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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