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#1 coach1775

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:03 PM

At my home golf course they have a spercial every Thrusday cart and golf all day for $23.00 your choice of two golf courses.  I never get the cart.... I know it's not always true but people who ride carts are hackers to me.  I say this because look at the price on Thurdsay, the hackers come out.  Also I have never played well while riding in a cart.  I feel rushed am I the only one?  Hack away hackers just let me play through....


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:12 PM

People who ride carts are hackers?
What absolute drivel!
Cheap people who take advantage of low Thursday prices and think cart riders are hackers? Those guys are the hackers.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 07:49 PM

To me it's always been about several things including scoring, attitude, on course etiquette, and relative audience. Guys that are driving carts up the to the green, slicing every tee shot OB from the back tees, and not letting people play through are hackers.  To an extent, scoring should make you a hacker too. That is more relative though.  If I go to a course that host a larger number of highly talented players, and they see me playing up a tee box and shooting low 90's, they probably think of me as a hack.  And if they come through and are hitting it 280+ from the back and shooting in 70's, I sure feel like a hack.  But I can take my game out with some buddies on a 9 hole hacker course and look like a decent player.  

Etiquette matters too.  When a group of guys are out drinking harder then most and having fun late on a Saturday, I generally think of them as hackers.  Even if they aren't, they are not in game mode, they are in party/hacker mode.  We've all been there, but that's a relative hacker thing.  If you show up in a tee shirt and ripped jeans (or other non-golf/athletic apparel) and your playing music on your phone, and smoking a cigarette, I will mentally dub that guy as a hacker unless he/she swings like an real player.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:02 PM

A hacker to me is a guy that can't keep up because he can't get the ball airborne.  Those people do not belong on the golf course.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:07 PM

It is just nice, in these tough economic times, to see people playing and enjoying themselves.

To have some guy judging me on a golf course is pitiful, for him.

BTW you did mention this happens on a Thursday.

Just make Thursday the day that you go play a big boy course.

Edited by Snufles, 08 November 2012 - 08:12 PM.


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:09 PM

View Postcoach1775, on 08 November 2012 - 07:03 PM, said:

At my home golf course they have a spercial every Thrusday cart and golf all day for $23.00 your choice of two golf courses.  I never get the cart.... I know it's not always true but people who ride carts are hackers to me.  I say this because look at the price on Thurdsay, the hackers come out.  Also I have never played well while riding in a cart.  I feel rushed am I the only one?  Hack away hackers just let me play through....

By this post, you imply (intentionally or otherwise) that

1) Poor folks are hackers, and...

2) Anyone who rides in carts (usually the elderly, those out of shape, and women) are hackers?


Is this what you really meant to imply? Why even start a thread that portrays others in such a negative light and in such a stereotypical fashion?
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:21 PM

I consider myself a hack because I totally suck at golf.  I never thought of the term hack with a negative connotation.  Hadn't thought about manners/socio-economic status/carts etc.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:22 PM

I would say guys who judge people and don't stay focused on their own game. And guys who have an excuse for every poor shot are hackers. Bad tempers/bad etiquette are hackers. Everything else doesn't really bother me much, I'm there to go as low as possible and enjoy myself while I do it.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:27 PM

View PostMadGolfer76, on 08 November 2012 - 08:09 PM, said:

View Postcoach1775, on 08 November 2012 - 07:03 PM, said:

At my home golf course they have a spercial every Thrusday cart and golf all day for $23.00 your choice of two golf courses.  I never get the cart.... I know it's not always true but people who ride carts are hackers to me.  I say this because look at the price on Thurdsay, the hackers come out.  Also I have never played well while riding in a cart.  I feel rushed am I the only one?  Hack away hackers just let me play through....

By this post, you imply (intentionally or otherwise) that

1) Poor folks are hackers, and...

2) Anyone who rides in carts (usually the elderly, those out of shape, and women) are hackers?


Is this what you really meant to imply? Why even start a thread that portrays others in such a negative light and in such a stereotypical fashion?

By no means am I implying 1 or 2.  Read the topic it's what's your definition of a hacker.  I myself am old.  Don't know what your golf courses are like but here where I golf, 85% of the guys have never played a round in their life.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:29 PM

View Postscttrmsy, on 08 November 2012 - 08:21 PM, said:

I consider myself a hack because I totally suck at golf.  I never thought of the term hack with a negative connotation.  Hadn't thought about manners/socio-economic status/carts etc.
Now that's funny.  Hit'em straight...


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:31 PM

Anybody who holds me up while I'm trying to play 18 in less than two and a half hours.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:36 PM

View Postcoach1775, on 08 November 2012 - 08:27 PM, said:

View PostMadGolfer76, on 08 November 2012 - 08:09 PM, said:

View Postcoach1775, on 08 November 2012 - 07:03 PM, said:

At my home golf course they have a spercial every Thrusday cart and golf all day for $23.00 your choice of two golf courses.  I never get the cart.... I know it's not always true but people who ride carts are hackers to me.  I say this because look at the price on Thurdsay, the hackers come out.  Also I have never played well while riding in a cart.  I feel rushed am I the only one?  Hack away hackers just let me play through....

By this post, you imply (intentionally or otherwise) that

1) Poor folks are hackers, and...

2) Anyone who rides in carts (usually the elderly, those out of shape, and women) are hackers?


Is this what you really meant to imply? Why even start a thread that portrays others in such a negative light and in such a stereotypical fashion?

By no means am I implying 1 or 2.  Read the topic it's what's your definition of a hacker.  I myself am old.  Don't know what your golf courses are like but here where I golf, 85% of the guys have never played a round in their life.

Hmm...I suppose the kindest way of putting it (for me) might be "I know it when I see it."
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:47 PM

Anyone who takes longer than 4 hours for a round.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:51 PM

To me a hacker is a person who goes out and gets mad because they suck and when asked if they ever practice they say they have no time. I play with a guy like this all the time. He also plays blades and shanks the ball at least once a nine, throws clubs, and claims he misread the break on every putt! Hilarious !!
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:53 PM

Well, I'm glad we are so non-judgmental here.

Hey...be nice.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:08 PM

I don't have a definition of a "hacker". I do have a definition of a d-bag though..... they usually start pointless demeaning threads.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:14 PM

Anyone that takes 5+ shots to get on the putting surface on almost every hole.
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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:21 PM

I ride carts and I shot 67 earlier this week. So am I still a hacker?

A hacker to me is someone who constantly hossel rockets everything.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:26 PM

You don't sound very old!  85% are hackers, that is really a hard number to believe.  I think your idea
of what a hacker is very immature.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:39 PM

View Postnbg352, on 08 November 2012 - 07:12 PM, said:

People who ride carts are hackers?
What absolute drivel!
Cheap people who take advantage of low Thursday prices and think cart riders are hackers? Those guys are the hackers.

View PostSean2, on 08 November 2012 - 08:53 PM, said:

Well, I'm glad we are so non-judgmental here.

View PostYMark, on 08 November 2012 - 11:08 PM, said:

I don't have a definition of a "hacker". I do have a definition of a d-bag though..... they usually start pointless demeaning threads.

Quoted for truth, as the kids say.
This is the kind of thread I see on WRX that has me thinking most golfers are up themselves ****, who I'd never want to play with.
Fortunately I then go out on the weekends and actually play and my faith in golfers and people is largely restored.

Keep fighting the good fight golfing keyboard warriors! Godspeed! How dare people who aren't you take up the game and go the same places as you at the same time!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:45 AM

This topic is pointless. Did you just post this to make yourself feel better?! Everyone at one point was a "hacker"

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:21 AM

In my eyes there are high caps, mid caps, low caps and pros.

A hacker is none of those a hacker is the guy with complete  disrespect for the course and his fellow golfer. Driving his cart on the green or on par three's, he never replaces divots or repairs ball marks, drags his feet on the green, slams his putter down and uses his putter blade to get the ball out of the hole gouging the crap out of the edges.

Shooting triple digits doesn't make you a hacker, it makes you a high handicaper and that's it.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:27 AM

Id rather play with a hacker than some of the people posting in this thread.
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 01:47 AM

If you think about it, we were all hackers once upon a time.........
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Posted 09 November 2012 - 05:55 AM

To me, hackers aren't golfers that can't score well, those are bad/new golfers. Everyone can improve their score. A hack is someone that has no etiquette or respect for the course. I've been fairly buzzed on the course playing casual rounds and STILL fixed my divots and ball marks and kept pace etc. At one point we were all poor players, not everyone was a hacker


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 06:10 AM

View PostArizonalefty59, on 09 November 2012 - 01:47 AM, said:

If you think about it, we were all hackers once upon a time.........
100% right.

But to answer the question, my current definition of a hacker (rightly or wrongly) is above 36 handicap for a man.  If you play with any degree of regularity you should be able to double bogey every hole on average.  That doesn't make it mean or degrading, it's just my opinion.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:34 AM

Since when did "Hacker" become perforative?

Darned right, I'm a hacker. So are the people I really love to play with. They're the guys that love a game that doesn't always love them back. They know the rules. They know their limitations. They don't try to impress me with skills that they either don't have. They play courses they can afford and they play them often. They know where their ball went. They walk to their ball (or ride to their ball), pull a club out of their bag and hit the ball. And they do it again, ss many times as necessary. They have an extra pack of crackers that they'll be happy to share it you remember to return the favor next week. They know at least fifty golf jokes that I've heard fifty times before and that still make me laugh. They make me feel better just by being around them.

Hackers are the reason I love golf. They're the reason I've loved golf for fifty years. As for the others who litter up my golf course with their condescending attitudes and their attempts to be cool - welcome to the sport that will make a hacker out of you, b ut only if you hang around long enough,

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:55 AM

To me, a hacker is someone who continually goes golfing without a care in the world for their score, (if they even keep score), and have no motivation to improve their score the next outing.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:22 AM

I don't know about hacker, but I think this thread is doing a great job at defining "self-centered" and "narcissism"

Edited by highergr0und, 09 November 2012 - 08:23 AM.


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:25 AM

Definition of a hacker is relative. The better players at my club would most certainly consider me a hacker. To Tour players, those guys would be considered hackers.


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