I was just reading an article of the president’s golf game in a new book. https://nypost.com/2019/03/30/trump-is-the-worlds-worst-cheat-at-golf-players-and-celebs-say while I haven’t played the game in many years, there is a great deal the game of golf taught you. It was one of the few sports on the planet where there is a code where the players are responsible for policing themselves. Have you ever golfed with someone, shot a bogey yourself, watched them dunk two balls in a water hazard, and three put a green, and they say, ‘that is a par!”
I am not sure what the psychological issue is called? Lying? Delusion? Faux reality? I am not surprised the president has people saying things like they have in the book. There used to be some rule, “let the boss or the client win!” so, they feel good about themselves. I was never good at following the rules, nor was I a great golfer. But when I played in high school, there was something to be said about playing match games with other schools. It really taught you a lot about the game, rules, and later in life – the people who didn’t know or care much about the rules.
“I shot a 5 on that par 5!”
“how? You were out of bounds, dunked a ball in the water hazard, and three-putted?”
“just put 5 down for my score!”
I mean no disrespect to the president and his passion and love for the sport. What I question is that if you really love the game, wouldn’t you want to be a caretaker of keeping the sport accountable to itself? Or do you want to have robots that act as caddies following you around, transmitting your shots to a central “no cheating” network?
“I thought you said you were a 5 handicap, bob? How did you shoot 112?”
“I have no idea; I swear I shot +3 for the round. Look at my scorecard!”
I forget the last time I golfed, oh yeah, it was when the guy broke into my car in Charlotte and stole the first nice set of clubs I ever had. Now I have people wanting me to do “top golf!”
“looks like a fun activity to do while drinking and socializing, but do you really think that is golfing?”
“oh yeah, it is just like the real thing!”
“have you ever played 18 holes in a tournament?”
If you want to see how amazing most all the golfers are on the PGA or LPGA tour, go to the driving range and watch them practice and watch them coax, finesse, power, spin, roll, hook, slice, and dice a ball wherever they want it to go. Then if you can, get to play the course a week before or right after a tournament and watch your score go through the roof with the depth of the roughs and the speeds on the greens.
Personally, I think the perfect length of a game of golf is 9 holes…not too long, not too short. The problem is when you play 18 holes it is challenging to not make mistakes and have a bad hole or two.
I was going to write about my concerns with artificial intelligence and three examples of it in the news today…but I just realized golf could be a fourth. Will it turn out like guitar hero and instead of playing into the rules, the manufacturers and ball makers will bend and break the rules to make crappy golfers think they are playing better?
What do you think? A good path for humanity? Or is a faux reality with the diminished quality of the new diluted reality?