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#1 AllegingBow

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 06:51 PM

I was curious as to what people's thoughts were on what it takes to be a pro. I have thought that 'pros' or 'virtuosos' in anything have something more than just talent. Desire and determination. I read somewhere that most 'greats' had one thing in common. They did more. Greg Norman heard the pros were hitting 200 balls a day so he hit 300 so he could be better. I recall a Tiger putting drill for a putt a scorecard length away was to make a tee gate for the putter to go through(tee at each end of putter) and putt 10 left hand, 10 right hand and 10 both hands and repeat until he got 100 in a row. If he missed he started again. I think the best are able to stick dilegently to the most tedious drills to improve and have the will to. Thoughts?

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 11:49 PM

IMO it takes a lot more than just a great game to be a successful pro. To handle the pressure of playing for a living, rather than just enjoyment would be tough, let alone situations like standing over a 6ft putt on the 18th knowing if you drain it you'll pick up $100k (or a green jacket..). Mental strength and strategy would be as big or bigger part in it as skill, I'd think. Lucky I'll never be faced with those pressures!!

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:11 AM

Having enough financial support to enable you to practise, take lesson and play. Most people if they had the above could turn pro. But 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of ppl have to take 40 hour a week job to pay the bills. where as 0.000000000000000000000000000000000001% of people have the money to play golf for 40+ hours a week. How good could you get if you played golf, hit balls, practised drills and took lessons had a dedicated coach sports phsycologist etc for 40-50 hours a week?? Very very good I would think???? Though piwi will probably disagree.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:18 AM

How long till you get there gcg?

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:19 AM

Having enough financial support to enable you to practise, take lesson and play.

Most people if they had the above could turn pro.

But 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of ppl have to take 40 hour a week job to pay the bills.

where as 0.000000000000000000000000000000000001% of people have the money to play golf for 40+ hours a week.

How good could you get if you played golf, hit balls, practised drills and took lessons had a dedicated coach sports phsycologist etc for 40-50 hours a week??

Very very good I would think????

Though piwi will probably disagree.

Had a bad day today only holed 2 wedges

whats my handicap?? I am off scratch at the range.

Your right but a few may also quit as they dont have as much skill as they wish

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:27 AM

I played rugby league when I was younger and was considered good. I know I wouldn't have made the NRL as I wasn't going to make it a job. Repetitive drills would've bored me and I also at a younger age wouldn't have seen the point. I was already good. Why practice? That was the main reason I pointed out Tigers scorecard length or 15cm putt drill. It takes a special person to dedicate that much time to something so simplistic when you are already considered the best. I read where guillard(music school), and yes I may have miss spelt it. A elite school for musicians who were already 'the best' could learn to be virtuosos. A teacher there stated that students would go on to be teachers, orchestra members or virtuosos. He said the main difference was dedication and practice.

#7 Gold_Coast_Golfer

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:32 AM

Me personally, well I'd like to be off 5 by end of this year, and off scratch by end of following year, thats the goal. Will I get there?? who knows but it is in my control, Have I got the application and determination to do it?? you bet I have, Have I got the natural abillity to do it?? no too much to learn and develop, which is why I have just taken on a coach. Have I the time to hit balls to get there?? yes plenty of it.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:53 AM

You win my vote gcg

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:55 AM

you're suggesting GCG that everyone has an equal amount of talent then? Not so sure about that. Whilst I don't dismiss that everyone could improve if they deveoted 40 hours a week to the game . I won't have a bar of ANYONE being able to turn professional given enough time to practise, that is SIMPLE in the extreme

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:58 AM

Having enough financial support to enable you to practise, take lesson and play.

Most people if they had the above could turn pro.

But 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of ppl have to take 40 hour a week job to pay the bills.

where as 0.000000000000000000000000000000000001% of people have the money to play golf for 40+ hours a week.

How good could you get if you played golf, hit balls, practised drills and took lessons had a dedicated coach sports phsycologist etc for 40-50 hours a week??

Very very good I would think????

Though piwi will probably disagree.

Had a bad day today only holed 2 wedges

whats my handicap?? I am off scratch at the range.

Clueless!

#11 Gold_Coast_Golfer

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:38 AM

Life is pretty simple Wasabi, it is made difficult by deviating from the basics. looking for excuses for peoples lack of conviction and dedication to improving. Honestly if you practised enough and got good enough you would be able to hit 90% of your shots where you intend them to go. What stops you from getting good at a task?? lack of practise understanding and application would be my guess.

#12 WasabiPea_Shooter

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:40 AM

hmm, do you reckon if you put your mind to it and trained 7 days a week you could challenge Usain Bolt in the 100m?

#13 Gold_Coast_Golfer

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:42 AM

He said the main difference was dedication and practice.

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hhhhhmmm just what I said, you know this place is a bit like politics, if someone on here you like puts up a theory you'll not comment or agree with it, yet if its someone who rubs you the wrong way puts up the same theoary they'll disagree with you till they are blue in the face. Show me 1 professional sportsman who has never practiced, and for every 1 you find if you can find 1 I'll give you the name of millions of others who did dedicate their lives to their sport.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:45 AM

maybe not but if I dedicated my time to 100m sprints 7 days a week with a coach a dietician a strength conditioner correct footwear etc, I'd run it alot faster than I do now, Might get down from 16.5 seconds to maybe 13? Thats a fair whack of improvemnt wouldn't you say?? But if I do as most here do which is nothing I'd tear a hemmi second sprint and never get a lower time???????

#15 WasabiPea_Shooter

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:57 AM

yeah ok, stay with me on this, why couldnt you break 10 seconds then?...I mean youd be practising no more or less than U bolt




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