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Have you ever played with a cheater?

Have you ever played with a cheater?

Have you ever played with a cheater? 10 signs to watch for!

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Golf Blog by the Mel Sole Golf School.

Have you ever played with a person who never seems to lose a ball on the course?  “Here it is” is often heard from these folks.  Sadly I have played with a few in my life as a professional golfer, and rather than get into a confrontation with this type of golfer, ignore them and make sure you never play with them again!  If you are playing for money and have undeniable proof that they are cheating, that’s the only time to bring something up.  Stay away from cheaters. They are not worth the time!  Have you ever played with a cheater?

There isn’t a golfer out there who hasn’t ended up playing with or against a cheat. The question is: what do you do?

If you see him breaking the rules, do you tell him? Do you tell the other guys you are playing with? Do you report him to the secretary?

Maybe you don’t think you have ever played with a cheat – here are a few of the telltale signs…


If somebody wanders up to the first tee, puts a ball down and doesn’t tell you what sort of ball he is using, ensure that you get a look at it at the first available opportunity. It’s always a good idea to retrieve the ball from the first hole with the words: “Ah, I see you are using a Titleist 3. That’s all right, mine’s a Titleist 4. Lads, John’s playing with a Titleist 3.”

That way he knows you’ve got his number – in more ways than one.


If somebody marks the ball on the green by putting his marker on the hole-side of the ball and replaces the ball on the hole-side of the marker, let it go the first time he does it. But the chances are he will do it every single time he marks the ball, gaining about two inches each time he does it.

You don’t think that’s much? If he does it just once on 18 greens, it is THREE FEET OVER the course of a round – and that is plenty.

Probably a cheat…


If you are looking in the rough for an opponent’s ball and come across one, always ask him what ball he is using. Never tell him you’ve found a Titleist 3. The chances are most people will be honest, but the cheat certainly won’t, so if you tell him you’ve found a TaylorMade 4, chances are he will say: “Yup, that’s mine.”

Probably a cheat…


Do you ever play with somebody who hits a lot of golf balls into the rough and always finds them? I am talking here about the player finding the ball, not his partners. Every. Single. Time.

You were certain it disappeared into the heart of the bush, but he always seems to find it on the other side of the bush, usually with a perfect lie. And isn’t it strange that he always finds it when the rest of you are looking elsewhere?

Probably a cheat…


You ever played with the guy who insists on getting to the green first? By the time you get there, he has already marked his ball. This happens on almost every single hole. Now it could just be that he is a very quick walker, but it could also be that he is marking the ball much closer to the hole than it actually finished.

Probably a cheat…

Check out the other 5 ways of knowing you are playing with a cheat here!

Source: Swing by Swing  Mel Sole Golf School

Pictures: Swing by Swing

Thanks for reading – Have you ever played with a cheater?  I hope you never have to.

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