If they call you a ‘sandbagger,’ it’s not a compliment

Image of sandbagsYES, YOUR HANDICAP can look too terrible for your own good. Learn this definition of what NOT to be: a sandbagger.

Your club mates might be happy to see a sandbagger when floodwaters are rising at their doors. But, if they’re using that word in reference to you on the golf course, you may already be in way over your head.

Sandbaggers don’t shave strokes off their score so they can go home and say, “Honey, I just broke 100.”  They miss short putts, pick up after six and post inflated scores so that they can go home and say, “Honey, I just won a trophy.”

With these falsely inflated handicaps, they will receive too many strokes in tournaments to lose. And pretty soon, they will become the least popular player in their club.

Even worse, they might attract undue attention from the handicap chairwoman, who could sanction them for being too good. Yes, too good.

The bad connotation for “sandbagger” dates back centuries, to when gangs of thugs would beat up their victims by slinging sandbags around. Later it became a not unflattering term in poker.

Which, by the way, might be a good outlet for the golfer who has been expelled for sandbagging.

This article first appeared in the March 2012 edition of GottaGoGolf Magazine.

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