It's OK to be Average


In my world, being average is actually a distant goal for most people. Many will never reach that level of proficiency. Individuals spend countless hours rehearsing, going through the motions, and visualizing. It can be an overwhelming obsession. So much so, they will spend money on all the best tools, the best venues, the best clothes... anything that may give them a better chance to be average.

You may have guessed by now, but I'm talking about "par" (it is a golf website, after all).

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   Par /pär/
      noun
      1  a: an amount taken as average or norm
          b: an accepted standard

 

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For the average golfer, to shoot par on a round, a few holes, or even one hole, is an admirable goal. It is a bar that has been set for you to compare yourself to the rest of the world, or to a past version of yourself. It is a great measuring stick to drive goals and track progress.

However, this article isn't about goal setting. We'll save that for later.

It is OK to be average. (Here comes the twist...)

You don't have to shoot par. You don't even need to keep score. Golf is a game that can be played by anyone, and it can be played for almost your entire life. So why on earth would you waste so much energy and add so much stress to your life by beating yourself up over a bad round.

I have a friend that could not play a full round of golf without throwing and/or breaking at least one club. He only played golf once a month... and yet, he expected to be able to walk onto the course and perform like a pro. This is unrealistic, and it ruins the fun for you and everyone around you. Seriously, there were groups three holes over that had to deal with my friend's antics... Not. Cool.

The point of all this is to provide perspective, and maybe a little bit of a mental game reset on golf. Challenge yourself to be better, but don't hold unrealistic expectations. It is a GAME that you could and should enjoy for the rest of your life, so start having FUN.

"Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening - and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented."

- Arnold Palmer

I was inspired by the quote above to rewrite my definition of par. Checkout the new design in our shop!

 

 

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