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I no this was probably done a million times. Im still only new to golf after takin it up in may this year. Im going to set myself a goal to score par by this time next year. That does not mean im going to become a scratch golfer just to have one single par round. Just wondering is this possible currently scoring in mid 90's and all advice welcome i will be posting regular updates of my progress.

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If you play by the rules, your chances are Slim and none and Slim just wandered off into the woods. Very few people in the world have the talent to do the above so quickly. I do like your enthusiasm!!  The quickest person in the world that I know of to become a scratch golfer was Greg Norman....and it took him 2yrs.    So theoretically...........he might have shot par in 1 year, but probably not.  He was probably in the tail end of his 2nd year when he was getting close to scratch when he did it for the first time.

PS...I used to think like you when I was new to the game!!  It took me about 4yrs to get in the single digits, and I had this theory.......if I played nearly every day, can I get to scratch?   I proved that theory wrong....in fact, I got worse!!!  LOL......I played 180 rounds that year.  Keep in mind, I am an Ohio guy........where it's not easy to play that much and keep a job/house/marriage intact!!

If you break 80 in your 2nd year of playing, you'll be doing better than 95% of people by that point in time.  If you succeed, I'll tip my hat to you. Where you play also makes a difference........ IMO....anything less than 6,000yds isn't a real golf course.

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Originally Posted by saevel25

i wouldn't agree to that on the yardage, what if its a 5700 yard course that has a slope of 150. You never know, could be just a tough course overall.


That course doesn't exist....not from 5700yd tees.  C'mon Buckeye!!

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If you play by the rules on a decent course it will be very hard to do. It took me 15+ years to hit even par (just last year). I played a bunch when I was younger, but the past 4-5 years I've only played maybe 10 times a year so I could have maybe done it earlier had I played more. I've had several even par 9's and a few 18's at 1 or 2 over, but one round last year was the first time I shot an even par 72, and I haven't done it again. One thing I found out was the score itself isn't the hard part, it is the pressure of doing it, knowing that is goal and you had never done it before. Start smaller. Go for groups of 4 or 5. Make the first goal next year to break 90 2-3 times. Then 85, then 80, then 75. Start with obtainable goals and the confidence will go up and the pressure cooker on the last few holes will start to come down. Not saying you have to average those scores, but when you have something good going make an obtainable goal and try and get to it. If you just go out with the goal of scoring even par, when you don't hit that goal, the game will become frustrating and you won't improve at all. You will be 5 over after 10 and know you can't get to even, so mentally you will check out the last few holes. That is why I say make different goalsto hit through the year. 5 over isn't bad, keep it up and you can break 80, get lucky and you might hit 75. You have to find a way to keep yourself interested when you can't get to even.
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It's definitely possible man. My little brother just started golfing religiously this year, (normally only went out like 2-3 times a summer) and he has improved his handicap by 20 strokes. He started a 30 handicap, now he is shooting around 80-82 on average. If I could golf 5 times a week like him I could have improve that much too. It's also just about your natural ability to improve. Golf is still an athletic game and if you are a natural athlete, you will most likely improve faster than someone who isn't as athletic. If you find that you are good at most other sports, you will probably be decent at golf. That's the way it was in my case, anyways. I'm not amazing, but I shoot alright and I really just started golfing a lot this year as well.
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lets set the record straight......

There is a HUUUUGE difference between shooting low 80's-70's and EVEN PAR.....................

HUUUUGE difference.........

Cracking that "even par" nut isn't as easy as you think if you play by the rules.....

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If I had a dollar for every guy who came "CLOSE"...............

I'd immediately have enough money to retire and return to my recent summer vacation destination indefinitely!!!!!

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Not a bad way to fund my retirement....playing golf every day on St. Croix!!!!

Hahaha...yea, baby!!! count me in!!

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