The Cut - - PLAY LIKE A PRO -

Un­less you are, say, a 3-hand­i­cap­per to start with, or un­less you can throw a few hours ev­ery day at prac­tice, get­ting to scratch is prob­a­bly go­ing to take you more than a year.

That is the big­gest thing I’ve learned from the last 12 months. If you’re gen­uine about want­ing to get down to scratch, you’ve got to be in it for the long haul. For a 5 to 10 hand­i­cap­per, I’d guess that’s be­tween two to three years.

While my hand­i­cap hasn’t moved much, I have no­ticed through the amount of prac­tice that my game is bet­ter than ever, which in it­self is a key con­fi­dence boost. But I also know I now need to push on.

Golf is like fit­ness; the minute you stop, you go back­wards. You’ve just got to keep chip­ping away.

Am I frus­trated by the fact the on-pa­per re­sults don’t match what I feel I got out of the last year? Def­i­nitely.

But do I also feel that I now know what it takes to get down to scratch? Def­i­nitely.

So let’s put a wa­ger on it; if I’m not off a 0.04 hand­i­cap or lower by this time next year I’ll give $250 to The First Tee pro­gramme.


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