Originally Posted by BostonBrew
I've mentioned it before, but the course I used to work at hosted a mini-tour event for the then-Tar Heel Tour. I followed the guy who ended up winning it on Sunday. Very windy conditions. Course record before that day was 67. He shot 63. Afterwards, he was kind enough to allow me sit down on the patio of the Pro Shop and talk to him. I asked him, "Why the hell aren't you on the Tour?" I had honestly never seen anyone play like this guy. Flushed every shot. Beautiful touch around the greens. Sank so many hard putts. He laughed and said "Have you ever seen those guys play in person?" I hadn't. He then went on to try and describe the difference between a Tour Pro and him. Apparently, those guys are on a level of play that most of us can't comprehend.
I am going to say that part of the reason that guy is not on tour is NOT lack of ability, but lack of self confidence. The guys on tour, particularly the winners, believe in themselves even when they aren't playing well. Have you ever seen Tiger interviewed after a poor round and seen him say that he is not far away or when he was all over the course and said that he mostly hit the ball well except for a shot or two.
Yes, the pros are tremendously talented, and most of us might not be even close, but my guess is that the difference between the guy you saw shoot 63 and a Jim Furyk or Zach Johnson is mental, not physical. JF and ZJ believed they belonged on tour and put in the hard work until it happened. Believing in yourself is no guarantee that you will make it but a lack of believe seems like a guarantee you will be right.