The main difference between an Amateur golfer and a Professional is the quality they possess. However, there are similarities. You can ask any Golfer, Young, Old, Amateur, Professional, Male or Female that the one problem they all share is the frustration that comes with the game. To play golf, patience is key. The more you work yourself up and get agitated, the more likely you’re to play worse. But no matter how hard we try, anger and irritation creep into our game and every now and again we let the world know. This could be the occasional grunt, a slight slip of the tongue or in more extreme cases a throw of the club.
At this weeks WGC – Cadillac Championship in Florida, World Number 1 Rory Mcilroy had no intention of hiding his emotions as he pulled his second shot into the water on the Par 5 eighth and his four iron then followed his ball. The Northern Irishman launched his four iron into the water on the left hand side after any hopes of a birdie or eagle were diminished.
Mcilroy followed his poor performance at last weeks Honda Classic where he missed the cut with a first round 73 at Doral on Thursday. Mcilroy started Friday with two superb birdies at the opening holes only to hand the shots back to the course with a double at the third. Birdie at seven took him back to 1-under-par and continued this run of form with a huge drive down the fairway at the eighth. But the actions that followed were definitely the talking point of his round. The question is, can his actions be justified or are these actions damaging the experience of the game.
There is nothing worse or nothing more uncomfortable than playing with a golfer who moans, swears and slams his clubs the whole way round. But can a little frustration be justified. Where must the line be drawn and is it more acceptable for an amateur to do it than a professional whose every movement is put up for the golfing world to see.