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Don’t be known as a Sandbagger
1. Generally, any golfer who misleads others about his ability level, claiming to be worse than he actually is at golf.
2. More specifically, a golfer who artificially inflates his handicap index in order to better his chances of winning tournaments or bets.
A sandbagger is considered by many to be the lowest form of life on a golf course. Sandbaggers can inflate their handicap indexes by selectively leaving out their best rounds of golf when they post scores for handicap purposes.
Then, when the sandbaggers enters a tournament, they show, for example, a handicap index of 18 when, in fact, their true “Sandbagger” handicap might be closer to, as an example, 12. Voila, they’ve just bought themselves 6 extra strokes off their net score, and lowered their odds for winning their flight or the tournament.
Sandbaggers are, at base, cheaters and hustlers.
Golfers who are found out to be sandbaggers are often ostracized and always berated and looked down upon. Winning a tournament or bet in this fashion is called “sandbagging.” A golfer who has won by sandbagging is said to have “sandbagged” his opponents.