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We picked up a new guy for Monday group and a different guy for Wednesday.
Monday the guy a retired NY cop was a talkative, friendly person he fit in OK.
Wednesday’s guy was quiet 1st couple weeks but this morning I guess he was feeling comfortable and started chirping away, he will also fit in great.
BTW, both guys play ready golf!![emoji106]


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This made me think of Lee Trevino. The old story goes something like: Nicklaus and Trevino standing on the first tee at Merion during the US Open. Nicklaus went up to Trevino and said, “Lee, I don’t

Have a friend who lives in Myrtle Beach now (Big Stu’s & GrandStranded problem) when he STOPPED talking I looked around to make sure he was OK. [emoji12] Sent from my iPhone using MyGolfSpy

Just the normal heckling and making jokes at at my playing partner's expense...lol.  

It’s all who I play with. If I play with my usual group, we try to focus on the golf round with encouragement on good shots, playful banter/talk through what happened on bad shots. Afterwords is when we talk all things other than golf unless some of us made some birdies/eagles and like to recap it.

If I get paired up with someone new, I get a feel for him/her on the first hole. I’m fine with not talking, but sometimes it eases your nerves getting to talk to someone about a bad shot/good shot.

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Depends on the company and how long we had to wait to tee off.

Small talk is welcomed by me when I'm not in the process of making a golf shot.   However, I had played with company whom deserve nothing else but a "nice shot" once in awhile.  I've had matched up with golfers whom were just a chatter box.... didn't mind that as longs as they kept quiet when I stand over a shot.  Absolutely no noise when I stand over a putt.  

I enjoyed a good casual conversation ( away from Religion, Politics, and subjects that's too personal to be discussed on the golf course ).  Over the decades I had enjoyed the meeting of strangers on the first tee box for 4-5 hours of golf.  Only remembered a couple of cases of unpleasant encounters which I didn't even offer to shake hands after putt out on the 18th.   I like that better than playing with the same group of golfers every week.

Perhaps, I would enjoy golfing with the same group of guys when I get to a point not able to remember names...................

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I talk mostly to myself, the only honest conversation going on... if there is anybody else there then It varies, frpm the,genteel small talk w the unfamilar people to cut throat insults from the beloved family members, the better we know each other, the fiercer it is.

 

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I usually can't shut up unless someone is in the tee or putting. Everything else is fair game. 

My favorite is yelling "FORE" for my playing partners as public humiliation when they hit their shot onto another hole. 

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6 minutes ago, TimoTe said:

I usually can't shut up unless someone is in the tee or putting. Everything else is fair game. 

My favorite is yelling "FORE" for my playing partners as public humiliation when they hit their shot onto another hole. 

I think you have created an entire thread, "When to yell fore, when not, why, why not, premature fore yelling, etc...." There is a whole science to it.

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10 hours ago, SlowNLow said:

I think you have created an entire thread, "When to yell fore, when not, why, why not, premature fore yelling, etc...." There is a whole science to it.

My rule is if the ball is headed away from the hole we are playing or at the group in front = loud and obnoxious "FORE" to add public humiliation to the mix. 

My playing partners know I'm paying attention, 😉

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When I am in a walking group I speak when spoken to. But in a cart I do have casual conversation. Also, if I am playing in a scramble/best ball tournament there is way more conversation for obvious reasons. IF on a rare occasion I get grouped with an obnoxious type, I distance myself as best I can. 

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I'll usually have a short chat to start the round, but I'm generally pretty quiet and don't reveal a lot when playing.  Usually just comments about how I'm playing or how they're playing, if they're playing well.

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On 5/9/2020 at 1:52 PM, release said:

I enjoyed a good casual conversation ( away from Religion, Politics, and subjects that's too personal to be discussed on the golf course ).  Over the decades I had enjoyed the meeting of strangers on the first tee box for 4-5 hours of golf.  Only remembered a couple of cases of unpleasant encounters which I didn't even offer to shake hands after putt out on the 18th.   I like that better than playing with the same group of golfers every week.

The league I play with has a short list of rules. But “no talking religion or politics” is one of them, and IMO it’s a very good idea. The few times anyone I’ve played with in league seemed to be straying to either topic, another player will politely remind them “no politics or religion.” Fortunately I haven’t run into many players who want to go there.

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In life, I am not a super talkative person. But in golf, I tend to talk more than I normally would, especially when I can tell that someone I am paired up with is into golf equipment, like if they have the latest equipment, aftermarket shafts, etc. Every person I have been paired up with lately has a 2020 Scotty Cameron.

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20 minutes ago, Middler said:

The league I play with has a short list of rules. But “no talking religion or politics” is one of them, and IMO it’s a very good idea. The few times anyone I’ve played with in league seemed to be straying to either topic, another player will politely remind them “no politics or religion.” Fortunately I haven’t run into many players who want to go there.

Many of friendship and marriage had run into rocky ground over those type of topics of discussion.

I go to golf course to get away from the daily grinds, not to be immersed back into it.   The rule makers for your local league had good foresight of keeping the harmony between the members.   The toy has to be removed, if kids can't play well together with it.

 

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On 5/21/2020 at 10:30 AM, Middler said:

The league I play with has a short list of rules. But “no talking religion or politics” is one of them, and IMO it’s a very good idea. The few times anyone I’ve played with in league seemed to be straying to either topic, another player will politely remind them “no politics or religion.” Fortunately I haven’t run into many players who want to go there.

It's a great way to get someone of their game so best avoided if you have any respect for them. 

I like to talk religion and politics while keeping judgement out of it. Being open minded to other's viewpoint helps me understand the world better. I know when to let it go because some cannot discuss politics, they can only judge and rant. 

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We play with a large group of other members (men and women) and most are pretty comfortable having conversations even while putting or hitting the ball.  There's usually music blaring in the background as well.  As long as you expect it, as a ongoing conversation, everyone does it.  Making an unexpected sound like throwing your club in the bag or unzipping something loudly during someone's swing will get your throat slit and thrown into the hazards however.

You'll also never hear positive reinforcement for your ball in-flight either.  It's always 'get in the water' or trap, etc.  A few of the ladies started it all, but it turns out golf is more fun when you voice what your really thinking.

Very polite with strangers across the board of course.

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It all depends, I try to talk very little, but most of my partners are chatter boxes, so I got no choice but to talk with them, the great thing about walking is that most of times they go off to find their balls as I walk to mine so no talking.

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Funny to read this post, i'm a quite golfer, occasionally get into some conversation but mostly am trying to enjoying the round. I save all the talking to after the round with a tasty beverage. BUT i have gotten paired with some talkative individuals, to the extend I had ask one guy if he need it some Oxygen because I wasn't sure he was getting any with as much talking he was doing. 🤣


 

 

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I'm naturally a pretty quiet guy and keep to myself, but am happy to strike up a conversation depending on who I am playing with. In casual rounds it really doesn't bother me if someone is chatty unless they repeatedly talk during my swing or are obnoxiously loud. There have been plenty of times where I've practically carried on a conversation while swinging, but in those cases I'm normally the one talking. Unless riding in a cart with someone or walking alongside them, there really aren't a lot of great opportunities to have meaningful conversation on the course.

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