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I had no idea that PGA players earn retirement money from making the cut in an event; and winning the Fed Ex cup $1million of the stated prize money goes into their retirement account with the lower places having their entire Fed Ex prize put into retirement accounts. And based on the article it is not just the top guys who can get a hefty account. Seems like a pretty good gig, if you can qualify Here’s how much pro golfers earn in ‘free’ retirement money from the PGA Tour - MarketWatch This year the top golfer will win a FedEx bonus of $15 million, and $1 million of it will go into his retirement fund.
It has been exactly 6 months after I retired. Here's what happened to my golf after I have retired. I have been playing 5 - 6 times a week. However, a simple majority of the rounds have been less than 18 holes. I simply quit when I get too tired, get hungry, etc.. Being able to play everyday, I don't feel I need to finish around. With more time, I thought I'd get warm up before a round but I don't. I feel I can learn more by playing. Instead, I go to range practice whenever I can't play a round - raining, course bought out, etc.. I avoid playing during busy hours, like Saturday. That means I am playing a lot by myself or with my wife. This gives me time to focus more on each shot. When I play in 4-some, sometimes, I get distracted. My HI improved immediately after my retirement. Playing 5 - 6 times a week helped me improve on my short game, and course management. HI improved by about 4 - 5 strokes over the 6 months, not all at once though. However, I don't think it will continue to improve unless I do something different.
Before retirement: Practiced on weekdays for average of 60 - 90 minutes at home, and range. Did golf specific workout on Mon, Tue, Thur, and Friday. Played 2 rounds on weekend. Played about 125 rounds in 2015. In retirement: Practice 3 times on weekdays for average of of 90 - 180 minutes at home, range, and/or in field. Do golf specific workout for 2 days, 1 day off, 2 days, 1 day off, ... Play 2 rounds on weekdays, and 1 - 2 rounds on weekends. Play about 170 - 190 rounds in 2016. Post in Member Swings forum. 12/28/15 - day 1 of retirement, I hit 50 chip shots with LW, SW, GW. The focus was on noting & controlling distance. I hit another 50 balls with various clubs, 3/4 shot to full swings, focusing on proper hip turn. Played 8 holes of practice round, focusing on short game around green. Back home, I did mirror work for about 10 minutes, and another 10 minutes of iron swing with focus on proper hip turn. I did a golf specific workout and 15 minutes of ThighMaster. What I did today will be my new daily routine. I call it RiCK's forever golf plan.