I am sorry that this is my first post, however this particular thread is the reason why I signed up.
I am a 7.92 handicap, I play on courses that have a rating of 73- 76 on a regular basis, the vast majority of players that I play with believe this is true:
A scratch golfer is Good
A + golfer is Very Good
A 1-10 is moderate golfer (almost 90 percent require putting practice)
A 11-18 wont slow you down but are ok
A 19-26 is frustrating to play with
However, when I play public courses the majority of people that I play with play but a few times a year and are out there for the fun, these types of players don't understand the game and can not understand why there doing what there doing... I would group these players in the bracket of 25 +, and most of these golfers ask why I don't consider playing golf for a living, ( I always respond, I'm not nearly good enough)
I suppose I don't understand why a golfer who shoots a 80 is considered "good" in most peoples opinions... Anyone who can make 85 of there shots count and the other 15 are crap needs practice.
I participate in matches through the season, And time in and time out the "real" difference between myself and a scratch golfer is but a few shots, however in the game of golf those "few" shots really really matter.
I realize that many would like to be a 10 or less, however if you get there, you realize how bad you really are....
I'm not sure how the handicap system operates in the U.S.A. For example, you say you're only a few shots worse than a scratch player but your handicap is 8... So is your handicap a genuine handicap or have the scoring pixies got it wrong and accidently given you an 8 when in fact it should be just "a few shots" difference at 3? And 8 isn't "not nearly good enough," it's miles away.
Sorry buddy, but I've been down at this level for almost 35 years now and have played against plenty of scratch guys in loads of comps, and local pro's when filling in for our pro in matchplay league matches... if you think 8 is close to scratch you need your meds sorting out.
As for your comment about higher handicap golfers; I'm happy to play with anyone who knows how to behave out on the course irrespective of handicap. The golfers I don't like playing with are those that are arrogant towards higher handicap golfers, forgetting its not that long ago we were all at that level and needed all the help and encouragement we could get. One day, when age has really got a grip I'll be back up in the higher handicap region and I'd like to think my fellow golfers will give me a game and not turn their back on me. Wonder if they'll welcome you so readily?