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By Ricky F

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  1. Ricky F

    Ricky F

    Hi guys,

    I used to play to a good level as a junior but gave up to focus on my professional accountancy exams. During that time I only played a few times a year. Anyway they are done now, and I purchased a new set of clubs at the end of last year as my old ones were just that - old. (anyone remember 983 drivers?)

    As I've bought a new set I was planning to start competition again and regain my handicap, but I've yet to put my cards in. I'm playing to about 8 or 9 fairly consistently in the games I've played this year. I've now got to the point where I'm just enjoying playing and wondering whether competitions and handicaps are worth the hassle.

    So what do you guys think, go for it and get a handicap back or just enjoy my golf?


  2. If your enjoying ya golf why change? Maybe when you feel like you're missing something then decide to go after the handicap.

  3. Go for it and get a official handicap...nothing better than playing competitive golf..... try and get as low as possible - bragging rights eh? Anyway if your enjoying it now and plying to 8/9 then nothing lost!
  4. Stuart M

    Stuart M

    Bounce games are fine for fun but if you have any aspirations you have to play competitive golf.
  5. AntD

    Hampshire, UK


    Welcome back to golf and it looks like you've invested big money in that bag. (looks like a TM headcover partially in shot, shame on you!!)

    Personally I enjoy the competitive side of golf and look to improve by entering the club competitions, with a preference for medal and matchplay over stapleford which I still play at club and with a society.

    With an official handicap there are many opportunities to play a range of courses and events such as those recently offered by Team Titleist to play in BMW Cup and Pro Am.

    You only need those 3 cards each year to keep the competitive handicap so there's no pressure to play every comp or for 12 months of the year.

    Whatever you choose keep enjoying the game.

  6. Ricky F

    Ricky F

    Ant - unfortunately I didn't get on with 917 drivers and TS weren't out when I bought the M4. Tried the TS drivers when getting fitted for 3 wood (not pictured - TS2) but the gains were minimal compared to the M4. Believe me I wanted rid of the only non Titleist part of the bag!

    Thjanks for your advice, I think I'll go for it!
  7. Go back to the 983K :o) I remember it as one of the best drivers I have ever had!
  8. Ricky F

    Ricky F

    When getting fit for my new driver the fitter couldn't believe how well it was still working!
  9. Ricky F

    Ricky F

    Thanks guys. I think I'm worrying too much about what the number turns out to be. I'll try to put that out of my head and get the cards in over the next few weeks and see where I'm at.
  10. jamesies


    Get the cards in, doesn't matter what the handicap is. You'll enjoy getting it cut.. I started this season and went up 0.6 over the course of 5 weeks - was an absolute nightmare. Then got cut 0.8 at the weekend there, it's why I love this game! Was buzzing.
  11. Stuart M

    Stuart M

    Ricky F said:

    Thanks guys. I think I'm worrying too much about what the number turns out to be. I'll try to put that out of my head and get the cards in over the next few weeks and see where I'm at.

    If you were half decent before you'll find you'll still be half decent in time and my experience tells me no matter how hard you are on yourself and think everyone is better than you, reality is, you'll likely be in the top ten percent actually playing the game.
  12. Ricky F

    Ricky F

    Cheers Stuart. Definitely right about being hard on myself. I've been fairly consistently in the 70's this year on the bounce games, but I still tell myself that's not good enough. Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things now.
  13. Stuart M

    Stuart M

    You sound like you fall in to the same category as me, good isn't good enough, that's golf, we are always chasing the rainbow.
  14. MattH

    Peterborough, England

    I started again last year after 15 years out. I’m really glad I got my handicap back and am having fun working on getting it down. I enjoy the friendly games but like to have the option to play in other events.

    In June I am playing in a 4BBB open at my old club with my dad in Derbyshire on one day and the next day in a Pro-Am in Hunstanton which I have been invited to by Team Titleist. I wouldn’t be able to play in either if I didn’t have my handicap back.
  15. Ricky F

    Ricky F

    Well first card in. Terrible start 7 over after 4 holes. But battled back to an 82 which works to a handicap of 14. Not a bad first card banker I guess. There are at least 6 shots out there I could've been better on though so a decent start....

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