I am a 7 and I can beat most of the guys from my club and i'm 13. The real thing is if you start slicing it just start aiming left and it will curve back to the fairway. As for three putts, get 10 tees and 10 golf balls and make a 3-foot circle around the hole and go around five times without missing one. Then move your circle to 5 feet and then 7 and then 10 and eventually you will be very confident from these distances. I only hit it 235 but I play 6400-6600 yards because I can still shoot 79 or lower because of my putting. Also: BE CONFIDENT! IF YOU WANT IT YOU MUST WILL IT. IF YOU WILL IT IT WILL BE YOURS! Don't think about score either. I had a chance to shoot a 72 on Pinehurst No. 5 three weeks ago. I shot 42 on the front and I thought "Well that's okay". Then, on the back I went to 2 under through the first five on the back. If I had just made par on the last four holes I would have shot 76, 72 if I birdied out. I went 4 over through the last 4 because I thought about my score and shot 80. The point is to not worry. Don't think about it. Just have fun.
Hope this helps,
PS. I have only been playing for 10 months and I'm a 7 and I'm 13 so you can believe what I'm saying.
PPS. I have read almost every golf book, whether it's instruction or a story, I've probably read it so I know what I'm talking about.
Thanks for the advice. Definitely more credibility than the poster above, no offense Nate. I also have a degree in kinesiology (ASU, 2011) but focused more on the sports psych and biomechanics aspect of KIN. I was suspecting it was a nutrition issue. I have been supplementing with a higher ratio of carbs than protein so I will look into that. I've been mainly focusing on my training regimine which consists of stability, mobility, and rotary power trying to build more Type 2x and Type 1 fibers in my larger muscles like my lats, delts, trunk and core, as well as glutes. At this point it will be about proper preparation and diet leading into the PAT, like you said, and continuing to focus on endurance training in the gym. Do you have any suggestions for good proteins to intake before and on the course?
Just like everybody says... PRACTICE... PRACTICE... PRACTICE!
As for those people who are just "posting" in discussions... one can easily tell if they are just fake and seeking attention. Let's just continue ignoring them...
Good luck TahoePeaks!
Thanks for the support Carlo!
Hey TahoePeaks, how's it been? Just wondering how your PAT went? Its been over six months when this discussion started.
I did take my PAT as well this September. I did not manage to get the target score but was able to hit the qualifying scores on both rounds. Which I at least set myself to accomplish when I took the PAT. At least now I can start in preparing for the written test. And hopefully be able to register for Apprenticeship by next year.
Keep me posted. More power!