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  1. 1. When allowed, do you prefer riding or walking the course?

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3 hours ago, PING Apologist #9 said:

Yup, time for me to start researching a push cart that'll be best for my big DLX cart bag and saving up for it. As much as I golf-and always in a cart, the $ savings along with the health benefits got to both be positive.

My current one is a hand-me-down Orlimar with some strategically place duct tape holding it together. It has no storage on it save for two golf ball holders.

I absolutely need a new cart with some sort of storage (for my range finder) and a cell phone holder on it. I typically like to keep score on my phone (The Grint) as I play, and sometimes use a GPS program. Last summer I nearly lost my phone three times because I would walk off with the phone balanced on the bag. Had to jog back down the fairway to find it...

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I walk primarily because of a handicap.  I get very upset when people make the error to say those of us who ride do not play real golf!

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I used to walk 90% of the time, using either a carry bag or Sun Mtn push cart.  For a few years, I used a Kangaroo, which was really nice.  With recent knee issues, I'm a full time rider (at least for now).  Ideally, when my knees allow it, my bag is on the cart while someone else drives and I walk most of the course.  Several years ago, I played Bandon Dunes with a caddie.  With the exception of the cost, I could get used to having a caddie.  

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1 hour ago, CarlH said:

I used to walk 90% of the time, using either a carry bag or Sun Mtn push cart.  For a few years, I used a Kangaroo, which was really nice.  With recent knee issues, I'm a full time rider (at least for now).  Ideally, when my knees allow it, my bag is on the cart while someone else drives and I walk most of the course.  Several years ago, I played Bandon Dunes with a caddie.  With the exception of the cost, I could get used to having a caddie.  

I started out walking when I learned to play 26 years ago, but with bad knees I liked to ride.  My wife and I played Bandon with caddies in 2010, but my knees spoiled it a little.  In 2013 I had my left knee replaced, and walking is much better now.  We still use a cart for some rounds, but I walk whenever I can.

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1 hour ago, Kenny B said:

I started out walking when I learned to play 26 years ago, but with bad knees I liked to ride.  My wife and I played Bandon with caddies in 2010, but my knees spoiled it a little.  In 2013 I had my left knee replaced, and walking is much better now.  We still use a cart for some rounds, but I walk whenever I can.

My left knee was replaced 3 years ago and now my right one is ready to be replaced.  I'm trying to kick the can down the road with cortisone and try to put off the replacement until October or so.  Hate to lose the summer doing rehab and recovery.  Knee doesn't hurt to swing, but it's an issue walking sometimes, particularly on the soggy fairways and rough this time of year here.

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1 minute ago, CarlH said:

My left knee was replaced 3 years ago and now my right one is ready to be replaced.  I'm trying to kick the can down the road with cortisone and try to put off the replacement until October or so.  Hate to lose the summer doing rehab and recovery.  Knee doesn't hurt to swing, but it's an issue walking sometimes, particularly on the soggy fairways and rough this time of year here.

Also my left knee that was replaced.  It affected my swing the last year before it was replaced; couldn't get to my left side on followthrough.  HCP went up to 14.  I had it done in Nov, so didn't have to go through therapy during golf season.  The doc said if I had waited any longer, he would have had to do a bone graft.  It was that bad.  My right knee should be OK unless I do something stupid.  My wife had her right knee replaced the next Nov.  

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I ride 99% of the time, but we finally had a nice day yesterday here in Columbus.  Upper 60's and sunny, got out and walked 18 and it was perfect!

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I'm thinking of purchasing a push cart. I can't carry a bag because of bad shoulders and  compression fractures in my L2 and 5 vertebrae. With the current situation in the world, as long as my course is open, I will continue to play.... probably alone most of the time. I would like to walk while playing alone. 

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I ride 80% of the time  usually trying to play more quickly or because we have a weekend round with a foursome where the course will not allow walkers until later in the day.  I do love to walk, and walked 18 yesterday, but I realized that I need to find a lighter golf bag and take some items out or move to a push cart.  

I enjoy walking more as I feel like I am more engaged in the round and tend to play a bit better.   Haven't done a complete analysis, but probably a couple strokes better.   Most of my buddies I play with, would rather ride, so it would be a round alone if I did walk.

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56 minutes ago, juspoole said:

I enjoy walking more as I feel like I am more engaged in the round and tend to play a bit better.   Haven't done a complete analysis, but probably a couple strokes better.   Most of my buddies I play with, would rather ride, so it would be a round alone if I did walk.

This is my current predicament as well. It's made worse by the fact that some of the courses near me charge the same rate whether I ride or walk. I feel like I'm throwing away money if I don't ride...

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I used to walk 90% of the time, using either a carry bag or Sun Mtn push cart.  For a few years, I used a Kangaroo, which was really nice.  With recent knee issues, I'm a full time rider (at least for now).  Ideally, when my knees allow it, my bag is on the cart while someone else drives and I walk most of the course.  Several years ago, I played Bandon Dunes with a caddie.  With the exception of the cost, I could get used to having a caddie.  

I ride 100% of the time. Around 5 years ago I was carrying and my wife was in our cart. Without warning I blew out my knee. I’m at a place now where I need a replacement soon and the other in a couple years.
If you can walk do it but there comes a time in your life when you are no longer physically able to.


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1 hour ago, juspoole said:

I enjoy walking more as I feel like I am more engaged in the round and tend to play a bit better.   Haven't done a complete analysis, but probably a couple strokes better.   Most of my buddies I play with, would rather ride, so it would be a round alone if I did walk.

 

... Playing as a single when away from home I get paired up with 3 some in carts all the time. I usually play a little faster than they do but there is still lots of interaction on the greens and tees as well as from the fairway or rough. We all know it is rare to be able to get to your ball and hit right away, so I think you might be surprised at how well walking with a cart can mesh with riders. Obviously there are some courses that require carts during specific times ( a money grab not a pace of play issue) as well as courses that have long distances between greens and tees or too hilly to walk so I have no opinions about what others should do. And of course carts serve golfers like Rickp that would be unable to play without one. 

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3 hours ago, TR1PTIK said:

This is my current predicament as well. It's made worse by the fact that some of the courses near me charge the same rate whether I ride or walk. I feel like I'm throwing away money if I don't ride...

 

... I do it when necessary because I prefer walking but I agree it is very annoying. I look at it this way. Some restaurants serving excellent food do not allow substitutes. I don't eat wheat so the bread that comes with my meal is something I am paying for but not eating. I will pay for the privilege of walking, especially Twilte rates that includes a cart because I enjoy the round much more walking than riding. That said, most of the courses I play have different rates for walking and riding but I do run across it every now and then. 

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I much prefer walking.  Riding seems to break the flow a bit for me, and I need the exercise.

When I firstt started I would often play with a chap who had to ride for health reasons, and had his own 2 seater at the club.  So I rode with him, but i missed the walk.

I mostly use a push cart, but like to carry if just doing a few holes.

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18 minutes ago, chisag said:

 

... I do it all the time because I prefer walking butI agree it is very annoying. I look at it this way. Some restaurants serving excellent food do not allow substitutes. I don't eat wheat so the bread that comes with my meal is something I am paying for but not eating. I will pay for the privilege of walking, especially Twilte rates that includes a cart because I enjoy the round much more walking than riding. That said, most of the courses I play have different rates for walking and riding but I do run across it every now and then. 

I understand where you're coming from, but when did you last pay $18 (give or take) for bread? If I were able to play more twilight golf like you mentioned, it'd bother me a lot less, but because of my family's schedule that's typically not a good option. I'm usually aiming to be the first tee time of the day when possible so I can play at a good pace and get back home.

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Awsome topic. When it comes down to it really depends how quick I am trying to get a round in. Weekday by myself buzzing through I’ll take a cart. Preference thiugg I would rather walk. I get that from my dad I think. Walking allows you to see the course differently and really think about your next shot. Really take the course in hippie as that sounds image.gif.967980da97d37932975b003edce05fdb.gif

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3 hours ago, chisag said:

 

... Playing as a single when away from home I get paired up with 3 some in carts all the time. I usually play a little faster than they do but there is still lots of interaction on the greens and tees as well as from the fairway or rough. We all know it is rare to be able to get to your ball and hit right away, so I think you might be surprised at how well walking with a cart can mesh with riders. Obviously there are some courses that require carts during specific times ( a money grab not a pace of play issue) as well as courses that have long distances between greens and tees or too hilly to walk so I have no opinions about what others should do. And of course carts serve golfers like Rickp that would be unable to play without one. 

Definitely money grab and I don’t think it speeds anything up when it’s foursomes really. But hey it’s America right let’s all be lazy together

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I walk almost exclusively. We have a few courses around me (South East Massachusetts) that are extremely hilly and wind in and out of neighborhoods, so there isn't much of an option there. My home course is a perfect walking course and i love it, played 50 holes the other day walking, and routinely play 36 walking.  Great exercise, plus it speeds up the game IMO.  IF everyone walked at a normal pace, directly to their ball, pace of play would be much better. 

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1 hour ago, Live Free Golf MA said:

I walk almost exclusively. We have a few courses around me (South East Massachusetts) that are extremely hilly and wind in and out of neighborhoods, so there isn't much of an option there. My home course is a perfect walking course and i love it, played 50 holes the other day walking, and routinely play 36 walking.  Great exercise, plus it speeds up the game IMO.  IF everyone walked at a normal pace, directly to their ball, pace of play would be much better. 

I don't disagree with you, but............ a lot of us just can't walk any more. I enjoy walking, but I can't carry a bag these days. I can walk with a push cart... and prefer to do so. When I play alone, that is how I like to do it. But, I play with buddies most of the time. They would rather take a cart. So that is how I play most of the time.

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1 minute ago, silver & black said:

I don't disagree with you, but............ a lot of us just can't walk any more. I enjoy walking, but I can't carry a bag these days. I can walk with a push cart... and prefer to do so. When I play alone, that is how I like to do it. But, I play with buddies most of the time. They would rather take a cart. So that is how I play most of the time.

Can always still push it though the only down side is weekends around here anyway (northeast) weekends we have to ride which is terrible. Was up in NH last year and there was a guy with a push cart and he RAN the course....gets 2 rounds in a day he said.....crazy

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