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Honest John

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Definition: How well do you know your own golf game? Honest John is one of the simplest golf side bets and puts your predictive powers - and your self-awareness - to the test.

Honest John is very simple: Before the round starts, members of your group of golfers each put an agreed-upon dollar amount into the pot. Each player predicts the score they will shoot for the round, and writes it down.

At the end of the round, players compare their actual score to their predicted score. Who came closest to shooting his or her predicted score? The golfer who did wins the Honest John pot.

Honest John is an easy bet for golfers of varying skill levels who enjoy playing together, because you don't have to play great to win it. All you have to do is have a good knowledge of your golf game and what score you are likely to shoot.

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