Originally Posted by x129
To be fair you should post the whole handicap history. You know the one where were he got to 10 bounced around between 10 and 12 for 6 months and ton of people posted that he has hit his limit and he would struggle to get into the single digits. Then he dropped to a 6 and now has been stuck there. Improvement isn't a linear process. It goes in starts and stops. Personally I expect him to have another decent jump next year to a 2 or so. I am basing this that he has only hit the long clubs for ~ 1 year (I know a ton of hours) and I think there is certain amount of learning that is measured in total days doing something rather than just time practicing. That being said I have lost a lot of faith in Dan of the past couple months. Not working with a coach much for the last year and becoming a club ho is not what I consider good practice strategies. I have said it a couple times but now is the fun part for Dan. The easy stuff is all done. Can he grind out another 12 strokes to be a PGA pro (I doubt it). Another 6 or so to be scratch seems possible if he can actually last another 3 years.
? Can you find me where this happened? Dan's first handicap was a 12. He was a 11.6 when he first got a full set of clubs. I don't remember anybody saying that was the end of the road. I also don't remember him bouncing around between a 10 and 12 for 6 months either.
And to get back on topic even if we had 1000 Dans with professional coaches they would all bottom out somewhere most would be nowhere near scratch.
This is interesting as there are just various levels of naivety. Non-golfers are like, "oh my god, he was a 12 and now he's a 6 he should be a 0 soon. Mid handicappers think, well if he just keeps practicing he should be scratch before much longer. The 4 handicap that has practiced 10,000 hours easily and recognizes how ridiculously hard it gets as you approach scratch knows he will likely never get there...
And then there's your highschool kid that played/practiced for fun for a couple years, is scratch and wonders what all the fuss is about.
Edited by Williamevanl - 12/1/12 at 2:15pm