I was playing a round of golf recently with a friend. I played poorly, but almost by design. I like to play rounds of golf where I work on the same things I am working on the range and don’t keep score.
Try different feels to achieve results, etc.
During this round, we were paired with a single. I sprayed a couple of drives, hit a wedge from the fairway really fat, had bad distance control, hit a punch out of the trees to a par 5 that ended up in the water trying a hero shot and picked up a few 3-5 footers to hit an additional chip or two while seeing a group or two on the next tee.
I generously shot a 39 or 40 if I take putts I picked up to hit more chips.
Made a scummy par on the par 5 tenth and on 11 tee I asked my buddy to video my swing because I wanted to try something that ended up in a block slice hybrid in the trees.
On 12 tee the guy asks me what I did for a living and told him I taught golf.
His response was he expected golf pros to be better golfers…lol. The irony of that comment has so many levels.
A little put off I said, “It’s not obvious I am trying to work on things? You can’t see the fact I can drive it over 300 yards, haven’t hit a pitch or chip outside of 5 feet and have a decent looking putting stroke?”
“Well, you aren’t going to break 80 and pros should be able to break 80.”
I responded that I was trying to test some things out. He said that’s what the range is for. I said, that’s what practice rounds are for. He said the money is won and lost on the course.
Our little bet was I would win $10 for every shot I was under par the last 7 holes, he would win $10 for every shot I was over par.
I birdied 12, just missed on 13 and 14, birdied 15 and 16 (After knocking it 20 feet with driver on a 330 yard par 4), routine par on 17 and nearly made eagle on 18.
Moral to the story. Sometimes the golf course is for practice too.