Bad Game Blues: 29 Rationalizations Most Players Have

More often than not, your round results in a less-than-desirable score. Which is OK; golf is not a game of perfect. How you rationalize that outcome, however, can be just as enlightening. From the fair to farcical to crestfallen, here are the 29 reasons why you didn’t play well today.

“It was my first time at the course”

We get it. You didn’t know about that creek around the corner, or that long on the 15th is death. Still doesn’t quite explain that 103, though.

“I didn’t get a chance to warm up”

Whether you deprived yourself time at the range or on the practice green, we’ll allow it might lead to a slow start. But by the time you triple-bogeyed the first three holes, it’s fair to say you’ve now gotten in plenty of reps.

“I haven’t had enough time to practice lately”

This is a popular alibi from parents. And frankly, I don’t care that you have to chauffeur little Timmy to piano lessons three times a week; priorities, buddy.

“It’s impossible to score in this weather”

This is grounds for deportation in Scotland.

“It was too long of a wait between shots”

Often delivered in whiny cadence. But given the importance of rhythm and tempo, it’s not wrong, either.

What’s not OK is…

“I felt rushed”

If it takes you that long to prepare for a shot, you’re doing it wrong.

“My mind was elsewhere today”

Allowances for sincere, real-life issues. But if the matter in question is, “My boss doesn’t answer my emails right away, and I think something’s up,” it’s on you.

“Those pins were unfair”

Loses some merit when the player routinely takes five shots to reach the green.

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