Originally Posted by pipergsm
OK, I get it, I'm being over-optimistic.
I believe you guys when you say I'm gonna have many more ups and downs before I get to par.
I accept the fact that my lack of experience may cause me to be over-optimistic
But the day I stop being optimistic, is the day I stop trying to get better, so.......
Also, I can assure you, even in the short time I've been playing, I already had quite a few ups and downs, so I'm not completely unfamiliar to that.
To answer the question about how I cheat exactly, here are a few examples:
- during my back-swing at the Tee, I loose my balance a little and completely mishit my drive.
this is getting more rare by the day, but it usually happens 1 or 2 times per round of 9 holes.
counting on this to become extinct soon, I just take a second Tee shot, not counting the first.
- There are a lot of trees on my local course (executive? does that mean it's supposed to be in good condition? Not so!). There's even a big tree in the middle of the fairway on hole nr 6!
It sometimes happens my drive lands right behind a side tree, leaving me with only 1 possible option: playing the ball 20 yards back to the Tee!
I'm working on it to stop that from happening, but in the mean while, I just put the ball a few yards in front of the tree without counting an extra stroke.
- hole nr 8, 268 yards, my drive lands just in front of the water (15 yards wide) that separates me from the green.
I want to chip it over (a shot which normally causes me no problem whatsoever), and for some reason (lack of focus, loss of balance), I completely mishit the ball, which ends up in the water.
I will re-take the shot from the same position as if it was the first attempt (no penalty).
In my last 3 rounds (45 - 46 - 43), this kind of cheating has become much less frequent than before, saving me about 2-4 shots per round (10 to 15 before!), and I tend to stop it completely within the next 2 weeks, no matter how bad my shots are.
It was just a way to avoid complete disappointment (and quitting the game) and also a way to obtain the score from which I believe it corresponds more to what I should be able to play.
Let's just wait and see how the next 6 weeks will affect my results.