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Recently I was playing a round and I hit up on a couple, I truly couldn't see them, maybe they were near a tree when I struck the ball. They were on a green 345 yards away. I hit it 314 short of the green 30 yds.

 

My question to all of you is, how far out there should you let people get before you feel it's safe, without being that guy/girl, that says, “I can hit them, I better wait.” —> then shank. Wouldn't you think that 300+ yards is plenty? It sucks to hear people complain when you hit a great shot and your up near somebody else by accident.

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They must be well beyond the longest shot you've ever hit

 

It's been a long time since it's happened but whenever I've hit into a group I'm as apologetic as possible. A golf ball is a dangerous weapon.

 

You did say you may not have seen them so you get a bit of a pass from me if that happened but do be careful out there.

 

 

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Recently I was playing a round and I hit up on a couple, I truly couldn't see them, maybe they were near a tree when I struck the ball. They were on a green 345 yards away. I hit it 314 short of the green 30 yds.

 

My question to all of you is, how far out there should you let people get before you feel it's safe, without being that guy/girl, that says, “I can hit them, I better wait.” —> then shank. Wouldn't you think that 300+ yards is plenty? It sucks to hear people complain when you hit a great shot and your up near somebody else by accident.

In-general, I wait until they've hit their second shot. I don't hit driver on a 345 hole, so I'll still be around 100 out, no issue.

 

 

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They must be well beyond the longest shot you've ever hit

 

It's been a long time since it's happened but whenever I've hit into a group I'm as apologetic as possible. A golf ball is a dangerous weapon.

 

You did say you may not have seen them so you get a bit of a pass from me if that happened but do be careful out there.

 

 

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This is the rule of thumb I follow as well. Even if I end up being “that guy” and shanking the shot, I would rather be safe than sorry.

 

I have hit a into a group when I couldn't see them due to them being down a hill and in some trees. From then on, I don't hit if I know that I'm following a group and I cannot see them.

 

 

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Just hit it OVER them...

 

I have been struck by a ball before in the arm. It sucks, granted it was a terrible banana slice that got me. I can't imagine a properly struck ball hitting me.

 

I know I'm capable of a bomb every once and a while, I usually let them clear the green before I play, but it isn't too busy here so it's not holding anyone else up.

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345 seems reasonable unless you consistently hit that yardage, if so golf clap my man. 30 yards of runout ensures no one is going to get hurt. All that said, better to wait until they cleared. If you didn't see them, honest mistake and apologize.

 

 

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Yeah I feel if your within distance there's no way you should be hitting. If I got hit with a ball in the air Becuase “they play fast” I'm hitting it right back at them. There's no excuse but if you didn't see them well it happens. As rp stated beer meal sleeve of balls.

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Interesting. I like the feedback!

If had this conversation with various people playing in random groupings and it's a tossup sometimes, believe it or not. I've been hit with a properly struck ball, right in the neck actually and it hurt like hell.

 

 

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I've hit the 300 yd mark a time or two. Myself if a group is within 50 yds of my planned landing area, I wait. Sometimes it forces me to hit a different club if I'm in such a hurry. I just lay up with a shorter club and usually that was the right play to begin with but hey, I'm hard headed and think I can pull off every shot I see in my head.

 

 

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I've hit the 300 yd mark a time or two. Myself if a group is within 50 yds of my planned landing area, I wait. Sometimes it forces me to hit a different club if I'm in such a hurry. I just lay up with a shorter club and usually that was the right play to begin with but hey, I'm hard headed and think I can pull off every shot I see in my head.

 

 

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. You know they were beyond my average drive. And had I seen them I probably wouldn't have hit.
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Not seeing someone is one thing but if you know someone is there then I wait until they are well beyond my intended area and in their cart. If I'm on a par 5 and my 3 wood can get close enough that they can hear it land I wait. On a par 4 I wait until they are in their cart driving to their 3rd shot

 

 

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I'm "that guy." I don't like it, because far more often than not my ball doesn't end up anywhere near where people were when I've waited for them, but I'd rather wait than try to apologize after hitting someone when I knew it was possible I could hit them.

 

Most of the guys I play with know what situations I should wait in, and they often encourage me to wait when I start with "what are the chances..."

 

As for not seeing them, I don't know that I've run into that one...

 

 

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Golfers need to be a responsible bunch. This is an honor game, unsupervised and not governed except for you and your personal code of ethics. I've seen too many unethical things on the golf course and you can't pass up a teaching moment. Whether it's repairing divots and ball marks, or holding your partners up from hitting because they may hit “the best shot of their life”. It it's possible they are within reach, hold back. I will hold you harmless for not being able to see them, but make sure to drive forward and apologize. I've done the same thing and I think it goes a long way and diffuses the situation. Sending an adult beverage forward also helps.

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If they are about in my landing zone, I wait until they hit and start walking then do my pre s*** routine. Plenty imo....We have a couple severe dog legs with trees where ut is easy to not see someone and hit in yo them or past. Ive got the evil eye a couple times this year, but apologize when I get the chance even if its in the bar or the parking lot.

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If you really didn't see them, then you can only apologize... I've almost hit people who were looking for a ball behind trees and their bags were also behind trees or people still behind a hill 10mins after teeing off. Honest mistakes happen.

 

Better safe than sorry...

On a 345 yard hole, I would probably go with a 3W for 220-230 and then a wedge.

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If it's questionable if I can reach them then I wait til they move on. If someone is on the green on a par 4 and I'm on the tee then I'm hitting. On par 5s once they move on from their approaches then it's fire away

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I will always wait to hit. Now I know I'm not hitting 314 either LOL but seriously, if there's any chance of a ball coming close to someone, I wait.

 

Now, if someone is in the trees looking for a ball or around a dogleg and they suddenly pop out, no one is going to blame you or fault you for hitting in that circumstance. 

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I just wait until they have moved away from where I'm trying to go. If I think I can maybe bounce it up near the front of the green then I wait until they've cleared and moved on. Just trying to give them the same courtesy I would ask of the groups behind me.

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I don't know how busy many of the golf courses are around where y'all play but around here it' common to have a 3 groups per hole, green fairway and tee. Super busy

 

 

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I've been on the receiving end at least 3 times I can recall while playing with my wife. One time was harmless - similar to your situation where a guy hit a monster drive and it rolled up behind us near the green.

 

But 2 other times I almost felt like pummeling the guy .. and I am NOT a confrontational person. Both times we were in clear sight in the fairway waiting to take our second shots (while each person in the group on the green does their extended green reading and lining up routines), and in both cases a tee shot landed dangerously close to my wife's head.........

 

So yeah it really sucks to be on the receiving end.

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