IF YOU THINK you should be a much better player than you are and are really frustrated with golf, please skip to the BEGIN HERE section of this post.
IF YOU UNDERSTAND that a combination of experience, personality, giftedness, knowledge, emotional/mental resiliency, fitness, strength and age are among the general topics that determine how good you’re gonna’ be, stop reading now and congratulate yourself – for you are a member of a rare breed – that small group of players who truly understand how the game is played. You readily accept the never-ending mysteries of the game and have not been trapped in an unsustainable, unrealistic view of your place in it.
I don’t know anyone who sits on the couch on Sunday, watches the NFL game of the week, and when it’s over say; ‘Dude, let’s go play some football.’ Or how about Formula 1 auto racing? I doubt anyone reading this would even know HOW TO GET IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT – let alone drive the thing. BUT we all know how drive a car, so why shouldn’t we be able to drive this one? The list of comparisons are endless. Just pick any professional sport and apply the same ridiculous comparisons to “them” and the rest of us.
Logic tells us that we SHOULDN’T EXPECT to do what professionals do – and we normally don’t have those expectations – except in golf. Why do we do that…watch the best golfers in the world and then imagine – or even FOOLISHLY EXPECT – we can actually do what they do – and get overly-frustrated because we can’t.
Jack Nicklaus said it’s because every golfer hits a shot as good as a TOUR player every now and then. OK, I can see that – I’ve watched students hit shots during playing lessons that could realistically be categorized as unbelievable. But every now and then is not all the time.
I don’t really get what players are expecting sometimes.
The anarchist in me says that modern media (i.e. first televised golf in ’56 or somewhere around there) is to blame; the psychologist in me says that it’s nothing more than ego and/or various insecurities and belief systems; the professional golf instructor in me says that golfers just aren’t taught correctly anymore and don’t know how the game goes.
There’s a prevalent, yet misplaced perception that goes something like this: “If I could do that every time, I’d be happy.” Ya’ think – who wouldn’t! A multitude of variations exist within the “do it every time” idea. Just look at any PGA TOUR statistic you can think of and you’ll quickly discover that NO PLAYER DOES “IT” EVERY TIME!!! You can find all the stats here.
‘ALL THE TIME’ DOES NOT EXIST IN LIFE AND ALL THE TIME DOES NOT EXIST IN ANY SPORT
– ESPECIALLY IN GOLF! –
In very general terms, there is championship golf played by professionals and elite amateurs. And then there is recreational/golf. The most serious golf, which requires razor’s edge skill – in a variety of disciplines – is golf that feeds your family and pays your mortgage. At any given moment, this kind of golf is something that only about 500 players in the world are capable of!
Then, there are the rest of us – including the club player with a 2 handicap. The millions who go play all the time, seeking pleasure, challenge, camaraderie, and just a few hours away from the office,
Now before everybody starts going all goofy and thinking that we’re all supposed to accept mediocrity, remember this: We are supposed to be passionate and we are supposed to love the game, and we are supposed to try everything we can, and we are never to quit. Yes indeed, we are all supposed to do whatever we are able to so we can play our best. And, we are EXPECTED to be realistic about the possibilities for our games.
What we’re NOT supposed to do is measure ourselves against those 500 freaks – who by the way – don’t hit every fairway every time and drive it 300 yards all the time..
Go ahead and analyze the stats here. Really, do it now. If you could achieve 50% of any given stat wouldn’t that be awesome! You’d be able to tell your friends that you’re only half as good as a TOUR player!
Let’s remember who we are, why we are playing golf, and just enjoy the hell outta’ the game.