Originally Posted by Lihu
I agree for you and me, but these kids are built for it. I'm sure they take care of themselves, like hit shorter if they feel sore to avoid injury. They do take some breaks. One of them went on a family vacation and suffered from withdrawals being away from golf for three days.
Here's one of their schedules (according to his mom and dad): Mon-Fri School from 8am to 2pm @ lunch he hits at the range and pitches and putts. I don't think he putts in the classroom, yet. After 1 hour of homework time, he tries to play 18 holes (Currently he can do it, and in the winter less because of the dark). He plays for free or $1. At 5:00 he eats dinner and from 5:30 to 6:30 he does more homework. From 6:30pm to 9:30pm (sometimes 10:00pm) he goes to the night range and practices till they close at night. Sometimes puts in an 18 hole par 3 round. Including some practice rounds, which he practices drills because he does it every single day, he puts in about 6 hours per day. On the weekends he's pretty much a fixture on the course and plays 2 (sometimes 3) rounds per day, plus drills and lessons. That would be 6*5+20 to 24 or about 50 to 58 hours per week or more including scoring rounds.
IDK, what the other kid's schedule is like, he has more natural talent, but pretty much lives on the local courses as well. He's on my kids high school team, but we don't know his practice habits. At least I don't.
@mvmac can ask my kid about the previous one (they've known each other since kindergarten) when we go to our lesson.
I still think you are overestimating the hours spent playing/practicing each week.
Finishes school at 2pm and 1 hours homework before dinner at 5:30 means that at an absolute maximum there is 2.5 hours free time.
That's not allowing any travel time from school -> home and then home -> course, and I'm assuming he needs to change into golf gear etc.
That has to bring it to well under a 2 hour window...even if he lived right beside his course & school.
There is no way he's getting 18 holes played in 1.5 to 2 hours he has before dinner at 5:30
I really can't see him getting a full 3 hours in between 6;30 and 9:30 (or 10), Again travel to/from etc etc.
These kids may seem like they "live" golf, but your estimation of 6 hours a weekday is still way too high imo.
I would imagine it is much closer to 4 hours per day than 5 or even 6.
He still "lives" golf playing 4 hours per day, it allows for no interaction with other kids (unless he is meeting them at golf)
Whatever about too much golf being detrimental to his game (injuries etc), it surely has to be detrimental to his development as a child.... very little "free" time, very little time to interact with other kids.
Even though it may seem they are "always" playing golf, the reality has to be that with school, the need to eat , and general "living life" stuff like attending birthday parties, socializing etc etc....40 hours is still a hell of a lot to accumulate on average per week.
They may be gone to the course for 20-24 hours at the weekend (seems quite high and shows bad parenting to let them away for that long imo) but I am sure this time is not dedicated completely to practice. There has to be a lot of down time for these 10 hour days.
All this may seem a bit pedantic, but it makes a big difference when you are throwing out figures like a 15 year old having clocked up ~ 15,000 hours golf.
40 hours per week for 50 weeks of the year = 2,000
Assuming they didn't get into the routine until they could walk, talk etc, gotten to an age were they could be left alone to look after themself, then we don't have 15 years to multiple it by.
At a push I think even the most dedicated would have amassed 10,000 hours.
Just my opinion on it, maybe there are kids that have more the 10,000 clocked up....but I would seriously worry about their development (social skills etc) if they had more than that in the bank.