Have you noticed how golfers are mentally fragile? For example, how we react to good shots is all part of the other game that we play. It's the game called 'let's kid ourselves' - the one that has nothing to do with hitting actual golf shots.
The vast majority of golfers try to boost the appearance of their abilities by remaining consistently disappointed with any of the good shots they might hit or by being dismissive of compliments.
A quick "it was alright" is sending the message that, one, a player - or you, perhaps - is capable of far more remarkable results and, two, the player of the compliment is a lesser player of lower standards and a great shot for you has not been hit yet.
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