Originally Posted by slodsm
I really believe some people just can't play golf. Can you get better, yes but to actually play at the level he wants I don't think everyone can do no matter the amount of practice. I've played a LOT of sports, I was good at a lot of them, I spent 12 years in the Marine Corps, I have advanced fairly far in various hand to hand programs, what I do for a living requires a lot of strength, a lot of coordination, and a small amount of either fearlessness or ignorance (people see it differently) but I strongly doubt I'll ever see scratch, even single digits and I put in a LOT of work. Not 10,000 hours but I'm willing to bet I put in 10 rounds a month and 15-20 hours practice a month on the chipping/putting green. If I can post low 80's on my home course from the tips (CR 71/129) then I will be absolutely thrilled 5 years from now.
Practice will make him better but not tour better.
I don't know that there are some people who can't do it, barring some physical ailment.
Golf is not a difficult physical game. Is it really the case that your average pro golfer just has the absolutely right physical makeup and I don't? Not likely.
I think the difference is at a minimum, two fold: determination and coaching. While Dan may be determined, his level of determination likely doesn't come close to those who have made it on the pro tour. Ten thousand hours is likely a drop in the bucket compared to what most pros have put in. Secondly, most people likely don't get near enough coaching, not the right coaching or most importantly, coaching in only one area. Great pros often have great swing coaches, fitness coaches, course management coaches and mental coaches.
Could you take Dan, back him up 10 years, give him the right determination and coaches and get him to the PGA tour? I suspect you could. If so, why aren't more of us pros? Because we lack the belief and determination. It was either never our real dream, or we gave up on it somewhere along the way. We played in some big amateur tournaments, turned in some 87's and determined we just didn't have what takes. Meanwhile, the next future pro who was playing alongside us and also posted an 87, walked off the 18th green and went straight to the range, determined that if it took 10 more tries, he was going to win that tournament someday. And he did, and then moved beyond it.
The tour and below is littered with players that have swings the equal of Rory or any other 20 players in the top 25. But many of them never achieve much, because to be a great pro you have to get the whole package working at the highest level - not just your swing.
So no, I don't think Dan is going to achieve any pro success either. But I don't think it's just because he doesn't have the magical physical makeup.