Originally Posted by MyrtleBeachGolf
Lol. And yet, less than 1% of all league bowlers in the U.S. carry an average of 260. Bowling is much easier than golf, but carrying a 260 average is very much like carrying a low single digit handicap in golf.
Actually, I use to play in a bowling club for just 1 year (Belgium).
Never took any lessons, but practiced every day.
After 5 months, I averaged over 200 with a personal best of 268.
Also finished 7th in the finals of the clubs annual competition.
Indeed, bowling is less complicated than golf, since there are less moving parts during the throw than there are during the swing.
But just like in golf, hand-eye coordination and focus are an important part of the game
About my local golf club:
it's a 9-hole course of only 3000 yards, but there are so many trees that the slightest deviation on your drive can put you in serious troubles.
On hole nr. 6, there's a big tree in the middle of the fairway that seems to magically attract my shots, making the ball end up just behind it or bouncing back on it.
The condition of the FW is poor compared to most other courses, making a bad lie in the middle of the fairway more rule than exception.
There are quite some water hazards that run across the FW at some pretty difficult places, making it almost impossible to reach the green on hole nr. 8 in anything less than regulation (2), making birdies rather unlikely (unless your chip-shots and putting are of Tour level).
Hole nr. 4, par 3, 175 yards. the green has a diameter of only 16 yards with a bunker closing off 60% of it's entrance, meaning your T-shot has to be very precise if you want it
to be on the green in 1.
Course rating is 67.7 for a par 72, and according to "Swing by Swing" golf gps, the slope rate would be 113.
And by the way, I'm not a complete idiot.
I'm well aware of the fact that this is a rather easy course compared to many others, especially regarding distance.
This is exactly why I want to first improve my game here, since I believe it would only lead to unnecessary frustration trying to play on a course which is way above my abilities.
Once I succeed in scoring 90 or better on my local course (without cheating), I will consider moving on to more elaborate courses
I also believe it's better to slowly build up a course resistance by starting to play 9 holes at a time, and not 18.
Especially when inexperienced and still learning, playing 9 holes can already be exhausting because of the mental focus required, making 18 holes ending up in disaster consistently!