I read and commented on the unwanted talk topic and thought I would add another topic on conversational remarks that I could really live without. Here are some and what I think when I hear them. Please feel free to add your own.
When it's your turn to putt, "knock it in". Why somebody has to say this is beyond me. When I'm putting I am always trying to knock it in. Is that not the basics of the game ?
When I am in a situation where I am going to move the ball I always tell my playing pardners what I am doing. Examples if my ball is resting on a sprinkler head, near a cart path, casual water, etc., I am taking relief without penalty. Occasionally a player who does not know me will say, "This is a friendly game. We are not playing by the rules". This kind of comment only tells me this player does not even know the simple rules of golf in relation to unmoveable objects or casual water.
When my ball is in the air hooking or slicing out of the fairway, someone yelling," Get down" or something similar. When I hit a bad shot I want to be the only one talking if I desire to in regard to my shot.
When I miss a putt that goes left or right of the hole I don't want to hear," You pulled it or you came out of it." Don't you think I know that when the ball goes right or left ? Same thing after hitting a bad drive. If I want advice on why I did something I will ask. If I don't ask I don't need your comment.
I don't want to sound like a uptight wound up golfer as I enjoy playing with friends and total stranger alike. I just don't understand some comments that golfers make in certain situations.
I know you are out there. I can hear you breathing. Let's here from you.
Ask any wife - they will all tell you men just have to give advice.
Guilty as charged, I'll wait until some one asks, no matter how painful to see them do the same mistake over and over. I should know this, as I often can continue to top my drive for holes at a time until I figure out what my issue is. I should ask from the others, but I don't.
I swear the same guy follows TW to every tournament. You would think that the comment is not needed a drive on a 600 yard par 5 - it isn't going to go "in the hole" and even from 190 yards, not very often. I certainly have commentary about my thoughts on how to stifle the "in the hole" screamer.
I don't like comments about my swing.
About a week ago a guy joined us for a round, after teeing off he said I really get my shoulders turned on the backswing, I looked at him and asked where my ball went, he said down the middle, I said no I went across the pond and didn't reach the fairway, your ball is in the right rough, I can't tell you how to fix that but I can help you find your ball. He was the first to actually get the hint and didn't comment on my swing again.
I hate it when some total stranger says "I'm going to call you on that shot" (happened to a friend of mine while we were playing in Hawaii many moons ago - too many anal retentives at Navy-Marine).
Then again, I satirize the game a little bit - like emphasizing "baby" when exclaiming about a good putt or a fabulous approach shot (i.e., "good up, BABY!") or precede the statement with "and now for some of that golfer stuff" and a pause. Or applauding after a rather well executed shot (like you see when you watch it on TV). Remember that I caddied back in the "Caddyshack" era (between fall 1971 thru 1973) and only about an hour's drive from where the author of said movie looped at.
"Knock it in" could also be interpreted as saying "I hope you make it." All in how you perceive it.
I once told a player for whom I was caddying "well done" after he knocked in about a 8 footer. He got upset with me because his stroke wasn't as pure as he would have liked it. I learned my lesson. If I am playing with someone unfamiliar, I never comment about their game. What I may consider good, may not be up to his/her expectations.
On the other hand, some people just need to lighten up.