I am pretty sure everyone knows someone who lies about their score or handicap. And there was a great example posted on reddit recently:
Played golf with a buddy of mine today who is learning the game and two of his friends.
I played “meh” at best. I had an absolutely atrocious front 9 and managed to string together some decent holes down the stretch of the back 9 to salvage a 91. Nothing to brag about by any means for me.
My buddy didn’t want to bother keeping his score because he’s still learning the game and is basically just trying to have fun in the process. Completely respectable.
What baffled me is after the round when one of the guys said he shot in the 70’s and the other claimed a score in the low 80’s. I could only laugh when they told me that because I know I had to have out shot one of the guys by at least 5 strokes and the other by probably 10 or 15.
The poster goes on to say:
It’s one of those things that I’ll never understand. Golf is a game of you vs. the course. You’re only really cheating yourself if you’re lying about your score because you’ll never get a true assessment of your improvement.
And this caveman couldn’t agree more. Sure lying about your score makes you feel better in the moment. But what does it really accomplish? It doesn’t drive you to push harder to lower your score, and improve your overall game. It goes hand-in-hand with cheating while on the golf course, and I wrote a blog a little while ago about How to spot a golf cheat. Cheating on the golf course is more self defeating. I mean, possibly I can understand it when your cash is on the line, but during a friendly non betting game its entirely erroneous. Also as a side note, if you need to cheat, you shouldn’t be betting anyway.
Personally, I think cheating bothers me even more than lying about your improved golf score, but neither of those compare to those who lie in the other direction in order to give themselves a higher handicap. These egregious lies can lead to an advantage in amateur tournaments, especially ones that allow for the casual overlooking of rules, which is again something that doesn’t allow a player to improve.
What do you think rockheads? Which is worse, cheating or lying?