klemle wrote:Thanks, those are both really helpful. I agree that sometimes I get to caught up with my score even during practice rounds that I lose focus on just trying to improve my game. Where exactly could I look to find the rating for different courses? I think that you are right that doing some research on local courses could put my mind at ease, and give me realistic goals to aim for during a round.
Par doesn't matter. Ratings don't matter. What matters is that you throw good shots. Concentrate on learning shots and developing consistency in throwing good shots time after time. Ratings will come, skills will come, scores will come with effort and dedication.
You have no control over how your opponents shoot. So don't worry about it. You only have control over your own game and that is where your attention should lie. If you continually get better then your will have success as you move up division to division to eventually the ranks of the Pros. If you don't improve then you are destined for mediocrity/suckage forever.
You cannot allow yourself to be intimidated. Certainly not by Am 3's! I remember my first tournament, I had only been playing the game for a week at that point, and I was so impressed with the quality of my competition. Damn those guys were good, I thought. Actually I was wrong. They were marginal at best. Years later most of those same players were still competing in Am 3 and continued to wallow in mediocrity. The ones who put in the effort got better.
By putting in time and effort and practice a healthy person should be able to raise their ratings into the 900's. This is a small but obtainable goal. Plan to reach it and then set your sights higher for the next level. Ask yourself, why should you suck forever? Look around you at a tournament. Do the players in the divisions above you look like world class athletes? Or do they look like normal players who have put in more time and effort than you?
To become a top Pro it requires both effort and superb, innate athletic skills. Average athletes can rise to Am 1 merely with practice.
So yes, play longs. And shorts. And made up holes. Play with the best players you can and learn from them.