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Williamevanl last won the day on December 1 2012

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  1. well you could lose it and then have someone else find it after you've given up on it.
  2. Just going to go ahead and say "called it", about 3 years ago.
  3. Wow bumped post from 4 years ago! There are several courses in the area that open if possible for nice weather. Beaver Creek is one of them, Jester will open anytime weather permitting. I just assumed if there are several that do it within 20 miles there would have been others that did the same thing.
  4. Ok thanks. :/ :) btw, I find the site search function very difficult for such things. I think I got back 1000's of results. Can we do quotes or anything?
  5. I appreciate that but is there an online link, I had this argument with a buddy yesterday during a scramble and wanted to send him a link or summary of the information.
  6. I remember there being as study done about how amateurs always do better the closer they are to the the hole but I simply can't find the thread or the study online. Could someone point me in the right direction? Thanks, -Will
  7. I found myself wondering while reading the board that it's interesting that there doesn't seem to be any accounts of anyone just 'getting it figured out' or 'finally finding the game' It's strange but you would think this kind of thing would happen. Does anyone ever go from a normal crappy men's leauger to top notch amateur or pro? If not, why? It seems to me if it were the case the golf were the kind of thing that you could learn or improve on like a skill you would routinely see people quickly going from a 5 to a +3 handicap but that really is never the case. It seems the best golfers find themselves (quickly) in a situation where they recognize that they are really talented and that drives them to become better or the best but rarely do you find someone that has not been very good for quite some stretch (Say a few years) all of sudden start to get it together and perform at the highest level. After spending years practicing golf now and following a lot of other people's progress I'm starting to think that its an either you have it or you don't situation. It seems rare if not non-existant that someone struggles for a long time as mediocre player and then has some kind of breakthrough where the become one of the best. Is this true and if so why?
  8. Lol, no she couldn't. :) Funny post though, "this 125lb girl was easily hitting it past me and my drives are 280-300 so she easily pounds it out there 300+"
  9. Athletes are often listed taller than they actually are. I remember watching an interview years ago where the interviewer called out some football player on his listed height. He said something like, you're listed at 6'1 and I'm 5'11 and definitely taller than you. :) The response wasn't a positive one. :) As for Rory, if he is indeed 5'9, that would make him two inches taller than the average person from Ireland. (I suspect they are all inflated a little)
  10. 1 quad bogie and two triple bogies (and 6 bogies)! I didn't know 2 handicappers did that! Hmm +16 over those 9 holes. Oh well, he barely missed dead last by 5 people.
  11. I interpret this whole thing as the beginning of the end. Dan realized what we have all been telling him this entire time. We said he would plateu and he has (obvioulsy). He got his handicap as low as he possibly could (for the time being) and it's basically not changed in about a year now. His tournament scores suggest that his handicap is closer to what his first handicap was (several years ago). He has basically stopped posting scores, his facebook updates and blogs have slowed down etc... Using his arms less is not going to save this thing. It's wrapping up fast. Also he posted something similar a while back. I'd track it down but it was basically "I've got it figured out, now I'm hitting my clubs the same distance as the pros, 3wd 280, 5 iron 200 yards etc.. Come on, Dan said he was confident he would be a 3 after 3000 hours and recently shot 56 over par over a 3 day stretch in a tournament. My groups mens leagues scores are much better than that! ** edit I stand corrected, looks like he decided to update some scores after all: AI 8/13 84 71.9/137 10.0 AI 8/13 86 71.9/137 11.6 AI 7/13 89 71.6/128 15.4 AI 7/13 86 73.0/133 11.0 TI 7/13 85 73.0/133 10.2 TI 7/13 92 73.0/133 16.1 TI 7/13 84 73.0/133 9.3 Yowsers!
  12. We'll cut the crap here. Based on Dan's early scores success (years ago) I said that he would be lucky to be a 4 at 5000 hours and he wouldn't be better than a 2 and the end of this thing. I was the first to try to illustrate to people just how much time he is spending on this. I'm using my 'scientific' understanding of this entire thing to make predictions. You are late to the game but lets hear it, what are yours? (I've also provided graphs, charts, quotes etc.. this entire time of exactly what would happen and haven't missed a thing so far.) http://thesandtrap.com/t/45853/the-dan-plan-10-000-hours-to-become-a-*********er **search it apparently the site stars this out for some reason** Read the whole thing, also all along I've talked to his original coach the one that can shoot 64 in 45 minutes with 5 clubs. Dan will never beat that guy and that guy will never have a chance at professional golf. Why is that? (I just saw his original coach on tv the other day competing in the speed golf world championship)
  13. Take it from a guy who practices every day as a full time job: Recent Quote from Dan "Random Stat: At times it seems like the more I work on something the worse it gets, at least in the present." The world is going to be an interesting place over the next 20 years, with the cost of sequencing going down and companies like 23 and me, it's only a matter of time before they do start to do comparative genomic analysis of professionals in sports against average people. We already do it with crops because there's enough money in it for it to be profitable, soon it will be cheap enough that we will do it for all kinds of studies (such as this). Keep the dream alive while you can. :) https://www.23andme.com/health/Muscle-Performance/
  14. He's done a lot worse very recently, shooting 56 over par over a 3 day tournament. (high 90's one day) Lot of good comments in this thread and a lot of bad ones. Yes there's no reason to think that just practicing will continue to make you better at golf. (It does in the short term but quickly has diminishing returns and flat lines pretty quickly). And it's absolutely crazy to think that there aren't genes that confer advantages for all sports. "Sure genes can affect how: fast you are, tall you are, dark you are, how high you can jump, how strong you are, how smart you are, how mentally stable you are, how susceptible to disease you are, your attention span, your ability to focus, your steadiness, your ability to repeat some action, insert 1000 pages of things that genes are definitely known to affect (oh but they don't have any affect on how good you can become at some physical act?!)". Somehow that's where the unfair advantage conferred by genes ends, a magic fairness fairy steps in and says "no if someone wants to work at something they can become just as good as anyone else" So no, there's not golf gene (just as there's no height gene) but there are a lot of genes that confer some advantages for golf just as there are for height. The height research exists, I just interviewed a guy recently that sequenced an NBA player for just that reason.
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