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#1 ghoul31

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 01:03 PM

Everyone should have to use the little plastic markers that stick in the gound
That way if you hit it your ball will run right over it

Everyone is using these giant thick poker chips that take up as much room and will stop your ball just like a ball would
so why even mark your ball if you are going to do that?


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 01:13 PM

I use a poker chip as it is easy to fish out of my pocket but if I'm going to be near someone's line then I'll use the coin sized marker on my divot tool.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 01:15 PM

Pretty easy to ask your fellow playing partner to move his ball mark, no?  I use a poker chip that has some sentimental value to me however, I know its bulky and I am always conscious to ask my playing partners if I can move my mark if I feel I am in the way.  

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 01:15 PM

Maybe ask them to move their mark a couple of putter heads over.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 01:31 PM

View PostDavePelz4, on 09 August 2018 - 01:15 PM, said:

Maybe ask them to move their mark a couple of putter heads over.

Cool idea. Ask then to move it. Then say “a little farther”. Then “one more”. Finally “I can still see it”.

Keep it up and by fhe back nine surely they will get the point.

Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 01:32 PM

You get easily distracted NB???

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 01:35 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 01:31 PM, said:

View PostDavePelz4, on 09 August 2018 - 01:15 PM, said:

Maybe ask them to move their mark a couple of putter heads over.

Cool idea. Ask then to move it. Then say "a little farther". Then "one more". Finally "I can still see it".

Keep it up and by fhe back nine surely they will get the point.

this made me laugh hard lol thanks

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 01:35 PM

No just easily annoyed.

Then distracted by being annoyed, maybe.

There's one irascible old coot in our weekend group who doesn't much care for the poker chip thing (among many others). A new guy maybe 30 years old joined us one Saturday and had the really big, thick poker chip. The kind so big I can't imagine anyone would use them in an actual poker game.

Plops it down on the first green more or less vaguely in irascible old coot's line. The old guy walked over, replaced the "poker chip" with a penny, tossed it to the young guy and said, "You can keep the penny, I've got a pocket full".

Edited by North Butte, 09 August 2018 - 01:46 PM.

Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:07 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 01:35 PM, said:

No just easily annoyed.

Then distracted by being annoyed, maybe.

There's one irascible old coot in our weekend group who doesn't much care for the poker chip thing (among many others). A new guy maybe 30 years old joined us one Saturday and had the really big, thick poker chip. The kind so big I can't imagine anyone would use them in an actual poker game.

Plops it down on the first green more or less vaguely in irascible old coot's line. The old guy walked over, replaced the "poker chip" with a penny, tossed it to the young guy and said, "You can keep the penny, I've got a pocket full".

Moral of the story: the old guy was a dick?

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:08 PM

Moral of the story, sometimes a new guy unwittingly violates the social norms of a group he joins.

P.S. The same group has on a couple of occasions "dis-invited" guys who started up with the alignment line adjusting/re-adjusting/re-re-adjusting habit. Back when that first became a craze. They were asked not to play in the group unless they could be ready to putt when it was their turn. One guy left and didn't come back. The other went away for a year or two and when he came back he was somewhat more expedient, although he still does the line-on-ball routine.

Edited by North Butte, 09 August 2018 - 02:12 PM.

Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:13 PM

Social norms..like being a dick?  No reason to be a dick to someone for a movable round piece of plastic...
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:16 PM

View PostTurmoil35x, on 09 August 2018 - 02:13 PM, said:

Social norms..like being a dick?  No reason to be a dick to someone for a movable round piece of plastic...

So I guess in retrospect it would have been better for him to say, "Pardon me, kind sir. Would you be so kind as to replace your saucer-sized, annoying hunk of plastic with a smaller, less conspicuous coin or other traditional ball marker? I'll be glad to provide a penny if it would be helpful".
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:18 PM

View Postghoul31, on 09 August 2018 - 01:03 PM, said:

so why even mark your ball if you are going to do that?

Key point here. Anything larger than a golf ball is just trying to call attention to yourself, the opposite of the purpose of a ball marker.
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:20 PM

View PostDavePelz4, on 09 August 2018 - 01:15 PM, said:

Maybe ask them to move their mark a couple of putter heads over.

"Can you move your giant marker 5 putter heads out of the way"

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:27 PM

View Postchippa13, on 09 August 2018 - 01:13 PM, said:

I use a poker chip as it is easy to fish out of my pocket but if I'm going to be near someone's line then I'll use the coin sized marker on my divot tool.

What about just carrying the coin-sized marker? Without the giant poker chip in your pocket, you might be able to easily fish out the coin-sized marker. Heck, you might even have room to carry two coin-sized markers in your pocket. Then you'd have twice as good a chance of being able to fish one of them out of your pocket.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:29 PM

View PostKMeloney, on 09 August 2018 - 02:27 PM, said:

View Postchippa13, on 09 August 2018 - 01:13 PM, said:

I use a poker chip as it is easy to fish out of my pocket but if I'm going to be near someone's line then I'll use the coin sized marker on my divot tool.

What about just carrying the coin-sized marker? Without the giant poker chip in your pocket, you might be able to easily fish out the coin-sized marker. Heck, you might even have room to carry two coin-sized markers in your pocket. Then you'd have twice as good a chance of being able to fish one of them out of your pocket.

I usually have two or three of the teensy little flat plastic ones (dime sized with a little prong sticking out of the back) in my pocket during a round. Specifically to make it easy to grab one in and between the tees. I also end up marking someone else's ball for them at least once or twice a round so having multiple ones is nice.
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:34 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 02:08 PM, said:

Moral of the story, sometimes a new guy unwittingly violates the social norms of a group he joins.

P.S. The same group has on a couple of occasions "dis-invited" guys who started up with the alignment line adjusting/re-adjusting/re-re-adjusting habit. Back when that first became a craze. They were asked not to play in the group unless they could be ready to putt when it was their turn. One guy left and didn't come back. The other went away for a year or two and when he came back he was somewhat more expedient, although he still does the line-on-ball routine.

I'm a line-on-the-putter guy. I always work on my pre-putt alignment while others are getting ready to putt their balls. Unless I can't because if by doing so, I'd be in someone else's way or in their line of sight. But doing a lot of the groundwork ahead of my turn probably makes me as fast, or faster than most guys' putting routines.

But to your point, I have seen line-on-the-putter guys who can be painfully slow.
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:49 PM

Pretty sure i would have tossed “ get off my lawn geezer “ his penny back, put the chip away and put down a quarter.
Now we’re both reasonably happy, and i can make sure to dust him the rest of the round.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:50 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 02:08 PM, said:

Moral of the story, sometimes a new guy unwittingly violates the social norms of a group he joins.

P.S. The same group has on a couple of occasions "dis-invited" guys who started up with the alignment line adjusting/re-adjusting/re-re-adjusting habit. Back when that first became a craze. They were asked not to play in the group unless they could be ready to putt when it was their turn. One guy left and didn't come back. The other went away for a year or two and when he came back he was somewhat more expedient, although he still does the line-on-ball routine.

This would be a good answer for the "Why people are walking away from golf" thread...

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 01:35 PM, said:

No just easily annoyed.

Then distracted by being annoyed, maybe.

There's one irascible old coot in our weekend group who doesn't much care for the poker chip thing (among many others). A new guy maybe 30 years old joined us one Saturday and had the really big, thick poker chip. The kind so big I can't imagine anyone would use them in an actual poker game.

Plops it down on the first green more or less vaguely in irascible old coot's line. The old guy walked over, replaced the "poker chip" with a penny, tossed it to the young guy and said, "You can keep the penny, I've got a pocket full".

The amount of petty in people is hilarious.  Someone ever picks up my chip and tosses it to me with some passive aggressive "Keep the penny" crap, we'd have a problem.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:50 PM

View PostKMeloney, on 09 August 2018 - 02:27 PM, said:

View Postchippa13, on 09 August 2018 - 01:13 PM, said:

I use a poker chip as it is easy to fish out of my pocket but if I'm going to be near someone's line then I'll use the coin sized marker on my divot tool.

What about just carrying the coin-sized marker? Without the giant poker chip in your pocket, you might be able to easily fish out the coin-sized marker. Heck, you might even have room to carry two coin-sized markers in your pocket. Then you'd have twice as good a chance of being able to fish one of them out of your pocket.

Coin sized is magnetic and fits a slot on the divot tool (purchased on a trip to RTJ trail site to see dad) and this marker on its own would be quite light and easy to lose if not on the divot tool when not in use.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:52 PM

View PostKC13, on 09 August 2018 - 02:50 PM, said:

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 02:08 PM, said:

Moral of the story, sometimes a new guy unwittingly violates the social norms of a group he joins.

P.S. The same group has on a couple of occasions "dis-invited" guys who started up with the alignment line adjusting/re-adjusting/re-re-adjusting habit. Back when that first became a craze. They were asked not to play in the group unless they could be ready to putt when it was their turn. One guy left and didn't come back. The other went away for a year or two and when he came back he was somewhat more expedient, although he still does the line-on-ball routine.

This would be a good answer for the "Why people are walking away from golf" thread...

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 01:35 PM, said:

No just easily annoyed.

Then distracted by being annoyed, maybe.

There's one irascible old coot in our weekend group who doesn't much care for the poker chip thing (among many others). A new guy maybe 30 years old joined us one Saturday and had the really big, thick poker chip. The kind so big I can't imagine anyone would use them in an actual poker game.

Plops it down on the first green more or less vaguely in irascible old coot's line. The old guy walked over, replaced the "poker chip" with a penny, tossed it to the young guy and said, "You can keep the penny, I've got a pocket full".

The amount of petty in people is hilarious.  Someone ever picks up my chip and tosses it to me with some passive aggressive "Keep the penny" crap, we'd have a problem.

- KC

Far more people are "walking away from golf" due to 5-hour rounds than because someone isn't allowed to play in a group that expects to play in 3-1/2 hours.

As for the "we have a problem" I was waiting for the obligatory GolfWRX testosterone-intoxication cases to show up.
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:59 PM

Idle thought. I wonder what the % overlap is between "poker chip guys", "bluetooth speakers playing music guys" and "spit out their used snuff three paces from the green guys". I'm guessing quite a few individuals achieve this hat trick of modern affectations.
Everything has its drawbacks, as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down upon him for the funeral expenses.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 03:01 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 02:52 PM, said:

View PostKC13, on 09 August 2018 - 02:50 PM, said:

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 02:08 PM, said:

Moral of the story, sometimes a new guy unwittingly violates the social norms of a group he joins.

P.S. The same group has on a couple of occasions "dis-invited" guys who started up with the alignment line adjusting/re-adjusting/re-re-adjusting habit. Back when that first became a craze. They were asked not to play in the group unless they could be ready to putt when it was their turn. One guy left and didn't come back. The other went away for a year or two and when he came back he was somewhat more expedient, although he still does the line-on-ball routine.

This would be a good answer for the "Why people are walking away from golf" thread...

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 01:35 PM, said:

No just easily annoyed.

Then distracted by being annoyed, maybe.

There's one irascible old coot in our weekend group who doesn't much care for the poker chip thing (among many others). A new guy maybe 30 years old joined us one Saturday and had the really big, thick poker chip. The kind so big I can't imagine anyone would use them in an actual poker game.

Plops it down on the first green more or less vaguely in irascible old coot's line. The old guy walked over, replaced the "poker chip" with a penny, tossed it to the young guy and said, "You can keep the penny, I've got a pocket full".

The amount of petty in people is hilarious.  Someone ever picks up my chip and tosses it to me with some passive aggressive "Keep the penny" crap, we'd have a problem.

- KC

Far more people are "walking away from golf" due to 5-hour rounds than because someone isn't allowed to play in a group that expects to play in 3-1/2 hours.

As for the "we have a problem" I was waiting for the obligatory GolfWRX testosterone-intoxication cases to show up.

He says, "we'd have a problem".......would it start like this?

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 03:02 PM

Seriously???  I could be wrong, but I don't believe the rules of golf specify that the marker has to be a certain size or type.  I used to use a tee, some people use their divot tool...some people use a penny, some people use a poker chip.  It's a marker for the ball that can be moved if requested.

The amount of things that annoy people these days....

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 03:03 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 02:59 PM, said:

Idle thought. I wonder what the % overlap is between "poker chip guys", "bluetooth speakers playing music guys" and "spit out their used snuff three paces from the green guys". I'm guessing quite a few individuals achieve this hat trick of modern affectations.

Snuff? The 1700s called, they want their vice back.


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Posted 09 August 2018 - 03:03 PM

Maybe you should focus on making your putt instead of what object other people use to mark. I'd throw that guy his penny back and go f himself.

I met Greg at the Farmers and he hooked me up with a GolfWRX chip. I don't care what object people use to mark I'll just ask them to move it (tees are fine too).

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 03:04 PM

View Postchippa13, on 09 August 2018 - 03:03 PM, said:

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 02:59 PM, said:

Idle thought. I wonder what the % overlap is between "poker chip guys", "bluetooth speakers playing music guys" and "spit out their used snuff three paces from the green guys". I'm guessing quite a few individuals achieve this hat trick of modern affectations.

Snuff? The 1700s called, they want their vice back.

Same s***, different day.
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 03:10 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 02:59 PM, said:

Idle thought. I wonder what the % overlap is between "poker chip guys", "bluetooth speakers playing music guys" and "spit out their used snuff three paces from the green guys". I'm guessing quite a few individuals achieve this hat trick of modern affectations.

I've played with guys who use poker chips and play music during the round.  99% of them are fun to play with.  Maybe instead of getting pissed about small things, you should just enjoy your round

Edited by Turmoil35x, 09 August 2018 - 03:12 PM.

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 03:22 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 02:52 PM, said:

View PostKC13, on 09 August 2018 - 02:50 PM, said:

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 02:08 PM, said:

Moral of the story, sometimes a new guy unwittingly violates the social norms of a group he joins.

P.S. The same group has on a couple of occasions "dis-invited" guys who started up with the alignment line adjusting/re-adjusting/re-re-adjusting habit. Back when that first became a craze. They were asked not to play in the group unless they could be ready to putt when it was their turn. One guy left and didn't come back. The other went away for a year or two and when he came back he was somewhat more expedient, although he still does the line-on-ball routine.

This would be a good answer for the "Why people are walking away from golf" thread...

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 01:35 PM, said:

No just easily annoyed.

Then distracted by being annoyed, maybe.

There's one irascible old coot in our weekend group who doesn't much care for the poker chip thing (among many others). A new guy maybe 30 years old joined us one Saturday and had the really big, thick poker chip. The kind so big I can't imagine anyone would use them in an actual poker game.

Plops it down on the first green more or less vaguely in irascible old coot's line. The old guy walked over, replaced the "poker chip" with a penny, tossed it to the young guy and said, "You can keep the penny, I've got a pocket full".

The amount of petty in people is hilarious.  Someone ever picks up my chip and tosses it to me with some passive aggressive "Keep the penny" crap, we'd have a problem.

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Far more people are "walking away from golf" due to 5-hour rounds than because someone isn't allowed to play in a group that expects to play in 3-1/2 hours.

As for the "we have a problem" I was waiting for the obligatory GolfWRX testosterone-intoxication cases to show up.

The amount of entitlement in your statements is laughable.  I think a majority of the social norms on this thread would agree that; (i) picking someones property up with some smart a** comment is unacceptable and (ii) telling what equipment one chooses to use is again, unacceptable.  

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 03:24 PM

View PostNorth Butte, on 09 August 2018 - 02:59 PM, said:

Idle thought. I wonder what the % overlap is between "poker chip guys", "bluetooth speakers playing music guys" and "spit out their used snuff three paces from the green guys". I'm guessing quite a few individuals achieve this hat trick of modern affectations.


Probably about the same amount as the "I have nothing better to complain about than the size of someone's marker" guys.  But, these are the times we live in.

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