15 Jul 2004
All golfers have a scoring range within which most of their golf scores fall.
Knowing your scoring range and recognizing the fact that you will have poor shots and a higher score than normal on a few holes can keep you from putting unnecessary pressure on yourself when you make a mistake.
A tour player might have a scoring range of 65-72. He or she will have an occasional game that is lower or higher than the average, but the majority will fall within these scores. The pros don't worry about a bogey because they know they will usually have several birdies.
My scoring range is usually 74-79. I will also have occasional rounds that are lower or higher. I am not expecting perfection, so I don't get upset about a bogey or double bogey.
Your scoring range might be higher than mine, but understanding your range and the likelihood that you will make a number of errors during a round of golf can help you not hit the panic switch if the errors come early in the round.
If you score 100-108, you are a player who makes mostly double bogeys and some bogeys. You might make a triple bogey, but you also might make a par or two, or a few more bogeys than normal. So your score will stay in this range.
If your expectations are unrealistic, and you expect to play error-free golf, you are setting yourself up for disappointment and frustration, which usually translates into higher scores.