I suppose we'll have to agree to disagree.
Of the three people I play with on a semi-regular basis, one of them works on his game in hopes of improving, the second works on his game to maintain the level he's at, while the third never practices and enjoys a round of golf regardless of the score. It has little to do with anything they say.
This is true, but there are more people with realistic expectations about their ability than there are Tour pro wannabes. The ones that play for some time tend to know their games and settle in to what they can do.
Your fisherman comments reminded me of this sign hanging above the main entrance to Bass Pro: ”Welcome Hunters, Fisherman and other Liars”
I've been Playing Golf for: 1 Week My current handicap index or average score is: N/A. I've only played a 9 hole course and shot a 42. My typical ball flight is: High The shot I hate or the "miss" I'm trying to reduce/eliminate is: Right now I'm really trying to focus on a good ball strike with my irons. I don't worry so much about drivers just yet, I'd like to establish a solid mid and short game first. Most of my iron shots are straight, with the occasional pull, and every now and then I'll hit a good hook shot.