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Is Golf Hard to Play?

How many of you asked “is golf hard to play?”, before setting out on the course?

How many told you that it isn’t?  Would you have believed them?

Only about 2% of all golfers ever break 80… the Holy Grail of scoring -Rober Oller

The truth is, it’s not hard to play. It’s hard to be “Very Good” or better.  But you can relate that to any other sport.

A pro athlete is a pro for a reason, regardless of sport

You play basketball, but don’t make all the shots or all the free throws. You don’t make double-doubles or triple-doubles. Can’t do alley-oop slams like Blake Griffen. But you don’t care… you’re having fun!

You play baseball, but can’t get a hit 3 out of every 10 at-bats. You don’t hit towering home runs or throw 100mph fastballs. But you don’t care… you’re having fun!

You play golf, but can’t hit 300-yard drives (hell, the male average is actually ~200y), hit 13+ out of every 18 greens, take no more than 30 putts/round.  But you care… and you get frustrated.

You know you aren’t your favorite professional athlete… but you get frustrated when you aren’t shooting par.

Or at least, hovering around the “magic” 80-85 range.  For some reason, you may know you aren’t Tiger or Rory, but should be like some kind of mid-level pro.  You aren’t- not the majority of you, anyway.

You don’t help yourselves. You don’t (or just can’t) practice like you should. You don’t use clubs that fit. You don’t play from the correct tees. It’s shooting yourselves in the foot, then turning around and saying “golf is too hard”.

Think about this: According to Rob Oller, “(o)nly about 2 percent of all golfers ever break 80, which generally is considered the Holy Grail of scoring”. The average golf score is generally considered to be 98, though I can’t say if that’s people playing fully within the Rules or not.

Is golf hard to play?  Not if you Just Hit It (the ball)

But according to former USGA Tech Director Frank Thomas, in his book Just Hit It (a good read, in my opinion), par should be attainable. Or, at least close to attainable.

You need to recognize that you aren’t Tiger, Bubba, or whoever… you’re you. Play the appropriate tees- who cares what others think? You’re there to have FUN; beating your head against a wall isn’t what should be considered fun.

Start with the correct tees, but think of it as a leveling up system; when you routinely break 80 from the set of tees you’re currently on, move back a set.  Keep doing it until you either choose to stop or run out of tee boxes.

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About the Author

Justin Blair is the founder of Green Lantern Golf. When he isn't bringing his 10+ years of excellent craftsmanship experience to golf club fitting, building, and repair, he's geeking out about Star Wars (he's watched them all about 8,437 times!) and things like the MCU and LOTR, he's drinking mead and craft brews. If you wanna know more, check out my About Page!

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