As stated in the title, one major difference between a hacker, (high handicap) and a scratch golfer, (low handicap) is patience and persistence.
They remain extremely patient with disregard to their slow and steady progress on the golf course.
While continuing to be persistent even when they have bad days on the course and feel like they are never improving.
Becoming a scratch golfer is a lot about trial and error throughout your tournaments, general play and practice sessions.
Let’s so the average chances of a hole-in-one for any given golfer is around 8,000/1. Now it would take on average 8,000 plays of a par 3 before you would hit the ace.
Breaking that data down even more: Let’s say your local golf course that you play regularly has 5 Par 3’s. It would take you 1,600 rounds of golf before you hit that hole-in-one. That’s a lot of rounds of golf.
If you played two times a week on average over the year then that’s over 15 years.
Now I’m not saying this is all 100% scientific – we are purely looking at averages, because there’s nothing saying you’re first ever shot goes straight in, or the possibility that you never get a hole-in-one.
What I am getting at is, if you only played 10 rounds of golf before giving up, will you succeed? Of course not; you succeed when you are patient and persistent.
This can be applied to improving on and off the golf course, and not just golf, for anything in life.
Why patience is needed
Let’s go back to the example used above. If you don’t become patient even though every shot is failing to hit a hole-in-one then you would never actually take the shot that goes in for the hole-in-one.
We could say there is no such thing as a lucky shot, because that lucky shot is all about being patient, continuing on and waiting for the opportunity to arise.
Why persistence is needed
Now let’s say you never mix things around in your practice sessions, learning different techniques that you’re weaker at for example. You will never be persistent enough to develop better golfing skills, even though your scores are not lowering.
If you are patient and persistent in your golfing, you will succeed and become a scratch golfer, otherwise you will only stay a hacker for a long time to come.