Originally Posted by Fourputt
You are also a pro and a scratch or better golfer. The OP is a 17 handicap. If he is getting depressed every time a good break results from a mishit, then he must be a joy to play with.
I was pretty similar when I was a beginning golfer too. I'm pretty similar in other sports. I'm a 14 handicap hockey player and I'm happier inwardly when I make a good shot that gets stopped than when heel one and the goalie trips or something and it goes in.
In both cases my inward satisfaction is not conveyed outward and thus has no effect on how much "joy" those playing with me have. They'll rib me about the heeled goal and say "great shot!" on the ones that are snared by a great play by the goalie.
You don't seem to be able to realize that people can be disappointed by themselves but still be enjoyable company.
Rich, all the guy said was "This was the first time I had birdied this particular hole, but I could not even feel good, as I mishit a ball and got extremely lucky." and you're saying the guy is lousy company and not a joy to play with? Cripes.
This all reminds me of the time I played with a 4 index (I was about a 2 at the time) at Sea View. We were paired with a wife and her husband who nervously told us that this was his first time on a "real golf course." On about the fourth or fifth hole my pal bladed a full 9I or something that went through a dry creek short of the green and stopped on the green about 60 feet from the cup. Horrible shot, really. The woman happily said "great shot!" and truly meant it, in her opinion.
I kidded him about that the rest of the day, saying "great shot!" in a joking tone of voice every time he hit one not so well.
And he was still fun to play with despite being disappointed with his shot.