We all know the guy…
But there he is on the first tee, hitting his first shot in the trees -- shaking his head, slapping his thighs. Then his second attempt at a tee shot ends up in the water. Next thing you know, seven additional strokes later, he’s writing down a “5” on his scorecard and he's feeling extra confident about his “bogey.”
Somehow, he’s even able to sleep at night… comfortable and confident with his thoughts about the game of golf.
Don’t be that guy.
The next time you play with that guy, and he questions your new outlook on golf, you can tell him to contact Neptune. We’ll take care of the debate for you 😊.
See, rather than surround yourself with the hypocrisy of a guy who rolls the ball to improve his lie -- mind you, this is still the same guy who also doesn’t count all of his strokes -- you’ll enjoy it a whole lot more by turning the game around on itself.
Add +1 to Every Par
Why stress yourself? Turn that 374 yard Par 4 into a 374 yard Par 5.
Hit the fairway with your most reliable club. Try to make solid contact with your iron and get somewhere up near the green.
Bad short game? No worries, you gave yourself a stroke in your favor before the hole started! And you did it the honorable way, unlike the other guy.
Only Putt Once (or not at all)
Again, why stress yourself? If nothing matters in the first place, give it the ol’ college try and move on. No need to worry about that 5 footer for “bogey”!
Or, better yet, don’t putt at all.
Seriously. Take the putter out of your bag, give it your neighbor, and go to the course without one. Your short game will improve after a few trips and you’ll never need to worry about the putter throw!
Plus, you can try to hit every pin. If it doesn’t fly in, you don’t care when it rolls off the back. Remember, you don’t putt! It’s great.
Don’t Keep Score (on paper)
At this point, I think it’s pretty obvious that a score is irrelevant to your afternoon. The difference between you and that guy is that at least you were honest with yourself.
Have Fun and Enjoy the Exercise!
But don’t be afraid to make it a game within the game. Play from a shorter set of tees and only use your irons. Try a few different clubs while chipping around the green.
After all, it’s what is most important. No matter what THAT GUY says.