Ok, so you may not like doughnuts with chocolate frosting and sprinkles but here is some constructive criticism for Kelzzy!
Originally Posted by Kelzzy
We all want to go out to course, coffee in one hand, clubs in the other, and shoot a score that will impress our buddies.
This statement is 100% incorrect. I couldn't care less what my buddies or anyone else thinks of my score, my swing, or my game. The only one I have to impress or please in golf is myself. I'm there to focus on my game only, not what others are thinking about me and your statement says a lot about why you struggle under the gun! Mostly for you it is pure immaturity due to your age so as you grow up hopefully you will mature enough to get over your fixation of worrying about what others think of your golf game.
Your statement is why so many high handicappers shank the ball off the first tee in their club championship. They, and you are too self conscious of what others think!
Your statements on "Hard Work"(although nice to hear someone these days under the age of 40 actually talk about hard work, so kudos to you for that) are completely misguided! I see a lot of guy's that put "Hard Work" into their games and never get better. They practice and practice their same old loop de loop slap swing, bucket after bucket and tell their buddies "this is how Hogan did it" as they slap slice a driver down range a good 190 yards. And they do it over and over year after year searching for that one little secret that will magically transform them into a scratch golfer. All the hard work in the world is meaningless if it is not done correctly under proper guidance.
So here's the very best advice and wake up call I could give you. If you want to get better find an instructor and have him guide you on what you need to "work hard" on.
Believe me I get it that you have broken 80 and are feeling good about yourself, and you should. I first broke 80 when I was 13 and by the time I was your age I was shooting mid 70's on my home course and could break 80 on any other course I played. So your quite a bit behind where I was and I never went around trying to give people advice on how they should play the game, get where I'm going with this? The reason was because I was 14 and I still had so much more to learn about playing this game, especially under pressure in tournaments. Nothing wrong with you expressing your opinion but you go overboard and make generalizations on things that are not true.
You and other juniors are so lucky these days with all the instruction available and the internet to come ask questions and learn about the game. You should try to ask some questions on things that you are struggling with in your game and then actually shut up and listen. Basically your not utilizing some of the great tools like these forums to improve and that's why you can't break 80 every time out like you should be doing with all the "hard work" you say your putting into the game.
I hope you take all this as a positive because I honestly didn't say anything to you that I wouldn't say to my own son if he was saying the things you say!
Good Luck and get some proper instruction!