I broke 90 before completing my first 20 rounds of golf (ever). So I couldn't carry a handicap even if I wanted one! :P But I played solo for most of those. I bet a good number of people could do that with access to practice and lessons. I had a several lessons with a <bad> instructor and had 4-5 lessons with a <GOOD> instructor. I haven't even had to go back to the instructor for more than a year and I'm still working on my own game and improving (when I can actually play... I haven't played but 2 rounds since Thanksgiving... shame)
I'd say being able to become a scratch golfer within 1 year would mean you could probably try your shot at becoming a pro? But breaking 80 within a year, nah? I've shot 81/82 a couple times and I'm at 2 years. I only practiced and played hard for 1 year of that time frame (it's really falling off, unfortunately) and I know I could never, ever be a pro golfer; no matter how much time, practice, and access to resources I had.
I would think a naturally athletic, young individual with talent for a good eye for the ball, handling pressure, game planning, etc would be slashing down into the low 80's to high 70's within a few months, if they were going to have a shot at the pros, honestly. I mean, that's averaging all pars and a handful of bogies.
How about exposed portions of bunker liners? I thought those were considered immovable obstructions (including a reference I saw from carolinasgolf.org). I would have thought these pilings would be treated similarly.
I'm actually impressed that Erik did an analysis of Don's swing while responding to the "Fish" comment Don made earlier.
Amazing that he wrote what needs fixing and what was the specific cause of his swing flaw. It's almost like a sub-conscious desire to help golfers no matter what he thinks about them.
Did some right hip away from the wall work at lunch today.
Hard to see but I have a yellow alignment stick in the ground next to my right hip.
Just trying to turn away from that. A little different feel than trying to keep it up against a stick on the left hip. I was able to execute it better.