I think the question speaks for itself, but I will provide some basis for the question. I am at the driving range today working through the material that I covered in my last golf lesson, and as is such with these things, It is often worse before it is better and I have trouble “not watching” the ball when I am working on a drill.
That being said, I had this thought, I know several people who have said something along the lines of “I used to play all the time, and when I did I got pretty good, at one point I was consistently in the XX score range”
I don’t claim to be a student of the game, but I have been going to lessons for a few years, and consuming a lot of knowledge on the game and I have gotten to the point where I can usually identify a “bad” swing. One particular family member who today shoots in the 90-95 range has a setup that over corrects for a VERY over the top movement, the result of which is generally a BAD banana hook. He tells me that years ago he used to play 2-3 times a week after work and practice almost every other day and he got to the point where he was shooting in the low 80’s.
This is a story I have heard more than once, now I have also played with people who have a very solid looking swing, but only place a handful of times a year and they shoot in the mid 80’s and say that they used to be in the 70’s. I believe these people because most of them were shooting those 70’s numbers in some form of competition (junior golf tournaments, college golf, etc.)
So this got me thinking, how good can a player get, if they just practice enough and work within the limits of his/her game, how good can somebody get? Is it possible to be a 10-12 handicapper with a flawed swing or are is every one of these people exaggerating the scores.