Are you playing badly? Don’t sell your clubs

2010-09-08 00:00

NOBODY likes playing badly and it’s difficult to enjoy yourself when you are hacking.

When things first start going wrong on the golf course you become moderately concerned. When you play badly in a similar way the very next time you play you become quite worried. Then if things continue to go wrong in each round, you become very worried and even desperate.

When this happens, you develop self-doubt and you are hesitant on club selection, tentative on delicate chips and negative in holing putts.

Letting down your partner is also a concern especially if the partner is having a good round, as this will make you feel even worse.

Eventually, you become so disheartened that you make idle threats about selling your clubs and giving up the game. There is also a natural tendency to have a rest from the game; after a few consecutive bad rounds, nobody feels like arranging another game for the following week.

You are now so desperate that you will listen to anyone who will offer advice on how to fix your game. Now fixing your game is a vague term and by this time it’s hardly a physical thing any more, it’s all mental.

You are mentally battered and you don’t have a morsel of confidence. So what’s the answer? You could try saying as you walk onto the first tee: “I haven’t been playing well lately, but today could be the turning point”.

The last thing one should do is have a lay-off. You should carry on playing because one of the wonderful things in golf is that we have a handicapping system. When you play well, your handicap reduces and when you play badly (for a while) your handicap increases.

There’s nothing like receiving a couple of shots to change a golfer’s attitude to the game. Last week’s results:

Maritzburg Golf Club held the Bedstore Monthly Mug coupled with the Peters Cup on Saturday. The A division was won by G. Emanuel on net 67. In second place was D. Trodd on 70 net.

The B division was won by G. Gibhard on net 69 and in second place on a count-out was D. Schorn. The C division was won by N. Bharath on net 68 and second place was A. Gareeb on net 72. The Seniors Mug was won by A. Toth with net 69 with second place going to E. Fortmann on net 73. The Peters Cup was won by G. Emanuel with 41 points.

Victoria Country Club held the Spring Meat Challenge on Saturday, which was a four-ball alliance with one to count. The winning team with 56 points were M. Fairbank, J. Viljoen, N. Wilson and D. Horn. In second position with 54 points were H. Kadir, D. de Ponte, D. Sutton and B. Meredith. From the 19th hole: At a cocktail party at the country club a new club member’s attractive wife was asked by one of the members whether she would like another drink. “No, I mustn’t,” she replied. “My husband limits me to one drink.” “Why’s that?” asked the member.

“Because,” she said, “after one drink I can feel it; and after two drinks, anyone can.”

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