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If you ask me that's genius.  I'm not a club thrower, but I play with a couple guys who are.  One of them probably has to fix/replace/reshaft at least 4-6 clubs each year.

The only problem I see is that if you have the discipline to calmly walk back to your bag to grab your "tossing club" than you should probably have the discipline to not throw it in the first place.

Great story though!

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I had something like this. Was playing in a rather we’ll say festive scramble, I had went to the goodwill and picked up a 1 iron from the civil war era. (Probably more like a 1970’s knock off).

Everyone had to take a shot with it on the 13th hole. Most everyone didn’t hit a very good shot. And one of the dudes chucked the thing as high as he could in the pine trees. It never came down, and all of us were dying laughing.

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Hey, sometime you need to sacrifice something to the golf gods. May as well be a club you don’t actually use. Genius move to have the sacrificial club prepared and ready to go just in case!


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Ingenious Gswag, I’m sure that he got the throwing club at Goodwill for a couple bucks.


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Golf people are weird.

On another note, for a guy who seems to be a solid player is it odd that you’re batting leadoff on a scramble foursome?


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Golf people are weird.

On another note, for a guy who seems to be a solid player is it odd that you’re batting leadoff on a scramble foursome?


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is it odd that I'm "batting leadoff on a scramble foursome"?

Well, it was just a threesome in this case, and the way this scramble was set up, I played from one tee further back due to everyone 55 and over being up one tee from us younger pups, so I imagine hitting first was just a formality.

Having said that, and due to the fact that I play in scrambles once a week from March through September, I've changed up the order many different ways, depending on who I am paired with, and I've discovered over time that if I hit first, especially on approach shots, and stick one close, that it frees up everyone else to lose the nerves and just swing freely, with no pressure to hit the shot of their life and just relax and hit the ball.  You'd be surprised at how differently people swing depending on the order, and what their mindset is when standing over a shot with 3 sets of eyes looking on.

Putting is a different matter though.  I almost always try and go last, because if I can get 3 solid reads at a putt I have a better chance of making it.  But again, if I sense a tremendous amount of anxiety on the part of my playing partners I will putt first to relieve some of the pressure of the moment.

You'd be surprised how much of a psychologist you become playing in many scrambles.  Confidence in your game tends to sooth the anxiety of your partners, and having played this game for so many years, I tend to take a leadership role in scrambles.  Part of that is confidence, but part of that is seeing everyone else in my pairing just looking at each other with no one usually ever willing to take the lead and take ownership of it.  But on rare occassion I've been the beneficiary of being the "C" player in the group, and gladly allowing my more skilled partners to dictate terms of order or what shot we play.  Those few occassions were a ton of fun too, because we were choosing between 2 or 3 different makeable birdie or eagle putts, which often times came down to whether you wanted a 10 footer with a left to right break, or a 12 footer straight up the grain.  Good times!

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is it odd that I'm "batting leadoff on a scramble foursome"?
Well, it was just a threesome in this case, and the way this scramble was set up, I played from one tee further back due to everyone 55 and over being up one tee from us younger pups, so I imagine hitting first was just a formality.
Having said that, and due to the fact that I play in scrambles once a week from March through September, I've changed up the order many different ways, depending on who I am paired with, and I've discovered over time that if I hit first, especially on approach shots, and stick one close, that it frees up everyone else to lose the nerves and just swing freely, with no pressure to hit the shot of their life and just relax and hit the ball.  You'd be surprised at how differently people swing depending on the order, and what their mindset is when standing over a shot with 3 sets of eyes looking on.
Putting is a different matter though.  I almost always try and go last, because if I can get 3 solid reads at a putt I have a better chance of making it.  But again, if I sense a tremendous amount of anxiety on the part of my playing partners I will putt first to relieve some of the pressure of the moment.
You'd be surprised how much of a psychologist you become playing in many scrambles.  Confidence in your game tends to sooth the anxiety of your partners, and having played this game for so many years, I tend to take a leadership role in scrambles.  Part of that is confidence, but part of that is seeing everyone else in my pairing just looking at each other with no one usually ever willing to take the lead and take ownership of it.  But on rare occassion I've been the beneficiary of being the "C" player in the group, and gladly allowing my more skilled partners to dictate terms of order or what shot we play.  Those few occassions were a ton of fun too, because we were choosing between 2 or 3 different makeable birdie or eagle putts, which often times came down to whether you wanted a 10 footer with a left to right break, or a 12 footer straight up the grain.  Good times!



Good logic.

I think I’ll take this and try it out this year. We play at least half a dozen scramble events throughout the year and my partners are typically guys who shoot 85-95 but hit it far without any radar. I am usually the “A” player but this may in fact help us out in the long run. Pretty cool.

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Good logic.

I think I’ll take this and try it out this year. We play at least half a dozen scramble events throughout the year and my partners are typically guys who shoot 85-95 but hit it far without any radar. emoji4.png I am usually the “A” player but this may in fact help us out in the long run. Pretty cool.
 

 

 

One final story for you.  I played in a church scramble last year, and was paired with 3 guys who literally hadn't played golf in years, and it was essentially, "we'll take your shot, Phil," for 18 holes.  By the 2nd hole I truly was just swinging without caring, because I knew it was basically my ball all day long.  I guess when I truly don't care about the results, and felt ZERO pressure to perform, because truly the worst shot I would hit would still be the option taken for the group, it freed me up to just grip it and rip it.  And without caring, we were -8 on my ball for that scramble.  But I played last pretty much all of that day, and putting was fun with 3 guys who literally couldn't gauge speed or break on anything, so I got little to no reads.  But by the 2nd hole I said screw it and just hit shots without really caring.  I still have no idea how we ended up -8, but let's just say that I was lights out on my game that day and making putts from everywhere.

And thinking we had no shot of winning turned into the most hilarious awards ceremony afterwards, as they had a gross winner and then the top 3 net teams were awarded trophies.  Well, when you are a 6 handicap paired with 3 guys who probably said, "I have no idea what a handicap is, because I haven't played since Obama was in office." your goals for net score are probably somewhere around even par.  When they called our name for 3rd place net, I just laughed.  But it was worth it though, because one of the guys I played with and was in the cart with came up to me afterwards, almost in tears, because he tells me, "this is the first time I've ever won anything in golf." and was truly thrilled to win a trophy.  Now THAT made that day truly special, seeing the joy in someone else's face after winning a trophy.  Good times.

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One final story for you.  I played in a church scramble last year, and was paired with 3 guys who literally hadn't played golf in years, and it was essentially, "we'll take your shot, Phil," for 18 holes.  By the 2nd hole I truly was just swinging without caring, because I knew it was basically my ball all day long.  I guess when I truly don't care about the results, and felt ZERO pressure to perform, because truly the worst shot I would hit would still be the option taken for the group, it freed me up to just grip it and rip it.  And without caring, we were -8 on my ball for that scramble.  But I played last pretty much all of that day, and putting was fun with 3 guys who literally couldn't gauge speed or break on anything, so I got little to no reads.  But by the 2nd hole I said screw it and just hit shots without really caring.  I still have no idea how we ended up -8, but let's just say that I was lights out on my game that day and making putts from everywhere.
And thinking we had no shot of winning turned into the most hilarious awards ceremony afterwards, as they had a gross winner and then the top 3 net teams were awarded trophies.  Well, when you are a 6 handicap paired with 3 guys who probably said, "I have no idea what a handicap is, because I haven't played since Obama was in office." your goals for net score are probably somewhere around even par.  When they called our name for 3rd place net, I just laughed.  But it was worth it though, because one of the guys I played with and was in the cart with came up to me afterwards, almost in tears, because he tells me, "this is the first time I've ever won anything in golf." and was truly thrilled to win a trophy.  Now THAT made that day truly special, seeing the joy in someone else's face after winning a trophy.  Good times.


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