Over 40+ years of golf, I have shot some fairly poor rounds. It is ‘those’ efforts I choose to forget (or at least try too!). They do not hold any personal significance to my life and actually are not really much of a teaching moment either. However, they do happen and as such cannot be completely ignored.
Truthfully, I cannot remember exactly when I shot my highest score, but I know it was in my first year of playing. Like all novice players, we are full of effort, but generally poor on execution. My dismal showing did not deter me from trying to improve and as a result, I have had a lifetime of fun on the links. I do not see that changing anytime soon.
I am not sure what the exact score was, but I remember it being between 101 and 120; closer to 120 I am sure. I do remember never whiffing the ball, but hit plenty of 10 yarders. With that any strokes, I definitely had a great workout and it seems I am not alone in the worst score category:
Thanks to several respondents who told me their story on Twitter, I appreciate your honesty. They help put my question in perspective that we all start somewhere and regardless of the score, it is best to keep playing an hopefully have other opportunities to improve.
Through the time on the links, I have some rounds that were real stinkers, but not my worst score ever. I would be playing relatively okay and then suddenly I could not find my swing if it was right in front of me. I am not always sure why this happens, but it did….does. I respond differently now then I did back then. I am less confused; less frustrated; and have a better understanding of why my poor play happens.
All of this understanding comes from experience. The more I play, the more I think I have a better grip on my game. My successes now are all because I did not stop trying to improve my game. Believe me (and I am sure you understand) there were many frustrating days along my journey; yet, these speed bumps helped my focus on improvement.
The point to my diatribe today is anyone can improve their golf game. It takes focus, effort and time. Mostly, time! I have met very few players who are complete naturals. If you decide to stick with playing, you may find that you are gaining a lifetime of fun and positive memories. I know I have!
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!