On this week’s episode of the GOLF.com podcast host Alan Bastable sits down with former commercial photographer Dan McLaughlin who, in April 2010, quit his day job to become a professional golfer and possibly qualify for the PGA Tour.
The Dan Plan was inspired by the 10,000 Hours Rule — the theory that any skill can be mastered with 10,000 hours of practice. Having never played 18 holes of golf in his life, Dan started his journey with just a putter.
"I think getting down to like a 6 or 7 was, I’d say, relatively easy," Dan says. "It’s not easy, but when you’re doing it kinda full-time it’s not as difficult as you would imagine. But then going from that 6 to scratch probably takes about four times as much time as going from a 15 to a 6. And from a scratch on…every stroke can be very difficult to chip off."
Now, more than 6,000 hours into his quest, Dan discusses his motivation to become a golfer, how injuries have affected his performance, the costs of the quest and when he expects to complete his 10,000 hours.
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