Today I played at English Turn in New Orleans with David, a good player from Detroit. On one hole, I hit a ten-foot birdie putt and, almost immediately, moaned that I hadn't hit it. Sure enough, the putt rolled in.
David said: "You owe me two bucks for grousing."
He explained that this is a rule with the guys he plays with. It's a dollar if you grouse and the shot turns out okay. If it turns out really good, it's two bucks. I think it's a heckuva good rule. And it would soon teach me to keep my grousing to myself.
We had a great day on the course. after starting the day with a chip in for birdie on the first hole, David capped it off by making a great birdie on the 476 yard par four 18th--bookend birdies. His second shot on 18 from 208 yards into the wind ended up about five feet from the pin. The guy can play. As for me, I did manage to play the back nine in even par for a 77. But I played from the whites. David played from the tips.
Anyway, I'm planning on instituting the grousing rule next year when I tee it up with my buddies back home. Hopefully it will motivate me to keep my pissing and moaning to myself.