On the other hand, club golf has a handicapping system to level the playing field for players of all abilities. I used to be a defender in football and I'm pretty sure that Lionel Messi & Co would run rings round me. Neither could I give Andy Murray a good game of tennis. :mmm:The likes of golf and snooker are way different from football, rugby, badminton et al. Mainly because in sports like golf, you measure your scores against what the best in the world shoot, whereas you can score more goals in a football season that Lionel Messi as you are competing against other people of a similar level.
I had days when I could pot nearly everything and other days when I couldn't pot anything, so I guess so. Our club had a handicapping system where you got a so many point start. We had a resident professional who plays in ranking tournaments with only a moderate degree of success, but in the club he seemed to make a 100 break in every game. I used to get a 100 start on him and occasionally managed to beat him. Best tactic was to play a safety shot (which I was quite good at) every time you potted a red to stop him scoring. If you went for a colour, missed and left him on a red, it was end of story! :mmm:I've only played a very small amount of snooker and rubbish. If you get to snooker's equivalent of say 10h/cap, can you still have the equivalent of a 24 h/cap day? Or as a snooker player playing to a reasonably good level are your troughs relatively shallower.
Playing snooker like that is so grim. Me and my pals used to play. Three of us were around the same level. A forth who came the odd time was far better than us. He would regularly give us massive head starts and still win.
After a while we just stopped phoning him for snooker as it was sucking the life out of it. Sorry Andy
So it begs the question therefore: Is golf the hardest of all games to master?
My view is quite simple -Yes!!!
I always try to remember that the pros are most likely a +5 h'cap. They play on pristine courses with beautifully prepared greens and raked bunkers, free drops appear to be given very often etc.They have their coaches, shrinks, fitness truck, club tweakers etc etc. They shoot a respectable level par 72--- hmmm that is a nett 77 - Now when we have a nett 77
It is the most difficult, frustrating but addictive game I have ever played.
But sex is better - you don't have to be good at it to enjoy it!!