Much discussion happens around a players golf score and what it really means. Usually the first question out of any golfer’s mouth was “what did you shoot?” Or they are asking others about the best players score, it appears that the score is the benchmark to measure all things in golf. Well, I can tell you that the numbers lie and do not really mean as much as we think. Sometimes we chase a lower golf score like a dog changes his tail with no real success.
I recently ran a poll about what a player usually shoots and I am not surprised by the scores:
But what do these actually mean. I tried to find more details on the average score of amateurs and most of the data is flawed in my opinion. Most of the information is tied to the National Golf Foundation from 2010 where the score of 100 is the benchmark. Most golfers do not shoot under 100, but I think is unrealistic to lump all golfers in one group. It skews the numbers.
If any national body wants to determine the scores, they should only use golfers who establish a handicap index. These individuals are active golfers and the rest I would consider casual players. As such, casual golfers should not be used to define the average score of golfers because there is no way to define their actual score.
Are they following all the rules, do they take mulligans, is a foot wedge a real thing or do they count all the penalty strokes. If you play golf occasionally, it is tough to understand all the nuances of the game and as such your score may not reflect what you actually shot.
So, after assessing that the way the numbers are gathered might be flawed, what does your golf score really mean? Well, it is a personal benchmark for you to use for your own purposes. It will help guide you if you want to compare your score to another. It is easy to say that I am a 4 handicap because I have established an index, but if you do not have one, then we would be comparing apples and a trailer hitch! It just does not compute.
Numbers can lie and in the case of a golf score, the possibilities for an error are endless. It is not as simple as counting how many times you hit the ball; there is so much more. So the next time you are feeling depressed about your score, don’t! It is a benchmark for you alone and if you want to lower it, you have the control to do so.
What do you think?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!