Originally Posted by beastmode87
You were comparing your rate of improvement to his, while stating that you basically started off at the same place which was not true. If I am not mistaken didn't he hire a coach at the beginning of this and the putting practice was said coaches' recommendation? If that is the case, it's pretty hard to go against the advice of someone who teaches the game for a living when you are just starting out.
I just don't get why people get so worked up over this guy and the fact that people donate to him. It isn't your money so why all the hate? I saw someone make a statement earlier saying that Dan is taking away sponsorship money from so called more deserving golfers. I am just curious as to who these golfers are? If they are good enough you would think they would get sponsorships regardless of what Dan is getting.
Why wouldn't they compare themselves against Dan?
The issue is not just that sponsorship is taken away from more deserving golfers as much as all this publicity, but it trivializes the talents and efforts of truly talented golfers.
There is no hate, really. Some of us are just marginalizing him and his efforts and expect him to fail that's all.
Originally Posted by beastmode87
I was talking about Pretzel saying he has made more progress than him over the same amount of time, but that was not true. He had already played the game before his so called "re-start". I am just curious how long have you played? How long did it take you to get to your handicap? For me personally I started playing when I was 22 after I graduated college. I am 27 now. I played about 10 rounds the summer when I was 22 and never broke 100 and never really played the next 5 years. I just began to seriously play golf this summer and have taken lessons since March and hit the range 4/5 times a week along with working out with a TPI certified trainer 1-2 times a week. In just these past few months I have got my handicap down to 22.6 and broke 90 for the first time the other day. Obviously, being a 20+ capper doesnt put me in position to be giving suggestions, but one of the main things that has helped me is increasing my strength and mobility/flexibility through working out (I played hockey and lacrosse in college so I have an athletic background). This has helped me increase my distance off the tee and with my irons that has really helped my scores lately. Reading through Dan's blog I havent really seen any mention of a workout plan or anything of that nature. I think he could definitely benefit from that type of routine as he is a smaller guy (just around my size and I am 5'9").
Okay, I see your perspective on his efforts.
As I mentioned earlier, a true 10 handicap is not bad.
Many of the people on this site like @Pretzel and @GHIN0011458 are talented, and it will be difficult to compare yourself with them. No matter how much effort you put into it, if you do not have the talent, it will be hard for you to make the low single digits, much less scratch. Pretzel is a high school Sophomore or Junior and GHIN is a pretty young father in his mid-low 20s.
I started in my 40s, and got from 30+ handicap to where I am now in less than 2 years.
There is no reason you can't get to the low teens or high single digits. That's already really good golf.
Edited by Lihu - 7/7/14 at 12:32pm