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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Quote Originally Posted by therod View Post
    I donít disagree with you. Most club golfers in England are brought up with a stableford mindset. They talk about nett scores, how many blobs etc.
    Check out most clubs starts sheets. Stablefords will be over subscribed, medals rarely unless club champs etc
    That explains a lot doesn't it, lack of ambition and desire, I'd also bet there are few cat 1 golfers playing stableford every week.

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Quote Originally Posted by therod View Post
    I donít disagree with you. Most club golfers in England are brought up with a stableford mindset. They talk about nett scores, how many blobs etc.
    Check out most clubs starts sheets. Stablefords will be over subscribed, medals rarely unless club champs etc
    Not at my place. Both medals and stablefords are fully booked. if you don't get your name down as soon as the start sheet becomes available you struggle to get a game. Most of the board comps are medals, plus a monthly one. There are definitely less stablefords than medals. Medals and stablefords are just a game of golf as far as I am concerned. if you don't enter you don't get a game, or you are teeing off late afternoon.
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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Quote Originally Posted by pauldj42 View Post
    It may seem as though people are playing a lot of Stableford as weíve only just started the season and in winter, a lot clubs play non-qualifiers and ind stab comps.
    Now the season has started the majority of ind comps will be stroke.
    Our place only does ind stab or 4bbb Nov - Apr, now the season is here, between now and Oct we have 15 Ind Stroke comps and only 4 Ind Stab.
    I agree with your point if people purposely avoid ind Stroke comps, personally Iíll play every weekend regardless of comp.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cabby View Post
    That explains a lot doesn't it, lack of ambition and desire, I'd also bet there are few cat 1 golfers playing stableford every week.
    If we enjoy playing comps and play every weekend, as per my reply above, you may have no choice in what the competition is.
    Nothing to do with ambition or desire.

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Golf is a game I choose to play, handicap is not important just a reflection of how I score when having fun.
    I like playing, cant get enough of it. I play more defensive in medals and tend to score better tbh , but it is boring doing that, I like to have fun.

    A handicap is not the be all and end all of golf to some people and a handicap is a number, fun is where the action is at, life really is to short not to have fun.

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Quote Originally Posted by richart View Post
    Not at my place. Both medals and stablefords are fully booked. if you don't get your name down as soon as the start sheet becomes available you struggle to get a game. Most of the board comps are medals, plus a monthly one. There are definitely less stablefords than medals. Medals and stablefords are just a game of golf as far as I am concerned. if you don't enter you don't get a game, or you are teeing off late afternoon.
    Same here.
    Full start sheet for the medal on Saturday, same the previous week for the Stableford.
    Plus, the cat 1 players play the Stableford as well.

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Quote Originally Posted by pauldj42 View Post
    If we enjoy playing comps and play every weekend, as per my reply above, you may have no choice in what the competition is.
    Nothing to do with ambition or desire.
    I've already said, if folk are happy playing that style of game, crack on and if the club decides it's stableford then stableford it is but surely it's the members that decide on the fixtures not some office boffin.

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Quote Originally Posted by therod View Post
    I donít disagree with you. Most club golfers in England are brought up with a stableford mindset. They talk about nett scores, how many blobs etc.
    Check out most clubs starts sheets. Stablefords will be over subscribed, medals rarely unless club champs etc
    Not at my place - starting least year we have had to extend the period for booked a tee slot in medals as our medals were way over-subscribed. In Saturday's medal there were 117 playing - and on a normal Saturday you could add the 5 of us playing an away match at Hersham.
    to infinity and beyond...

    ...well from 10.0 to 9.4 this year would be nice.

    And last medal of the year (Oct) saw me play to handicap but CSS was +1 so that was me down 0.2 from 8.3 to 8.1

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Medal rounds always take longer, which is bad as weekend golf is already painfully slow. Everyone finishing every hole when it would be a pickup in another format.

    At my place it is easy to lose a slightly wayward shot that ends up in the rough as you so often canít see where a ball lands as it is blind... this has happened to my group several times recently, we canít believe the ball is not around but once 5 minutes are up you have no choice but to walk back


    I personally prefer medal as it is a purer form, but for convenience of weekly play i am happy with stableford

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    Quote Originally Posted by Cabby View Post
    I've already said, if folk are happy playing that style of game, crack on and if the club decides it's stableford then stableford it is but surely it's the members that decide on the fixtures not some office boffin.
    Itís not in the summer, fixtures are 95% set comps, ie, board comps or monthly medals etc..
    Your opinion has been set on here on what youíve read since you joined, as explained the switch comes from winter to summer.
    Your claiming Stableford is some sort of cop out and thatís plain daft. Daylight is reduced, less people can play, a lot courses stop qualifiers, Stableford should be quicker.

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    Re: Is always playing stableford stopping you getting a lower handicap ??

    It's a fair enough format out of season, afterall, who cares about how or what you play out of season but in season qualifiers strokeplay is the proper format folk should be striving for, and please spare me the stableford is strokeplay guff.

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