Originally Posted by LovinItAll
And my wife, who's a 7, tells people I taught her to play. I didn't, though. I DID teach her how to think her way around a golf course, but her swing? A few lessons from a REAL pro, and I was a 3 when she picked up the game. A man's gotta know his limitations.
To all the 10+ HC'ers who think they can teach golf swing: You can't. If you could, you wouldn't be a 10+.
The OP is referring to teaching his wife/girlfriend the game, not hoping that she becomes a scratch golfer or develops a fundamentally sound swing so that she can break 80 within 2 years.
If somebody asks for advice on a set of clubs, the response is immediately "Go get fitted". If someone asks for advice on an aspect of the fundamentals of golf, or something generic that we can provide answers to, the immediate response is "Blasphemy! You need to see a pro!".
Your handicap doesn't determine your knowledge of the game, or its physics/fundamentals. This would be the equivalent of saying that somebody with a higher IQ is clearly more intelligent than another person. In most cases, that may be true - however the book smart individual will occasionally lack common sense and knowledge that can be applied to real, every day life.
In short, there is nothing wrong with offering advice to a beginner if you are comfortable doing so and they are comfortable receiving the help. You guys that are hooked on handicaps crack me up sometimes.
If a retired professional was a 10 handicap, you're telling me you would not let him offer you advice or instruction? A High School Football Coach is not qualified to teach your child how to play football because he himself did not play professionally?
You can't look at a generic HC and think that you can size somebody up. I see people all too often that carry that stiff, ridiculous attitude bragging about their HC. Often times, they're playing courses that are barely breaking 6000 yards with average, at best, slopes and ratings with the easiest green stimps accommodating to the weekend hack.
Sometimes "golfers" in general need to drop the HC talk, like its some form of authority badge. That and the need to bring up the "If X is wrong, see a Pro" answer.
Your logic is terrible and ridden with more holes than lacey swiss cheese man.
You should also consider that only, approximately, 5% of golfers will ever break 100 when following the rules and playing legitimate Golf.