Got another topic that is similar to my last one one on gambling while playing golf. I will tell you straight up I really do not enjoy playing golf and gambling no matter how little the stakes. I do gamble occasionally just to appease a couple of golfers who can't play the game unless something is on the line because I enjoy their company on the course. I get talked into their game with their line that you become a better player when money is on the line. They say that when the pressure is on you concentrate better and try harder so you won't lose the bet. I say that playing golf in it's self creates enough pressure just to try to beat old man par. I will admit I am probably even from the times I have won vs the times that I lose but I will also say that when I lose money because I played poorly it is adding insult to injury to have to fork over hard earned dollars in addition to feeling bad because of poor play that day. I also do not get that much joy as more relief that I do not have to fork over any hard earned money when I win. Personally I have found that my concentration on playing poorly or good has absolutely nothing to do with gambling other than I get a little nervous and shaky when I'm putting to keep from losing some money. I also have found that I experience this same nervous energy when I play with strangers when there is no betting. After a couple of holes I settle into my game and what happens happen. I also think the longer I play this game and the older I get that a lot of golfers who bet only do so because they think that is the only way to stay in the circle of players that they enjoy playing with. I would say that most golfers that really love to gamble are good players who want to take advantage of their skills over less talented players to feed their egos or players who think they are good but are really just average hackers. I feel the majority of players who gamble are like me who do it to just to be social to a certain few who really would not even play golf if it were not for the gambling. One more note and I will stop my rambling. On the rare occasion I do gamble I prefer games where a set amount of money is determined to be won or lost. I hate games where at the start the bet is only a couple of dollars but then as there are the "sandies, greenies, birdies, automatic presses, etc." that can add up to a considerable amount more than "playing for a couple of bucks."