Golf is fun when you don't keep score
The End of Scorekeeping (reprised)
A few years back David Zahl of Mockingbird did a talk on the End of Scorekeeping that later turned into a conference theme.
A few years back I played golf...just once. Yesterday I played again. Let's say, in all fairness, that in my life I have been on a golf course holding and swinging golf clubs less than thirty times. Were I to ask for a handicap it would be in the 45 - 50 range, which is not a handicap range that exists. Haven't broken 100 yet.
Yesterday I went with a friend to a nice little par 3 course nearby and played nine holes. We both have troublesome feet so we took a cart. (He is waiting for his custom orthotics, I already have mine...still troublesome on uneven ground.)
I decided not to keep score. Like Robert Frost's less travelled road this made all the difference. I know that I made par on one of the nine holes. I know that I lost 2 or 3 balls. I know we made our round in just under 2 hours. Those are the only numbers I remember from the outing.
I do remember lots of good conversation, enjoying beautiful weather and friendly golfing parties in front of and behind us. I do remember not feeling rushed. I do remember not worrying about taking mulligans when the need arose. I do remember deep gratitude for a wonderful friendship. I do remember that I had silenced my phone and did not think about anything else but where we were for the time we were out there.
Evidence submitted. Not keeping score is good for one's mental health.