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Are You Having Fun?

By Gary Wiren, PhD,
Sr. Director of Instruction for all Trump Golf Properties
& Chairman of Golf Around the World

        The person who enjoys his work as much as he enjoys his hobby is a genius. The golfer who lets frustration totally destroy the pleasure of the game is a fool.
        One feature that is quite popular in mass circulation magazines these days is the self-rating quiz. In keeping with the trend, here is a quiz you can take for golf, albeit it’s short --- only one question:
Describe your feelings after most rounds of golf:

A. Thoroughly enjoyed the people, the game, my surroundings and the exercise.
B. Played pretty well. Most of my game was okay, but have to score better.
C. Just another round of golf. Shot my handicap with my regular grip.
D. Didn’t play well; couldn’t seem to do anything right; was still discouraged when I got home.
E. Became angry and upset with my lousy performance; threw the club, and am thinking about quitting the stupid game.

Dr. Gary Wiren, PGA Master Professional

        If you can’t answer “A” most of the time, then you ought to take another look at your playing habits. All the answers other than “A” leave something to be desired. Answering “B” shows a tendency that may last a whole golf career – being preoccupied with performance on the scorecard yet never quite satisfied. You can almost hear a whining tone of voice in the answer. A “C” answer is probably the most common. It comes from the player who is in a rut – same course, same game, same guys or gals, same routine. It’s like brushing your teeth: just a habit. The “D” answer person takes it quite seriously, too much so. The mood for several days is dictated by the last 18-hole score on the links. “E” is crazy, senseless, fruitless, immature, nonproductive and certainly not enjoyable; yet a lot of people put themselves through this experience on a regular basis and call it golf.

        The winning answer, of course, is “A.” It shows an appreciation for many of the positive factors that can be found in a round of golf that are exclusive of the score. Personally I’ve developed a stock answer for anyone who inquires about my score after a round. When asked how I played, my answer is, “Terrific!” It makes the questioner feel good because he or she is used to hearing negative comments; and also it makes me feel better even if I’ve shot 100. I want to be positive because I know there is a need to protect our golf egos if we wish to play well. So I forget about bad rounds as quickly as possible, and “Terrific!” helps.

        Golf is a simple game; knock a ball from here to there with a stick and hole it out. Simple, yes; but not easy. It just looks easy, particularly on television when one watches the greatest players in the world hit incredible shots in routine fashion. When the show leaves the air what happens? The golfing viewers flock to the course immediately after switching off the set. They have spent two hours watching professionals who have practiced exhaustively since they were in grade school, who have had the best teachers in the world, play with the best equipment, compete three out of every four weeks during the year, and for whom par is a bad round. In comparison the t.v. viewer is lucky to squeeze two games a week, practices infrequently, takes too much of their instruction from magazines, and uses clubs that are not matched to their swing.

        Yet somehow this golfer expects to perform like what they saw on t.v. How much healthier and enjoyable it is to have a sensible level of expectation. The other perspective is totally unrealistic and puts too much pressure on what should be a more relaxed experience. You aren’t going to be perfect, so heed the words of the late great Tommy Armour who said, “Missing simple shots is part of being human.” So acknolwedge that you are going to err.

        If you aren’t getting what you want from your golf, then change it. Don’t get stuck in a tedious golfing rut. Play with people you truly enjoy. Try various forms of competitive play – best ball, scramble, Scotch foursome (alternate shot), match rather than medal, rather than always for a medal score. Notice and appreciate the beauty of your surroundings and contrast the relaxed atmosphere to what most have for a working environment. If playing in the middle of the day, riding a cart in a competitive event with a group you don’t really like at a course that plays too long to score decently isn’t enjoyable, then change. Next time tee off at 7:30 a.m., walk with one or two friends, play for fun from the senior tees. If that’s not it, try something else; but do something so you can answer “A” more often in the quiz. It’s your golf life. Live it the way you want to and have fun!

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