I know it sounds terrible, but sometimes it's useful. You've been on the golf course and hooked a drive, missed the next fairway shot and skulled a chip shot - all on the same hole. It makes you wonder, "How could I possible have forgotten everything I learned and practiced?" and, "what's wrong with me?", especially when you played the first four holes impecabbly.
The young golfers this weekend, who took the lead by playing spectacular golf, suddenly lost it. They couldn't hit straight drives, their fairway shots landed in the gallery, and forget about putting. So although I'd rather watch great golf shots, it made me feel as if it's okay for me to lose focus or get the yips, because, after all, these are professionals and they do it as well.
Of course we should all take pride in our accomplishments and be happy when others excel. But isn't it nice, once in awhile, to know that someone who makes millions of dollars a year playing golf, can mess up as well? That's the spirit of schadenfreud.
Hit 'em straight. Fairways and greens!