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How do you measure a successful score?

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At the end of a round what is your measure of a successful outing? Is it purely your numbered score against the course rating? Or is it the number of birdies opposed to bogeys?

 

Maybe its that one singularly memorable shot that makes you believe in yourself? Could the measure of a successful round be none of the aforementioned and more focused on the softer skills like the intangibles of friendship, fellowship and good ole conversation?

 

What brings you back again and again?

 

 

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As for the golf itself, laying aside for the moment the things like friendship you mention, my satisfaction with the round is normally tied to my iron play. Not because I consciously make it so. But take two rounds:

1. I shoot an 83 in which I'm missing every green, or

2. I shoot an 88 in which I've hit greens and the putts just don't fall.

Most likely, I'll feel better about the second. It's interesting to me: I've found that I can normally guess whether Game Golf is going to like my Approach game based on how I feel about the round.

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4 hours ago, perseveringgolfer said:

Striking the ball well, chipping well and putting well. If all that is good I know the scores will come

Same with me.  I don't make many birdies; sometimes none during a round, so a good round for me is not making any doubles and few bogeys.  My key to a good round is making pars, and to do that I have to hit fairways and chip and putt well.

However, I can have a miserable scoring round and still have a lot of fun with the right company.

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It’s all based on how well I hit the ball. Bad shots are going to happen for everyone. The less I have the better I am feeling at the end of the round.

just being on thecourse brings me enjoyment. If I had a bad round the feeling of that lasts for about as long as it takes toget back to the car. I never let a bad round affect my enjoyment or carry over to everyday life 

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The desire to repeat those "pure" iron strikes and watching with anticipation to see just how close to the flag it will end up is #1 for me.  Like @Kenny B, I also consider minimizing the damage on a hole where I've gone OB or into a hazard. Keeping what is most likely a triple to a double, or a double to a bogey, is a win on the scorecard.

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Hmmm? There's probably a lot ways to define success depending on who you're asking. Success for me is carding a round at 75 or less. Within that wrapper I might add no doubles, 2-3 birdies, hitting lots of fairways & greens, etc. etc. Yesterday was my first round of the year where I shot a 74. Successful? I think so. However, I carded a double on #6 after making a poor decision. Looking back on the round in total I managed to hit 11 fairways and 11 greens, one sand save for par, putted well but only made one birdie!?! There were also several "if I had only done this or that." On the social side I was paired with a guy i'd never met and we hit it off. We played a similar game, same age, our circle of friends overlapped, etc. I found it interesting we'd never met before. We'll be friends and he'll join our saturday game and fit right in. So, my first round of 2019 was successful all around.

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17 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

As for the golf itself, laying aside for the moment the things like friendship you mention, my satisfaction with the round is normally tied to my iron play. Not because I consciously make it so. But take two rounds:

1. I shoot an 83 in which I'm missing every green, or

2. I shoot an 88 in which I've hit greens and the putts just don't fall.

Most likely, I'll feel better about the second. It's interesting to me: I've found that I can normally guess whether Game Golf is going to like my Approach game based on how I feel about the round.

I'm with you on this. I've had a lot better scores on days where I didn't feel I hit the ball particularly well. I sprayed tee shots to both sides of the fairway and  missed greens from 100 yards and closer. By some lucky recovery shots I ended up scoring well. I'd rather play well and score higher (is that really possible?) than duff and luck my way to a good score...lol.

But, as they say...... the score is what matters, not how you got there. 😉

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The Title of the thread is a bit different from the first post, really.  Defining a "successful score", for me, means something maybe a stroke above par (course rating) net, that puts it well within my best 50%.  I can get as much satisfaction from hitting the ball consistently well, hitting a bunch of greens, making the score "easy", as I can from hitting the ball poorly scrambling all day long for good scores.

Generally, however, every day on the golf course is a good day.  I'm either spending time with friends, or making new friends, while trying to do my best at a pretty difficult game.

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Everyday on the golf course is enjoyable, and keeps me coming back.

If we are discussing scoring success, it's playing below my course handicap. Anything above is my course handicap means I didn't play to the best of my ability and being a perfectionist, it drives me crazy. It makes me want to come back and play better. If I play below my course handicap, I'm happy and want to come back and do it again. 

Yeah, I'm addicted. 

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Somedays it’s how low did I go but others it’s how well I played on certain areas of my game. Like if I drove it poorly and had great short game that day and my scored stayed around my average then I know I’m improving just didn’t have it that day.

Chipping away at my handicap isn’t gonna be lighting the course on fire every time but consistent improvements over a long time. 

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The Title of the thread is a bit different from the first post, really.  Defining a "successful score", for me, means something maybe a stroke above par (course rating) net, that puts it well within my best 50%.  I can get as much satisfaction from hitting the ball consistently well, hitting a bunch of greens, making the score "easy", as I can from hitting the ball poorly scrambling all day long for good scores.
Generally, however, every day on the golf course is a good day.  I'm either spending time with friends, or making new friends, while trying to do my best at a pretty difficult game.


You are absolutely correct. I definitely missed the mark with that title. It should have been “how do you measure a successful round”. My mind said one thing while my fingers entered another :(


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It can be as little as one great shot, or putt.

right now at my new club, hitting a green is good, they’re on the small side. And obviously a good score. 

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Without sounding cocky, I can look back and be proud of the great golf I have played. As a guy who never joined a club or had lessons I’ve finished T-11 in NCAA regionals and I’ve had a couple top 10’s in some sectional events. I was able to pass my PAT on the first try.

Right now, I am enjoying 4-5 hours with my buddies in a scramble or an afternoon round to get out of the house. If I hit one one the screws or hit one tight, that’s good for me.


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Like this topic because it depends on the round with me. I've shot 85 and been really happy or shot 85 and been disappointed. One hole could blow up a rounds score. Think it comes down to the shots that I hit and the contact I made. If I'm striping the ball but not getting bounces I'd be happier than a round where I relied on luck to card something decent.

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I'm happy with my play if I'm striking the ball well, specifically my irons. A pure iron shot just makes me smile. 😄

 

Any day on the course is a good one. I certainly have moments of frustration, but every outing is a net positive. If that ever stops being the case I'd likely have to take a break and reassess what I want to get out of that time.

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Because I am a relatively crappy golfer, any score less than 100 is a winner for me. I soon hope to move that mark to 90. What keeps me coming back? Oh those sweet sounding metal-wood shots that go like a Star Wars laser, or the one 130-yd PW shot that hits the green like a dart.

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Score wise in the 70s or even low 80s if I played consistent .

If I strike the ball well and take no chunks around the greens chipping,  no penalties, and no doubles or worse, Im generally satisfied. I dont make tons of birdies so I  find a way for pars and limit bogeys. 

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