This topic came up on one of the more popular golf forums a few days ago and it’ stirred up quite a discussion. The premise is that what if you one day realized that there was no way for your golf game to improve and you were going to be stuck at your current level of play for the rest of your life. Would you still continue to play golf, even knowing that no matter how much time or hard work you put in, you would never shoot a lower score than your current handicap? I think for many of us that would be a difficult pill to swallow.
How about this twist…What if, even though you couldn’t improve, you could still get worse? So basically, you would still need to practice enough to keep your game at the level it is currently, but if you slack off on your game, you could actually get worse. Now I think that would be enough to make me quit the game.
Ok, so since we’re throwing around all these ridiculous hypothetical scenarios, what if tomorrow you were instantly 15% worse at golf than you are today? So if you were an 8 handicap, normally shooting around 80, you immediately became 15% lousier and were now shooting 92’s, with no opportunity to ever improve again. Would that be enough to make you stop playing golf forever? Or does golf mean more to you than just score alone?
For me, playing well and scoring is about 75% of the game. The other 25% is enjoying the outdoors/course, having fun with friends, competition etc. I’d like to think that the 25% could keep me playing the game, even if I were to suddenly suck, and had no chance to ever get better. Kinda makes you think about why we all play this game and what makes it special and important is different from one golfer to the next.
What do you think? Would you keep playing under any of these scenarios? What motivates you to play?