I have been playing for a year as well. I have had 2 birdies to date. Celebrated the 1st one quite a bit. They were on a par-4 and a par-5. As others have said though, Birdies are for advanced level..If you just started playing though and have only played 4 times, I would say you are in very good shape so far.
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If you've come to golf for instant gratification then you came to the wrong sport.
For me, golf is and has been about time and patience. The less time you put in the less you can expect from your play. The less patient you are, the less you will play. While that may be similar to many, if not all sports, golf is different than most. It is you against the game. Once you feel as if you conquered it, she humbles you. Once you feel you are dialed in, she hangs up on you. Once you feel trust in a shot, she double crosses you. But once you feel deflated, ground down, peppered, beat up, tired and hopeless, she picks you up, dusts you off and draws you back for more.
You just gotta forget about the big picture of scoring under than 100, and come up with lesser goals that are realistic. My wife, who has never broken 100, has some unique strategies when golfing:
* When she started playing golf, her goal was to make a score that had a name: double bogie, bogie, par, birdie, etc. Snowmen didn't count.
• Now her goal is to break her age for nine holes.
• Another goal is to finish 9 holes without any three putts.
Just remember, enjoy the journey and don't worry about the destination.