Originally Posted by Goat Green
There certainly are a lot of people in this thread, washing down their Hater Tots with some Hater-ade.
Where's the hate?
There are only two things wrong with the plan - and one of them is the title of this thread because people focus on the "pro" bit. But that's his fault.
The other is his stated plan about becoming a professional golfer which he probably didn't even write in the "details" part of his site:
During this time, Dan plans to develop his skills through deliberate practice, eventually winning amateur events and obtaining his PGA Tour card through a successful appearance in the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School, or “Q-School”.
If he'd said his plan is to test a theory and see how good he can become after 10,000 hours noone would have a problem.
The fact that he isn't already dead of boredom is an achievement in itself.
He's actually doing pretty well and it may well be that he eventually has a low single digit handicap under the U.S. handicap system.
Under this system a player can, from what I see, have a "scratch handicap" but the average in their 10 of 20 handicap scores are in the mid or late 70s. And that's not playing Bethpage Black every week.
He certainly seems like a really nice bloke and who can knock his determination? Nobody.
The fact remains that what will ultimately stop him is exactly what stops 99.9999999% of all other golfers. 1 or 2 or 3 poor shots a round which lead to one or two double bogeys or triple bogey so that the 71 becomes a 75 or the 75 becomes a 79. Or whatever. This is why rules have to be religiously followed if your handicap is genuine and you need to hit off the mens tees. Not the coloured ones that are really the ladies tees but are there so because some players feel that they should have a chance of hitting every green in regulation no matter how short they are off the tee.
The issue I see, generally here, is that people think that scratch means pro, when the scratch they are talking about breaks 80 half the time.
I wish him well. He is not going to become a Tour Pro and that should never have been in the brief - but maybe we wouldn't be writing about him if he hadn't.
He may well eventually be good enough to become a teaching pro. In fact I am pretty sure he will. But that's not a Tour Pro.
The owner of this site is a teaching pro. And I don't think he would want to be confused with a Tour Pro.