rest of my life and how terrible a person I am and how much better you are then me.  Too bad.  It helped me a lot in my golf game.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:12 PM

Definitely not and it winds me up when people do. Father in law is the worst offender. He's never done talking about all these gross par scores he's had so I legit thought he was scratch and that it'd be fun to play a round with him.

Little did I know in his world it's ok to take a Mulligan he if he:
1) hits a bad tee shot ("I was trying something there so it doesn't count")

2) misses a putt inside 10 feet (picks it up and says it was given anyway)

Before walking onto the next tee box claiming a par and therefore the honour.

"Aye you got a par with your 3rd off the tee so it was a double" to which he went off on the huff.

I wish folk would be honest with themselves. It's so embarrassing and it felt like the Emperor's new clothes as he's well known and n his club. Wasn't popular when I got into the bar and he's talking about his great round. "Yeah 90 is a great score seeing you're a member for 30 years and it you only took 8 Mulligan's to achieve it."

If you need a Mulligan you're not playing golf, you're make believing.

A practice round where you go out knowing you're dropping a few balls here and there ahead of a comp is fine but shouldn't be doing it in competition.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:16 PM

When you're learning, or like some of my buddies and play 5-6 times a year max, then what's the big deal IMO.

But if you're going to take 1 mulligan per 9, 3-4 quick rakes, and give yourself preferred lies all day, then you better not brag about your score or join in making fun of my legit snowman after the round. LOL

Oh yeah and this reminds me of my old man. He'd lip out a slippery 3 footer and leave himself a few inches, I'd say "that's good" and he'd write down the score as if he made the first putt. He convinced himself that being told that's good meant oh just count that one you missed.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:16 PM

You didn't really break 90, because you didn't follow the rules of the game.  Period.  Now.....

.... if you and your buddies want to give each other a mully for your game and betting purposes then it's no sweat off of my balls, but saying "I took full advantage of my mulligans"  says that it's just an accepted part of the game for you.  When I first started playing I did some of the same things, but reality kicked in when I played in my first tournament and all the sudden there was no safety net, it's a different world then, and that handicap that you are playing off of is all the sudden a vanity-cap that does you no favors.  

I play in a 9 hole league that allows one mulligan, and you can improve your lie.  It's the rules we are all playing by, but I DO NOT POST MY SCORES FOR HANDICAP PURPOSES,  We have a league handicap which is lower than my USGA handicap.  One is real golf the other is local league rules for fun with a bunch of guys and it is really laid back and relaxed.  When people ask me what I shot I am embarrassed to say my score because it isn't real golf.  

I will get off my high-horse and say that if you play by the rules, and break 90, 80,70, or whatever your goal is...you will have a real feeling of self satisfaction and accomplishment,  If you take mulligans than you will know in the back of your mind that you are a fraud.  (your score that is)  

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:34 PM

Practice round = mulligan away
Posting score, or for money = nope. Hole it.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:36 PM

No mulligans.   I finish putts too.

My playing friends will ask before giving me one.   I still knock it in.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:39 PM

never take mulligans, never take gimme's when playing for a score.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:51 PM

She's wrong, Martin.  Mulligans are wrong.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 02:52 PM

What about "it's fun to try to save par even after a crappy tee (or other shot)."

Golf is about dealing with what the game and any given swing gives you. It's not about hitting the ball until you get the result you want.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:28 PM

In a fun round sure, not if I'm going to post the round.

But I play a few rounds a year with novice players with beers. We don't always play by the rules
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:46 PM

View PostFerguson, on 11 July 2018 - 02:51 PM, said:

She's wrong, Martin.  Mulligans are wrong.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 03:50 PM

View PostFerguson, on 11 July 2018 - 02:36 PM, said:

No mulligans.   I finish putts too.

My playing friends will ask before giving me one.   I still knock it in.

Finish?  Thought you were Swedish.

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 04:02 PM

View PostRory4Pres, on 11 July 2018 - 11:29 AM, said:

only use on the first tee box.  (never warm up on range)

View PostRory4Pres, on 11 July 2018 - 11:29 AM, said:

only use on the first tee box.  (never warm up on range)

Yes, only on first tee & agreed upon with that day's group.
Also, the score can't be turned in unless you didn't take a mulligan.


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