Re: Should I quit? Serious question
OK, let's get real here. Some things in life feel good when you do them. Examples: eating ice cream, or some other delicious food; sexual gratification; alcohol; drugs; etc. etc. Well guess what? If you hit a golf ball in or near the sweet spot of the club, it feels good! And you want that feeling again. There is probably a medical explanation why (chemicals released by the body, just as adrenalin is released when necessary for the body to use it.
Now some of those feel-good activities aren't practical, for example: drinking alcohol at work, so we usually don't do it. But then again, some people do, and then pay the price. These things are often addictive. If you find an activity(or addiction) that IS practical, and not that expensive or penalizes you for doing it that much, then it's a pleasurable activity that you will do often. Golf can be one of those activities. If you're addicted to heroin, that's not practical, because it ruins your life usually. And so can golf, if you let it. But those two activities are obviously very different, and taken as an occasionaly physical activity that does not cause great mental anguish, golf can be very pleasurable. The difference is in the words 'great mental anguish'. We all get somewhat upset when we hit poor golf shots, but we usually get as much - or more - pleasure than anguish from playing golf. It's that pleasure we like to feel, so we keep going back over and over and...
So it's a matter of degree. If I was miserable most of the time I was playing golf, I wouldn't play golf. If I expected to get much better with time, and instead got worse, I'd probably quit. It depends on my expectations.
Bottom line: don't expect too much, and enjoy yourself. And if you don't enjoy yourself, but still insist upon playing the game, QUIT YOUR BITCHIN'!