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Don't know how you're doing now.  I hope you are still following your dream.

Along the way there will be many who want to disillusion you, tell you that you are crazy and that it will never happen.

If you're still reading Rotella then you will know that you cannot allow any negative thinking to get a foot hold and work to destroy your confidence.  Keep trying young man.  Remember that life will throw curves at you along the way.  The important thing is to follow your dreams.  Even if you don't make it as a pro there a many, many opportunities to work and play in the golf world.  Teaching Instructor comes to mind, club pro, whatever.  Just don't let those who never made it for what ever reason, those who never achieved their dreams or those who are jealous derail you from what you feel is right for you.

There are many of us out here who are rooting for you.  Even if you don't make it, those who wish you the best will still respect and admire you for at least trying.

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The best advice I would  give to an aspiring professional is to go to a tournament and watch a couple guys you've never heard of on the practice tee. Watch how the ball rockets out of sight and how th

We get it.  You've got a plan.  You're not the first, and won't be the last, 15 handicapper with visions of glory. Tell you what - Come back in six months (better yet, a year), after working th

Best of luck to you...if you enjoy the journey, then it doesn't really matter what the end of the road is!

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Don't know how you're doing now.  I hope you are still following your dream.

Along the way there will be many who want to disillusion you, tell you that you are crazy and that it will never happen.

Common attitude.

If you want support from people to do things, forget it


Do your thing, become better.

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Thanks everyone, and thanks for those last couple of posts. All is well, I'm improving and working on my goals. I just paid off my student loans and I'm going to become debt free before 2013 ends. That's about 43k in a year which is crazy, one of my big goals that will definitely help along the road. I've been getting fit, I've lost 20 pounds and am really trying to be conscientious of staying fit and injury free. I've been working with golftec still to create a sound and repeating swing. I'm signing up for a handful of tournaments this summer. I've gotten fitted for some nice MP64s which are so freakin nice. New taylormade r1 driver which I love. This year besides continually restructuring my swing, I'm going to focus intensely on my 100 yards and in game. Still on track with all goals, be scratch and have money saved up and move to Florida by 2015. All is well everyone! Follow me on twitter as I check that more than I check this, but I'll be on here from time to time. Follow me here @travdaddy226 Take care and well wishes!
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Can I ask what you do for living? You can PM if you want. I'm trying to become pro like you but without any backup plan or a job. Golf without school, work or any back up plan is extremely stressful. Some days when I shoot in the 80s I feel like giving up, not have any talent to make it. Even when I hit bucket after bucket I just lose confidence in myself. Don't give up man! Most pros have been playing over 13+yrs before turning pro. Even if you turn pro in 10yrs it'll be all worth it. what are your distance like?

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Can I ask what you do for living? You can PM if you want. I'm trying to become pro like you but without any backup plan or a job. Golf without school, work or any back up plan is extremely stressful. Some days when I shoot in the 80s I feel like giving up, not have any talent to make it. Even when I hit bucket after bucket I just lose confidence in myself. Don't give up man! Most pros have been playing over 13+yrs before turning pro. Even if you turn pro in 10yrs it'll be all worth it. what are your distance like?

Have a buddy who had a similar dream...he was good at sales and supported his golf habit through telemarketing.  He got down to about a scratch, won a club championship and I saw he cashed a small check in a 50+ age event but don't think he has ever qualified for a PGA or Champions Tour event.  Work in AM, Golf in PM, no kids and lots of GFs...not a bad life style if you are into those things.

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So, 6.2 is the current index?   I don't feel like reading through the entire thread, but when was he planning/scheduled to be scratch?

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Thanks everyone, and thanks for those last couple of posts. All is well, I'm improving and working on my goals. I just paid off my student loans and I'm going to become debt free before 2013 ends. That's about 43k in a year which is crazy, one of my big goals that will definitely help along the road. I've been getting fit, I've lost 20 pounds and am really trying to be conscientious of staying fit and injury free. I've been working with golftec still to create a sound and repeating swing. I'm signing up for a handful of tournaments this summer. I've gotten fitted for some nice MP64s which are so freakin nice. New taylormade r1 driver which I love. This year besides continually restructuring my swing, I'm going to focus intensely on my 100 yards and in game. Still on track with all goals, be scratch and have money saved up and move to Florida by 2015. All is well everyone! Follow me on twitter as I check that more than I check this, but I'll be on here from time to time. Follow me here @travdaddy226 Take care and well wishes!

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So, 6.2 is the current index?   I don't feel like reading through the entire thread, but when was he planning/scheduled to be scratch?

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Originally Posted by France46

Have a buddy who had a similar dream...he was good at sales and supported his golf habit through telemarketing.  He got down to about a scratch, won a club championship and I saw he cashed a small check in a 50+ age event but don't think he has ever qualified for a PGA or Champions Tour event.  Work in AM, Golf in PM, no kids and lots of GFs...not a bad life style if you are into those things.

plays 50+ events? so I'm guessing your friend is over 50+? How does he have so many gfs at that age. I'm in my 20s and have hard time meeting girls.

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golf55 wrote: I'm guessing your friend is over 50+? How does he have so many gfs at that age. I'm in my 20s and have hard time meeting girls. ---------------------------------------- Single women in their 40's and 50's are much more desperate than girls in their 20's....that's how.
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Originally Posted by golf55

plays 50+ events? so I'm guessing your friend is over 50+? How does he have so many gfs at that age. I'm in my 20s and have hard time meeting girls.


Is that you in the avatar?  If it is, girls might be a little turned off by the Ronald McDonald outfit ;)

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Originally Posted by golf55

plays 50+ events? so I'm guessing your friend is over 50+? How does he have so many gfs at that age. I'm in my 20s and have hard time meeting girls.

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golf55 wrote:

I'm guessing your friend is over 50+? How does he have so many gfs at that age. I'm in my 20s and have hard time meeting girls.

Single women in their 40's and 50's are much more desperate than girls in their 20's....that's how.

That is probably true, but not the answer as he dates mostly girls in their 20s but occasionally a bit younger or older.  He has dated several playmates over the years and most of the girls he dates are still pretty hot.

He is a really good looking guy who made more money doing golf related commercials than he ever did playing the game.  He puts A LOT of effort into chatting up girls and doesn't mind spending money on them either (especially now that he is older), but I think his secret weapon is flattery.  It seems insincere to me, but it is amazing how many girls go for compliments like you are the most/best beautiful/looking ...fill in the blank.

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That is probably true, but not the answer as he dates mostly girls in their 20s but occasionally a bit younger or older.  He has dated several playmates over the years and most of the girls he dates are still pretty hot.

He is a really good looking guy who made more money doing golf related commercials than he ever did playing the game.  He puts A LOT of effort into chatting up girls and doesn't mind spending money on them either (especially now that he is older), but I think his secret weapon is flattery.  It seems insincere to me, but it is amazing how many girls go for compliments like you are the most/best beautiful/looking ...fill in the blank.

Sounds like a complete sleazebag. Amazing also, how he's a "buddy" of yours, you're a golf nut, but you don't know if he ever qualified for a PGA tour or Champions Tour event.

My guess is that you hardly know him and you believe every piece of BS he spins your way.

Your challenge is as follows:

i) Name ONE playmate he has dated.

ii) Identify these lucrative golf commercials.

Betchacantdoit.

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Sounds like a complete sleazebag. Amazing also, how he's a "buddy" of yours, you're a golf nut, but you don't know if he ever qualified for a PGA tour or Champions Tour event.

My guess is that you hardly know him and you believe every piece of BS he spins your way.

Your challenge is as follows:

i) Name ONE playmate he has dated.

ii) Identify these lucrative golf commercials.

Betchacantdoit.

What is the wager amount?  FWIW, I am 99.9% sure that he hasn't qualified for any of those events, but was closer with him 5+ years ago than I am now so hedged with my statement.

Other than the gratuitous compliments, why does he sound like a sleazebag?

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Originally Posted by France46

Other than the gratuitous compliments, why does he sound like a sleazebag?

You're the one who said he's 50 and wrote "he dates mostly girls in their 20s but occasionally a bit younger".

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Originally Posted by Shorty

You're the one who said he's 50 and wrote "he dates mostly girls in their 20s but occasionally a bit younger".

Yea, so why does that make him a sleazebag?  When I said a bit younger, I meant 19, not illegal.

I think he finds that girls in their 30s become more fixated about settling down, unattached girls in their 40s tend to have some baggage and/or resentment towards men while girls in their 20s are more interested in having fun and are less apt to hassle him.

I think you are just being jealous and grumpy.

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Originally Posted by France46

Yea, so why does that make him a sleazebag?  When I said a bit younger, I meant 19, not illegal.

I think he finds that girls in their 30s become more fixated about settling down, unattached girls in their 40s tend to have some baggage and/or resentment towards men while girls in their 20s are more interested in having fun and are less apt to hassle him.

I think you are just being jealous and grumpy.


I think the more likely scenario is that he enjoys the company of prostitutes but tells his "buddies" that they are playmates and that they find guys in their 50s "fun" and cool to be with.

The fact that you refer to all women - be they in their 20s or 40s as"girls" is quite instructive, BTW.

I'll bet the ones in their 20s are quite apt to "hassle" him when the wallet is closed.

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Originally Posted by France46

Yea, so why does that make him a sleazebag?

I think you are just being jealous and grumpy.

So dating someone younger means sleazebag? I'm pretty jealous of the guy, in his 50s and getting more girls than I am. He's living the dream, dating young hot girls while playing golf. Most guys would kill to have his lifestyle.

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