Only 10,000 Hours of Practice To Become A Professional Golfer?

I have personally been a big fan of the Malcolm Gladwell books but I don’t know how many people would literally change their life to become a high profile figure he describes in his book Outliers. Dan McLaughlin did, The Dan Plan is an experiment that takes 10,000 hours (over 5 years) of deliberate practice after having no previous golf experience and planning to become a professional golfer. I’m sure there are a lot of us out there who would like to quit their job and golf all day everyday but I don’t think many would. Dan hopes to inspire people to chase dreams or explore new avenues of life but he is definitely taking it to an extreme to prove his point. According to his blog The Dan Plan he lives in Portland, Oregon-maybe I should give him a call for a tee time? In any case this blogger might check in every once in a while to see how Dan is doing living most golfers dream.

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2 Responses to Only 10,000 Hours of Practice To Become A Professional Golfer?

  1. Troy Vayanos says:

    Yes that’s a massive commitment for anyone to hope in achieving to become a professional golfers. I would love to be a tour pro but to dedicate that much time for me for would be impossible.

    I guess there is nothing wrong with trying to inspire people so for that I commend him.


  2. B Reid says:

    Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers and this 10,000 hour learning ‘rule’ has been quoted by many but questioned by few. The idea originally came from the hours required to become a chess grand master! Other research has concluded that in sport there should be no fixed hours for acquiring excellence and that the emphasis should be put on the quality and not quantity of coaching and practice.

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