So here's the thing, before I moved to Singapore 22 years ago, the thought of having a beer during a round of golf, was completely alien & out of the question. 22 years on, and I find it increasingly more difficult to find my rhythm unless I've had a said quota of beer. Now I'm not implying I'm an alcoholic, although my wife may argue that statement, but there's something about beer that slows your swing down, eases the mind and gives you something to keep your mind of all those swing thoughts between shots. It's also highly sociable here in Asia to share said beer with friends & colleagues during a round, so much so, with many societies I've played with, it's actually compulsory to have at least 2 beers on the course, one for the front and one for the back 9.
Now the strange thing is, apart from darts, pool, beach volleyball & dominoes, I don't think there's any other hand eye coordinated sport out there that you can drink 6 beers and still perform (I know, I've tried and failed badly). Now 22 years ago, when I was introduced to the concept of drinking beer on the course, I did struggle at first, but now I find myself in the zone hitting greens in regulation between beer 6 & 10 (I'm an 11 hdcp btw). I recently had a very beer infused round when we were celebrating something or other as you do, and played the last 4 holes one under par through beers 12 to 14, chipping in for the birdie funny enough, while missing the easy birdie putts on the other 3 holes. My playing partners just stood in ore and said "how", and to be honest, I have no idea how I do it sometimes, but there must be something shutting down the negative thoughts and just letting the muscles do their thing. I introduced a golf pro I know to the concept of drinking during a round and even with 8 beers pouring out of his pours, he managed to hit 5 birdies in a 2 under round, so there must be something in the science.
On the other hand, my apparel business has taken me to Dubai countless times over the past 12 years, where it is possible to have a beer or 2 on the course, but it's not really the done thing, and besides, I'm usually the only one drinking at 8.30 in the morning and they look at you a little weird at times. So over the past 12 years and probably 100+ rounds of golf there, I can count the rounds I've actually played well for 18 holes on one hand, and they were probably due to my hangover from the night before shutting down my brain.
So my question to you would be, are you a sneaky one or two beer person, or a full on "let's go for it" kind of guy and does it help your swing/game?.... answers on a postcard please
Dapper dan morby