Originally Posted by Zeph
I don't really find a need to measure myself against anyone else. I'm primarily focused on having fun and improving my own swing. Don't play a lot of competitions either. I may get to a point where I'm satisfied with my swing and start playing more seriously.
Really? I've heard people say this before, but I don't get it. Golf is a game - and games are competitions. I can't imagine playing golf - or anything else - where I wouldn't want to win or measure myself against anyone else. I wouldn't go shoot hoops or play tennis without trying to win. I wouldn't play a board game without trying to win. If I didn't want to measure myself against others - what would get me out to practice? I want my chance to look good out there once in a while. And maybe even talk a little friendly smack.
Maybe it is just my friend group or generation - but everything is a competition. And I don't consider myself a competitive guy really. I'm not going to get emotional about losing a game of Pictionary - but I'm damn sure gonna try to win while we're playing. And if my buddies or the guys at the course or whatever are shooting a certain score - I definitely don't want to be the worst. And I'd like win sometimes.
I'm not trying to challenge your stance - and I read this I see that it seems that way. But I'd imagine with all of the high tech equipment and swing thoughts and instruction that dominates this site / the golf channel / golf magazines, etc. - that most golfers want to be measured against others - and hope to measure up or even impress.