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  • #46615
    ToddNC
    Participant

    Have not watched the rules webinar but one quick question, what is rule on playing music?

    #46617
    Dale Craig
    Participant

    No RAP!

    Or Barry Manilow.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 12 months ago by Dale Craig.
    #46620
    Ken Delaney
    Participant

    I was told last year or the year before, that it was “against” the rules to play music and/or listen to headphones. I didn’t bother to look it up but I certainly don’t see the harm in having a speaker playing if it’s not bothering everyone else.

    I use my speaker all the time at home. I think as long as the foursome doesn’t have a problem with it, then what’s the offense?? Can it actually give someone an advantage?

    #46622
    Scott Porter
    Participant

    I have asked that question my self. On the webinar it sounded like it would be left up to each course but it was unclear, that is why I asked for clarification but have not received a answer.

    The new rule says as long as you are not playing music for entertainment value and not to gain a competitive advantage it is OK.

    I personally like listening to music when I play but I am courteous to the people I am playing with and if they are not OK with it, I do not play it.

    And just to reiterate, defiantly no RAP!

    #46623
    ToddNC
    Participant

    Ken, correct I am aware that it was against the rules to listen to music but someone mention that it was one of the changes made by the USGA & RA but as long everyone in the foursome agree. I just want to clarify. Me personally it does not brother me as long as it is not loud but one of my friends coming with me cannot stand it but sometimes he does not want to be the heel.

    #46625
    Scott Porter
    Participant

    Correction.
    The new rule says as long as you are playing music for entertainment value and not to gain a competitive advantage it is OK.

    #46627
    Ken Delaney
    Participant

    Great responses.. So I will have my speaker with me and I will simply ask my playing partners if they would object to low level music playing in the background. If they are good with it, then it plays. If not, then I won’t offend.

    But that won’t stop me from singing…lol

    #46641
    Bob Newman
    Participant

    The new rules do allow it, but a local rule can be added to prohibit it or limit the way it can be played. I personally do not like it playing as I feel that the only reason a person would be playing it in a tournament is to have a “calming” effect for him and that is against the rules. I also think it will be hard for a group if 3 don’t mind it and 1 does. This is just one of the changes that I think should not have been made. JMO

    #46643
    Scott Porter
    Participant

    One of the things I love most about this game is the courtesy, respect and integrity of the players for each other. For this tournament, besides the competition, the most enjoyable thing is meeting and playing this game we all love with different people from all over the world. For me, I like listening to music when I play but it is not going to upset me in the least if someone I am playing with does not want it played, it is one round in the hundred I play so not a big deal. The key is to police ourselves, be respectful to our playing partners as well as the other players on the course and enjoy yourself. I think the reason this rule was changed, like many of the others, was to make golf more appealing to those who do not already play. For many the game always seemed much to stiff and rigid to be enjoyed. Like all sports we need to bring the next generations of participants into the game to share the experience and comradery with. This was just one of those rules they changed to try and bridge the game to the younger generations.

    #46644
    Charles Gray
    Blocked

    Bob,
    Does the calming effect of listening to music also apply to the “calming” effect that I seem to get from drinking a beer or 3 while enjoying the wildlife patrolling the reaches of the course that I seem to find on a regular basis as well? Might as well wear blinders and put in ear plugs as well to stop the calming effects that can be perceived or d

    #46645
    Charles Gray
    Blocked

    derived through our outside influences.

    I think that calling listening to music a calming effect that could greatly enhance anybodies golfing ability is a major stretch on interpretation on this rule. If you don’t want to hear any music just say so, don’t attempt to interpret this rule so you don’t have to seem to be the bad guy.

    #46652
    Bob Newman
    Participant

    4.3a(4) states Not Allowed: listening to music or other audio to eliminate distractions—-. I would think that is the main reason that pros, college players, and top junior golfers all listen to music while they are warning up. At all tournaments I have been at this year have adopted the local rule prohibiting this. I think that this was one of the changes put in for recreational play, just like the OB rule. Golf is hard enough without being distracted by sounds other than nature. Just like hearing a club drop into your bag is a distraction to many golfers. I have no problem with being the one in the group to say I do not care for it and will just have to wait to see how it plays out. I have played with numerous people popping a top on a beer, but they never do it while you are getting ready to play a shot. I would imagine someone drinking excessively could lead to a problem but have never seen anyone do that at the WA. Being a non-smoker, I have had many a cart partner(in WA) that smoked and I have never made that an issue since I can get away from the smoke but one would not be able to get away from the music. . JMO

    #46653
    jt foster
    Participant

    REALLY!!!!! It’s not the tour !!!!!!
    it’s a vacation for 90% of the players in the tournament. I play mine every time i play but if i can’t it will be ok
    passes time from shot to shot for me .

    #46654
    Tommy Briggs
    Blocked

    I agree with Bob, when I am warming up I almost always have a pair of earbuds and an iPod playing.

    However I don’t want to hear it while I am playing. With wireless technology available today, why not just invest in a set of earbuds and dance the night away.

    #46655

    You guys would all be against it if you had to play with the guy I played with in May. He was playing some kind of grunge metal crap that might have fit well with his steroid gym type of atmosphere. I would have taken Barry Manilow over this crap. Made AC/DC sound like easy listening music. Way too over the top for a golf course setting.

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