I played a new course this morning, alot tougher than the one I played last Sat.
I shot a 113, which I'll take as good for me.....we did have an experience with one of the Marshalls, it seem he felt we were holding people up, but what he failed to notice was that we sat three or four holes waiting on the guys in front of us.
He proceeded to escort us throught the next four holes, he told my son in law that he has good hand and eye coordination, but probably needs to practice more.
He tells me that other people on the course probably won't tell me this but he has the right to and he proceeded to say that he noticed I was just learning the game and that when I hit off the tee and it only goes say 20 to 50 yards, rather than continuing to shot, just pick up the ball and walkup the fairway and drop it for another shot.
He told that he noticed (believe me there was five of us put together and on every hole when I got close to the green I would take my putter and my pitching iron and make my shot) on the last hole that I had to go back to the cart and get my putter, this is being very inconsiderate of other having to wait on me. Trust me guys I still had time before it was my turn to putt.
Oh well, I'm not going to let this person ruin my golfing day, I always thanked him for his words of wisdom and I continued to play.
Sorry to rattle, but wanted to vent for a minute or two.
Have a great holiday weekend and stay safe...God be with the folks in Florida, you are in my prayers.
You are really doing well for someone just starting out...Play as much as you possibly can and it will come to you.
There are so many things you cannot learn on the range and one of those is the ryhthm of the game as it relates to pace of play. Learning to get ready while others are hitting, carrying a variety of clubs to your ball position to cover every eventuality and hitting when ready - all take a little time to learn.
You seemed to take his comments with a grain of salt. And Yes I have had this happen to me too...
The Marshall never seems to see when you are waiting on others but always seems to be behind a tree when you are taking that extra practice swing or two....
Just keep on playing Nam. That's the most important thing you can do now is get on the course 2-3 times per week.
And with the good weather coming up - you have no excuse....
I'm not trashing you when i say these words, but they did pop into my head as i was reading your post, so bare with me for a moment.
I play with many levels of golfers, from scratch to 30+ handicappers. And i have no preference. As long as they know the game, know when to keep the pace of the round, and know the rules (for the most part, not 100% mind you), i'm happy. There's nothing worse than waiting on the tee or on the fairway behind someone that obviously needs some training in the "flow" of the game.
To me, this aspect is just as important to a golfer of every level as skill is, in my opinion. Everyone must realize their strengths and weaknesses, and when you're starting out, even admit defeat on a few holes. Trust me, we've all done it in our years of playing, it's inevitable.
The fact that the marshall was there obviously compounded the situations, which doesn't help. But he really had no right to say that about your game. What he should have said is that if there is someone waiting on you from behind, please be courteous and let them play through, it's only fair.
There's no shame in swallowing your pride if the game gets you down. Around here, we play the worst you can shoot is double par plus one. Makes the game quicken up a bit for those that are just beginning.
Like i mentioned, i'm not singling you out personally, that wasn't my intent. I'm just trying to say that there was some wisdom in the marshall's words, even tho he was a jerk in delivering them to you.
The little things are just as important as the game itself, if not more. It's as simple as that. And everyone learns. Those who don't are the guys that make you absolutely lose it on the course......and then there's no marshall to be seen.