For example, if a score of "par" is supposed to be "average", why is it that you have to practically be a professional to achieve that score over the course of 18 holes? And sometimes even the pros can't shoot par!
This is on my mind because I played golf for the first time in a few years last Saturday. Granted, it was a four man scramble, so I can only guess what my score had been playing solo (120?). But even if I were to play regularly and take lessons, the chance that I would ever be able to shoot par for a round of golf in my life would be roughly equal to the chances of my picture being on the cover of a body building magazine.
Right before I quit playing altogether a few years ago, I had adjusted my perception of "average". Double par had become my new par. If par on a hole was 3, I expected to be able to put it in within 6 strokes. If par was 4, I'd be happy with an 8.
So, on Saturday, my expectations were low. If I hit the ball straight, I was happy. It didn't matter if it went 10 yards or 250 yards. Straight = Good.
Or, if I hit the ball long, I was happy. Whether it was straight or not, I could celebrate distance.
If no one was hurt when my ball came to rest, it was a successful shot.
And, finally, if I could find my ball after my stroke, I was happy.