Re: How did you get to a single digit handicap?
You guys make it sound so "easy".
hmmmm now let's see, if I play mostly at my local par 3 course (check ....), spend most of my practice time chipping from around the green (check ....), and almost eliminate 3-putts (not even close but getting better ....), I'm gonna break 80 fairly soon, no daadabaaadit ...... (???)
Better not tell my wife tho', methinks she'll be a bit skeptical.
Parts of this thread remind me of my croquet days in Jolly Old, long long ago. I used to play intercollegiate and then against croquet clubs throughout the south of England. Most croquet teams had a few players who were quite competitive really but frankly didn't play the game very well. By which I mean their form was pretty bad and their strategy was very short-sighted, but it did allow them to beat players they otherwise wouldn't have by sheer grit and determination (and total risk aversion). These were sometimes called "Aunt Sallies", for whatever reason. Such players never, ever beat a high level player but often beat some in the middle who in truth were better players, for largely psychological reasons. I used to hate playing against players like that until I realized that they should be admired really. In competition it's winning that counts, not how elegantly you do it.
Same for tennis come to think of it. Those "rubbish ball" players as I used to call them sometimes got me so frustrated I'd self destruct half way through the second set, as in:
Apologies for the diversion. Fortunately stuff like this doesn't seem to happen in golf.