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Does age really matter?

post #1 of 5
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Not sure if this is the right place for this question but nonetheless.

 

I was just curious, does age really that matter in golf? Is there any chance for someone who started playing golf in the late stage during his/her life (i.e. mid 20s/30s) to win PGA? Most of top players, as far as I know, started playing golf since he/she was child. But most of us don't have such privileges like that.

 

How long did it take to turn yourself from newbie/amateur into a pro? How many training hours does it need?

 

Any comment will be appreciated.

post #2 of 5

Just play once a week for 3 months and you should be able to compete with the pros.  

post #3 of 5

There are a couple guys that took up golf in their early 20s and won on tour. If you look up Calvin Peete and Larry Nelson, they both needed 5+ years and from what I have read they were both playing 4+ hours a day for a good chunk of that. Figure 5k+hours.

 

I think in theory someone in there early 30s could do it (i.e they would have until early 40s) but the number of adults who can spend 4+ hours/day playing golf as a 30 year old is very small. Of course for most of us, it doesn't matter when we started playing golf. Few of us have the genetic ability to be a  > +5 player no matter how much we practice.

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Not sure if this is the right place for this question but nonetheless.

 

I was just curious, does age really that matter in golf? Is there any chance for someone who started playing golf in the late stage during his/her life (i.e. mid 20s/30s) to win PGA? Most of top players, as far as I know, started playing golf since he/she was child. But most of us don't have such privileges like that.

 

How long did it take to turn yourself from newbie/amateur into a pro? How many training hours does it need?

 

Any comment will be appreciated.

post #4 of 5

Except for the rare persons I believe you need to start in high school or sooner, play through college, if you go, then work your way to the PGA. Probably untold numbers of hours practicing. And yes, genetics helps.

post #5 of 5

If you want to win on the PGA, probably.  If you just want to have fun, not at all.

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