Originally Posted by flopster
Originally Posted by Lihu
That's a very compelling argument.
His original goal of becoming a pro golfer might have been misguided by his inexperience with the game. Even scratch is pretty hard without talent. So, If he had a goal of reaching something reasonable, like 4 handicap, with 10,000 hours, that makes a lot more sense.
He's halfway there time-wise, and if he can get to a solid 2 to 4 handicap, I would agree that he succeeded.
On the other hand, if this is his main point, then it has already been proven by my son's classmates and the thousands of other 14-18 year old golfers playing high school golf.
His inexperience may be showing up again with his questionable index, unless he really is a 4.1 he needs to play better in tournaments because there you can't hide bad days by just not posting a score, by inexperience he may have let himself feel the pressure of needing to show a steady incline of improvement and therefore omit rounds from posting. If his tournament scores once again are in the double digit range over par this whole thing may start to unravel.
Yeah, it's pretty obvious to me as well that if he scores in the 92 range, that he is most likely not a legitimate 4 handicap. It seems like a tournament round and a normal round should only be a few strokes different.
If he does get down to a solid 2 to 4 handicap, he would at least prove his point.
That just brings up another point. Why is he doing it? I mean, other than to have fun.
I just think there are already thousands of teens who are proving that already. They train for 10,000 hours and get down to a 2 to 4 handicap, maybe scratch for those with a lot more talent. He did not need to do this to get those statistics. In fact, if I were do do the "Lihu Plan 10,000 hours of golf to become a pro", I would follow 1000 kids who started off so so and got pretty good by their early teens. I would track their records and tournament scores and record how often they practice. When they hit 10,000 hours, I would track that statistic.
However, I think it would only be more interesting after 15,000 hours. Two 15 year old kids I know at a 2 to 2.5 handicap have already practiced more than 15,000 hours.
Even one of the 8 year old kids that I talked about in earlier posts, probably practiced thousands of hours (maybe even 10,000?). One of them was at Goose Creek, where I pointed him out to @iacas and @mvmac. If that little 8 year old kid is within 150 yards of the hole he will on average get it in in a little less than 3 strokes. When he can carry a drive 220+ yards, he should be pretty close to scratch or better.
There are so many talented kids that can prove his point, I don't understand why he is personally doing it.
Maybe he just wants to prove that he can do it? IDK, if that's really interesting to anyone other than himself.