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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


I expect many readers will just skip over this post, but Frog, Squeak, Widmer and my brother will know exactly what I am talking about.
So I am starting to get serious about playing golf again.  In my youth I played pretty well, generally shooting from 84 to 94 on any given day.  Currently breaking 100 is a good day.  I now practice two times a week and play one nine hole round.  I only play nine holes, because I walk and pull my clubs on a cart.  Playing eighteen holes just kicks my butt.

Please don’t make the usual comments about golfers just chasing a little ball over a cow pasture trying to put it in a hole.  That is like saying singing is just talking loud and with a beat, or painting is just copying what you are looking at, or dancing is just flailing your arms and kicking your feet or writing is just putting words down on paper or boxing is just punching people in the face…ok boxing is just punching people in the face but you get the point.  Golf is a game which takes great skill, patience and concentration.


My score has come down from a 49 to a 52 for nine holes. 

If you ask how has your score come down when 49 is lower than 52 then you don’t know anything about playing golf.

Let me explain.

In golf, most golfers typically shoot three scores.  There is number of strokes the golfer counts, the number of strokes he actually took, and mentally he counts his “shoulda been” score.  The “shoulda been” score is what you should have scored if you didn’t miss any easy putts, have any flubs or lost balls and got a good bounce off a tree.

In the beginning of this year I shot a 49 for nine holes played, only I had three flubs I didn’t count because, well just because.  I put two shots in the water and didn’t take a penalty because I didn’t know the water was there…sort of.  I didn't miss any putt under 5 feet because they were called gimmies (considered good without actually putting.)  Basically I played so poorly I only kept my counted strokes.  My real score would have been too painful to admit, and my “shoulda been” score was not worth figuring out.  Actually my counted score was more like my “shoulda been” score.

Yesterday I scored 52, but I counted every stroke and every putt including penalties for two balls into the water.  When you start to play better you count more of your strokes, when you are playing well, you count every stroke.  I am starting to play well enough to count every stroke, and that is how a 52 is a better score than a 49.

I actually played well enough to mentally keep a “shoulda been” score… 43. 

A 43 is a very good “shoulda been” score for me!


  1. I really need to get out to the golf course again.

  2. I always knew there was something odd about golfers - and now you've just confirmed it! But well done on the reduction.

  3. I understand this completely. Yes I do.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

  4. I stick to putt putt.

  5. Didn't understand a word of this - but still think it's funny!

  6. I don't know too much about golf, but I do know that it isn't easy! My mom just bought a home in Texas at a retirement community and her back yard faces the 16th and 17th hole. She has golfers driving by all day long. She's taken up golf in her retirement and loves it.

    This post reminds me of a video I was watching yesterday of Robin Williams - the invention of golf. It's pretty funny.

  7. I have absolutely no idea what you are talking about but flubs is a good word and I like golf courses, they're pretty ...

  8. Crap, had I known about the alternative scoring, I might not have quit.

  9. I've never played golf but just to be a dirty old lady ONE TIME... I get why men play golf. It's natural to put balls in a hole. (You can boo me if you would like. :)

  10. Sounds like you're explaining a Common Core math problem.

  11. My late in-laws were avid golfers. They gave up on me but evidently our son has an excellent swing. Unfortunately, he never took to the game.

  12. Looking good on improving your game; I've just been golfing one time with hubby; it was a fun adventure; it was a good thing the course wasn't super busy, I'm sure we would have been asked to leave as slow as we were playing, but sure had a lot of laughs.


  13. Golf?
    you expect me to read about Golf?
    A sport?
    pfft, bye bye

  14. I could like golf I think, if the people running the courses around here weren't so nasty and snotty ...

    Check out the BC Open on the Masters circuit, going on this weekend. The course is less than 4 miles down the road. I just got back from the pro-am

  15. Makes sense - congratulations on reaching this impressive milestone!


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