Originally Posted by KyleAnthony
So i thought it would be fun to start a thread where people could write about what issues they feel are preventing them from shooting par. i know that not everyone thinks about what is going on, so maybe it will help some people realize what exactly goes wrong in their game.
I have been golfing for more than 50 years, and I've had a single digit handicap for about 30 years, but I've never had an even par score for 18 holes.
What goes wrong? I don't necessarily think that anything goes wrong. While I would like to shoot even par at some point in the space-time continuum, I don't feel than an even par round is an ultimate goal that I need to achieve to enjoy playing the sport I love most.
When I was younger, whenever my handicap got lower than a 6, I would become a "grinder." (Someone who is intense while playing every shot during their round, and will become upset when they hit a bad shot, and not really appreciate the good ones.) If I truly wanted to shoot par, I also know that there would be a time and money investment to make it possible. To me the time and money that I have is better spent on my family than in the pursuit of an even par score.
It is kind of like a hole-in-one. When I step onto the tee of a par three hole, I fully hope to make a hole-in-one, but I know that it is not a reasonable expectation that I will. (In 1999, Golf Digest reported, "One insurance company puts a PGA Tour pro's chances at 1 in 3,756 and an amateur's at 1 in 12,750.") Statistically, I hit the green on a par three hole 1 time out of 3 attempts, and average 3.5 strokes. In addition, in over 50 years, I have only holed out from more than 150 yards only twice. So, if I hit a good shot and land within 10 feet of the hole, I am truly thrilled.
The same applies to an even par score for me. I have no reasonable expectation that I will shoot even par, and any time I break 80, it is a great day. I love the golf journey that I currently travel, so why get upset if you can't shoot even par?