Play With Golfers Better Than Yourself
I believe it was Mark Twain who said that if he spends an hour with a man and walks away without having learned anything, then that man stole an hour of his time.
Century Golfers must have that same attitude about the people they play golf with. Never knowingly allow yourself to play in a foursome where you are the best golfer there. And being a Century Golfer this shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish. Beating the other players in your foursome is a temporary ego builder, but what have you learned, except maybe some new bad habits? Likewise, I don’t think it is a good idea for you to intentionally allow yourself to be the worst player in a foursome either since your ego is too fragile at this point. This will do too much to destroy your self confidence. This strategy may present some problems when playing in a twosome, however. My advice here will be to play with the better players, but don’t allow them to humiliate you. Give yourself strokes by adjusting handicaps, or play match play and not stroke play. This way you will have your ego boosted every time you win a hole from the better player. Do what you have to to level the playing field, but still be able to learn from the better player. But even when playing with better players remember, they too have bad habits that you don’t won’t to pick up. They might be doing something wrong, but they’ve been doing it wrong for years, and have adapted to it.
I remember the first time I played a round of golf with a quality “A” player. His name was Lloyd Sherry. Lloyd was an ultra consistent golfer. He always turned in scores of 2 under part to 3 over par, just like clockwork. There was no doubt in our minds who would win the match. That’s when I decided to set my own goals for the next round Lloyd and I would play together. I would concentrate on:
1. Concentrate on my game and not worry about who was winning or by how much.
2. Keeping every shot in bounds.
3. Keeping every shot out of the water.
4. 2 putting every hole
5. parring at least 3 holes.
I did not decide on any score for the day. I did not even care about the score, and I decided I was going to play one hole at a time. I was not going to let any bad holes affect my upcoming holes. I knew that if I could accomplish all five (5) of my goals, I would automatically accomplish my primary objective for the day:
TO BEAT LLOYD SHERRY ON AT LEAST ONE HOLE.
The day we played, I was calm and relaxed. I was not nervous or beside myself with mental anguish, I even slept the night before (which is very uncommon for me when something big is coming up). My mind was straight on my goals and objectives, and my concentration was at it’s peak. I arrived at the course early enough to hit a bucket of balls, and do my putting close practice before our round began.
We teed up our balls and hit our first drives. I out drove Lloyd by about 20 yards, which was no surprise. Lloyd does not hit the bomb, he just blows you off the course with consistency. We played out the hole, which I thought was a par 4, and I told him I had a scrambling par (since I had a drop in a putt that broke fast and hard). Lloyd said, “Didn’t you shoot a four (4) on that hole?”, and I told him that I had. Then Lloyd told me I had birdied the first hole and he had parred it with a five (5). I couldn’t believe it. On the first hole, I had accomplished my primary objective for the day. I had beaten Lloyd Sherry on a hole. Now I was even more determined to meet all my personal goals for the day.
By the end of the round Lloyd had won 8 of the holes, I had won 4, and we tied on the remaining six. This was a far better outcome than I ever hoped for. Lloyd shot his usual high quality golf, but the difference was that I played far better than I ever played up until that day, and I learned some very valuable lessons.
On the very first hole, I learned that a golfer should give his actual stroke count (3-4-5, etc) not birdie, par, bogey or the ever dreaded “Snowman”. If Lloyd hadn’t been so honest and on his toes, I would have been credited with a five (5) instead of the four (4) that I actually earned. This would have altered my mental condition and the entire round may have turned out completely different that it did. That one stroke was infinitely important on that day.
The second thing I learned by playing with a superior golfer was the way a controlled golfer looks. His tempo was magnificent. He was fluid, smooth and deliberate in his every move. Like a panther stalking it’s pray, every move was routine and honed to perfection.
I also learned that no golfer is so good that he can’t be beaten. Maybe the Century Golfer will need to have two (2) strokes per hole spotted to him, but he can still beat the scratch golfer. Look for the aspects of golf that you are able to beat your challenger at. Maybe you can out putt him, out drive him, or have a better percentage of approach shots on the green. I have one fellow whom I regularly beat by several strokes when we are paired up in a foursome. But he feels he’s doing just great because when he finally gets his ball on the green, he’s usually closer to the pin than I am. That’s just fine, he’s winning in his own mind, and lowering his scores ever time we play. He is learning!
The most important lesson I learned that day however, was goal setting. I know that most Century Golfers understand goal setting in most circumstances, but not in golf. So let me elaborate a little. Often times, when I talk to Century Golfers I ask these students, “What is your golf goal for this year?” Invariably, I get the same type of answers;
“I want to shoot bogey golf. I want to get down to 90, or I want to break 85. I want to learn how keep from falling out of the golf cart after two (2) six packs.”
These are not goals. These are the result that they are expecting from successfully accomplishing their goals. Goals are steps that a person takes in order to reach their objectives. Ask any top salesperson what his goal is for the upcoming year. He will not say he wants to increase his commissions by 20%. He will most likely say something like. I want to:
Increase cold contacts by 30%
Attend 20% more conventions and luncheons
Write 20% more contracts
Develop two (2) new market districts
Cut overhead by 10%
Our salesperson did not mention money even once. He knows that the money is automatic when he accomplishes his goals. Goals are the means by which you reach your primary objective.
The same is true when lowering one’s golf scores. The objective is to go from 120 to 90, but the goals might look something like this:
Practice 20% more than the guidelines require.
Go to the driving range once a month
Attend a golfing clinic
Be faithful to my exercises
Work two (2) hours on a problem club or shot each month
Play a round of golf per month with a lower handicap golfer than myself, even if I have to pay his green fees.
Practice my putting however much it takes to lower my putting average by 20%
These are goals, and if you will set and meet goals, you will automatically see lower scores on you score card. I promise!
If you don’t know any low handicappers, or don’t know them well enough to invite them to play a round of golf, then sit in the clubhouse at a table near to other golfers and listen to their conversations, get up the nerve to ask them some questions (everyone likes flattery), and pick their brains a little. Before long you will discover that you are arranging the next foursome, and they’re in it with you. If this doesn’t work, just show up at the course by yourself as a walk-on and ask the Starter to hook up up with some decent golfers. As a Century Golfer it shouldn’t be hard to find players that are better than yourself.
I don’t want to be accused of beating a dead dog into the ground, but I am compelled to reiterate a few items. I promise you, this system does work. It has worked for hundreds and it will work for any Century Golfer who will take his game seriously. Don’t make the game out to be more difficult than it is. I have broken it down for you, step by step. Study this manual and master each segment one at a time. Don’t clutter your mind with complexities that are unnecessary, and eliminate the negatives derived from lack of quality experiences.
Copy this manual at least three (3) times. Put a copy in your golf bag for reference while playing. Put one near your easy chair for reading and re-reading, and put one in your office drawer if you work in an office. If you don’t have an office, then put one in the area where you will be doing your indoor practice.
To make it easier on you here is a quick break down of the 10 points to keep it on your mind.
1. Know the rules of golf
2. Exercise regularly
3. Hold your head still
4. Slow down your backswing
5. Hit every ball solidly
6. Know your club range (leave the excess clubs behind)
7. Use the “Two putt System”
8. Practice (a minimum of one (1) hour each week)
9. Grab a friend every day…..one of your clubs
10. Play with golfers better than yourself
BE FAITHFUL TO THESE 10 STEPS AND THEY’LL BE FAITHFUL TO YOU.
You’ll soon be breaking 100
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