A chop stinks at golf. A duck rationalizes why he stinks and often tries to make everyone else stink too…then they become scratch.
My father in law is a perfect example of transitioning from duck to chop. For 20 years, he would read articles in Golf Digest, they were wrong to begin with, he interpreted them incorrectly, then implemented them incorrectly, would have one miracle success out of 20 and proceed to teach this method to everyone he played with.
When I explained to him that purposely fanning the face open at impact to hit a flop shot was why he bladed or nearly whiffed 30 consecutive attempts.
He started laughing and told me he had read this method and over 20 years had inflicted this on hundreds of golfers.
I said…”You are a chop. What the ____ are you doing teaching people how to hit a shot the wrong way, that they are not even capable of hitting the right way?”
He is a lot better, but occasionally I will see him contorting an playing awful. Once he was trying to copy Miguel Cabrera, the other time he was trying to copy Nick Faldo.
He generally shot 100-110, BTW. Swing crack affects all.
I have been both a chop and a duck myself. The worse of a chop I became, the more of a duck I became. Difference is I realized I was a duck. I rationalized why I was bad by complaining about the course, the slow play and how Dave Pelz messed up my short game. Sometimes it’s the only way to keep from crying and quitting.
Most duck’s don’t realize they are being a duck and then they are scratch.
There is no shame in being a chop, or a self aware duck, but once you become scratch, I want nothing to do with you…and neither will anyone else.
When you hit a shot on a level lie and slope to the green with no wind, you pose and hit the ball in a lake 30 yards short of the green and complain the yardage market was off…you are being a duck.
When you take out your Taylor Made wrench and change the setting to 1* less loft to compensate for the short shot…you are scratch.
When you are a 15 handicap and you walk up to a 20 on the range and tell him he is not pronating enough at P3 which doesn’t allow him to hold the lag at P6, you are getting close to being scratch to the point of deserving an LW to the shin.
If you are a 25 handicap, have forged irons to work the ball, 3 different monogram Scotty Cameron putters for different conditions of greens, a giant staff bag with your name on it and tuned on the cart so the name can be seen, subscriptions to 4 golf publications, more than one Golf Channel instruction show on the DVR, a pre-shot routine that can be measured with a sundial and your stats are better than the PGA Tour average…