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  1. Kelzzy

    Homeschooled for golf?

    Hey all, I've been hearing that some kids are homeschooled from highschool so they can play golf all day. Is this true, or just a myth? If true, would you say they have an advantage.. also, would you say that you cannot make it into the PGA without doing that in high school? I'm not homeschooled, so... I ask this because after school, I go straight to the golf course and practice until dark. However, with daylight savings, I am only getting 3 or 4 hours of practice these days.. my Dad says that unless you have all day to practice, i.e. being homeschooled, you won't make it to the pros. Your thoughts? On the weekeneds and school breaks, I practice from morning to dark, so whenever I can it's usually 12+ hours on the course, but it's not all the time.
  2. My shoulder isn't 100% and it's going to rain, but f*** it I'm going golfing tomorrow.

  3. Don't know if anyone has seen this yet but it's a pretty interesting journey this guy is taking. 10,000 hours of practice (6 hours a day, 6 days a week for 6 years) starting from the hole backwards, working his way to become a "professional" golfer. http://www.thedanplan.com/index.php I saw a write up about it the other day and he's just over 1 year in right now. He started literally just putting from 1 foot for a month or something. Then moved to 3 feet, then to all over the green and after a year he's now I think around 75-100 yards away from the hole so he's never swung a driver or long iron before. Obviously to all of us this is an absolute dream, as he mentions many times on his site, but just the experiment part of it is pretty impressive too. If you read any of the backstory on the "10,000" hour theory, it pretty much states that with a predetermined athletic prerequisite, pure talent (that which a lot of people state professional athletes have an us mere mortals don't) is actually much more rare than we think and many things can be achieved by extremely dedicated practice. Here is the essay on deliberate practice if you really want a long read http://projects.ict.usc.edu/itw/gel/EricssonDeliberatePracticePR93.pdf
  4. aku

    College golf

    Hey guys. I was really hoping that id be able to play golf for uc san diego. Im a junior in highschool, and mu gpa is 4.0 uw and 4.3 w. My handicap is around a 1.4 . Im gonna start tournaments soon for ajga. Whats my chances for playing for them, as well as other d2 schools. thx
  5. mjbond23

    Can I Make the tour??

    I took up golf full time a year ago i was a 22.4 after my first handicap index. after a couple of lower rounds in to 80s I realized my love and passion for the game and decided to get a coach and practice everyday 5-6hr im now down to a 0.9 and done well in the last three tournements i have played i want to improve as much as possible do you think i have a shot??
  6. Golfingaddiction

    Becoming a Pro - Career Progression

    Ladies and gentlemen, I am new to both this site, and game of golf as I only picked up a club for the first time 6 and a half months ago. I believe I belong to a small group of gifted golfers, as I have a 4 handicap and am regularly just barely off of par on a par 72 course. (Yes I understand the claim I just made. No I am not a troll.) my goal is scratch or under by the 10 month mark, as it's currently below zero where I live which makes it difficult to get out and continue my progress. I am an extremely long ball hitter (at 6'5" 260 pounds and 24 years old) and regularly hit 300+ on my drives with a longest personal drive of about 340 yards, and start hitting my sand wedge at 150 yards. I believe I can make money playing golf in the near future (3-4 years hopefully), but how do I get to that point? My state doesn't have much for big amateur tournaments besides your average run of the mill club house scrambles and the like, and traveling to different states to play in amateur tourneys isn't much of a possibility right now. Any helpful tips or ideas are more than welcome. Thank you for your time.
  7. I Just turned 18, first time i ever picked up a golf club was 3 years ago. My current handicap is +2. I've fired tournament rounds in the 60's. Lowest round is a 5 under 67, which ive done more times than i can remember. The best of those 67's was where i had a double bogey and came in 5 under still.. Could of been -7 if i only made par, Maybe next time lol! Anyways what do you think my chances of playing professionally one day after college would be?
  8. ErikIngram

    Mini Tour "Pro"

    Hello, I was just wondering if anyone has any experience playing on Mini Tours? First off, I am a 24 year old and I'm going to be laid off within the next couple weeks. I hope that everything happens for a reason.I have played golf at a high level for a number of years. I had many golf scholarships after graduating high school but turned them down due to financial reasons. I am currently a 0 or 1 handicap. I have only played 4 rounds this year (70, 68, 72, 69 ). I am very interested in going down to Florida to play on a mini tour while I am laid off. I know that the mini tours like that aren't made for making it rich, I want to use it as a proving grounds to myself that I can play at a high competition level. My main question is, do you need to take a playability test or anything to be considered a pro, or is it just as simple as declaring yourself a pro. If Florida goes well, I am going to come back home and try to raise the funds to compete on the SwingThought tour next summer. Realistically, hoping to be able to play my first PGA Tour event in 4-5 years. Please and thank you for any help you can provide!
  9. I'm a 10 handicap now Used to be a 3 Didn't golf for a year Will be a 3-6 very shortly can you guys think of anybody my age, going pro when they are 30? I'm 26 with a crazy work ethic, thinking I'll be pro when I'm 30-33. Anybody follow igolftv? Awesome guy! Zack
  10. I'm 14 and have been playing for about a year and a half and have a handicap of 17. There are a few players that are younger than me who are better however they have been playing since a very young age. If I were to dedicate all my spare time to golf would it be possible to turn pro? Bare in mind next year I will have GCSE's and then after that I will have my A levels so I will need to spend the majority of my time studying. Please give your honest opinions.
  11. Hey guys/girls I'm new to this Im turning 30 soon and was wondering if its to late to try and make a career in golf ,, I started playing a year and a half back and try and play 4 times a week ,, My brother played a lot of tournaments and has won a cupel of them Thanks you for your time :-)
  12. Hi, (age 22) Played golf for around 3 years, but only casually for the first 2 years. Taken it seriously for 11months after I received my original handicap of 16, but have been cut to 7 since then. Hitting driver on a good day between 260-300, solid yardages with most of clubs down to gap wedge going around 105/110. Really looking for a career in golf, whether it be as a club pro or a tour player (aim high!). Am going to give myself 2 years to get my handicap down to scratch/ +'s. How realistic would that be? And does anyone have any tips towards going down this road? and what would peoples advice be in my practicing any drills and any focus areas towards achieving this goal? cheers
  13. Hey guys I was always told I had a natural talent for golf however I also had a natural talent for combat sports and chose the combat sports rout. I did wrestling in high school and boxing in college. however my history of brain cancer has kept me from competing in those sports but I still participated for the love of the sport but the final nail in the coffin was when I had a stroke about a year and a half ago and the doctors told me to stay away from those sports for life. I was greatly depressed but then decided maybe i can get into golf. It's a little late to consider the possibility of being on the pro true (probably could have done it if I chose the golf path instead of combat sports in high school) but I would like to be a pro at a club or a coach at a small school. I have been hitting balls every day for the past week and my progress has been astronomical. A vast majority of my shots are strait. I am on the path to getting it all back after my stroke. I am willing to put forth the effort (hours a day sunday though friday and all day saturday) and money required for a coach. However I may only be able to commit part time for a while since I am 25 and need a job. Right now my path is to keep practicing everyday and when I am good enough join an amateur locally. what do you think?
  14. Hello everyone! Im 20 years old, and im wondering what you guys thinks about the chances for a 20 y/o boy to become a pro? My hcp at the moment is around 10. If i give all, and dedicates a lot of my time to golf, do you think I can become a professional player some time? Best regards
  15. Kelzzy

    A month to shoot 70's

    I'm making this thread my "journal" thread. I'm writing a book called "A month to shoot 70's", where it's all my thoughts. The title comes from the fact that I have around a month to consistently shoot in the low 70's until high school golf starts. I'll post here every night for a month, maybe more, with my progress. Pictures, videos, etc will be included. I think it'll be cool for everyone to look back on my notes when I'm in the Big Show. Day 1 Getting at the course around four, to my dismay the driving range was closed. With winter creeping up, irrigation was set in and it was time to let the grass heal. Understandable, but disappointing none the less. I moved my way to the chipping green, where I would slap at the ball for a good 2 hours. By slap, I don't mean "slap", but take focused shots. It's my goal this month to focus on every shot, putting pressure on them like it's the tournament. I feel really good at where I am, and I'm very glad I'm off the baseball field and back where I belong, it truly feels right.
  16. Aaronw

    golf lessons then turning pro

    Dear all I have been teaching at the local club with some of the youth this summer and working with the clubs pro, the next step for me is to become pro. Just wondered what people on here thinks as im only 18 wont be good enough to get on a tour. My main problem is most people who have turned pro i know and have spoke to say they have lost interest in playing rounds they just work in the golf industry. Cheers
  17. I am an Amateur Golfer from Oxfordshire, England. My goal is to make it onto the European tour by the time I am 25. I am trying to play a full season this summer including county matches, county order of merit and National tournaments. I am struggling to find ways to fund my season at the moment, I am happy to work but I am struggling to find a job that will be flexible enough to allow me time off for tournaments and practice and I have only managed to raise minimal sponsorship. So far in 2013 I have already managed to secure a 4th place finish in the Algarve Winter Tour (Portuguese Pro Tour) at Vale De Pinta in some tough conditions and I am hoping it is a sign of things to come this season. If anyone could help me out with sponsorship advice? ways to drive season cost down? Job oppurtunities? it would be greatly appreciated! About me Full Name: Elliot David Bradley Residence: Witney, Oxfordshire, UK Born: June 3rd, 1993 (JR, Ox) School: Henry Box (Witney, Ox) University: Plymouth University (Saltash, Cornwall) Height: 6’2” Weight: 14st2 ‘ I’m the eldest sibling from a rather large family which can make life a bit hectic but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I really enjoy spending what downtime I have available socialising with my friends as any other 19 year old does, trips to the cinema or nandos always make for a good time. If I’m in a bit of a quieter mood I also am quite fond of getting out my guitar and having a little play around with it, I find something quite relaxing about it. My real passion though is golf!’ I am currently studying in my final year at TGC (tournament golf college). The course is designed to provide elite golfers with the knowledge and facilities to prepare themselves for tackling the world of professional golf. I am learning not just about the golf swing itself but also the science behind golf with modules including; fitness training, performance analysis, psychology, nutrition, performance lifestyle management and conditioning for performance. The other aspect of the education is to give a knowledge of golf as a business with different modules covering; business management, golf tour business, research methods, business planning, media and communications and a final research project. About my golf I am a golfer residing in Oxfordshire, UK. My aim is to become successful as a touring professional player on both the European and PGA circuit, I currently play off a +1 handicap and play as a member at both Frilford Heath G.C and Carswell Golf and Country Club. Carswell is where I started playing golf in my early teens and got my first handicap of 22 as a 15 year old. It is a friendly golf club and the atmosphere there is brilliant. I felt I matured whilst playing regularly up there due to the interactions I had with many of the adult members. I have a strong connection with Carswell and I don’t think I would be in the position I am in now without the experience I gained at the club. I was heavily involved in both the junior team and the mens team and I learnt many things which I still carry today both on and off the golf course. Whilst I am still a loyal member at Carswell I made the decision a couple of years ago to also join Frilford Heath. Which is a well established golf club with 54 championship golf holes. As much as I still enjoy myself at Carswell I felt the move was one which would allow me to push myself onto the next level. Since being a member at Frilford I have reduced my handicap from 3 to scratch and become friends with a lot of very impressive golfers. Frilford has six professional golfers who have been competing throughout 2012 and two of which are playing European tour events in 2013. Being able to associate with these players has really brought my game forward and I really enjoy the challenge playing with them presents. Aims for 2013 I have set my sights high whilst setting my main goals for the 2013 season: · Get myself to a +3 or better handicap · Move into the top 1500 in the WAGR (world amateur golf rankings) · Find myself sponsorship to allow me to play a full UK amateur season I have chosen these goals as I believe it will put me on the brink of the England squad for the following year which I see as the next significant step. I believe that these goals are aiming high but they are also achievable which is key to good goal setting. I am a very hard working individual when it comes to my golf, both on and off the golf course. I have a strong belief in the role fitness plays within the game and am working hard all year round to improve my body for the game. I believe it is important to have a stable base and flexibility in order to produce a consistent golf swing. If there is too much lateral movement in the lower body it becomes hard to return the club to impact in the correct position without having to time a compensation, which is a cause of inconsistency in the golf swing and often a loss of distance. I also think that in the modern game physical power is becoming a big factor. Power is a combination of strength and speed and if you aren’t in the gym developing both these factors then you are limiting your potential. I spend large amounts of time in the gym doing big power moves such as; squats, deadlifts and benchpress in order to increase my physical strength which is one of the components of power. I then put that together with explosive full body moves like; pull ups, box jumps and rotation presses to increase the explosive speed of my muscles. Fitness Coach: Ali Galbraith ‘The benefit of using the services of a Personal Trainer is that the exercises you do are personalised to you, based on what you can do and on what you want to achieve - e.g. muscle tone, increased strength or stamina, or weight loss/gain Whatever your goal may be, your Personal Trainer should be with you every step of the way - with Alistair Galbraith Fitness, you can guarantee it. Alistair is passionate about his work and will give you all the tools and motivation you need to succeed - as a team’ Coaching Swing Coach: Darren Gass ‘I have been teaching golf for over 18 years in both the UK and abroad. Venues include places such as the exclusive Emirates Golf Club, Dubai where I was based before moving to St Mellion. Over this time I have had the fortune to work with and learn from some of the worlds leading authorities on golf coaching and its related areas, and it’s these experiences that have helped to shape my own unique coaching development approach. I am now widely known for my work and success with elite players as under my tutelage players have competed on all major European Tours, Asian Tour and in the Open Championship. I have coached National Champions at Men’s, Youth’s, and Boy’s level and for many years lead the coaching for the Cornwall County Teams. In 2001 I coached Scott Godfrey as he became Cornwall’s first and as yet only English Amateur Champion’ 2013 season plan My aim is to use 2013 as my first full national amateur season after building up the experience through county and youths events over the past few years. This will be my first attempt to really go out there and show people what I’m capable of given the proper chance. The tournaments I am looking to have in my schedule are as follows: · Selborne Salver 20 th April (Blackmoor) · Hampshire Hog 21 st April (North Hants) · South East of England Links 9 th -11 th May (Royal Cinque Ports and St. Georges) · Scottish U21’s Championship 10 th -12 th May (Lanark) · Brabazon Trophy Southern Qualifier 14 th May (Enmore Park) · Welsh Open Championship 17 th -19 th May (Royal Porthcrawl) · Lagonda Trophy 29 th -30 th May (Gog Magog) · Scottish Open Championship 31 st May-2 nd June (Southerness) · Welsh U21’s Championship 1 st -2 nd June (Monmothshire) · Gold Medal 12 th June (Frilford Heath) · Berkshire Trophy 22 nd -23 rd June (The Berkshire) · Reigonal Open Qualifying 24 th June (unconfirmed) · Brabazon Trophy 26 th -29 th June (Formby) · Local Open Qualifying 2 nd July (unconfirmed) · Midlands Youths Championship 10 th -12 th July (Stoke Rochford) · The British Open 18 th -21 st July (Muirfield) · South of England Championship 23 rd -25 th July (Walton Heath) · English Amateur Championship 29 th July- 3 rd August (Frilford Heath) · North of England U21’s Championship 6 th -8 th August (unconfirmed) · Stoke Poges Trophy 17 th -18 th August (Stoke Park) · Midland Open Championship 23 rd -24 th August (Gay Hill and Fulford Heath) · Lee Westwood Trophy Date TBC (Rotheram) · BBO Amateur Championships Date TBC (unconfirmed) Clearly this schedule is subject to change as a lot of events are unconfirmed so haven’t been included and obviously a few overlap. I am trying to focus purely on world ranking events and it also depends whether or not I meet the entry requirements for each tournament. My predicted costs for the season is between £5000-£6000 to cover travel, coaching, accommodation, entry fees etc for all the tournaments. As it stands at the moment I will be raising the funds from working full time and trying to practice around my work. Inevitably this will take away from the time I have to spend actually practicing my golf. With these costs clearly succeeding in golf isn’t solely about playing well. I also need to build a business around myself and develop relationships with people who can benefit from my profile as a golfer. In todays world the internet is a useful tool for this: Website www.elliotbradley.com Twitter @EDBgolf Email edb1993@gmail.com I send out a monthly email newsletter to anyone who is interested in what I am doing and how I am getting on. I fairly regularly get into the local press both by representing Frilford and also from my individual achievements which I believe reflects well upon me. I associate myself with a few local businesses who help me out with my season and to show my gratitude I present at events or meetings when requested. There are currently three companies I associate with. One is my fathers company MD2MD because I like to do what I can to help out my dad for supporting me to chase my dreams. The other two are BP Collins LLP and The Rooflight Company. These companies have both made donations to cover expenses in my 2012 season and I am very grateful to them for this. I try to offer what I can in return for the money that is donated to me in the form of regular attendance for the company. That ranges from golf days, to general meetings or even just helping out at events. I also provide a link on my webpage and spread word about each company by word of mouth. Being a member at two golf courses I hope this is of value to them. Unfortunately as an amateur I am unable to wear company logos whilst I am competing due to the rules of amateur status but the people who help me out now are obviously getting themselves into a favourable position for when I decide the time is right for me to turn professional which is certainly the plan for the future.
  18. I know that a lot of people might think I am cocky for saying that I'll become a professional. I am not being cocky, I am setting high to reach goals and on my way to completing them, and How I intend to complete them is to give my best effort everyday. People say I am setting myself up to fail. It is actually the opposite. By giving myself a one way ticket, it means I have to commit and make sure I do everything in my power to get there. Nobody played it safe to become successful, look at Bill Gates, a ivy league drop out and that took a risk, look where he is today. I am taking risk by choosing one path instead of two. You can count on me to make the most of it.
  19. bjoern2796

    New target: Scratch Golf

    I am a german golfer who has another handicap than you. The last 7 rounds were 82, 81, 85, 83, 79. My handicap-index is 15,7 and i've been playing golf vor 1.5 years now. I am 14 years old. My next target is scratch golf and i just want to update this thread after every competive round of golf until i am a scratch golfer. My golf instructor is Tiger Woods, because of his book. I read it multiple times and i pay attention to every single point in this book. So my swing looks pretty like Tiger's Swing in 2000 but not as perfect as his swing. I know you all will laugh about me but i am serious. I want to become a PGA TOUR PROFESSIONAL and be the best golfer ever and i will work for it. My first step to this is scratch golf.
  20. I hear all different kinds of stuff when ask that question. Some people make it sound like it's as tough as shooting a 59 every time you play and others say if you are a +2 and shoot even par on most courses in tournaments you have a good chance. How tough is it really to make a decent living on the Nationwide or PGA tour?
  21. Hi guys. I have been debating the subject of possibly trying to become a professional golfer over the past few months more seriously. Let me give you a little background. I have been playing golf basically since I could walk. All the men in my family have had a love affair with golf and so it was only natural for it to pass down to me. My dad was a teaching pro and so I had cut-down clubs from the get go. I took lessons growing up and developed a pretty good swing and can move it out there pretty well. In high school I played for the first three years, but I was quite the mental case. I definitely did not fulfill my potential and became embarrassed. Bc of this I quit golf and played football my senior year, I'm 6'5" and weighed 240 at the time so tight end looked quite good to me and the coaches haha. But anyway I had my stint with football and decided to re-dedicate myself to golf. I have come a long way with the mental game and no longer quit on my round if I have a few bad shots or holes. My dad and my uncle (My uncle played college golf at Georgia, prolly could have made the tour but didn't think he could hit it long enough to compete with those guys) both tell me that I have enough talent to be a really good player. My thing is I have never really had the ability to practice and commit to the game the way you need to in order to be great. My mom has always made me carry a job ever since I turned 16 and that took quite a bit of my time to go along with everything else that comes with being a high school/college student. Now I am 3 semesters away from a business degree. My dream has always been to play golf on tour. It's been my passion far and away above anything else. And I can't help but think I will regret it if I don't give it a shot for a few years. I believe my dad, uncle, and grandpa (who has been very influential in my life) would all be supportive of me pursuing this, at least for a few years. But I am worried my mom will not be behind it. Like I said, shes so "gung-ho" about me always doing whatever I have to do about getting a job and I know that pressure is going to be amplified to the enth degree once I graduate. So my question to you guys is, how do I get her to support it? Would you support it? My ideal situation would be to graduate, then go down to florida for a few years and work with my uncle daily on my game, and then try to enter amateur events/ mini events and see where it goes. If it doesn't work then I have a degree and can go pursue a job with that. Thanks in advance for any advice you fellow trappers have to offer
  22. ladiesman217

    am i too old to play golf???

    hey all the name is scooter, i am 18 years old born in 92. i have golfed a few tims in the past but with friends, we just goofed off a lot and didnt really play seriousley. i have a buddy who plays golf on the university golf team and i just figuired i want to make a university sport team real bad. the only other sport im OK in would be hockey and lord nos the kids on the varsity team are ex whl and junior players which i could never amount to (i only played local rep hockey). so golf is my last chance and i watched the masters tournamint and i really like the swagger of the golfers and the sport. so i want to become extremely involved. starting next week my exams are over and i will head home so i have about 4 months to golf as much as i want to. its only my 1st year in university so i still have maybe 2 or 3 years to make the golf team. but the big question IS IT POSSABLE pls be harsh guys the last thing i want to do is have some nice guy tell me "u can do wutever ur heart amounts to" cus if that were true then id be on my way to the nhl rigt now. which aint happenin any time soon, so tell me the TRUTH please. is it possable!!! to be good at golf within 2-3 years!!!!! and on a more projected note is it possible to make the pro league starting at 18 years old??? and what gear should i get?? my buddy says ping but i dont want to dish a 1000$ on golf clubs when i have no knowlage. i was thinking to get just a driver, a 7 iron, and a puter to start. any suggestions and pls pls pls be HONEST about the whole thing. i really dont want to devote my time and effert only to find out im the worst kid to try out on the team. if 18 is too late to start then let me know straight forward so i can move on with my other dreams, thank you!!!!
  23. wedge player

    playing professionally

    wat do you think my odds are of playing pro im 19 play a 5 handicap only really played for about 2 years and im completley self taught
  24. Just wondering if with enough practice any golfer could become a pro. Or does that person have to have a underlying "talent" at golf?
  25. jrsmith1491

    To play in nationwide tour

    Can you qualify for the nationwide tour being a true scratch golfer?? Or what does it take?

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