Do you play golf, or are you a golfer? There is a difference. Millions of people are playing golf each and every day across the world but not everyone can be called a golfer. It may sound pompous but it is not meant to be. There is a definite difference between golfers and people who play golf. Just because you play golf and chase that little white ball around the golf course does not qualify you as a golfer. There is more to it than that.
Here are but a few of the differences between golfers and those that play golf.
• Golfers play by the rules of golf. They know the rules (most of them anyway) and follow them. If you don’t play by the rules you’re not a golfer.
• Golfers do not take mulligans, not even on the first tee. If you take mulligans you’re not a golfer.
• Golfers do not cheat. They are honest and count all their strokes. If you cheat you’re not a golfer.
• Golfers will hit a provisional ball when needed. If you never hit a provisional you’re not a golfer.
• Golfers repair divots and ball marks. If you don’t you’re not a golfer.
• Golfers understand the etiquette of the game. If etiquette is a foreign word to you you’re not a golfer.
• Golfers understand that “teaming up” with other golfers is part of the game. If you have to play by yourself, you’re not a golfer.
• Golfers appreciate a great shot, even if it is one that beats them. If you can’t appreciate that you’re not a golfer.
• Golfers can play with players of all different skill levels including men and women. If you can’t play with different skill levels you are not a golfer.
• Golfers enjoy the game all the time not just when you take your buddy’s money. If you can’t enjoy the game all the time you’re not a golfer.
• Golfers don’t spend forever looking for their lost ball. If you take too long looking for balls, yours and others, you’re not a golfer.
These are but a few of the qualities that make people that play golf, golfers. Golfers are considerate, fun loving, understanding people. You’ll see the next time you play with one.