so i know there are good golfers in the world other than the select crowd on this forum and other similar forums. though i play a lot of golf at a lot of different courses and most of the time i go alone. therefore i have been paired with a whole lot of random people over the years. in my two years of playing i'd have to guess i have played close to 150 rounds and probably half of those i've been paired with 2-3 people i didn't know. so let's say i've played with 150 different people in the last two years.
of those people, i would say only about a dozen were able to play in the 80s or better and maybe 2-3 that shot in the 70s or better. my numbers could be slightly off since i didn't take a tally, but thinking back i can only remember a few instances where decent golfers played with me. point is, very seldom do i see people play to under a 20 handicap. i see people that appear to play well only to later have a blow up hole and pick up their ball and not even finish it once they've reached the double digits. i have no idea what their scorecard says at the end of the day, but anyone that puts a score down less than 90 when they don't even finish a hole that was already at a 10 on that hole has to be lying about their score.
at any rate, i'm just wondering where all the good golfers are and if there really are all that many. what do you guys think is the percentage of average golfers that can shoot in the 70s, the 80s, etc. taking proper score? and what do you think the percentage of average golfers are that do not take score properly or even remotely close to properly? i'd have to say that number has to at least be in the 50% range, because i have even played with guys who before the round said the usually shoot in the 80s and when they play with me they don't break 100 by my (proper) scoring.