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  1. Skill level of the teacher doesn't necessarily matter. What matters is what are his pupils doing? Are they winning? Are they dominating? Or is his "best" pupil some guy who one time played in the U.S Amateur Championship and was cut. Of course this depends on what you want out of the game in the first place. If you're just looking to shoot 90, almost any teacher will do. But it's like anything, if you want to get even marginally good. You need to put the time in. Spend everyday practicing for 30 minutes, + playing on the weekends you'll break 90 relatively quickly.
  2. Do it man. f*** being realistic. What's the worse that can happen? You try really hard and don't make it + you learn a lot about yourself and meet cool people? Sounds like fun. What's better? Going to school, getting a "good" job, making money, while every time you drive by the course you wonder if you could have done something with golf. Notice how none of these people responding are actually pros themselves and I don't mean teaching pros, or having played one time on the circuit. I mean full blown, Web.com or similar level players. None are. What the hell makes them qualified to give you advice? Where has their "advice" got them? Are these people even "successful" ? And I'm not talking making 100k a year, I'm talking more, is there anyone here that's a BIG DREAMER with a very STRONG VISION commenting on here? Are these guys champions in their own lives? No? Then why the f*** listen to them. They have no right to tell someone, especially someone young like you, what you should do. In fact, I think it's asinine because you're being led down the same path. Ask yourself, do I want to to walk in this guys shoes? Do I want to trade lives with them? And if you don't. Don't listen to them. Remember what Arnold Schwarzenegger said in his rules for success. "Don't listen to the naysayers." Which unfortunately is 90% of people.
  3. Edit: By far my biggest regret is being too bull-headed to get an instructor and not taking opportunities when they arise. I had a pro last year offer to have me chill at his private driving range and hang-out, I never took the opportunity. How stupid of me. + The opportunity to spend time at Golf Evolution even though I'm so close. Mistakes.... Won't happen again.
  4. Canadian winters are harsh, I've been working on my game as the season starts warming up and spent some more time reflecting on last year and where I want to head this year. One of the major changes, which I'm undertaking is in the next month is I will be moving across country to B.C, partly because I want to see B.C but I also noticed a lot of the players on the Mackenzie Tour are from that area. I figure there has to be a reason why, so I am moving. Looking back on 2018, here are a few things I'm proud of and a few things that I definitely need to improve. 1. Breaking par for 18 holes (71, from the back tees) I made it my goal, that I HAD to break par in 2018 at least once and I did it. It was a pretty grindy round too, the first tee shot I hooked way into the trees as a bunch of old guys were watching and giving me shit for playing the back tees. I had to birdie the tough 18th hole to break par, which I did in great fashion. I put my 2 iron to about five feet from the hole on my 2nd shot. It was a risky move but damn did it feel good. That sealed my 71. I also shot a 69 but it was fairly easy course, so I don't really count that. Also par was 70 I believe. Shit, there was one more low round I had. I shot 71 (par 72) during a practice round at a course I had a tournament at a few days later. That was probably my best round but not as special as the first time I broke par for 18 at my home course. 2. Co-led a tournament after 9 holes. The 2nd last tournament of the year, I was paired with the best player and we both were tied going into the back 9. We both shot -2 for our first 9's which was my first time ever shooting that low in a tournament (even though it's just 9), I didn't follow it up with a good back 9 though and shot I think 75 or 76. Pretty shit. Those are some of the goals I reached, there were some other smaller ones but those are the main ones. Now onto the challenges. The biggest challenge by far was focus and getting into the right mindset. Simply put, I did not have the discipline and self-control to pull myself back after a bad start or I would start well and then lose whatever momentum I had for the round. Some days, my focus was there and others I would just walk up and hit the ball. Every time I walked up and hit the ball, I thought it was a good idea at the time but usually ended up being a terrible idea and costing me a lot of strokes. My tournament scores were abysmal because of this but I also think I was distracted during the events because the tournaments I was playing in my brother was also playing in. Who I don't really get to spend a lot of time with, so on one hand I tried to be serious but I also wanted to enjoy the time with my brother (we got paired twice) and idk, I felt I had a very hard time keeping my focus. "I wanted to have fun" too much. I also had a lot of problem with my drives, I would simply forget how to drive the damn ball and it costed me so many strokes during these events. I was furious. Then during the 2nd last tournament, I had finally figured out my driver and I was driving well (front 9 -2 back 9 was bad but not because of driver) and then I was gearing up for the last tournament when my driver broke about a day before the event. I couldn't get it fixed in time so my dad brought it into his workshop and fixed it but he put way too much epoxy in it so it felt really weird in my hands. My driving was terrible during that event. Near OB ball on the first hole and 2nd hole straight into the OB. Not good. In this year of 2019, I need to do a few things. - Find a coach who I can trust and believe in - Start working on my mental game, especially in tournaments (play more events) - Get rid of the over the top bullshit in my swing - Start breaking par more consistently - Finding better players to hangout with / befriend - Continue to work on putting and shortgame. I think the major two here are finding a coach / teacher and working on the mental game. When my mental game is on and I'm in a good frame of mind, I can play decent golf but right now it's terrible. It needs a lot of work because my tournament play is awful. Now, to wrap this up. What have I been doing in the winter? Well, I've done a little work on my game but mostly I've been resting. Reflecting on my year and deciding whether I want to continue to pursue this goal or not. My dad was a pro athlete and he did very well, competing internationally and winning some events. I sort of feel I have to follow in his footsteps and I know don't have to but I want to. I've studied other athletes and a lot of them, there's a lineage within the family where athletics was a big thing. So if I was to go pro, it wouldn't be too crazy. Considering the background. I also started to make some money with one of my other hobbies, photography. I got lucky in picking up some work from a guy who approached me on the street as I was taking photos. This turned into a consistent gig and then through word of mouth, I landed some more work which was nice. This sparked a deeper interest in art, which I didn't really know I had until now. I've got into sketching and drawing and eventually I want to paint. There was a point this year where I seriously considered whether I wanted to focus on improving my skills as an artist and start doing that instead. I still have that internal struggle but what I keep coming back to, is the childhood dream I had. Which was to play pro golf. I remember in grade 8, when I was very good for my age and certainly should have continued the sport (I quit for 5 years) we had to fill these things out that said "What do you want to do when you are older?" I wrote professional golfer and my teacher laughed at me. I didn't take it to heart really because I practiced religiously that summer but I think back and I remember that burning desire I had. So do I want to continue? I do I want to win on the Mackenzie Tour. But first I need to win. I want to win a tournament. That's my first step to my bigger goal. So I think that's where I'm going to start and work from there. Being a pro would be great but let's start with winning something (I haven't really won anything important). I don't want to die without having won a tournament. Then once I do that, we can go from there. What really keeps me going with my goals is what I have done in the last 2 years. Going from a 15 handicap to about a 5/6 (realistic, my "Canadian" handicap is actually a 1/2 officially) + having broke par a few times at decent courses for 18. Had I not have done that, if I was still shooting 79 I probably wouldn't be writing this post. And to answer the people, where have I been? Embarrassed. With the way I played during my last tournament, I wanted to stick my head in the sand. Which I did. I'm going to push hard this year. I'm moving out my parents, I've got a nice van and I'm cutting all costs out of my life. I will be sleeping in my van and working on my goals with a coach. If I need money, I have my photography that I can use to make extra cash. By the way, for those interested. Here's my website with my photography. www.jasoncoull.com
  5. If I had my Passport, I'd be there tomorrow. But I gotta get that first. So that's the first step.
  6. I agree. Even though I originally was against it. Thank you, it was a pretty big realization. Canadian side. Damn. I need to get my PassPort. ______ I think a big thing that I realized this weekend is that old school players and instruction is great but the games different now. You don't see any cats getting to the top levels via their own or from following old-school methods.
  7. Sorry for the lack of updates. I've been playing so bad lately that I've just been quiet. Had a tournament yesterday and played so awful. I'm gonna go back on what I said here. I need an instructor if I want to actually accomplish this goal. No way in hell am I gonna do it through my own thinking. Now I need to find a coach. Looking into Evolvr for the time being.
  8. Interesting, I see where you're coming from. I wonder how players before video and technology learned the game since feel isn't really real. I guess you could have a teacher watch you but the swing is pretty fast, hard to see specific positions in real-time. The more I think about it, I think feel or mechanics can't be completely disregarded but definitely one should be dominant. Feel more dominant than mechanics and vice versa. Also, I don't feel very good over the ball typically and even through it. I've always said to my brother (who also wants to play pro) that my swing and address often feel terrible but the result are good. I don't do what "feels" good to me, I focus on the feel that gives me the best results.
  9. They are and playing conditions can be decent in October, especially if it's early. November is sketchy though. Cold + Windy. Not a very fun time for golf. As far as courses closing, it really depends on the weather. First major snowfall and they'll close.
  10. I've been thinking about this a lot lately. My game only really improved this year when I dropped mechanics and set out to learn the game through feel. Doing this I went from a 9/8 to about a 1/2. Breaking par a few times in the process as well. In fact, my best round to date where I shot 70 the only things I thought about was - Steady head - Weight shift I'm sure we're all familiar with the phrase "What you feel isn't what's actually happening." Which dispels that feel is important, Hogan even said that "If you did the exact opposite of what you feel, you'd probably make a pretty good swing." I don't remember the exact quote though but it was something like that. But, then Sam Snead says that if he tried to complicate the game with mechanics he'd never be half as good a player as he was. Which made me think. If you want to learn how to swing the club and hit the ball solidly, you either have to learn entirely by feel or through mechanics. You can't mix the two. When you mix the two you're not getting the full picture whereas if you stick to just one, you can put the clubhead in the proper positions. Think about it, If you learn how to hit the ball solid and you've learned by feel, you're going to know what you have to "Feel" in your body to create the proper result but you don't know why it works. You just know how to put it there and that's it. However, I believe that most average players would be better off if they focused more on mechanics. I'm curious what others think of this. Do you agree? Do you disagree?
  11. George Knudson did something similar, He used to practice with his eyes closed. I've done it and I can hit a ball reasonably well with my eyes closed. Knudson's whole premise was that the golf motion is, for the most part, natural once you take care of the involuntary motions like stance and grip. An interesting stance on the game and his book "Natural Golf" goes over his philosophy quite well. I tried to incorporate his ideas into my own game and I didn't really see much of an improvement though.
  12. Some people have said my right-handed swing is nicer than my left. I tried to switch hands but I had a minor injury involving my shoulder that stopped me.
  13. With the driver, the average is 290ish. SS is 107, with roll I can reach 300. I'm really skinny though, which is why I'm working out regularly now to boost my speed and endurance. I'd have to gain some more distance if I want to compete on the Mackenzie. And my 6 iron, 185 Not a single pro here has created a player of any decent caliber. If I'm gonna invest in getting taught, I'm gonna seek the best I can afford + someone I feel I can really trust. Thank you, I'll have to look at this more in-depth.
  14. Okay, so 40 isn't gonna cut it. What do you want for 30 minutes of your time? Again, I'm not looking for a lesson out of this. More interested in what you have to say and what you've seen in your years as a teacher.
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