Originally Posted by cipher
I just looked at the time that I have put into bettering my game/playing in the last three years. I work on my game, I get great instruction, but have a job and a young family. I am only averaging about 200 hours per year that I have been able to put in(considering playing time, range time and practice at home). Last year I was able to put in about 225 hours. It is tough to get there at that rate, very tough.
I hadn't thought about this yet, but now that you give me the idea ... Since I got back into it full bore (Fall 2011) I've been playing about 20-30 times per year and averaging about two range visits per week. I also do mirror/window work at home, and sometimes (super rarely) break out the astroturf and practice putting. To make it easy, let's just assume that it's all "deliberate" practice. (It's not) That then comes out to about 200 hours a year for me as well.
So since that time, I've practiced about 500 hours. Prior to that, I didn't play at all for a year or two, and my entire life prior to that I probably played, on average, 10 times a year with very little practice. (And I never had lessons, so my practice was always just hitting balls) Even if we call it 50 hours a year (which is generous), then that means, at most, I'm still not at 2000 hours total FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE.
Holy moly, 10k hours is along time!!!!
The only thing I can say, definitively, that I've practiced deliberately for at least 10,000 hours - and I know I am world class at this - is sleep!!