The reason we play golf is to enjoy the great outdoors, be in-tuned with nature, and to relax. Of course, to do this we should not keep score and just loop around the course enjoying the time. Well, if you are like me, I enjoy doing these things, plus keeping score. If we are not keeping score, I feel I am not playing golf, just golfing. I don’t know about you, but every time I tee it up, I expect to shoot my lowest score ever. That is a big draw for me and why I love playing golf.
The challenge I face when writing this article is what to compare my scores too. The average male golfer (depending on the source) has a handicap of 15 – 16. That is about bogey golf depending on the course.
Other sources cite, but cannot prove, that the average handicap around 25 – 28 which puts their score around 100. They assert that most golfers do not put their scores in any type of handicap system and would have a higher handicap. I am not so sure about this assumption, but I refute it without any data.
In the big picture, all this talk about the average golfer and comparing our scores to theirs is a waste of time. It is a red-herring and has no real value when determining your game. One of golf’s byproducts, at the amateur level, to compete against our last game. We generally compare our current game to our past to determine whether it was a good score or not.
For me, as I stated earlier, I expect to shoot my lowest golf score every time I tee it up. Why would I not? Golf provides every opportunity to excel and I want to take advantage of this chance always. To accomplish this feat, I expect to shoot at least 2 birdies a round. More would be better, but less is disappointing. And judging from my recent poll, this is a reasonable expectation.
I expect that all aspects of my game will be firing on all cylinders and low scores will be the result. My best scores ever were a 3 under 68; I have shot 2 under 4 times; 1 under about 10 times; and even par about 20 times. These are the scores I expect to replicate when playing golf. I expect low golf scores. However, as you can tell, my lowest scores, numbering in around 35, are few compared to 1500+ rounds I have played. However, my expectations never change for my golf score.
I have a hierarchy of expectations when I play. They are mine and mine alone and they help me compare my round to other rounds:
- Did I break 80?
- Did I break 75?
- Did I shoot an eagle?
- Did I shoot at least 2 eagles?
- Only 2-putts or less.
- Clean play with no penalty strokes.
- Did I have fun?
I ask these questions after every round. If the answer is yes to all the questions, the score will take care of itself. These are my expectations and I follow them without fail. I believe that once I have achieved something, I can duplicate it. My special round of 3 under is always in my grasp and I expect to shoot it again. So, as I tee up my ball on the first tee, I envision scoring low. I think it is the only way to approach each round because I like to keep score.
Do you have an expectation of scoring low when you tee it up?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!