Not a Game of Perfect
Someone once said and wrote a book with the same title ‘golf is not a game of perfect’. All the experienced amatuer golfers out there who are reading this would probably agree with that!
How many times have you as a golfer played a great round of golf one day then the next time you tee it up, you would think you had never played the game before. So not only is golf not ‘a game of perfect’ it is more ‘a game of frustration’!
Inconsistency is the key word in most amatuer golfers play. One day you can drive the ball a long way but your approach to the greens is poor or your short game is poor or both! We never seem to manage to get all three working in the same round.
So if you are new to the game of golf, it is quite possible to get your handicap down pretty quick, especially if you play and practice a lot and have an aptitude for hitting a small golf ball with a long stick. However unless you are very special and scratch handicap material, then you will hit the wall at a certain handicap and remain at that level, sometimes 1 or 2 shots better, sometimes worse, for the rest of your golfing life.
...best ever round was with 4 clubs in my bag!
One story I always tell to anyone that is willing to listen is that my best round of golf ever was with 4 clubs in my bag. That’s ten clubs less than permitted! So how does that work? I am sure the golf club salesmen would not want to broadcast my story, but to me it says that at most handicap golfer levels we probably only need the basic clubs to post our usual score. For the record, on that round I had a 3 wood, 7 Iron, wedge and putter. I shot a 79 scratch on a par 71 course. In those days I was playing to a handicap of 10 or 11.
I suppose what I am saying in this article is, treat each round as a bonus, unless you make a living from the game as a professional then remember it is not your day job. But most of all remember it is not a game of perfect and never will be except on very, very rare occasions!