Cheating at the Game of Golf - Who Does it Hurt?

By: Verlyn Ross

Golf is a self regulating sport that relies on the integrity of the participants. However, for truly bad golf stories, just ask your caddie. In a recent survey, nearly half said they believe that no less than 40% of golfers fudge.

And whether or not cheating creeps into the game of golf, it is still a sport where no one is taught how to cheat

Cheating - For Those Of You Who Cheat At Golf...

As you progress in the game of golf , you will need to use different methodology in order to find out how well you are developing. The easiest way to make this assessment, is by determining and analyzing your score.

Your score shows your handicap. A decrease in your handicap proves that you are getting better with your game. However, if you want to know precisely what your handicap is, you need to report your real score for each hole.

How Can Cheating On Your Score Help Your Skills?

The answer is that it absolutely cannot! By playing games with the rules of the game, you are only turning in inaccurate scores. Fabricating your handicap may make you look good on paper and it may even impress other players, but it reflects self-inflicted harm, when it comes to actually determining your progress with the game.

In fact, lowering your handicap can harm your play by putting you at a disadvantage in competing. If the score shows that you are a 12 handicap, ,when in reality you are more likely an 18 or 20, then you won't get as many shots as you should when playing with people that match your handicap .

Long Term Effects Of Cheating

Cheating with your score also has long term effects on your competitive play. Once your golf buddies realize that you are fudging your scores, whether you are using an offbeat way of keeping scores or bumping your ball so you can better the lie, they will no longer trust you, even when you are not cheating anymore.

Worse yet, these people may decide not to play with you again. So even if you turn over a new leaf and choose to start playing by the rules, you'll probably have a hard time convincing your golf friends that you can actually be trusted.

In the game of golf, keep in mind that first and foremost, you are in competition with yourself, and your score indicates how far you are progressing. By fudging with your score, you are only cheating yourself of having the real feeling of accomplishment. And when playing with others, it is just as important to document your scores accurately.

Golf officials shouldn't assume their sport is clean given the inherent human frailties that arise from the pressure to perform at the highest level. However, golf is a game of sportsmanship and everyone expects you to be an honest person.

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